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Lichenification is the thickening and hardening of skin where it is constantly rubbed or scratched. The skin becomes leathery, and the normal lines in the skin become exaggerated, which makes the skin look like bark.

Lichenification often occurs in people who have skin conditions that cause itching, such as atopic dermatitis (eczema). But it can also occur in people who otherwise have healthy skin.

ByHealthwise Staff
Primary Medical ReviewerAdam Husney, MD - Family Medicine
Specialist Medical ReviewerAmy McMichael, MD - Dermatology

Current as ofMarch 12, 2014

WebMD Medical Reference from Healthwise

Last Updated: March 12, 2014
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