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A Look at Autoimmune Skin Disorders

May 8, 2014

The immune system is always working to fight off infections and prevent illness. Sometimes, this system malfunctions and actually starts to attack itself, which puts someone at risk for developing autoimmune disorders. These disorders can cause problems all over the body, including on the skin. Keep reading to learn more about some of the most common autoimmune skin disorders:


Scleroderma spreads throughout the body’s connective tissue, which can have a huge impact on the skin. If it is localized, it can actually thin out the skin. Systemic scleroderma, however, can also cause red blotches. While anyone can get scleroderma, it is most prevalent in women between the ages of 30 and 40.


This autoimmune disorder causes redness and itchiness on different areas of the skin. A person could suffer from guttate, plaque, inverse, erythrodermic, or pustular psoriasis, but the most common form is plaque. This version causes red patches and scales. Infections, injuries, time in the sun, certain medicines, or hormonal imbalances can instigate the symptoms of psoriasis and cause a breakout.


Dermatomyositis is an autoimmune disorder that normally affects the muscles, but it can also show up on the skin in the form of a rash on the upper body. It might also cause the skin to thicken or tighten or turn the eyelids purple.

Epidermolysis Bullosa

When someone suffers from this autoimmune disorder, they get blisters from simple injuries. Even something as seemingly insignificant as a drastic change in temperature can cause these blisters to emerge. Most people do not see signs of this disorder until they reach their 50s.

Arlington Dermatology is here to help you find solutions for any skin condition that you might have. From psoriasis to acne, our dermatology team can diagnose and treat your issues. To learn more about our skin care services, visit us online or call [company-phone id=1].

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