What is lichen sclerosus?
Lichen sclerosus is a rare, chronic skin disorder, usually of the genital and anal areas.
It causes small patches of skin to become thin and colorless. It occurs more commonly in women over 40 years of age. Occasionally men and children are affected as well. It occurs in all racial groups and it may run in families.
What are the symptoms?
Lichen sclerosus causes the affected skin to become thin and dry and to develop white patches. As a result, the skin becomes brittle and may crack and bleed, causing pain, itching, and discomfort. However, in mild cases, there may be no symptoms.
In addition to affecting the skin around the genital and anus, lichen sclerosus can also affect the skin on the arms, back, breasts, and other parts of the body. When genital areas are affected, it can lead to painful sex or pain when using the bathroom.
Common signs and symptoms include:
- Discomfort or pain
- Smooth white patches on the skin
- Blotchy, wrinkled patches
- Tearing or bleeding
- In severe cases, bleeding, blistering or ulcerated sores
- Painful sex
What causes lichen sclerosus?
The exact causes are not known, but some risk factors exist such as,
- Hormonal imbalances
- Autoimmune conditions
- An overactive thyroid gland
- A family history of the condition
- Previous damage to the skin
Lichen sclerosus is not contagious and therefore, cannot spread via intimate contact.
What are the complications?
In severe cases, scarring may cause the vaginal wall to shrink and tighten, making sexual intercourse very painful. Women with genital lichen sclerosus may have a higher risk of developing a certain type of skin cancer. Therefore, starting treatment early may reduce the chances of getting cancer.
If you have suspected symptoms of lichen sclerosus, it is important to see a doctor. The doctor may examine your skin patches and look at a small sample of skin under a microscope (a biopsy). Once diagnosed, the doctor may provide treatment.
Your doctor may also refer you to a specialist in women’s health or skin conditions. Due to its potential cancer risk, early diagnosis can allow early treatment. Therefore, it can help prevent cancer and save your life.
Currently, there is no cure for lichen sclerosus. The aim of treatments is to reduce symptoms.
After diagnosis, doctors often prescribe a steroid cream to reduce itching, soreness, and scarring. However, steroids weaken the immune system. Long-term use often results in thinning of the skin and yeast infection.
Safer alternatives to steroid creams are NeuEve healing products. NeuEve works by providing nutrients, such as vitamins and minerals, to promote healing of the affected skin. NeuEve is a natural product, not a drug. Therefore, a doctor’s prescription is not required. NeuEve can be used as a home remedy for self-treatment of lichen sclerosus.
To date, NeuEve has helped thousands of women with lichen sclerosus find relief safely and effectively, with no reported side effects. The products most often used for lichen sclerosus are NeuEve cream and NeuEve Silk suppositories.
Additionally, for women with severe vaginal atrophy associated with lichen sclerosus, combining dilation exercise with a set of magnetic dilators can speed up the healing process. The reason is that dilation stretches the atrophied tissue and promotes regeneration of the skin.
Lichen sclerosus is a relatively rare, chronic skin condition that can last for many years. Symptoms in young girls often clear up entirely once they reach puberty. Spontaneous healing may occur when lichen sclerosus is on other parts of the body. However, when lichen sclerosus affects genital and anal areas, it rarely heals by itself.
Magnetic Vaginal Dilators help speed up recovery from vaginal atrophy
In most situations, it is possible to manage symptoms with effective self-treatments. These include NeuEve cream and suppositories.
Why is NeuEve better?
Due to potential side effects, steroid creams may not be used for the long term. NeuEve, as a natural product, is a safer alternative. It can be used as a home remedy for self-treatment of lichen sclerosus without any side effects.
NeuEve works by nutritional supplements like putting cream on the face to stop wrinkles.
NeuEve is safe because it uses all-natural and organic ingredients. It is effective because it has helped thousands of women to find relief from lichen sclerosus.
Some products claim to cure lichen sclerosus. These are false claims because lichen sclerosus has no cure. Some claim to use “natural” ingredients, but their ingredients are poisonous, artificial, or petroleum-based, not from a natural source. One example is colloidal silver, which is promoted as “safe,” yet it is a poison (https://www.nccih.nih.gov/health/colloidal-silver).
We encourage customers to become familiar with product ingredients. When products are applied to intimate body areas, consumers should choose truly safe and effective products.
This stuff helps immediately for relief. NeuEve cream is great at providing relief to my Lichen Sclerosus external vulvar itching. I use it once a day and it gives all day/night relief. I sleep well at night finally!
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I have lichen sclerosis. I often get fissures in my vagina. Often times my membranes will feel paper-thin and the fissure(s) will appear. In one week, this cream has lessened the fissures and I feel so much better.
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Honestly, I am not usually a person who writes reviews for things, but it was the reviews on this site that got me to purchase this in the first place. I am 55 years old and FINALLY am in menopause as of last November.
In the last few years, I have been dealing with vaginal dryness and tearing. I was diagnosed with Lichen Sclerosus and my doctor prescribed a small dose of estrogen to help with the dryness. That has not helped at all and even though I made sure to lubricate before intimacy, it was still very painful. I honestly thought my sexual days were over. But how? I’m too young! My husband has been so patient and understanding but I wasn’t going to accept that this was the end of the line for me. I was willing to try anything, but nothing was working.
My doctor suggested coconut oil but it’s so messy! I started searching the internet and somehow found NeuEve. What the heck… I’m willing to try anything at this point. It has been fantastic! I noticed a difference right away but was still a little reluctant to put it to the test. I waited until around the 5th dose and absolutely NO PAIN!
Even my husband said he noticed the difference and the fact that I didn’t flinch from pain. They do suggest taking fish oil and calcium pills too and I am more than happy to do that if I get the results as I have! So, after one month I have renewed for a recurring order. I would highly recommend to anyone dealing with vaginal dryness and Lichen Sclerosus. Thank you for such a great product!
I have been dealing with Lichen Sclerosus for over 10 years, so I experience pain 24/7. Started using the NeuEve cream along with the silk suppositories as directed and I noticed relief in less than 24 hours. I have tried other products over the years, but none have given me relief from the pain like NeuEve. Thank you for a great product. I highly recommend NeuEve.