Vitiligo is a common skin condition that affects 1-2 % of the Australian population. It causes white patches to develop on the skin and hair. Vitiligo is not contagious and does not have any symptoms. The white patches of vitiligo occur because melanocytes (pigment producing cells) are absent or dormant in these areas. Contrary to popular belief, the majority of vitiligo cases can be treated effectively and safely with very little costs.