Soothe Lichen Sclerosus with Natural Treatments & Remedies
What causes Lichen Sclerosus?
Lichen Sclerosus (often misspelt as Lichen Sclerosis) is a chronic inflammatory skin condition that mainly affects the vulva in women and female children and also the penis tip in men and boys. It is most common in girls before puberty and women after the menopause but can, and frequently does, occur at any age and affects at least one in a thousand women.
The exact cause of Lichen Sclerosus is not known, but it is classified as an autoimmune disease. It is thought that the disease may be inherited. Lichen Sclerosus can also appear on skin that has been damaged or scarred from a previous injury.
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Symptoms of Lichen Sclerosus in women
Women with Lichen Sclerosus usually develop small white spots and sometimes bruising on the vulva. Itchiness develops which can be severe. This itchiness tends to be worse at night and may disturb sleep. It has been described as “a torment”. There may also be itchy spots on the skin around the anus.
Over time, the spots can spread and merge together to form large white plaques. The skin of the vulva or anus may eventually turn very pale and shiny, and become fragile, thin and crinkly or scarred and thickened. Some patches of skin may become inflamed and raw and may eventually split. Sore or cracked vulval skin is more prone to vaginal infections.
Without treatment, the skin of the vulva may scar and shrink over the following months or years and can lead ultimately to the fusion of the labia. Further complications can result in pain on passing urine, difficulty with childbirth and bowel movements.
How can YES help soothe Lichen Sclerosus?
We receive a lot of emails from customers who have found that YES products can help them to treat Lichen Sclerosus and Lichen Planus. Our natural lubricants and moisturisers protect, moisturise and lubricate sensitive tissues naturally. They can be used as daily relief from the irritation, with dilators and during intercourse. They can be used as daily relief from the irritation, with dilators and during intercourse. Read our testimonials about Lichen Sclerosus to help you choose the product that is right for you.
However as with the treatment and management of any medical condition we always recommend that you discuss any treatment options with your qualified healthcare practitioner. Important advice is also available at The British Society for the Study of Vulval Disease.
Which YES product should I use?
The majority of our Lichen Sclerosus customers prefer to use YES OB lubricant as it is a richly soothing emollient which can be used both daily and during intercourse. It is formulated to last longer, especially during intercourse. YES OB is safe to use with silicone toys and dilators but is not compatible with condoms. If you’re using steroid cream, we recommend that you wait at least 12 hours to apply YES OB as it could act as a barrier to the steroid cream, inhibiting the effect.
YES WB lubricant is designed to help with lubrication during intercourse and foreplay but can also be used for daily moisture and comfort. It is compatible with natural rubber latex and polyisoprene condoms and silicone toys. The water in the lubricant will be absorbed quickly to hydrate your skin intensely but the long-lasting gel texture means it does not get sticky nor dry up too quickly. YES WB is pH balanced for the vagina to help maintain the optimum vaginal environment and avoid thrush and bacterial infections. YES water-based (the NHS version of YES WB) is available on NHS prescription.
YES VM is a daily use vaginal moisturiser that is designed to help alleviate discomfort, itching, burning and irritation. Like YES WB, it is a water-based and pH matched translucent gel that is bio-adhesive to allow it to soothe damaged tissues and release moisture where needed while avoiding any unpleasant ‘fall-out’. YES VM is also available via NHS prescription.
Why use YES products to relieve Lichen Sclerosus?
- YES lubricants & moisturisers soothe burning, irritation and discomfort quickly.
- We choose our ingredients carefully and many have a proven, centuries old track record as skin foods. This guarantees purity, so your delicate tissues are treated tenderly.
- YES WB & YES VM are suitable for use as an intimate moisturiser and sexual lubricant.
- YES WB & YES VM are pH balanced to the vaginal environment. This helps to restore and maintain a natural protection against thrush.
- All our products are hormone and paraben free with no known contraindications.
- YES products are certified organic by the Soil Association & hypoallergenic; they’re free from all known skin irritants.
- We’re so confident in our products that we offer 100% satisfaction guarantee.
“The products are a pleasure to use. I use both the oil and water-based products. I suffer from both Lichen Sclerosus and Vulvodynia and recently had a bad flare-up. The oil-based has really helped me over this and I am now able to use less of my steroid ointment. I had found most lubrication products had been very stingy to use, whereas the Yes products are soothing and actually help improve my vulval conditions.”
“It has helped reduce the symptoms of my lichen Sclerosis. I’m able to use steroid ointment less frequently and have not had a serious flare since starting using Yes daily. I use the oil based Yes daily and water based for sexual intercourse. I’m so happy to have this chronic condition under control.”
“Easy to buy and used the products once as a try and they are PERFECT! Best ever! Just amazing its has changed my life after years of nasty stinging products!”
“I absolutely love this product! It is the only lubricant i use for about 6 years and it is truly the best, one of a kind, nothing else like it, outstanding product. So blessed to have found it! It feels like my own mucus and there is never any reaction, irritation or strange tacky feeling. I feel safe using this product and I will use it for the rest of my life. It is really a treasure!”