Lupus And Skin Disorders

Some skin conditions have no known cause. Many permanent skin disorders may arise from a combination of genetic susceptibility and environmental stressors, such as illness, allergens, or exposure to irritants.

In addition, some health conditions and lifestyle factors are linked with specific skin disorders.


Lupus is a skin disease (cutaneous lupus erythematosus) that can occur in three forms: chronic cutaneous (discoid) lupus erythematosus, subacute cutaneous lupus erythematosus, and acute cutaneous lupus erythematosus.

The sun often worsens Lupus skin problems. Each of these forms of lupus causes different skin problems, such as the following:

  • round lesions on the face and head
  • thick, red, scaly disc-shaped lesions
  • red, ring-shaped lesions on body parts exposed to sunlight
  • hair loss
  • flat rash on the face and body that looks like a sunburn
  • calcinosis cutis
  • small, red-purple or black spots on fingers and toes
  • sores inside the mouth and nose
  • tiny red spots on the legs
  • Raynaud’s phenomenon
  • livedo reticularis
  • palmar erythema

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