Jul 12, 2016
Natural treatment of Lichen Sclerosus involves a combination of dietary changes, home remedies and essential oils. Treatments like Apple Cider Vinegar can help heal the condition, while dietary changes like avoiding artificial sweeteners can help prevent future occurrences of LS.
What is Lichen Sclerosus
While a somewhat uncommon disorder, lichen sclerosus is a skin condition that affects individuals, particularly women, worldwide. The condition is typically characterized by patchy, white skin that appears thinner than normal. Lichen sclerosus can affect any part of the body, but it most often involves the genital and anal areas.
While several common symptoms have been identified in recent years, lichen sclerosus may present indirect or even unapparent symptoms. As such, it is often difficult to diagnose and is even often misdiagnosed. When symptoms do occur, the most common symptoms include severe itching, discomfort particularly when the condition is located in the genital or anal region, smooth white spots on the skin, blotchy or wrinkled patches, easy bruising and tearing, bleeding, blistering, ulcerations and pain during intercourse. It is important for an individual to seek treatment if she feels she may have symptoms similar to that of the condition or if she has previously been diagnosed with the condition.
Lichen sclerosis is often a pervasive condition that progresses and can lead to further complications if not treated. Persistent or recurrent lichen sclerosis in a particular location may increase an individual’s risk of skin cancer. The condition is also extremely painful for women. It often causes intense itching and scarring and can even narrow the opening of the vagina. The condition may involve such severe blistering that even the slightest pressure is unbearable. Treatment is crucial for preventing these issues.
Home Remedies For Lichen Sclerosus
Effectively treating Lichen Sclerosus often requires a combination of treatments. At any rate, treatment is possible and using home remedies often offers relief and healing. Natural options including apple cider vinegar, calendula oil and castor oil relieve soreness, redness and discomfort. Lavender oil, evening primrose oil and essiac tea also treat the condition.
Apple Cider Vinegar
Apple Cider Vinegar, diluted with water, can help relieve inflammation and itching when applied topically.
Neem Oil, a plant which comes from the Indian subcontinent and is made by pressing fruits and seeds into an oil, helps to heal the condition and prevent further progression of LS. Neem Oil can be mixed with Green Tea extract and applied topically.
Dietary changes are very important in healing this condition. Changing the diet to eliminate artificial sweeteners and avoid wheat and gluten is very beneficial.
Lichen Sclerosus is a pervasive condition that can progress and lead to further complications. Holistic treatments that focus on relieving inflammation and itching can play an important role in the healing process and can help prevent further progression of the disease.
Remedies for Lichen Sclerosus
This is in regard to Lichen Sclerosis:
I see where some say that a candida diet or taking Essia Tea will be of help, but I don't believe it for one minute. I have had no sugar for 6 months with very little bread and have been on a strict anti candida diet for 3 months (no nothing) along with drinking that tea and I just got LS.
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Posted by Tina (Sydney, Nsw Australia) on 12/02/2012
I was originally dianosed with Lichen Sclerosis in the late 80s (my early 20's) with extreme redness, swelling and white stripes on my labia minora. Treatment with cortisone via skin specialist was painful and did nothing. A naturopath put me on a Candida diet which we extended to wheat free whilst also using homemade golden seal pessaries nightly. In 9 months I had lost about 10kg (healthy weight for me) and all symptoms. My skin in that area has been thinner since and prone to minor splits, usually during times of stress and my periods. I'm not sure if it's related but I have also developed 4-5 largish subserosal amd pendunculated subserosal fibroids (up to 11cm) in the last 5 years.
Recently I have had a flare up of intense itching in the crease areas of the groin, also due to stress and can easily remove skin if I scratch even firmly. I will get it checked but am looking at the original solution to deal with it. I'm also looking at Red clover tea and will report what happens.
Posted by R.l. (Fresno, Ca., U.s.a.) on 07/14/2011
I have vaginal Lichen symptoms and have had chronic vaginal candidas for many years. I am wondering if vaginal yeast infection is THE precursor to vaginal Lichen Sclerosus? Has anyone had the Lichen problem without a pre-existing candidas problem? Just trying to locate the possible origin of my condition. Thanks.
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Posted by Mary (Valencia, Ca Usa) on 12/15/2009
I have had Lichen Sclerosus (LS) for 2 1/2 yrs with almost no itching but lots of inflammation and soreness. The steroid ointments just seemed to make it worse. I tried apple cider vinagar on a little cotton with water and this seems to help the inflammation. I can't wear underwear/long pants as it seems to irritate the area. Does anyone else have the same type of LS? I am tired of going around in my nightgown. Thanks
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Posted by Mom (New York) on 11/10/2013
Hi, I have had Lichen Sclerosus (LS) most of my life, it was finally diagnosed 2 years ago and I had surgery 1 year ago. It helped alot. I have tried apple cidar vinegar, it helps a lot, I also will drink it! This is a life savor. I have recenlty found that applying lavender essential oils made thy itching stop immediately! Try a spot to make sure it doesn't burn. It did not burn me, but was slightly warm. It did not cause any other yeast infections or BV at all, which I was worried about. I am one of those weird people who get both at the same time. Try it! It helped a lot!!!
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Posted by Naomi (Delta, Canada) on 01/07/2015
I have had Lichen Sclerosus for about 10 years now. I have just recently started using baking soda for it. I put about 1 tbsp bakin soda in a small glass 1/3 cup of water, take a seat on the toilet and pour it directly over the vaginal area. Let it dry, and I'm good to go! It has been very helpful!!!! :))
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Posted by Carol (Gardner, Ks.) on 08/05/2012
I have LS. Was diagnosed 2 1/2 years ago... I was prescribed the steroid cream and it caused atrophy really bad.. Clitoris disappeared.. I no longer use it. I have severe itching and pain when I urinate and it gets on labia. I read on here about the baking soda.. I tried it last evening but I added baby oil. I am simply amazed at the progress I made with this combination... I actually got some sleep... I also have sjogrens disease which is in the lupus family, I am diabetic, and have fibromyalgia... This combination has helped me more than anything I have tried... Any more input would be much appreciated. thanks so much for the baking soda tip...carol
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Posted by Jay (Pueblo, Co) on 12/31/2011
I am a 67 year old male. I have had Lichens since about age 50. It started with extreme pain in the anal area. It was so severe I used a linament intended for livestock for relief. It was not diagnosed until 3 years ago, and my GP and Dermatologist seemed baffled about the whole thing. I don't think I can describe how painful this condition has been, but at times it felt like I had a razor blade between my buttocks. I have been thru all the steroid creams etc. With no effect. About a year ago a friend recommended baking soda and it has been a lifesaver for me. I soak at least once a day in baking soda bath, and the pain relief has been miraculous. I can usually function for 8 to 10 hours without pain, however I am still plagued by itching. It is best described as like poison Ivy, the more you scratch the worse it gets. I believe that the itch is caused or aggravated by my coffee consumtion, and I am trying to cut back on that. I apply a cream after bathing (Nupercainal) and that usually gets me thru the day. The itch, which is driving me crazy, is usually at night and effects my sleep patterns. I only saw one reference to baking soda in earlier posts, but I can assure you that it has been extremely helpful to me in the relief of pain. I am hoping that eliminating coffee will relieve the itching and in the mean time , I use the same ointment for temporary relief, or just take another bath in very hot water with the baking soda.
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Posted by Angela (Tehachapi, Ca) on 10/28/2011
I have LS my condition has been very severe. I read on this site that someone used Baking Soda in there bath. So since all the other remedies seem to be costly and hardly effective I tried it. Let me tell you IT WORKS. I used 1/2 a box of Baking Soda in the tub and soaked for 30 minutes. I know that sounds like alot of Baking Soda but I was afraid less would not be as effective. After my first soak I did not itch for 3 hours. After 2 weeks I visibly look close to normal. I use 1/2 a box every other day. The itch is still there I am working on my own mix of oils and shea butter to stop the itch and restore myself to 100%. I will write more if my mix works I am still waiting on the supplies.
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Posted by Karma01 (Edmonton, Alberta) on 03/31/2015
Hello, I developed Lichen Sclerosus after a bad allergic reaction to latex. After trying the baking soda/acv/castor oil and getting some but not complete relief I tried borax in water, taken internally 2 times a day. It was completely gone within a week.
The dose I used was 1/8 tsp in a large glass of water and followed by another glass of water to ensure it was well diluted. I have been on this solution for almost 2 weeks and have had no further symptoms. I hope others suffering from this ailment will research borax cures.
Good luck all!
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Posted by Sue (Montreal) on 07/05/2016
I am 55 and have had L.S. for one year. I am a naturopath so I eat super healthy and have a very healthy lifestyle. Cortisone creams helped a little, but it still never went away completely. I tried Lisepten by Clover leaf farm, which didn't work. I tried Emuaid, which soothed the itching but didn't heal. I have been following the extremely strict Candida diet for 5 + months, no sugar, no alcohol, no yeast, taking supplements to kill any yeast as well as a probiotic, with no results!
And now finally yesterday I tried this castor oil and lemon grass essential oil and lavender essential oil and so far so good. One small white patch that has been chronic is just about gone.
I am hopeful, I will keep you posted.
EC: Essential oils should always be diluted when used topically. Lemongrass can burn delicate tissue if it is not diluted sufficiently.
Posted by Aj (Charlotte, Nc) on 12/24/2014
I was diagnosed with LS at the age of 27 by a dermatologist specialist. I am now 48. I am not sure what caused it as I have had no trauma that would warrant it that I can think of other than an episiotomy at age 18 when my daughter was born. I have always been able to keep it under control with steroid creams clobetasol and OTC 1% cortisone ointment. Been out of clobetasol for 4 years and OTS ointment has not really been helping. In the last 9 months my skin has turned more white and some tearing with sex and itching and burning with my monthly menstrual cycle.
I have been doing so much research on how to heal myself. I tried emu oil with little results, coconut oil mixed with lavender and lemongrass with pretty good results but last week I think I found the best thing ever. I researched and starting using a solution of organic castor oil (4tbsp mixed with 2 drops lavender oil and 1 drop lemongrass oil) I have used it for a little over a week now with wonderful results. It gives instant relief of itching and burning, my tears have healed and my skin is finally starting to turn back pink again. Castor oil is very thick and odorless so it stays with my skin well throughout the day while I am at work or in bed asleep at night.
Sex was great with no tearing or itching burning afterward. I will continue to use this and I hope it helps anyone who reads this suffering with this horrible affliction.
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Posted by Anna (Toogoolawah, Queensland Australia) on 12/05/2010
Asian ladies report that LS is caused through the non washing of new under garments before wearing. I worked in China for 10 years and developed LS whilst there and went to see a doctor (Western man) he had no idea of what it was or how to treat it. I went to a pharmacy and the old gent told me the cause was due to new clothes unwashed first as they were contaminated with all sorts of chemicals. Same applies to chain store(cheap imported clothing) clothing.
I use Neem 100% pure oil after I have soaked in a small bath (baby bath if you can fit lower end in it) in Magnesium Chloride flakes once a week for about 20-30 minutes. 2 table spoons to half a bucket or 5 litres of warm water. Relax and read a book or something. Wont cure it but it brings relief and you wont be using dangerous/harmful drugs.
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Posted by Victoria (Wichita, Kansas) on 12/06/2010
Has anyone tried Coconut Oil for this condition (LS) ?
Posted by Linda (Auburn, Ca) on 05/01/2015
I was diagnosed with Lichen Sclerosis on April 16, 2015 after my OB GYN did a vulvar biopsy. I had been suffering for 20 months with symptoms but the current flare up has been the worst ever. My doctor prescribed the steroid, clobetasol, but I must be allergic to one of the preservatives because my symptoms became even more intense. I have stopped the steroids and I'm searching for some type of relief. What has been very soothing is using organic coconut oil before (used as a barrier) and after going to the bathroom. Two days ago I picked up a homeopathic remedy for shingles at the health food store that has greatly reduced the itching and pain. It did sting when I applied it so I have been diluting it with castor oil.
My question: Has anyone tried UV Light Therapy as a treatment for LS?? I had a horrific eczema outbreak on my legs and after using the UV Light Therapy, it completely sent away and has never returned.
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