The late pop sensation Michael Jackson has always been bombarded with ridiculous allegations in his lifetime ranging from bathing in cow blood to undergoing 100 cosmetic surgery operations — one of the largest myths surrounding the singer's personal life (or the singer in general) is his skin color drastically changing over the course of his lifetime, due to skin bleaching creams used by Jackson in order to attain "whiteness". This notion is seemingly true for most, but factually presumably false. The evident lurking around proves that in fact the singer did not want to be white, opposite to what most including the media and the public concluded by taking a glance at the singer's face.
Thriller To Bad — 1984 - 1987
Michael Jackson's face changed dramatically from the eras of his hit albums 'Thriller' and 'Bad'. Most were shocked to see the change in the superstar's appearance, while some just ignored it. Undeniably, it is easy to assume that Jackson had bleached his skin back in the '80s than to assume something else, such as a benefit of the doubt. A gallery of the 'Thriller' era to the 'Bad' era can show how much the 'Dangerous' singer's skin color changed over these years.
As you can see, between the years of 1984 and 1988 Jackson's face's color has changed. However, if you thought that Jackson's 'Bad' tour years are when his face's color changed the most, then you are sadly mistaken. Jackson's face's color changed the most during the 'Dangerous' era, when his face was fully depigmented, as opposed to the 'Bad' era, when his skin was being covered up with makeup.
During the Jacksons' 'Victory' tour, Jackson's makeup kit was found backstage full of makeup used by people who want to hide their skin blotches, discoloration, or any sort of depigmentation. The makeup used by the pop star was no ordinary makeup, and was special as highlighted. A Google search can lead one to see the makeup kit used by Jackson found backstage of the 'Victory' tour, which shows the singer's special makeup kit.
How Did Jackson's Skin Color Change?
From a disease called 'Vitiligo', which at the time, nobody knew much about. The disease is an autoimmune skin disorder which removes all pigmentation cells of the body, leading one such as Jackson to have absolutely zero pigmentation on their body, except for some areas. This happened to Jackson and with the blotches all over his skin, he used makeup to cover up his skin's blotches.
The proof of Jackson's 'Vitiligo' could be found on the internet, but as far as hardcore proof — Jackson's autopsy report held shocking revelations to the public; these revelations were that Jackson did indeed suffer from 'Vitiligo'. The autopsy report can be viewed in its entirety, but instead a screenshot of the specific area could suffice.
What more could be used to prove Jackson's 'Vitiligo' other than the autopsy report itself. Various media outlets reported that there were bleaching creams or depigmentation creams found at Jackson's home after his death in 2009. This was debunked by 'Unmassed EDU', which is a 'Vitiligo' website, which clarified this and said that the cream found in Jackson's home 'Benoquin', is an FDA approved drug used for 'Vitiligo'. Here's what they said:
"So there is no question that Michael Jackson had vitiligo, by his own admission and according to his autopsy after his death. He did appear to use Benoquin to help depigment his skin, but not because he “wanted to be white”, but as an FDA-approved treatment for his vitiligo."
There's no doubt that Jackson suffered from 'Vitiligo' indeed.
Fact Check Report
The 'Thriller' superstar Michael Jackson indeed suffered from the disease which he claimed to have suffered from all those years of his life, when no one did believe him. It's not a myth as suggested by some, neither is it skin bleaching either. Despite some surgeries Jackson had done on his nose and chin, Jackson did not alter his appearance in the way of bleaching his skin. Jackson always stated he was a proud black American and that he was very honored of his race.