Lichen planopilaris: A closer look at "follicular hyperkeratosis"

Follicular hyperkeratosis = Perifollicular scale

Lichen planopilaris (also known as "LPP") is a scarring hair loss condition. Individuls affected by the condition develop hair loss, increased hair shedding along with scalp itching, burning and pain.


Scaling in LPP

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An up close examination with dermoscopy is shown here and shows classic features including white scale around hairs in early stages. This scale is known as "perifollicular scale" or "follicular hyperkeratosis." This scale is often prominent in active stages of the disease. It can be reduced by treatment and even reduced to some extent by a good shampooing of the scalp.


Treatments for LPP

Treatments include topical steroids, steroid injections, topical calcineurin inhibitors, and oral treatments such as doxycycline, hydroxychloroquine (Plaquenil), methotrexate, mycophenolate mofetil, cyclosporine, and others. Lasers, including the 308 nm excimer laser may also provide benefit.

Dr. Jeff Donovan is a Canadian and US board certified dermatologist specializing exclusively in hair loss. To schedule a consultation, please call the Whistler office at 604.283.1887

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