LICHENIFICATION is very common word for anyone going through TSW and its one thing that constantly puts the fear into me along with the extra skin also known as elephant skin. Mine seems to be getting better every day but some days I just want to rip it off and hope for the best. Below are some photos to give you an idea of what I'm looking like now and what lichenification can look like. It can come in many forms. I'm finding now the less I bath and itch it is getting better.
For me, I have found (and I am not sure if I have mentioned this or not) but the less baths I have the better my skin feels and the lines seem to be getting better. I am down to one bath a week now which is a real milestone, considering I was bathing a horrific 4-5 times a day. I have a moisturising shower wash I use and have a quick shower in the morning and I am even washing my own hair too without irritation. My mum was washing my hair in the sink or bath maybe one every ten days as it hurt so bad during the worst times of TSW.
Sleep now, I am getting through the night 'most' nights. On occasions my inner thighs sweat and I itch with hives. In the mornings when I wake, again my inner thighs itch and appear with hives (annoying!!) Nothing is red though and that makes me very happy :)
I hope my photos help with explaining my journey. Its not a great one but enduring and has made me appreciate life in general alot more. I feel for people who are about to start this hellish journey but all I can say is to stay strong and you'll get through and will end up more healthier than you ever have been :) hugs xo