Autoimmune Disease & Your Skin.

Autoimmune diseases are on the rise!  In fact the UK and the US have seen the biggest rise in 2 connective tissue diseases than any other country; Systemic Lupus and Sjorgren's syndrome.  Both can develop dry eyes, joint pain, photosensitivity and rashes, especially a butterfly rash that covers the cheeks and the nose with Lupus.   Autoimmune disease is when the body's immune system attacks its own healthy cells.  In general, autoimmune disease can cause inflammatory conditions in the skin and the body.   The sun can also cause flare ups in photosensitive people, therefore a good sunscreen is essential.

It is important to be aware that healing can be compromised with certain conditions, and slow to heal in general.  Full disclosure of any conditions that you may have, is needed before any treatments that need healing time. The exeption being, red light therapy, which stimulates healing and is beneficial to autoimmune conditions.

In the next blog I will go into the importance of vitamins and gut health for people with autoimmune conditions as vitamin D deficiency is common for these conditions. 

Common Autoimmune conditions: 

Diabetes type 1

Rheumatoid Arthritis

Hashimotos Thyroiditis

Graves disease

Chrohns

M.S. 

Scleroderma

Lichen Planus

Lupus

Vitiligo

Psoriasis

Urticaria