When a person’s skin appears to be losing its color, it may be a primary symptom of a skin pigment disorder. These conditions include:
Vitiligo. This is a chronic skin condition characterized by the appearance of white patches all over the skin. Vitiligo happens when the cells responsible for creating melanin suddenly die out. As a result, these white patches may grow bigger over time.
Albinism. People with albinism have bodies that are not capable of producing melanin. As a result, a person with albinism has very light skin, hair, and eyes and is very sensitive to sunlight.
Red sores that appear crusty or inflamed
Skin ulcers appear as open sores or craters with crusty skin surrounding the area. These sores are usually symptoms of conditions like:
Impetigo. This is a highly contagious bacterial skin infection that usually affects babies or younger children. Impetigo sores can be very red and itchy, and may ooze liquid which dries into a yellow crust around the sore. As a general rule, these sores appear on the arms or legs, or around the nose or mouth area.