Lichen Planus/ Lichen Simplex Chronicus

Stuart Millar Updated by Stuart Millar

Start Here:

Before using SmartLotion®, you must read this disclaimer.

We recommend reading these general instructions on how to use SmartLotion®: Click here.

Stinging can occur when first applying SmartLotion®. For instructions on how to reduce the stinging, please click here.


Purplish, itchy, flat-topped bumps. Found on mucous membranes such as in the mouth or on the vulva. Forms lacy white patches, sometimes with painful sores.


Dr. Harlan typically treats his adult patients for lichen planus and lichen simplex chronicus by having them apply SmartLotion® 4x per day for up to 4 weeks.

As long as the patient sees improvement during the initial 4 weeks, after 4 weeks he typically recommends tapering down to 3x per day for 2 weeks then to 2x per day for 2 weeks and so on. The rate of tapering should vary based on how quickly the rash is healing.

If the patient does not see improvement within the first 4 weeks, he will prescribe them a stronger treatment for 3 weeks to help with initial control and recovery before switching back to SmartLotion®.


To prevent the rash from returning, Dr. Harlan instructs his adult patients to apply SmartLotion® 2x per day, or less as needed.

Some patients require intervals of 2x and 1x every other day SmartLotion® applications for complete flare-up control. Some patients require 1 application per day, and some only require 3 applications per week.

This is why long-term safety was so important to Dr. Harlan when he formulated SmartLotion®. For whatever maintenance schedule his patients require, he wanted to ensure that there would be no chance of side effects. Rest assured, SmartLotion® is 100% safe for long term use, as demonstrated in his peer-reviewed safety study.

To read Dr. Harlan's peer -reviewed safety study, please click here.

How did we do?

Keratosis Pilaris (KP) - Adults

Lupus Rash