Lichens Sclerosis affects the skin , commonly in the genital and anal area, although it can also affect the upper body, breasts and upper arms. In women it is more common after menopause but it can happen at a younger age. It is less common in men and rare in kids. In the early stages there may simply be white spots of shiny smooth skin. These patches may subsequently get bigger and the skin may become thin and crinkly, having a tendency to tear easily. Later there may be bright red and purple bruised-looking areas and scarring which can lead to serious chronic problems with urination and sex. There is also a small risk that skin cancer may develop in the affected skin. Common symptoms of lichen sclerosus include discomfort, itch, pain, bleeding, blisters and skin tears.
The cause of this condition remains poorly understood. It is thought that there may be a genetic component, it may be related to an overactive immune system or hormonal imbalance and it may be more likely to occur in skin that has been damaged or scarred from previous injury. What we do know is that it is not contagious. The good news is that while it tends to be a chronic condition that cannot necessarily be completely cured, it can be successfully treated to prevent progression and recurrence. At the Compounding Lab we often get asked for non-invasive non-drug options that are safe long term. We have come up with an affective combination of natural ingredients that sooth Lichens Sclerosis affected skin.
Emu Oil – Derived from the Emus. Emu Oil is known to act as a healing accelerant, and will naturally aid in the treatment of a variety of painful, itchy and inflamed skin conditions (such as Psoriasis, Eczema, Poison Ivy, Burns and Shingles). Cosmetically, Emu Oil reduces scarring and skin damage, such as that caused by keloids, stretch marks and skin grafts and heals affected Lichen Sclerosis skin. Lactobacillus – Lactobacillus acts as an antimicrobial and antioxidative agent. L-Lysine HCL – L-Lysine HCL is an essential amino acid, or a building block of protein, your body needs for tissue growth and repair. L-Lysine HCL also helps in the production of antibodies, hormones and enzymes necessary to fight disease, and because it helps build muscle protein, it can be useful for patients recovering from injury or surgical procedures. It is used in many different kinds of topical and ingestible medicines. Melaleuca Alternifolia (Tea Tree Oil) – Tea Tree Oil is an essential oil extracted from the leaves of the Melaleuca alternifolia, a native plant of Australia . Tea Tree Oil was used in traditional medicine for years, and recent studies prove it has antifungal, antiseptic, anti-inflammatory, antimicrobial and antiviral properties when applied topically. Tea Tree Oil has had success treating some strains of antibiotic-resistant bacteria and has also been used to treat Staphylococcus aureus effectively, including MRSA. Tea Tree Oil has been effective in treating various skin disease and conditions that include fungal infections, mites (such as scabies), lice, acne, chicken pox, shingles, blisters and the herpes simplex virus (i.e. cold sores) Ceramides make up 40-50% of the lipids in the outermost layer of your skin. Scientists have discovered that psoriasis and eczema-sufferers have an imbalance or deficiency of key ceramides. The ceramide deficiencies that cause itchy, embarrassing and painful skin conditions like eczema and psoriasis can be aided by topical replacement of Ceramides. We use Ceremides from coconut Oil origin. Olive Oil, pressed from the ripe fruit of the Olea europaea tree, has been hailed for thousands of years as the secret of beautiful, Mediterranean skin since its cultivation in Crete and Syria more than 5,000 years ago. Olive Oil acts a phenomenal skin moisturizer, filled with natural antioxidants (vitamins A and E), linoleic, oleic and palmitic fatty acids, and polyphenol, which will remove free radicals and postpone skin aging. Olive Oil also treats dry, itchy skin (pruritus), stings, and burns. Colloidal Silver is a powerful natural topical antiseptic, analgesic, and anti-inflammatory. It helps to heal and relieve painful discomfort resulting from minor wounds, infections, burns, cuts, abrasions, insect bites, blisters and rashes.