Lichen planus is a non-infectious, itchy rash that can affect many areas of the body.
Affected areas can include the:
The exact cause of lichen planus is unknown. However, the condition isn’t infectious and doesn’t usually run in families. It can’t be passed on to other people, including sexual partners.
Read more about the causes of lichen planus.
A GP can usually diagnose lichen planus by examining the rash and asking about your symptoms. Oral lichen planus is often diagnosed by a dentist during routine dental check-ups.
Read more about diagnosing lichen planus.
Who’s affected by lichen planus
Lichen planus is thought to affect 1-2% of the worldwide population. It’s more common in adults over the age of 40.
Lichen planus of the skin affects men and women equally. However, oral lichen planus is more common in women. The mouth is affected in around 50% of all cases of lichen planus (oral lichen planus).
The symptoms of lichen planus vary, depending on which area of the body is affected.
Areas of the body most commonly affected by the condition include the:
The symptoms of lichen planus of the skin are:
Lichen planus of the skin often affects the wrists, ankles and lower back, although other parts of the body can also be affected.
Thickened (hypertrophic) lichen planus affects the shins, and ring-shaped lichen planus affects creases in the skin, such as the armpits.
After the papules have cleared, the affected area of the skin can sometimes become discoloured.
Lichen planus of the mouth (oral lichen planus)
The symptoms of oral lichen planus are:
Mild cases of oral lichen planus don’t usually cause any pain or discomfort.
Lichen planus of the penis
The symptoms of lichen planus of the penis are:
Lichen planus of the vulva and vagina
The symptoms of lichen planus of the vulva and vagina include:
Lichen planus can sometimes affect other areas, including:
Topically apply the following :
Frankincense/Myrrh Blend over the affected area and genitalia
Burns Blend 100ml for larger affected areas
A blend of the following pure essential oils, mixed with a carrier oil, apply to the skin, as needed :
The microbiome plays an important role in a wide variety of skin disorders. Not only is the skin microbiome altered, but also surprisingly many skin diseases are accompanied by an altered gut microbiome. This is also referred to as the gut-skin axis. Further assist with gut health by including the following: Probiflora,
If the inside of the mouth is affected; rinse the mouth for 10-15 minutes with the Myrrh Mouth Rinse or follow the oil-pulling technique below.
Use the Oil Pulling Mouth Healer to swish for about 5 minutes (gradually work up to 10 or 20 minutes) once a day, 1 tablespoon. Don’t do it vigorously since you’ll be doing it for far longer than you are used to and your jaw will get tired. Gently swirl the oil around your mouth and suck it through the spaces between your teeth. Make sure not to swallow any of it. When finished, spit the oil in the dustbin. Don’t spit it in the sink because when the oil thickens after cooling, it may clog up your pipes.