How does scleroderma affect the skin?

People living with scleroderma face many challenges, one of them is keeping their skin intact. Although the skin can be very hard in places, it is really quite fragile. The thickened collagen has displaced many of the healthy cells in the layers of the skin and the underlying fat.

 

Our skin is the largest organ of our body and performs several vital functions, like offering protection from germs and the elements, insulating us from cold, providing our sense of touch, helping regulate our body temperature, and synthesizing vitamin D. When the skin is compromised by scleroderma, the best way to keep it intact is to find ways to compensate for the functions that have been impaired.