Dermatologic Vulvar Disorders

Dermatologic Vulvar Disorders

What Are Vulvar/Vaginal Skin Disorders?

Vulvar/vaginal skin disorders are quite common and often not discussed by patients and healthcare providers often because the patient does not know if it is a gynecological problem or a dermatologic problem. Often patients think or get misdiagnosed with having a sexually transmitted infection and this often not the case. A variety of factors that can cause skin changes and irritation may include the types of clothes you wear, the shower products you use, and the physical activities you participate in.


Below are 3 common types of vulvar/vaginal skin disorders:

  • Lichen Simplex Chronicus – Lichen Simplex Chronicus is caused by chronic itching and scratching to a given area of skin. This skin disorder is very cyclical. It begins by causing irritation in the vulvar area that leads to scratching, this scratching then thickens the skin which leads to more irritation and scratching, and so on. There are a variety of treatments available to end the cycle and find relief.
  • Lichen Sclerosus (LS) – LS is a long-term skin disorder that predominantly affects the genital region. The disease is marked by the appearance of small, smooth white spots on the skin. As the condition progresses, the spots grow into large crinkled patches that tear and bruise easily. While LS can cause pain in the affected individual it is very treatable. It is not contagious and will not be passed to a partner during sexual activity.
  • Lichen Planus – Lichen Planus is marked by the appearance of shiny, firm, reddish-purple bumps on the affected area of skin. These bumps are painful to the touch and cause the rough patches of skin, itching and, in rare cases, painful blistering of the skin. While not contagious, lichen planus can make sexual activity impossible due to the high level of pain the condition causes. It is treatable through a variety of creams and therapies.

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*This information does not replace a provider consultation. You should schedule an appointment with your provider if you experience any of these symptoms.