If you have lupus, skin changes are common. Medical treatments may help you get rid of such skin changes. You may also use cover-up tricks to make changes less visible and make sure to protect your skin.
Protecting Skin from the Sun
UV rays in daylight may trigger skin problems like a butterfly-shaped rash across the cheeks and nose. UV rays may worsen the disease and trigger patches of the raised sores. Both UVB and UVA are the culprits for such rashes.
You can use sunscreen daily. Your sunscreen should be SPF 30. To ensure that you are protected against both types of ultraviolet rays, you must check the label to see that it contains Avobenzone or Mexoryl.
You can reapply sunscreen every eighty minutes or more frequently if you’re swimming or sweating. Women may put sunscreen on before putting makeup.
Makeup and Medicine for Sores and Rashes
If you have rashes like a butterfly-shaped rash on your face, you should ask your doctor if injections, gels, ointments or corticosteroid creams can help. Blotches, uneven skin color, and scars may be due to lupus.
Makeup is a great cover-up if you have them. You can try the green hues to get rid of redness. If you have lumpy scars, your dermatologist may inject fillers.
You may also consider laser therapy for dark or red spots. However, such are your options if your lupus isn’t active, so get the approval of your doctor first.
Lupus may affect the skin on the inside of your nose and mouth. If you’re experiencing sores, gargle a lot of times daily with buttermilk mixed with little water or hydrogen peroxide. Ask the doctor about special dental paste or mouthwash that could help to heal. You can try soothing them using petroleum jelly for the sores in your nose.
You can find that fingertips turn blue, red or white in the cold. It’s called Raynaud’s phenomenon. You can wear socks and gloves in air-conditioned rooms or cold weather to help resolve this problem.
Purchase OTC hand warmers to keep in the pockets for warming both your hands. Moreover, avoid cigarettes and caffeine that may make the problem worse.
How to Take Care of Your Scalp and Hair
If you have lupus, you might have some fragile hair and hair loss. Try such tips to keep the hair look best and be healthy:
For bald patches or minor thinning, you should treat yourself and get a new hairstyle. You may ask your stylist to suggest a layered, short hair cut that will help hide the areas as well as make the hair look much thicker.
A hair extension is an option for the thin spots on the head’s side if you are not losing hair actively. Nevertheless, protect your scalp through avoiding glues, chemicals, and heat.
For fragile hair, you should avoid pulling your hair. Never put stress on your hair through using chemical treatments, curlers, and curling irons. Use baby shampoo for washing your hair.