Lichenification

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Lichenification is a term that can have two similar meanings in the context of skin lesions.

It can refer to either of:

  1. Thickening of the epidermis of the skin, such that the normal creases appear to be exaggerated. This may be caused by abnormal and/or excessive scratching or rubbing of the affected area.
  2. Skin that is marked by the presence of many fine papules.

Lichenification is included in this section because it is a type of skin lesion. Study of skin lesions is required as part of many courses in aspects of health and holistic therapies, especially bodywork therapies.

See also types of skin lesions (all on one page). This may interest students of massage, reflexology, holistic treatments of various types, beauty therapies, and other health related courses.

Further information about skin includes the structure of skin (with diagram), an explanation of what dermatology means and includes and textbooks about dermatology.

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