Lupus can affect your skin and lead to different problems like skin rash, and lesions, etc. A majority of its symptom affects the areas where the skin is exposed directly to the sun. They include the face, neck, ears, legs, and arms. Hence, sun-exposure will make your symptoms worse. Therefore, you need to protect your skin if you have lupus. The following are some skincare tips.
Protect Against Sun Exposure
Ultraviolet (UV) rays can worsen lupus rash. Exposure to these rays will trigger problems like butterfly rash across your nose and cheeks. Also, UV rays can lead to the formation of raised sores and might trigger other lupus symptoms. Both types of UV rays including UVA and UVB can lead to such rashes. Hence, ensure to protect skin from being exposed to UV rays.
Sunscreen can be a great help for you to protect your skin from the exposure of ultraviolet rays. Sunscreens with SPF 30 or above are ideal. Also, check for the presence of compounds like avobenzone or Mexoryl (chemical blockers); or titanium dioxide or zinc oxide (physical blockers). These compounds are capable of protecting your skin from sun exposure. Make sure to reapply sunscreen after 80 minutes of application. People who sweat more need to apply it frequently.
Avoid Peak Hours
If you are suffering from lupus, then it is better to avoid going out between 10 a.m. and 4 p.m. The sunlight will be very strong during these hours. Hence, it is better to stay indoors during these hours unless you have some important things to do. If you have lupus, then try to go out in the early morning or evening, so you will not be exposed to the sun. This can help to keep your lupus rashes and other symptoms at check.
If you have to go out during the peak hours, then make sure to cover yourself up. Wear long pants and long-sleeved shirts. Also, cover your face using a hat or scarf. You can also use polarized sunglasses.
Take More Care If You Are Taking Some Medications
Certain drugs will make your skin highly sensitive to sunlight. They include anti-inflammatory drugs, antibiotics, and blood pressure medications, etc. Hence, take extra precautions when going out if you are using such medications.
Lupus can affect your skin thereby leading to different problems. Sun exposure can make your symptoms worse thereby adversely affecting your health. Hence, try to avoid sun exposure so that you will be able to keep your lupus symptoms at check.