Seborrheic Dermatitis

Stuart Millar Updated by Stuart Millar

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Scaling skin, redness, slight itching or stinging. Most common locations are the eyebrows, central face, and the crease between your cheek and nose. Can occur on the scalp (as dandruff) and in small patches elsewhere on the body. It often flares in the winter or with stress.


Dr. Harlan typically treats his adult patients for seborrheic dermatitis by having them apply SmartLotion® 2x per day for up to 2 weeks.

As long as the patient sees improvement during the initial 2 weeks, after 2 weeks he typically recommends tapering down to 1x per day for 2 weeks. The rate of tapering should vary based on how quickly the rash is healing.

If the patient does not see improvement within the first 2 weeks, he will prescribe them a stronger treatment for 3 weeks to help with initial control and recovery before switching back to SmartLotion®.

He typically recommends a zinc or ketoconazole shampoo to his patients with seborrheic dermatitis affecting the scalp or beard area.


To prevent seborrheic dermatitis from returning, Dr. Harlan instructs his adult patients to apply SmartLotion® 1x per day, or less as needed.

Some patients require intervals of 2x and 1x every other day SmartLotion® applications for complete flare-up control. Some patients require 1 application per day, and some only require 3 applications per week.

This is why long-term safety was so important to Dr. Harlan when he formulated SmartLotion®. For whatever maintenance schedule his patients require, he wanted to ensure that there would be no chance of side effects. Rest assured, SmartLotion® is 100% safe for long term use, as demonstrated in his peer-reviewed safety study.

To read Dr. Harlan's peer -reviewed safety study, please click here.

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Scalp Scaling/ Itching

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