There is not yet a cure for lichen planopilaris. Treatment depends on how much of the scalp is affected and how quickly the condition progresses. A high or moderate potency steroid cream is often effective in treating lichen planopilaris. If this is not effective, steroid injections (into
skin lesions), or systemic corticosteroids (taken by mouth) may be considered. Hydroxychloroquine (Plaquenil), retinoids (Accutane), oral cyclosporine, methotrexate, mycophenolate mofetil, rituximab, and
pioglitazone have also been used to treat lichen planopilaris with
some success, although information on these treatments is limited. Unfortunately even with successful treatment, lichen planopilaris can return.
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