There are numerous types of skin conditions that can affect people, and throughout the course of this blog we’re going try to get to them all. Many are very common, while a few are quite rare. Albinism falls into the latter category.
Albinism is the product of a hereditary genetic mutation that is responsible for the lack of melatonin and pigmentation in the afflicted. Consequently, it results in extremely pale skin, hair and semi-transparent eyes. Albinism impacts both genders and all races of human beings, as well as a number of other species in the animal kingdom.* Aside from poor vision and a hypersensitivity to sunlight, those with this condition may otherwise lead very normal lives.
However, while each one of us is susceptible to the skin damage caused by the sun’s harmful UV rays, due to the absence of skin pigmentation, those with Albinism are significantly more vulnerable to skin cancer and Melanoma. Therefore they must always be careful to protect themselves as much as possible from the impact of those rays. Parents of children with this disease must be particularly and continuously mindful of their son or daughter’s surroundings.
If this includes you, or someone to whom you’re responsible for, the most effective methods of shielding yourself are really just elevated levels of the ways that anyone else would. Wear Sundicators Uv Wristbands and continually re-apply high SPF sunscreen every day, all year ‘round, in all types of weather and during any kind of activity. And do so whether the sun is visible or not. Also, at all times while outdoors wear sun-safe clothing. No exceptions. These include long-brimmed hats, caps, long-sleeved shirts, long pants and sunglasses. While inside, keep the window shades and blinds drawn.
Just one more thing. For anyone who knows or has the occasion to meet a person with Albinism, please remember this. It’s not contagious. And though it’s only one disease among thousands that no one has control over acquiring, there are many successful models with this condition that walk the run-ways with the same pride someone with pigment would. Some are even supermodels that earn a substantial living for their Albinism. Beauty isn’t a stereotype and all skin tones are equally beautiful.
We’re all human. And whether or not it can be outwardly seen, we all have, have had, or will have to deal with some malady or another; that is the stark reality of the human condition. Like all other beautiful skin tones, Albinism is just as beautiful.
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