Lupus is an autoimmune disease that causes the immune system to attack healthy cells and tissue within the body. Therefore, it comes to no surprise that the skin can dramatically suffer if you have lupus. There are several types of lupus, including systemic lupus, discoid lupus and subacute cutaneous lupus. Unfortunately, all of these lupus types are associated with skin rashes. Lupus skin irritations can be both uncomfortable and embarrassing. While there is no cure for lupus, there are some things you can do to lessen or prevent its skin related symptoms.
Here are three products to have on hand if you suffer from lupus:
- Sunscreen: Lupus skin rashes are most often triggered by sun exposure (UV rays). Therefore, sun protection is critical. To avoid the butterfly-shaped rash that commonly appears on the nose and cheeks, wear sunscreen daily. Apply a high SPF often and be careful about any medication you are taking that might cause sun sensitivity.
- Medicine: Many types of skin rashes or irritations can be alleviated by medication. Your dermatologist may prescribe a corticosteroid cream, ointment, gel, or injection.
- Makeup: Wearing makeup certainly won’t make your lupus skin symptoms go away, but it can definitely help you feel less self-conscious about their appearance. Makeup can cover up the uneven skin color, blotches, and scars that lupus leaves behind.
The above mentioned products come in countless brands and varieties. It is highly important that you consult with a dermatologist about which product type is best for you. At Olansky Dermatology Associates, we are well qualified to treat lupus skin conditions. We can recommend a sunscreen, topical cream or make-up product that works well with your skin and helps to alleviate your concerns most. Our physicians stay at the forefront of their field. Therefore, we also offer the latest and most proven treatment for skin related lupus symptoms.