Anomalously white harbour porpoise (Phocoena phocoena) photographed in the Moray Firth, Scotland on 24 August 2012. The head, back, sides and pectoral fins appear uniformly pinkish white against a contrastingly darker grey/black dorsal fin.

At an estimated body length of 1.5 m, the present animal had evidently survived to adulthood, in spite of its condition, confirming the potential longevity of such hypo-pigmented individuals in the wild. Further recaptures of this naturally-marked animal may provide valuable information on the site fidelity and long-term spatial movements of these notoriously difficult to study cetaceans.


Six MG/YA novels featuring protagonists with albinism:

Akata Witch by Nnedi Okorafor
Ghost Boy by Iain Lawrence
Golden Boy by Tara Sullivan
The Badger Knight by Kathryn Erskine
The Likes of Me by Randall Beth Platt
The Tragedy Paper by Elizabeth Laban

We’re thrilled to see these characters represented! However, public perception of people with albinism is fraught with stereotypes and inaccuracies. We’d love to know how well the characters in these novels were written. Have you read any? What did you think?

Also of interest may be these brief reviews of novels featuring albinistic characters on the website of NOAH, the National Organization for Albinism and Hypopigmentation.

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(Faintly) Informative TMI of the Day!

So for those of you who don’t know (which should be all of you unless you know me in real life, because that’d just be really freaky and I’d want an explanation), I have mild-moderate atopic eczema  It’s not terrible, just annoying and uncomfortable.

This summer, however, a good bit of it went away.  And instead left some absolutely beautiful hypopigmentation.  There are a few light spots on my right forearm, and a vaguely star-shaped white patch bigger than my palm from below my left collarbone to my shoulder.

I was not pleased.


(This isn’t me, but that’s what it looks like.)

So the good news is that we found out it’s pretty much guaranteed to go away within six months.

Aw yeah.

And if that isn’t the most interesting thing you read today, I don’t know what is.

Anyone else have any similar experiences?  I’m curious.

Vitiligo - One of hypopigmentation disorders caused by destroyed melanocytes (pigment cells). 

May develop into skin cancer and the patient can suffer an emotional trauma.

Therapy : the duration of treatment is very long! 

  1. < 20% skin involved —> topical tacrolimus 0.1% 2dd.
  2. 20-25% skin involved —> narrowband UVB or oral PUVA

Taken from :

Papadakis MA, McPhee SJ. Current medical diagnosis & treatment. 52nd Edition. New York: The McGraw-Hill Companies; 2013.

More than 10% is severe 10 handprints TEN
I had over 55 hand prints worth of psoriasis thats over 55% official coverage

In terms of looking at my body my derm said I was 95% coverd because not one bit of me was untouched

This is fucking scary, I am now technically 55% coverd in hypopigmentation (around 28% of me is still dry and going onto the hypopigment stage)

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greg-paine said:

Yo, just wear box braids, if you like them who cares, we live in America, we've been taught that it was a,melting pot of different cultures. You can't like something ftom a different culture? @ the end of the day, it's just a hair style.

As much as I’d love to start wearing protective styling for my mix textured (3A 3C) hair while I grow it out, I don’t want to start a shit storm. Especially since I go to a very culturally diverse college and people just assume I’m full white due to hypopigmentation.