Last Modified on Jan 18, 2014
Holistic treatment for Lichen planopilaris involves a combination of home remedies and herbal supplements which have antibiotic and antifungal properties.
What Is Lichen Planopilaris?
A rare inflammatory condition, lichen planopilaris causes patchy, progressive and permanent hair loss, specifically on the scalp. While the condition most often affects young adult women, it can also affect men. The condition frequently develops in combination with lichen planus, which is a condition that affects the skin, mucous membranes and nails.
Lichen planopilaris often causes characteristic patches of scalp hair loss that appear smooth and white. Additionally, no hair follicle openings are visible at the sites of hair loss. The edges of patches may appear scaly and red, and hairs can be easily removed or pulled out. Other symptoms include itching, pain, tenderness, discomfort and burning at and around the hair loss sites. The condition typically progresses slowly and affects the sides, front and lower back of the scalp.
Natural Remedies for Lichen Planopilaris
While lichen planopilaris is often pervasive and progressive, several natural remedies can help. As lichen planopilaris is an inflammatory condition, using calming oils and treatments often offers relief and treatment.
Castor oil applied to the hair and scalp can offer relief from the condition and prevent further spread of irritation.
Herbs for lichen Planopilaris
Stinging Nettle and Horsetail are two effective herbs for the hair. Drinking these in a tea daily will help fortify the hair.
Extra virgin cold pressed coconut oil is another option that can be used directly on the scalp or taken orally for its antibiotic and antifungal properties.
Lichen Planopilaris Remedies
10/09/2013: Dragana from Bosnia and Hercegovina: "Greetings. Coming to you from Europe or more precisely BOSNIA AND HERZEGOVINA. I am 28 and for 7 years I have alopecia. For many years I have had a diagnosis of androgenetic ALOPECIA, but before only 7 days for the first time I was doing a biopsy of the parietal Most attacks findings showed that I have ALOPECIA CICATRICIALIS (LICHEN PLANOPILARIS) ... Doctor told me that there is no chance that the hair begin to grow again in places where she fell because of roots in these places is dead at least that finding showed but they will try to halt further decline.. He prescribed me an antibiotic that will use the next 6 months and is called DOXYCYCLINE 100mg 2x a day ... Please do you agree with his opinion, and is there any possibility that you can help me is there any drug or anything that you can recomend to me? Than you. Kind Regards Dragana"Replies
10/09/2013: Andrea C from Wales replies: "Hi, I don't know of any 'Natural Remedies' for this, but that does not mean there's not one. I would go look at 'Youtube' as there is loads of people have cured it themselves. Just type in: 'ALOPECIA CICATRICIALIS (LICHEN PLANOPILARIS)': This will bring up lots of Natural cures. Love Andrea C xxxxx"
10/09/2013: Mmsg from Somewhere, Europe replies: "Dragana, some people have applied Castor Oil for this."
10/09/2013: Mama To Many from Tennessee, Usa replies: "Dear Dragana,
Doxycycline is, I think, a strong antibiotic, with some serious side effects. Long term use of antibiotics (and sometimes even short term use) can cause all kinds of long term health problems. Are they thinking that a bacteria is causing your condition? There are many things that will fight a bacterial infection much safer than an antibiotic. But you really will want to do your research before rejecting your doctor's advice.
Some things that I would consider using would be Extra Virgin Cold Pressed Coconut Oil. It is antibacterial, antiviral and antifungal. It is also very nutritious. It healed my son's mono very quickly, when we had been told by a doctor that all we could do was wait it out. You could start with 1 teaspoon twice a day. If that agrees with you, try 2 teaspoons twice a day the next week. The next week, try 3 teaspoons twice a day, and stay at that dose if it agrees with you.
Nettle and Horsetail are both excellent herbs for the hair. You could make a tea with both together (and peppermint for flavor if you like. ) I would try to drink a quart a day.
Blackstrap Molasses is high in nutrients and good for the hair. You could take 1 Tablespoon twice a day.
Rosemary Essential Oil is good for the hair. You could put 10 drops in 1 T. Of Coconut oil and massage it into affected areas an hour before shampooing, ir use it overnight. Oh, make sure your hair care products are free of SLS. You might look at shampoo alternatives here on Earth Clinic. Also, most hair color is very bad for the hair, scalp, and brain.
Ted's Alkalizing Formula, found on this website, may also be helpful to you.
Please do keep us posted about how you are doing and let us know what helps!
~Mama to Many~"
02/02/2011: Losinghairmom from Debary, Fl, Usa: "Lichen planopilaris: I am in desperate need of some help with this disorder. First of all, is it fungal at the onset, then progressing to an autoimmune disorder? I am on plaquenil, prednisone, and a topical called clobetasol, which I am burning through. my scalp is still very inflamed. I have tried pure melaleuca oil, but would not know how much to use and how often. I take supplements from the wellness company also. I am also considering the product Noplalea. I am at a loss as to what to do, as nothing is helping and I am losing hair from all over my head at an alarming rate. can anyone give me any suggestions that have actually worked for someone? Thanks so much in advance."Replies
02/06/2011: Petunia from Seattle, Wash. replies: "Regarding your post for Lichen Planopilaris, I was diagnosed with this about 3 years ago. Went to a dermatologist (had biopsy) who prescribed the plaquinel and clobetasol. As to whether it is fungal or autoimune... the dermatologist said autoimune, reading on the internet I think probably fungal. Dermatologist said it is more common in the northwest than anywhere else in US. Corresponded with lady in Ireland who had it also, note these are very similar climates. My occupation took me into homes that were often damp and had mildew, sometimes my face would just burn afterward.
I attacked this from all sides. Took the plaquinel, used clobetasol only occasionally. I made a solution of 25% lavender oil and 25% tea tree oil and 50% aloe lotion, note lav. and TTO are anti fungals, put this on and left over night with shower cap, washed in AM, a couple of times a week, more often if severe itching. (Now I am reading a lot about grapefruit seed extract... You should investigate this, also)
I took a good woman's vitamin and also added a formula I found on this site.... 3 times a day (10,000 mg biotin, 9.4 mg silica, 100 mg zinc) this is for hair growth.
Although I had my hair colored the dermatologist said coloring didn't contribute to it, I did notice each month that the itching and fall out was worse the week after coloring. A year ago I stopped coloring my hair and the fallout and itching stopped!!! I also started rinsing my hair with a solution of about 25% ACV and water, leave it on.... The smell goes away in a short time. Try to limit the extra products you use on your hair; be as natural as possible.
I also evaluated my diet and cut out wheat and dairy for several months. The lady in Ireland cut out anything related to yeast like wine, cheese, etc. etc.
Please know you have a friend here! I know how devestating it is to shampoo your hair and count 200 or more hair loss in one day!! You will get through this.... And yes, I did get some regrowth, my hair was very thick and curly, now it is quite fine and curly, and not as thick but it is what it is.....! Bless you!"
02/22/2011: Lichenhelp from Fairfield, Ct replies: "Lichen planopilaris is a skin disease with no cure as of yet. The cicatricial alopecia organization doing the most research on it is CARF (www.carfintl.org/faq.html). You can cover bald spots with Revlon eyebrow pencil and Joan Rivers Great Hair day powder. To ease the redness, use coconut oil and also ACV with heather and rosemary oil. Pray that the current research nets results. I would avoid any steroids or plaquenil, they won't cure it, there is no cure. In my case, extended use of penicillin in my teens is most likely the culprit. Do not color your hair as it will inflame it. And stress definately accelerates it, so try to remain calm.
Read Ted's recommendations on this website also."