I’ve often found as I’ve spoken to more people with vitiligo, the subject of dating is a pretty taboo subject. Its one of those subjects that creates a lot of discussion, divided opinion and for some, can be quite sensitive as ultimately it means trusting someone and feeling comfortable about showing our skin in front of a potential partner.
Dating can be difficult in general but what does dating look like when you have vitiligo? For some, especially if they have vitiligo extensively, it can overshadow the entire experience, altering what we to choose to wear and possibly, how we come across on the actual date. Speaking from personal experience, I can recall occasions in the past where I’ve been on a date having good conversation and feeling fully engrossed, however, at the back of my mind part of me would be waiting for the dreaded question that felt like it needed a drum roll beforehand “So…what happened to your skin”? and in that single moment, my confidence would suddenly crash as my brain frantically tried to figure out how to answer.
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