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Why Michael Jackson Changed His Color?

8 July 2009 35,978 12 Comments

Michael Jackson’s skin color was something that was always in the media and always surrounded by controversy. Michael Jackson always sustained that he suffered from a skin disorder which he told the public on the Oprah Winfrey show in 1993 – his first interview since 1979!, and dismissed claims that he bleached his skin to become white.

However the media as well as Ian Halperin (unauthorised biogrpaher)?reported that he changed his skin color. After Jackson’s death Quincy Jones recently made the blunt statement he just “didn’t want to be black”.

TTKN have uncovered that Michael Jackson suffered from Vitiligo and Lupus skin disorders, which Jackson had maintained all his life. His long time friend and doctor Deepak Chopra told People that “he had been diagnosed with lupus and he had vitiligo. There’s some recent research that suggests that if children have experienced either physical or verbal, mental, emotional or sexual abuse, then 20, 30 years later they can develop these autoimmune diseases including lupus.”

A few pictures behind the scenes from the 1995 music video for “They Don’t Care About Us”.

Pictures?from the Dangerous tour, 1992.

What is Vitiligo?
Vitiligo is a relatively common skin disorder, in which white spots or patches appear on the skin. These spots are caused by destruction or weakening of the pigment cells in those areas, resulting in the pigment being destroyed or no longer produced. In most cases, vitiligo is believed to be an autoimmune-related disorder. Although researchers are not exactly sure what causes the autoimmune response, more is being learned every year. In vitiligo, only the color of the skin is affected. The texture and other skin qualities remain normal.

What are the symptoms of Vitiligo?
People who develop vitiligo usually first notice white patches or spots (depigmentation) on their skin. The skin remains of normal texture, and there is usually no itching or other symptoms. These patches are more obvious in sun-exposed areas, including the hands, feet, arms, legs, face, and lips. Other common areas for white patches to appear are the armpits and groin and around the mouth, eyes, nostrils, navel, and genitals. Vitiligo generally appears in one of three patterns. In one pattern (focal pattern), the depigmentation is limited to one or only a few areas. Some people develop depigmented patches on only one side of their bodies (segmental vitiligo). But for most people who have vitiligo, depigmentation occurs on different parts of the body (generalized vitiligo), often similar on each side of the body. In addition to white patches on the skin, some people with vitiligo may experience white hair growing in on the scalp, eyelashes, eyebrows, and beard. In extremely rare cases, vitiligo can affect eye color or the pigment of the retina.

Does genetics play a role?
Most people with vitiligo have neither parents, nor children, nor siblings with vitiligo. Many have no other relatives with vitiligo. Vitiligo does appear to be hereditary, that is, it can run in families. Children whose parents have the disorder are more likely to develop vitiligo. There is no question about that. However, most children will not get vitiligo even if a parent has it, and most people with vitiligo do not have a family history of the disorder. So the chances of your child developing vitiligo appear to be very small. Nevertheless, there are sufficient numbers of families where vitiligo does appear among siblings, parents and children, such that we can assume a genetic factor.

How does Vitiligo Develop?
The beginning of Vitiligo and the severity of pigment loss differs with each patient. Light skinned people usually notice the pigment loss during the summer as the contrast between the vitiliginous skin and the suntanned skin becomes distinct. People with dark skin may observe the onset of Vitiligo at any time. Individuals who have severe cases will lose pigment over their entire body surface. There is no way to predict how much pigment an individual will lose, Illness and stress can result in more pigment loss. The degree of pigment loss can also vary within each Vitiligo patch, and a border of abnormally dark skin may encircle a patch of depigmented skin.

Vitiligo frequently begins with a rapid loss of pigment which may be followed by a lengthy period when the skin color does not change. Later, the pigment loss may resume ? perhaps after the individual has suffered physical trauma or stress. The loss of color may continue until, for unknown reasons, the process stops. Cycles of pigment loss, followed by periods of stability may continue indefinitely. It is rare for a patient with Vitiligo to repigment or regain skin color spontaneously. Most patients who say that they no longer have Vitiligo may actually have become depigmented and are no longer bothered by contrasting skin color. While such patients appear to be ?cured?, they really are not. People who have Vitiligo all over their bodies do not look like albinos because the color of their hair may not change ? or it can be dyed ? and eye color does not change.

Emotional Impact
Most individuals with Vitiligo are upset because of the uneven skin color. It is difficult for those who do not have Vitiligo to appreciate the significance of this problem to the victim.

Depigmentation Therapy
If a person has Vitiligo over more than half of the exposed areas of the body, he or she is not a candidate for repigmentation. Rather, such a person may want to try depigmentation of the remaining pigmented skin. The drug for depigmentation is monobenzylether of hydroquinone. Many patients with Vitiligo are at first apprehensive about the idea of depigmentation and reluctant to go ahead. However, patients who achieve complete depigmentation are usually satisfied with the end results. Some people become allergic to the medication and must discontinue therapy. This therapy takes about a year to complete. The pigment removal is permanent.

Sensitivity to the sun
Patches of vitiligo skin have no natural protection against the sun?s rays. This is because vitiligo skin is white as the melanocytes which produce melanin (skin pigment) are not active. The effect of the sun is normally to increase melanin production and to turn the skin brown; this is a protective mechanism to prevent the skin from being damaged by burning. Therefore, the most important reason for protecting your skin is to prevent sunburn. Not only is this painful, but damage to the skin, including sunburn, can stimulate the vitiligo to spread in some people. As vitiligo skin is particularly vulnerable to sunlight and needs protection, some brands of sunblock are classified by the NHS (The British National Health Service) as borderline substances which means they can be obtained on prescription from your doctor.

Michael says he was first diagnosed at the earliest, during the time he released his ?Off the Wall? album. We can assume that maybe it started before he actually released the album in stores, which was in the mid 70s. Treatments were still being developed and the awareness of the disease was not there. So naturally, the only solution for Michael then was to cover it up using cosmetics. I?ve heard people ask ?So why didn?t he try to regain his color? making it seem as if he was desperate to just depigment his skin of its natural color. Michael covered it with darker makeup I?m sure, for as long as he could.

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  • WINSY said:

    THIS BRINGS ME TO TEARS,I REALLY CAN’T BELIEVE HAW THIS WORLD CAN BE SO IGNORANT!NOT SEE THE TRUTH OR EVEN TRY A LITTLE TO FIND THE TRUTH BEHIND THE LIES,

    BUT BE SO QUICK TO JUDGE SUCH A WONDERFUL MAN AND SO INNOCENT,A MAN WHO HAD A LOT TO GIVE TO THE WORLD BUT A MAN WHO GOT SO LITTLE FROM THE WORLD!HE GAVE LOVE TO THE WORLD FROM HIS HEART,

    HE WAS REAL AND TRUE,
    IT’S REALLY A SHAME!AND THIS PROVES HOW THIS WORLD IS SO CORRUPTED WITH EVIL!THE GOOD HAS BECAME EVIL!PEOPLE CAN’T SE LOVE CAN’T SEE GOOD BUT EVIL IN EVERYTHING!

    WHEN ONE IS PASSIONATE AND DIFFERENT FROM BAD AND EVIL IT SEEMS UNREAL TO THE WORLD!
    A MAN WHO HAD A HEART OF A CHILD,SO PURE FULL OF INNOCENCE SO REAL.

    (THE WORLD JUDGED HIM OF NOT BAYING PRUDE OF HIS SKIN OR HIS RACE!EVEN THOSE WHO WAS CLOSE TO HIM AND THEY ARE CALLED BEST FRIEND BY HIM BUT THEY FAILED TO UNDERSTAND WHO HE WAS EVEN FAILED TO TRUST HIM WHEN HE WANTED THAT THE MOST,BUT YET THEY SAY THE REAL FRIENDS YOU WILL SEE THEM IN TIMES OF TROUBLE. AND YET THEY PUSHED HIM AND NEVER TRUSTED THE TRUTH FORM HIS HEART EVEN THOUGH HE WAS HEARTING AND DYING!)I WAS SO CHOCKED BY QUINCE JONES!!(WHAT A SHAME WHAT YOU SAID?! MAY GOD FORGIVE YOU COS YOU AREN’T REALLY SURE WHAT YOU ARE TALKING ABOUT!)I KIND FEEL LIKE YOU WISH YOU CAN TAKE IT BACK!!
    BUT TOO BAD IT’S TOO LATE!
    (AND SO THEY SAY THEY NEVER NEW WHAT THEY HAD WAS PRECIOUS TILL IT WAS GONE!)
    YOU DON’T MISS YOUR WATER TILL THEY RUNS DRY!

    BUT THE WORLD SOME HOW FAILED TO SEE ALL OF THAT.
    PLEASE LET’S LEARN A REASON FROM THIS,LET’S LEARN TO APPRECIATE WHAT WE HAVE WHILE WE STILL HAVE IT!LEARN TO TRUST AND TO SEEK FOR TRUTH!LEARN NOT TO JUDGE ONLY OUR FATHER IN HAVEN CAN JUDGE US!

    I REALLY CAN’T BELIEVE,STILL I REALLY FIND THIS HAD TO UNDERSTAND AND IT’S HAD TO BELIEVE,HOW CAN EVIL DEFEAT GOOD?!
    HOW CAN HATE OVERCOME LOVE?!
    HOW CAN ALL OF THE TRUTH BE HIDDEN FROM THE WORLD?AND YET IT’S CLEAR AND LUCID!
    HOW CAN RIGHT BE HIDDEN IN TO DARKNESS??

    I REALLY DON’T KNOW WHAT TO SAY MORE!
    BUT PLEASE THINK TWICE!

    AND LATE LOVE CONQUER THIS WORLD MORE THAN HATE.LATE LIGHT OVERCOME DARKNESS.

    LOVE YOU MICHAEL JACKSON,ALWAYS WILL BE IN MY HEART.(MAY YOU REST IN PEACE OF HEAVEN’S KINGDOM!)

    AND I HAVE LEANED A LOT FROM WATCHING YOU EVEN FROM A MILLION MILLS!(LOVE,POLITENESS, HUMBLENESS,PASSIONATE,KINDNESS SO CARING AND VERY AMBITIOUS)YOU ARE SUCH A WONDER!

    PEACE!

  • Little Girl said:

    it doesn’t matter the skin you still the one and only the BEST..KING OF POP!…no one can be like you MICHAEL rest in peace..
    Love One Of your BILLION fan.

  • Ben said:

    Other people would’ve sued, but Michael Jackson just let those tabloids run their mouth for almost 20 years.

  • kim said:

    I hope people understand that this is real, he wouldnt have identified as a black man if he didnt feel that he was. I wish people wouldnt beleive what they see in tabloids and actually do some research.

  • GEORGE WU, A.I.A. said:

    THE OWNERS OF THE COPY-RIGHT OF MICHAEL JACKSON’S RECODINGS HAVE BEEN VERY BUSY!
    IF THE SKIN COLOR IS A DISEASE, THEN HOW THE HELL MICHAEL JACKSON HAD HIS FAT NOSE TRIMMED DOWN TO LOOK LIKE A WHITE PRINCE? IS THAT A DISEASE ALSO? YOU BET THAT WAS— IT WAS CALLED INFERIORITY COMPLEX!
    THE 12 YEAR OLD BOY LIED ONCE BEFORE; BUT TODAY,AFTER GETTING PAID, HE COULD LIE AGAIN!
    NOTHING CAN CHANGE THAT MICHAEL JACKSON WAS A HOMOSEXUAL AS MUCH AS MICHAEL JACKSON WAS A DRUG ADDICT! THE CHILD HE THREATHENED TO THROW DOWN FROM THE BALCONY DID NOT INDICATE SHE A DROP OF BLCK BLOOD IN IN HER. IS THAT A DISEASE ALSO?!”YIGILITY?” OR WHATEVER THE HELL IT WAS!

  • GEORGE WU, A.I.A. said:

    LOOK! MICHAEL JACKSON WAS LIVING IN A FANTASY WORLD.
    OBAMA WAS LIVING IN A REAL WORLD!
    THEY BOTH ARE BLACK; BUT A HELL OF DIFFERENCE!!!!
    I HAVE TREMENDOUS RESPECT FOR OBAMA; BUT I TURNED THE TV OFF EVERY TIME WHEN THE NAME MICHAEL JACKSON WAS MENTIONED!!!

  • Lucy Lu said:

    What an idiot!
    The guy has just died give him some respect!
    I suggest you read a bit of history about Michael before making such comments.

    If any other star has plastic surgery it is fine but you seem to have a problem with Michael, and anyway why does it affect you, what right do you have to say that he should or should have done anything!

  • Erik said:

    Some of the comments here are incredible.
    Michael never ever never denied the operations he had with his nose! So stop manipulating info! As for his skin, he had a problem with it yes! I have a friend that worked with michael and i can confirm this info 100%!

  • DART said:

    Michael Jackson did not have vitiligo. If a person of color bleaches their skin he or she will develope the appearance of vitiligo.
    All the so called conditions that Mr. Jackson had were pretty much fabrications for the benefit of mental condition.

  • Lucy Lu said:

    Please give me a break, they guy had a skin disease.
    But people can’t seem to accept it as it somehow it is affecting them!

  • MJlover said:

    Who cares if he’s black or white? What does how he looks have anything to do with his singing? To quote him ” Music is color blind.” That is what I belive. RIP MJ!

  • Vitiligo Man In Cali said:

    I felt for Michael. No wonder he become more of a recluse. He suffer from this horrible condition. And people accused him of bleaching to look white. I have vitiligo too and pray that it never gets as bad as Michael’s was. But if it does I would probably bleach the remaining skin also. People can be so wrong.

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