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What does lichen simplex chronicus do to my skin?

Chronic scratching or rubbing of the skin gives it a thickened, leathery appearance, sometimes reddened or even a little scaly, and may leave visible scratch marks or broken hairs.

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Lichen simplex chronicus causes skin to become very itchy. As the name of this condition suggests, the problem may become chronic -- that is, it may last a long time. Persistent scratching may eventually cause the skin to become thick and leathery, darken in color, and develop sores. If you think you may have lichen simplex chronicus, see a dermatologist soon.

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