Dermatomyositis and Sun Protection

with Dr. Lauren Graham

Dr. Lauren Graham, co-director of the Rheum/Derm clinic at UAB joined our Myositis Awareness Month #MyositisLIFE Zoom group for those living with Dermatomyositis, Polymyositis and Antisynthetase syndrome.  Thank you to Benita Moyers for putting this together.

We have broken the talk into two separate videos: “Myositis and the Skin” and “Dermatomyositis and Sun Protection.”

In the first video, Myositis and the Skin, Dr. Graham educates about the skin manifestations of myositis, sharing the various DM rashes, cosmetic cover-ups, information and tips for dry skin and itching, scalp itch, and info about digital ulcers, cuticles, Raynaud’s, and more.

In part 2, Dermatomyositis and Sun Protection, Dr. Graham talks all about sun protection. Dr. Graham makes it clear that the sun can cause flares! She provides information about sunscreens and physical blockers, how to use them correctly, along with UV-protected clothing, and more.

The Sun can cause flares! Learning about the skin manifestations in dermatomyositis is essential. It helps us to understand the importance of sun protection for our health. Learn more about sun protection.

(Support sessions are never recorded. This recording is from Dr. Graham’s talk at the start prior to the peer-to-peer support and sharing.)

Lauren Graham, MD UABLauren Graham, MD, PhD

Dermatology, Medical Director, Director of the Autoimmune Blistering Skin Disease Clinic, co-director of the Rheum/Derm clinic

Dr. Lauren Graham received her MD and Ph.D. from University of Alabama at Birmingham.  She completed her dermatology residency training at Northwestern Hospital in Chicago where she stayed and completed a research fellowship in skin fibrosis.  She returned to UAB where she heads the combined Rheumatology/Dermatology clinic, in addition to directing the Autoimmune Blistering Skin Disease Clinic. She is interested in the skin manifestations of autoimmune diseases.

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Upcoming support and education sessions



Myositis Support and Understanding Association (MSU) is a patient-centered, all-volunteer 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization Empowering the Myositis Community. Founded by Myositis patients, for Myositis patients, MSU provides education, support, advocacy, access to research and clinical trial matching, and need-based financial assistance.

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