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Lichen planus cured, scar in legs, hands. Applying cream, scar changes to white color. Solution?

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i had lichen planus 4 years before and right now its cured but the scar still remains in my legs and hands.and if i apply any creams suggested by the dermatologists the place where im applying changes to white i stopped applying is thr any other solution for the removalof scars inorder to get back my old clear skin
Asked On : Thu, 11 Apr 2013
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Dermatologist 's  Response
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What you are having is post inflammatory hyperpigmentation(PIH) due to lichen planus. It can be very irritating because it remains for years even after lichen planus subsides. The cream which you are applying which makes the skin lighter might be a topical steroid. Do not apply a topical steroid over PIH. Apply a sunscreen every day because sunlight makes it worse. Apply a lightening cream with Hydroquinone 2-4% or Kojic acid for faster improvement.
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Dermatologist Dr. Ilyas Patel's  Response
Hi, you are having post inflammatory hypermelanosis following lichen planus. The melanin pigments are in dermis, that is why they are not cleared with local steroid or depigmentary agents. They will remove the color from surrounding skin , but affected skin will remain same. So, you avoid to apply any cream on it. The color may reduce by it self. Important thing is inactivity of lichen planus. So, be happy with it... Ok
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