Lichenified means the skin has become thickened and leathery. This often results from frequently rubbing or scratching the skin.
Chronic irritation due to conditions such as eczema can cause lichenified skin. Moisturizers and topical steroids are usually used to treat lichenified skin. Any underlying skin condition should also be treated.
Dinulos JGH. Principles of diagnosis and anatomy. In: Dinulos JGH, ed. Habif's Clinical Dermatology. 7th ed. Philadelphia, PA: Elsevier; 2021:chap 1.
Swanson E. Morphology of primary and secondary skin lesions. In: High WA, Prok LD, eds. Dermatology Secrets. 6th ed. Philadelphia, PA: Elsevier; 2021:chap 2.
Review Date 11/30/2022
Updated by: Ramin Fathi, MD, FAAD, Director, Phoenix Surgical Dermatology Group, Phoenix, AZ. Also reviewed by David C. Dugdale, MD, Medical Director, Brenda Conaway, Editorial Director, and the A.D.A.M. Editorial team.