5 Solutions For Managing Lichen Sclerosus

5 Solutions For Managing Lichen Sclerosus

Lichen sclerosus , often known as LS, is an inflammatory skin disorder that is commonly found in post menopausal women and prepubescent girls, although it can impact all genders and ages. This chronic skin condition leads to thinning, white patches, and itchiness on the affected skin in the genital and anal areas - although it can appear on other areas!

Rarely discussed, this painful condition requires understanding of the suffering it inflicts on those with the disorder.

Causes and Susceptibility

There is no known exact cause of LS, but some believe it is a result of genetic and environmental factors. Research suggests it may be related to an overactive immune response, or hormonal imbalances. More research is desperately required in this area.

Symptoms and Discomfort

What begins as small, white shiny spots may grow into larger patches over time.

They can become thin and crinkled, like tissue paper. This delicate and fragile skin is prone to tearing, bleedings, and painful sexual encounters.

A sufferer of this condition once described the constant and extreme itch to be incredibly tiring and agonising, impacting her to the point she would be in tears. Unable to exercise, and her fear was affecting the intimate relationship with her partner, due to the pain and tendency to tear. 


While there is no specific cure for Lichen sclerosus, certain dietary and lifestyle changes may help alleviate symptoms and support overall health.

Anti-Inflammatory Foods: A diet rich in fruits, vegetables, whole grains, and healthy fats like omega-3 fatty acids can help reduce inflammation in the body. These foods can potentially ease some of the discomfort associated with LS.

For women experiencing LS due to hormonal changes, maintaining balanced hormone levels might provide relief. Including foods rich in phytoestrogens, such as soy products, flaxseeds, and chickpeas, may help regulate hormone levels naturally.

Hydration: Drinking plenty of water is crucial for maintaining skin health and overall well-being. Hydrated skin is more resilient and less prone to irritation.

Gentle Hygiene: Those painful patches will not improve with harsh soaps and cleansers that can irritate the skin. Stick to fragrance free as much as possible, or just plain water. Oil cleansing can be helpful for navigating broken skin. Remember to wear loose breathable clothing made from natural fibers, to reduce friction and irritation, like cotton or bamboo.

Stress Management: We all know stress can trigger relapses and outbreaks of certain conditions, ofter worsening existing symptoms. Engage in stress-reduction techniques like meditation, yoga, and deep breathing exercises, as well as minimising external stress in your life, where possible.

Incorporating Divine for Relief

Consider incorporating Divine, a hypoallergenic and soothing oil formula that is free from harsh chemicals and fragrances. Divine's gentle formulation can help provide comfort to irritated skin, keeping it hydrated and reducing itching. We have had strong success with minimising the pain and irritation from Lichen sclerosus, our customers report that daily application makes for a much easier day.  


Medical Consultation: Always consult a healthcare professional if you suspect you have lichen sclerosus. They can provide accurate diagnosis, treatment options, and guidance on managing symptoms.



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