This type of lupus affects only the skin. About 10% of all lupus cases are cutaneous.
Cutaneous lupus commonly causes both malar rashes and discoid rashes. The areas of rash can be raised, scaly, red areas that may not itch. Others who live with cutaneous lupus may suffer from a rash over the cheeks and across the bridge of the nose, known as the "butterfly rash."
Other rashes or sores may appear on the face, neck, or scalp (where the skin is exposed to sunlight or fluorescent light), or in the mouth, nose, or vagina. Hair loss and changes in the color of the skin are also symptoms of cutaneous lupus.