Lichen planus



Patient Groups

Lichen planus

Lichen planus is a rare, recurrent, itchy rash, characterized by shiny reddish-purple spots on the skin and gray-white ones in the mouth. Separate spots may coalesce into rough scaly patches.

UK Lichen Planus


>3 million cases in the US per year
Source: MedScape

Typical Age of onset

Oral lichen planus predominantly occurs in adults older than 40 years, although younger adults and children can be affected.


  • Dryness, burning and metallic taste in mouth
  • White patches on gums and inside cheek
  • Redness, peeling and blistering
  • Shiny, smooth, and itchy white patches on your skin