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5 Facts you should know about

Actinic lichen planus

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Lichen planus (LP) is a papulosquamous inflammatory dermatitis that affects less than 1% of the population

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Classic lichen planus typically presents as erythematous to violaceous flat-topped papules that are pruritic and polygonal

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In actinic LP, specifically, affected people develop mildly itchy, coin-shaped patches on sun-exposed areas such as the face, neck, and backs of the hands

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Mild cases can often be managed with topical steroids, while more intensive therapies may be required for severe cases

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Actinic LP is more common in dark-skinned populations; it is extremely rare in Caucasians

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