Self-help for lichen sclerosus

In addition to the above treatments, the following measures can often help keep your symptoms under control:

  • avoid washing with soap or bubble bath use plain water or an emollient wash instead, such as aqueous cream (but avoid leaving aqueous cream on the skin after washing)
  • avoid rubbing or scratching the area
  • gently dab your genitals dry after peeing, to stop your urine irritating the skin
  • apply a barrier cream or ointment, such as petroleum jelly, to affected areas after washing and before and after urinating
  • avoid wearing tight or restrictive clothes and wear underwear made from natural materials such as cotton or silk women may find it helps to wear stockings rather than tights

For women who find sex painful, it may help to use a lubricant or a vaginal dilator.

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Medically Reviewed by a doctor on 21 Dec 2018