Michael Jackson’s Skin Turned White As He Got Older: The Reason Behind His Transformation

Date May 22, 2018 11:11

Michael Jackson was proclaimed the King of Pop for a good reason – he literally changed everything about the popular music industry. He not only changed the music genre itself but also introduced a new image of a popular musician: controversial and scandalous, extravagant and eccentric.

His publicized life caused countless stirs and debates: from the child sexual abuse accusations to the complete change of his skin color. Speaking of which, how and why did it happen to Michael? Most rumors have it, he bleached his skin on purpose, “turned white” for many reasons, such as a bad relationship with his father, for example. However, later on, the singer stated he had a condition called vitiligo.


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What is vitiligo?

Vitiligo is a long-term disease which causes patches of the skin losing their pigment (color). The cells that make pigment in the skin are called melanocytes. Although the true cause of vitiligo is not known, some doctors believe that it is an autoimmune disease, which means that the immune system mistakenly attacks the melanocytes.

There’s no way to determine if vitiligo continues to spread. Therefore, people may have a different percentage of depigmented skin.

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Could Michael Jackson turn white because of vitiligo?

Michael Jackson first mentioned about this rare disease on Oprah TV-show in 1993. The singer told in the interview:

I'm a black American. I am proud to be a black American. I am proud of my race, and I am proud of who I am. I have a lot of pride and dignity of who I am. I have a skin disorder that destroys the pigmentation of the skin. It's something I cannot help. When people make up stories that I don't like who I am, it hurts me.

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Dr. Arnold Klein, his dermatologist, confirmed that Michael had the little-understood condition that affects just one percent of the world’s population. Moreover, it was also confirmed that Michael Jackson had another disease, systemic lupus erythematosus, but in remission. This is an extremely dangerous autoimmune disease, which makes it so that the immune system attacks healthy tissue of the body.


Experts confirm Michael Jackson’s condition

In rare cases, vitiligo can fully change a person’s skin color, leaving almost no patches of the skin with the melanocytes. However, it wasn’t exactly Michael’s case. According to Dr. Christopher Rogers, the coroner who conducted Jackson’s autopsy, the singer indeed had vitiligo with patches around his face, arms, chest, and abdomen. It was also confirmed that Michael Jackson has been using a special FDA-approved treatment called Benoquin Cream to match the color of patches with the rest of his skin. Moreover, tubes of the treatment were found in his home later after his death.


Although many conspiracy theorists still believe that Michael Jackson bleached his skin to achieve a “Caucasian look,” it seems unreasonable, considering the line in one of his most iconic songs:

It don’t matter if you’re black or white.

                                                                                                       Source: The New York Times, UMassMed, CNN

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