Alleviation of erythematous changes in systemic lupus erythematosus (Cutaneous lupus erythematosus) with the use of flavonoids – case study

Introduction: Systemic lupus erythematosus is a chronic, inflammatory, autoimmune disease of the connective tissue of unknown origin which affects both the internal organs and the skin. Skin symptoms are most often manifested as red spots of various nature and location. Cosmetic procedures based on flavonoids can be an effective complement to a specialist treatment, improving the physical and mental health of the patient. The aim of this study was to assess the effectiveness of cosmetic procedures with the use of flavonoids on the condition of skin affected by lupus erythematosus. In this study, particular attention was paid to the role of a cosmetologist in the initial diagnosis of lupus and in improving the emotional state of a patient with skin defects.
Material and methods: This article describes the case of a 58-year-old woman with visible erythematous skin lesions who has been suffering from lupus erythematosus for over 20 years.
Cosmetological procedure: A series of eight cosmetic procedures based on flavonoids was applied as well as proper care at home.
Results: A series of cosmetic procedures with the use of flavonoids proved effective in the reduction of the skin changes. The erythema became paler and therefore less visible. The skin turned out to be smoother and firmer.
Conclusions: The applied therapy did not bring any spectacular effects, nonetheless it visibly alleviated the skin changes. Treatments with the use of flavonoids had a positive impact on the patient’s emotional condition as she got her confidence back and is willing to continue fighting the disease.

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