Did he really have vitiligo or was he just bleaching his skin?
It is not to be confounded with vitiligo, chloasma, or the macular syphiloderm.
vitiligo and lichens are deformities of the skin, but they are curable.
1650s, from Latin vitiglio "a kind of cutaneous eruption, tetter."
vitiligo vit·i·li·go (vĭt'l-ī'gō, -ē'gō)
n. pl. vit·i·li·gos or vit·i·lig·i·nes (vĭt'l-ĭj'ə-nēz)