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Skin Rashes

Not all lupus symptoms are invisible. Often the disease shows itself across your body’s largest organ—the skin.

I try staying out of the sun. But, sometimes, I just want to be part of the fun! I’m glad I have tips to keep my skin healthy.

Skin rashes in lupus are more than just the malar, or butterfly, rash. While this rash that often spreads across the nose and onto the cheeks has defined the symbol of lupus, other types are also common. These include sensitivity to the sun with flaky, red spots or a scaly, purple rash on the face, neck, and arms.


If you’re experiencing a new rash, be sure to discuss it with your doctor. When your lupus symptoms are flaring, it may mean your disease is active. And this lupus disease activity can cause long-term damage to your organs.


Almost two-thirds of people living with lupus have some sort of skin issues related to their disease.

To help avoid rashes caused by the sun’s UV rays, try to not be out in the sun for long periods of time, especially in the middle of the day and in the summer. When you’re out, wear long sleeves and a broad-brimmed hat. And don’t forget to wear a generous amount of sunscreen every day—and reapply it often. Talk to your doctor, who may have more suggestions.

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For help in covering or camouflaging rashes, you might try makeup designed just for that purpose. Ask your dermatologist for brands that have developed products for both the face and body. Beyond helping conceal your skin issues, these foundations can give you another layer of UV protection.

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Learn more about these symptoms.

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Joint Pain

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Skin Rashes

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Hair Loss

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Mouth Sores

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Brain Fog

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Kidney Issues

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& Anxiety

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Muscle Pain
& Weakness

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Heart Issues

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