Genital skin conditions​

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Lichen sclerosus

Lichen sclerosus is a chronic skin condition that primarily affects the genital and anal areas, although it can occur elsewhere on the body. It is more common in women of menopausal age and in premenarcheal girl. The condition is characterized by the development of white, patchy, and thin skin that may be itchy, painful, or sensitive. Over time, lichen sclerosus can lead to scarring and changes in the affected skin’s appearance, which can cause discomfort and distress. Lichen sclerosis is also associated with a small risk of developing skin cancer. 

Risk Factors

While the exact cause of lichen sclerosus remains unknown, certain risk factors have been identified:

-Hormonal changes

-Autoimmune disorders

-Genetic factors


Diagnosing lichen sclerosus typically involves a thorough physical examination of the affected area. The distinctive appearance of the white, thin, and wrinkled skin patches is often characteristic of the condition. In some cases, a skin biopsy may be performed to confirm the diagnosis and rule out other skin conditions with similar symptoms. It’s essential for individuals experiencing symptoms like itching, pain, or changes in their genital or anal skin to seek medical evaluation promptly to receive an accurate diagnosis.


As for treatment options, managing lichen sclerosus aims to alleviate symptoms and prevent complications. Topical corticosteroids are often the first-line treatment, as they can help reduce inflammation and itching. Regular application of moisturizers is also recommended to keep the affected skin hydrated and to prevent further irritation. In some cases, topical immune-modulating medications may be prescribed to target the immune system’s response in the affected area. Monitoring and follow-up are essential to assess the effectiveness of treatment and adjust the management plan as needed.

Schedule an Appointment​

If you’re interested in learning more about your treatment options for Genital Skin Conditions, your first step is to schedule an appointment with Dr. Dubinskaya. To get started, contact our office by calling 424-210-9030 or filling out our online form.

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Dr. Alexandra Dubinskaya is a board-certified, fellowship-trained Urogynecologist and Sexual Health specialist whose mission is to enhance women’s quality of life by improving their pelvic and sexual health. Dr. Dubinskaya’s focus is on making a difference in people’s lives through state-of-the-art, compassionate, and personally tailored care.

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