Lichen Simplex Chronicus

Lichen simplex chronicus (LSC) is a chronic inflammatory dermatosis characterized by intense itching that triggers prolonged scratching resulting in thickening of the skin. The vicious circle of itching-scratching that is created, is not the cause of lichen simplex chronicus but a consequence.

The symptoms with LSC occurs are intense itching, papules and patches with accentuation of skin furrows. The itching sensation is increasing in the evening hours, as often happens in dermatological problems. The most affected areas are the neck, arms and legs, but can be affected also other areas. Lichen simplex chronicus is manifested either in adults and in children, with a slightly higher incidence in women.

Lichen simplex chronicus can occur as a result of other dermatosis, or stress and emotional tension.


The initial treatment for lichen simplex chronicus, lasts an average time of two-four weeks, and it's topical. Only in particularly resistant cases it’s needed a systemic therapy. The restoration of the skin’s integrity is due also to the reduction/elimination of anything that can irritate the skin; for this reason, the choice of clothing is very important in lichen simplex chronicus. It should be avoided clothing made ​​of wool and acrylic because it's very irritating. Among the natural fabrics, the most known and used in case of skin diseases is cotton. Recent studies, however, show how the short fibers of cotton can be irritating: they absorb and give moisture with a typical spiral motion that scratch the skin at microscopic level.

DermaSilkthanks to its characteristics:

  • Reduces in short time itching and inflammation;
  • Controls superinfection by bacteria, fungi and yeasts;
  • Controls the perspiration and keeps the hydro-lipid balance;
  • Promotes wound healing and skin regeneration.

In the 2016 European Guideline for the management of vulval conditions Dermasilk Intimo Briefs have been mentioned as an alternative regimen in the management of Lichen Simplex Chronicus "...Silk fabric underwear may reduce the need for topical corticosteroids..." .