Lichen planopilaris is the long name given to a type of scarring hair loss condition. It is sometimes referred to as follicular lichen planus. The name "lichen" comes from the skin lesions of lichen planus that some patients with lichen planopilaris also have. The skin lesions are flat just like lichens that one might see walking in the forest.
Lichen planopilaris is not due to a fungus. It is an autoimmune inflammatory condition that causes permanent hair loss. Treatments include anti-inflammatory agents not antifungal agents.
Dr. Jeff Donovan is a Canadian and US board certified dermatologist specializing exclusively in hair loss. To schedule a consultation, please call the Vancouver office at 604.283.9299