Over the past couple of years or so, I've developed three different types of skin pigmentation:
1) hyperpigmentation - darker patches of skin located on my upper thighs
2) hypopigmentation - lighter patches of skin predominantly on my legs and trunk including back but makes an intermittent appearance on my face. Surprisingly not on my arms.
The only (blood) test I've had to date was earlier this month for vitiligo but haven't heard anything from the Rheumatologist. So, I'm assuming the radio silence is an indication that it's not that.
Sadly, my wonderful Dermatologist has departed the hospital including the NHS and is now only practising privately. However, her replacements including the Rheumatologist response have been that it's either a) common with lupus patients and b) it's a side effect of being on so many medications but could be due to being immunosuppressed. In a nutshell, they've said there is no treatment plan for this aka there is nothing they can do about it.
Considering saving my money and reaching out to my former Dermatologist as a private patient but wanted to post within this forum, first and foremost - as you may be able to offer some pearls of wisdom - based on your own experience - as to what to do etc.? Is this really part and parcel of lupus?
P.S I use factor 50 sun protector - not on prescription. During this year, in particular, I've been staying indoors and if I do have to go out, I cover my discoid lupus which is on my scalp. Can't find any sun protector for the scalp!