Why Michael Jackson’s Skin Turned White as He Got Older

Why Michael Jackson’s Skin Turned White as He Got Older

Why Michael Jackson’s Skin Turned White as
He Got Older Many scandals marred Michael Jackson’s personal
life, overshadowing his otherwise remarkable musical career. One such scandal was the obvious change in
his appearance, especially his skin color, which started from the mid-eighties to slowly
but surely turn from dark to white. By the mid-nineties when Jackson released
his album History (1995), it was more than obvious even to his most dedicated fans that
the man of Thriller (1982) looked nothing like the man who had recently married Elvis
Presley’s daughter, Lisa Marie. By this time, Michael Jackson was milky white;
a skin-color transition that started almost a decade earlier was more or less complete. So what happened? According to his family and Jackson himself,
the “King of Pop” had vitiligo, a condition that causes depigmentation of parts of the
skin, which usually results in white spots on the patient’s body; these are even more
noticeable if the person has a dark complexion as in Jackson’s case. The 1 in 250 or so people who have this condition
typically first start seeing signs of it beginning between 10 and 30 years old. Approximately 30% of the people who have it
also have it run in their family, which is true of Jackson. In addition to this skin disorder, Jackson
also reportedly suffered from systemic lupus erythematosus, which besides potentially being
a very serious condition can also cause loss of skin pigmentation. When the controversy about his changing skin
color hit its zenith, Jackson spoke openly about his vitiligo for the first time in an
interview he gave to Oprah in 1993. He said among other things, It is something I cannot help. When people make up stories that I don’t
want to be who I am, it hurts me. It’s a problem for me. I can’t control it. But what about all the millions of people
who sit in the sun to become darker, to become other than what they are. Nobody says nothing about that. VitiligoIn the days after, at Jackson’s
request his condition was publicly confirmed by his dermatologist, Dr. Arnold Klein, who
also stated Jackson was first diagnosed with the condition in 1984. It was also confirmed that he had lupus erythematosus,
but that it was in remission. Conspiracy theorists propose that there was
much more to it than this. That in fact Jackson had no such disease and
that he, instead, systematically bleached his skin using Benoquin cream and other medical
cocktails in his quest to look like a white person. The obvious and extensive cosmetic surgeries
he had on his eyebrows, eyelashes, lips, and nose only served to enforce the theory that
he was simply purposefully tweaking his appearance even more by bleaching his skin. Vitiligo2So is there any truth to this? Dr. Christopher Rogers, deputy medical examiner
at the Los Angeles Coroner’s Office and the man who conducted Michael Jackson’s
autopsy, chimed in on this after performing the autopsy on Jackson. Dr. Rogers confirmed that Jackson indeed suffered
from vitiligo, most noticeably with patches around his face, chest, abdomen, and arms. So did he also bleach his skin? According to dermatologist Dr. Hanish Babu,
Jackson did; this is sometimes a treatment used for those with vitiligo. When these white patches first started appearing,
you can see from certain of Jackson’s concert footage that he was trying to mask them with
makeup matching his original skin color. Once the patches became too numerous to easily
hide with makeup (and he supposedly became tired of the extensive time needed to apply
the makeup every day), he switched strategies and began the process of bleaching his skin,
supposedly under the care of his dermatologist and using 20% monobenzyl ether of hydroquinone
(Benoquin Cream). Much later, in June of 2009 after his death,
tubes of Benoquin and hydroquinone were found in Jackson’s home. As Dr. David Sawcer said, “some patients
with vitiligo get to the point where it makes more sense to remove the brown bits because
so much of the skin is pale.” Besides giving him a white complexion, this
also results in being prone to sun burns, which is why in later years he often kept
himself nearly completely covered when outside in the sun. (See What Causes Sunburns and How Sunscreen
Prevents It) In the end, only Jackson knew his true motivation
for ultimately choosing to bleach his skin, whether as a treatment for his vitiligo to
even out his skin color as reported, or as the conspiracy theorists claim, to further
change his appearance to more of a Caucasian look, though one would think the latter would
be an odd move for the co-author of the line (with Bill Bottrell), “It don’t matter
if you’re black or white.”


  • Today I Found Out says:

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  • Banyamyan Yasharahlah says:

    So what happened to his NEGROID FEATURES? Was that a result of turning so-called white?

  • joseph hansen says:

    The petophole bleached it stop telling lies hes was a demon who got famous and molested kids …. stop try to tell more lies u r a liar …. loser blacks bleach there skin cause they dont want to be black

  • Daniel Goodrich says:

    The biggest scandal was how he had the 💰 to buy his way out of pedophilia charges.

  • Monica Kaja says:

    Because he bleached his skin and he was a pedophile.

  • Nowhatamsaying says:

    Because he didn't like being black but loved little boys. It would of been easier for him to turn the lighter spot darker. He bleached his skin. Quit lying about the pedifile.

  • fordie 58 says:

    Since childhood Michael Jackson was known and loved throughout the entire world as a talented black kid from a talented black family.  Why would he bleach his skin in order to pretend to be white?  Who would he have fooled?  This makes absolutely no sense whatsoever!  His death certificate stated that he suffered from skin pigment disorders, vitiligo and lupus.  Come to your senses people.  He was the most photographed man in the world.  It must have caused him great suffering to even out his skin tone.  Give that beautiful man a break!

  • Hard Hitters, Southern-style Foods and recipes says:

    Michael Jackson, was undoubtably mentally ill, so who really knows why he did anything he ever did. Plus he had a lust for little white boys, that should tell you something. He put a lot of money into becoming a little white boy.

  • bibek mainali says:

    you look like jonny sins

  • Cheese Pie says:

    I thought it's because of racism and they wouldn't give a Grammy to a black guy.

  • Hossein Davoudi Nezhad says:


  • Dicki Monster says:

    White people putting black paint on their face= racist

    Black dude turn white and touch kids= hero

    Wtf is wrong with you people

  • Dicki Monster says:

    The guy had more than 25 surgeries in like 3 years

  • Sandra Hunter says:


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  • Lauren Klitsch says:

    I understand my dad had lupus an skin peeled an had light spots an he was a dark man he would use the ambi cream to even it out so he wouldnt look splotchy

  • James Wagner says:

    Sure, Jan.

  • Jacob Cook says:

    Was still a kid f-er… anyone forget that? Lol

  • HD Warrior says:

    What he had was vita LIE go. The initial autopsy said he had NO medical issues. Period. Chomo lied.

  • Slapdat Hugh Jass says:

    I don’t think “turned white” is a factually correct description. More accurately, “became white”…

  • The Don says:

    He just wanted his skin to look more uniform across his body, I don't see whats so odd about that, I'm fairly certain there are…other areas of his life that were more cause for concern

  • Brett McNear says:

    There was a quote accompanied by some chronological photo's of Michael Jackson going around a few years ago that said; "The USA, the only place on earth where a poor black boy can grow up to be a rich white woman." 😉

  • Killakommie Foyomommie says:

    If MJ hadn't had extensive plastic surgery(which he likewise denied), the result of which(regardless of the intent) was to make his facial features more Caucasian, he would've had more credibility on the vitaligo issue. Spray tan might have been a simpler matter than skin bleaching, if one wanted to maintain a more authentic appearance, not to mention avoiding the plastic surgery. As far as people spending time in the sun, to enhance their appearance, a natural suntan is far different from skin bleaching. Many Black people AVOID the sun, to keep from getting darker, just as many White people sunbath, to become naturally darker. Nothing gets resolved until people stop lying about the problems, and MJ had a lot of problems.

  • Brian Johnson says:

    Joe also shamed him over the years as a kid. He was never happy with his appearance. Sad life!

  • Marjohn Buncio says:

    MJ paid a lot of doctors off to give bullshit diagnoses.

  • Daniel Sin says:

    He should have just embraced his skin complexion and not changed his facial features 🤷🏽‍♂️

  • Urodium Excelsior says:

    Uhhh, self-hate.

  • Official Tru-Dru says:

    Oprah betrayed Michael

  • Jumpy_Bunny says:

    I believe when he started to touch kids The Grand Elders took his N-word pass away and thus turning him white

  • Peggy Smulligan says:

    He destroyed himself.

  • Gods Klanof says:

    Michael Jackson is a liar! He never had vitiligo; he died because of skin-bleaching. Michael Jackson looks like a ghost !

  • Beverly Balius says:

    He Bleached the shit out of his skin!!!

  • JimBeam says:

    MJ also suffered from paedobumaboyitis.

  • LuciaenJeroen Griekspoor says:

    Peter pan…

  • will-o'-the wisp says:

    🐦 The simplest of things become the hearts content.

  • Oggatha Christie says:

    MJ always wanted to be Peter Pan. End of story.

  • Eric Cole says:

    This just shows us the greatness of America ! Where a poor black boy can turn into a rich white woman !

  • msjasluv says:

    I call BS.

  • Xavier Imperial says:

    soooooo how come his kids look like 90s Michael and not like what he really looked like? plus the always straight hair was weird

  • Frank Sparks says:

    No need to watch it. He bleached his skin like they do in India and eventually so did his sister. Everything else is a lie. His whole life was a lie anyway.

  • Mark Trosclair says:


  • mbali nkosi says:

    He's dead.

  • Purr Cat says:

    His skin color is correllated to his Nose Changes and other Facial Changes. He had some unresolved personal issues.

  • bunnihilator says:

    Obviously michael did not only have a skin condition, as you can see he completely changed his appearance in contrast to what he looked like to completely look more beautiful, like a prince. Even his hair he changed to look like a white hair, he had old curly hair. You can see his face transformation turning into a completely different face through various plastic surgeries including his nose.
    If it was only about skin his face would change and he wouldnt need plastic surgeries to conpletely change his face. Obviously it was more than only a skin color issue in my own opinion

  • ermonta says:

    I had been really suspicious, but I am glad I attempted this particular vitiligo treatment solution “Sαmzο† Yuku” (Goοgle it). I used it during bedtime and the next morning, I was shocked by the advancements. I first used it twice daily then gradually reducing the dosage when the result is showing. My elbows are a lot better..

  • Little Reptilian says:

    You can't have a black king

  • Sarah The best in the world says:

    Michael propose to me when your eight

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  • Prabhat Kashyap says:

    johnny sins is talking about some plastic guy

  • Sperminator Man says:

    Because he bleached it you stupid Foreigner vitiligo doesn't turn your whole body white you just get white patches go back to Britain or wherever you came from dumbass.

  • Azzir Don says:

    I wonder if his dick and balls are white too

  • Thandi M says:

    Nope! He bleached.

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  • notreally mad or mad says:

    Wow micheal Jackson could have gotten the n pass

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