Michael Jackson has always been dressed where he is completely covered since around the Thriller era. You may or may not notice in the rare occasion that Jackson has his wrists visible (most likely due to a button cuff of his shirt has been slightly opened). Now, if you missed the information regarding Jackson’s vitiligo, be sure to read about it here (thanks to Steady Laughing for the information!).
In 2002, he was bitten by a spider, so ignore the scars as they have nothing to do with vitiligo. Michael had lent his dermatologist permission to release these photos. No surprise to me almost not many people have seen them.
This seems to be a promotional still from 1988’s ‘The Way You Make Me Feel’ music video (note the right side of his neck).
A few candid pictures behind the scenes from the 1995 music video for ‘They Don’t Care About Us’.
In 1993, MJ granted an interview to Oprah Winfrey; something he rarely does. As the most viewed Oprah interview ever, this where Jackson first reveals that he has a skin disease, there was a clip that was never aired. I believe this was the part where he rolled up his sleeves and showed Oprah his arm.
A few candid shots from the Dangerous tour, 1992.
A candid shot from the early 90s, a unknowing Jackson’s wrists reveal spotting. If you ever wondered why Michael always wears clothes that covers himself from head to toe, this is the only reason.
Re: Make Up
Two candid pictures from the Triumph tour where Michael’s very heavy stage make-up is be running. (Read more about stage make up in reference to this discussion here). People made fun of him in the 1980s because of all the make up he wore (i.e. made him look feminine) but there was a reason as to why he used it.
Same as above, but from the Bad tour. At this point, he is starting use lighter make up. (Also note that you’ll see many pictures where the make up he is using for his face is not the right shade still. So he wasn’t always using ‘pasty white make up’).
Re: Discoid Lupus
Another classic rash found in cutaneous lupus is the discoid rash. This rash is coin-shaped or oval in shape, like a disk and it is seen on areas of the skin that are exposed to sunlight. Discoid lesions (sores) tend to be red and raised and become scaly. When they heal they can leave behind a scar. These rashes can also result in a change in coloring of the skin, making the area around the lesion either lighter or darker in color. These discoid lesions may appear on the scalp; on the face in a butterfly distribution; or, as mentioned earlier, in areas where the skin receives sun exposure, especially, for example, the V of the neck. Discoid lupus erythematosus (LE) lesions are usually painless and typically do not itch. Here is one example of what a discoid rash may look like. (Photo source: Dermatology Information System, Dermis.net)
Lupus Erythematosus, Discoid: eMedicine Dermatology