Vitiligo is a common skin condition that causes white patches to appear on the skin. This is caused by a loss of the pigment-producing cells in the skin. In most people, only a few spots may appear, but in others the condition can be more widespread. Vitiligo is not infectious or contagious. Various management options are available including prescription based cortisone and non-cortisone creams, tablets or phototherapy (light treatment). Surgical methods are reserved for patches that have been stable (this is not a service provided by Melbourne Skin & Dermatology). Results of treatments dependant on the type and extent of the vitiligo. Some choose to embrace their condition or use cosmetic camouflage.