Lupus Scar Treatment Tips

Lupus Scar Treatment Tips

Lupus is a chronic autoimmune disorder in which the body’s immune system attacks its own organs and tissues. Lupus causes inflammation, which can affect a number of different body systems including the skin, joints, brain, heart, lungs, and blood cells.

Since lupus causes symptoms that can mimic those of other disorders, it can sometimes be difficult to diagnose. There is no cure for lupus, but there are treatments available that focus on relieving symptoms depending on the organ(s) involved. Even when most lupus symptoms are well-controlled, one side-effect of skin involvement often remains – scarring.

Lupus skin lesions come in a variety of forms. Once treated and healed, these lesions can leave permanent scars and dark spots, or hyperpigmentation, anywhere on the body. Lupus scars can be light, dark, or red; they can form in a wide variety of shapes, sizes, and locations depending on the underlying skin lesion that caused it.

Normal scars naturally fade and flatten over time, but if you want to improve the results as much as possible, use a scar therapy that contains silicone. Topical silicone has been clinically proven to flatten, lighten, and soften scars and is the gold standard in scar care. A scar therapy that combines the unmatched safety and benefits of silicone with other ingredients proven to fade scars that are also safe and natural – such as aloe vera and licorice extract – packs a powerful punch when it comes to fading scars as much as possible.

Keeping your scars out of the sun is an important first step, as the sun can permanently darken scars further.  Read: How Does the Sun Affect Scars?

Exercise and healthy eating are also beneficial in scar healing; exercise brings more oxygen-rich blood to the scar which optimizes healing during the initial stages of wound healing. Healthy eating also ensures your body has all the necessary nutrients it needs to heal as well as possible.

Read: How Nutrition Affects Scar Healing

Work with your doctor to come up with the best treatment plan for your lupus, and use the tips above to treat the scarring that may result from skin lesions and rashes, in order to feel and look your best every day.

Have a question about your scar? Leave a comment and we’ll be happy to answer.

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  2. Hi can this treatment get rid of white scars too???

  3. I’M afraid of what people are going to think of my discoid lupus marks so i never go outside wearing short sleeve.Is there any creams that i can use to hide my dark spots before i go outside,I want to be able to wear short sleeves again.

    • Hi Karen, apply InviCible Scars 2x daily for about 3 months. Additionally, you should always be wearing sunscreen SPF 30+ on your scars, as UV rays can darken them when exposed. UV rays can also penetrate clothing, unless you are wearing clothing with a sunscreen protection factor.

  4. Hi I’m naturally tanned and my scars are like pigmentation all over my face and cannot stand much more of looking at it, is there any treatment I can get

    • Hi Teresa, for face scars you’ll need to apply sunscreen with a minimum SPF of 30 to your face daily to start. UV rays will darken scars and will undo any scar cream that you use if you aren’t also wearing sun protection. For a scar treatment, we recommend InviCible Scars. You should apply it twice daily.

  5. At this point I don’t even care about the dark spots. I have alot of active spots that wont heal and hurt when i shower. They are on my scalp and back. Does anyone know of something to help them heal.

    • Hi Lucy, unfortunately this may be due a lowered immune system when the Lupus is active. Have you talked to your dr about it?

    • My doctor prescribed me a steroid cream called Elocon.
      This cleared up all of my active lesions. Maybe this or something similar could work for you.

    • Yes I’m a sufferer for 25 years .Combine Elocon lotion and Tacrolimus ointment to your skin, face or anywhere on your body. Elocon for your scalp. You can use both but the ointment is sticky so I just use the lotion whenever it itches or hurts. Both have gone away! But still use to keep it at bay. Tj

  6. I have tried doesn’t work.I have dark flat marks on my there anything else I can try.please help I am desperate.been to dermatologist.gave me retin a Manchester formula have been using it for 6 months,no joy.please help.

    • Hi Robina, We’re really sorry to hear you haven’t had much luck with your dark marks. Have you discussed other more invasive procedures with your dermatologist like chemical peels or laser therapy? They can be a good option in appropriate candidates but can also cause post-inflammatory pigmentation unfortunately. Please be sure to discuss all your options fully with your dermatologist.

  7. JohnnyThomas says:

    Iv. Ben trying to get rid of dark spots for years now.i wanna know what’s a good. Body wash a cream i can buy over the counter to use on myself. On a regular. Yes I suffer from lupus my skin gets eritaited easily I brake out with red rashes please email me at my Gmail telling me what I can use am desperate please please please.

  8. Hello can anyone help me out am 23yeArs just got diagnosed with lupus so can anyone tell me where I can find support group same thing

  9. I have had lupus since I was six I am 40yrs old today I have the butterfly shape on my face will I be able to get rid of scarring with surgery.

    • Hi Margaret, Surgery is not a good option for this. Less invasive skin treatments like IPL or laser may be an option. Definitely worth consulting with a board-certified dermatologist who specializes in that.

  10. I’ve been using Elocon for my DLE lupus red marks for two months. First five weeks everyday then cut it down to every few days which faded it then as soon as I went down to once a week I had a bad flare up again so I am back to once a day and this is fading them again. Can I stay on Elocon for a long period of time!

    • Hi Abby, prolonged use of topical steroids can cause other skin problems like skin thinning, depending on the dose and amount you use. Use it as directed to minimize the risk and ask your doc guidance when it comes to flare ups.

  11. Hi I had lupus for 6 years and my skin is one of the parts affected, especially my face I been using a lot of creams nothing works I’m desperate I’m looking to see if I can have laser can you tell me if that works??

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