Natural 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.