Skin Care

Caring for you skin is vital for lupus sufferersUltraviolet light has been known to trigger inflammation and flare-ups in those with lupus and exposure to sunlight for long periods of time can definitely cause a rash or worsen other symptoms. To minimize this exposure, it is advisable to remain out of direct sunlight for long periods. Also, make sure to cover your face and arms as much as you can if you plan to be out in the sun for more than 30 minutes. Applying a broad-spectrum sunscreen can also help to protect your skin from harmful ultraviolet rays. A 50 SPF or higher is often recommended for those with lupus. Avoid going out in the sun when the rays are at their strongest which is typically between the hours of 10am to 4pm; this is especially good advice during the summer hours. Keeping the skin healthy and moisturized is also a beneficial way to rejuvenate the skin and keep inflammation from causing further damage. Skin care also includes taking care of infections on the surface of the skin properly and in a timely manner. Open sores or wounds should be treated immediately and with hygienic care. Consult your doctor if your skin has multiple lesions, sores, or wounds that remain for long periods of time even with proper care.