Corrie’s Georgia May Foote opens up on two-year battle with secret skin condition

Former Coronation Street star Georgia May Foote has gone public with her illness which sees pale white patches develop across her skin.

The condition is called vitiligo and the 31 year old has been battling the disease for the past two years. It's the same illness that king of pop Michael Jackson suffered from and there is no known cure.

Essentially, those with the condition suffer from a lack of melanin, which is the pigment in skin. This causes the pale white patches to appear, which mostly affect the face, neck, hands and skin creases.

Taking to Instagram the actress posted a series of images to her story where she explained how vitiligo affected her.

She said: "As you can see the pigment on my skin has disappeared. The reason for this happening is still unknown although there are a few factors they think cause it.

"The saddest part? There is no cure."

Georgia went onto to answer questions from fans with one asking whether it became more noticeable in the summer.

"Deffo more noticeable with a tan," she said, before adding: "I see patches I can't normally see when my skin is a lot lighter.

"The area that's white has no melanin. So it will not tan at all. Making the skins around it nice and brown which makes the white appear even whiter."

The NHS website warns those with the disease to take extra care in the sun because the pale patches are more vulnerable to sunburn. It advises using sunscreen with a high sun protection factor.

A second fan explained she also suffers from vitiligo and found their first white patch approximately three years ago.

They added that every summer they notice more and more patches appearing.

Georgia reassured the message sender by stating she is also in the same situation, saying: "I find new ones all the time. It's just one of those things."

Summing up her openness to her condition, Georgia explained she's still herself but she just has "funky skin" now.

She went onto say her partner, Kris Evans – who was formerly in Britain's Got Talent boyband The Mend – often tells her that "you either let it crumble you or you crack on".

She added: "Social media makes you feel imperfect far too much. But this is me and I can't change it.

"And I hope people who meet people with vitiligo understand how it can make you feel and find the beauty in it."

Non-segmental vitiligo, the most common type of vitiligo, is thought to be an autoimmune condition. This means suffers may have a weaker than normal immune system.

Other famous sufferers of the skin condition include the model Winnie Harlow and Towie's Demi Sims.

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