Lichen Planus

Lichen Planus Skin Condition

Lichen Planus is a skin condition that is not very well known. We’ve all heard of eczema and psoriasis, but very few of us have ever heard of this skin condition. This is actually a little surprising, since it really isn’t uncommon.

What is Lichen Planus?

Lichen planus is a skin condition that causes inflammation. It looks like pink to purple bumps or lesions that are flat and tend to itch. They usually develop and continue to get worse over a time period of about a month or slightly less. The condition occurs due to an unusual immune system response.

**Lichen planus is not contagious.**

There are various triggers that can cause lichen planus to flare up. Although these conditions are not always the cause, the following can bring on a case of lichen planus:

  • Some types of medications like anti-inflammatory medications, heart disease medications, high blood pressure medications and arthritis medications.
  • Hepatitis C
  • Some types of chemicals or metals
  • A flu vaccine

Where do the Sores Appear?

These skin sores can develop anywhere on your skin, scalp and nails. They also develop anywhere you have mucous membranes, which includes your mouth and vagina. Lichen planus sores that develop on your mucous membranes look like white, lacy splotches and they can be quite painful. Lichen planus sores in your hair and nails cause discoloration and in some cases there may be hair loss and nail damage and/or loss.

How is Lichen Planus Treated?

This inflammatory skin condition can usually be managed without any prescription medication; however, sometimes it can become quite severe. Your doctor may recommend one of the following treatment options:

  • Antihistamines
  • Corticosteroids
  • Light therapy
  • Medication to suppress your immune system’s response
  • Retinoids

Aloe Vera has been proven to be extremely effective in treating lichen planus. A 70% Aloe Vera gel applied two times each day completely healed the sores within 2 months in 88% of the people who participated in a treatment study.

Try a good, high quality Aloe Vera gel for relief from lichen planus skin sores. Mild body wash, hair care products and lotions that contain Aloe Vera will improve your overall skin condition and help alleviate lichen planus sores.

Aloe Vera is also an excellent treatment for skin scars, dry skin, sunburn or rash, dandruff, psoriasis, cholesterol, diabetes, heart health and dental/oral health.