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Looking for love this Valentine’s Day? Why vitiligo shouldn’t be an issue when dating

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Looking for love this Valentine's Day? Why vitiligo shouldn't be an issue when dating

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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Natalie Ambersley

Natalie Ambersley is the Social Media and Community lead at The Vitiligo Society, alongside her role as a Trustee. She joined the Society in February 2017 with a focus on building each of the social media platforms where the Society has a strong presence and makes impact.

Aside from assisting with the day to day running of the charity, Natalie has been involved in campaigns including a collaboration with the NHS and most recently with a leading brand, Vita Liberata, she also oversees the parent support group. She has often acted as a spokesperson for the society and regularly liaises with the media when there is press interest in sharing individual stories.

Natalie Ambersley is the Social Media and Community lead at The Vitiligo Society, alongside her role as a Trustee. She joined the Society in February 2017 with a focus on building each of the social media platforms where the Society has a strong presence and makes impact.

Aside from assisting with the day to day running of the charity, Natalie has been involved in campaigns including a collaboration with the NHS and most recently with a leading brand, Vita Liberata, she also oversees the parent support group. She has often acted as a spokesperson for the society and regularly liaises with the media when there is press interest in sharing individual stories.