Lichen sclerosus is a rather uncommon skin condition that creates a discoloration of the skin.
The area that becomes affected becomes whitish, patchy and can very itchy. Over time the area of skin will become thinner. If left untreated, lichen can lead to other complications such as infections. While many don’t need treatment, most people need some form of treatment to help relieve the pain and itch.
Due to the fact that Lichen (LS) is considered an autoimmune condition, this means that when it clears up, it most likely will return at some point. Lichen is apt to remain dormant for periods of time, and then resurface. It can resurface when your body is under stress, or when your body is sick. Even the flu can trigger an autoimmune response. Autoimmune diseases such as lichen sclerosus live in your body forever, and therefore treatment will become life long.