Basic Instructions for SmartLotion®
How to Perform A Spot Check
Information on Moisturizing When Applying SmartLotion®
Atopic Dermatitis/ Eczema (Adults)
Disseminated Superficial Actinic Porokeratosis (DSAP)
Flexure Rash, Intertrigo or Flexure Psoriasis
Follicular Inflammation (Shaving Rashes)
Keratosis Pilaris (KP) - Adults
Lichen Planus/ Lichen Simplex Chronicus
Polymorphous Light Eruption -PMLE
Scalp Scaling/ Itching
Topical Steroid Withdrawal (TSW)
Acne Treatment Irritation (Combination Skin)
Atopic Dermatitis/ Eczema (Teenagers)
Flexure Rash, Intertrigo or Flexure Psoriasis (Teenagers)
Heat-Related Pimples (Teen Folliculitis)
Lip Chapping/ Red Lip Ring
Perioral Dermatitis (Teenagers)
Seborrheic Dermatitis (Teenagers)
Infants & Children
"My child's facial eczema is returning, even when applying SmartLotion® 1x per day"
"My rash has returned" or "I'm experiencing a flare-up"
"SmartLotion® Made My Eczema Worse"
"What should I do if I have thin skin?"
Persistent Redness of the Face (For Teenagers)
Persistent Redness of the Face (For Infants and Children)
Persistent Redness of the Face (for Adults)
SmartLotion® Isn't Helping Enough
Stinging: It's Part of The Healing Process
Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)
Can SmartLotion® Be Used As A Moisturizer?
Does SmartLotion® Interact With Any Medications?
How Is SmartLotion® Any Different Than Hydrocortisone Found At The Store?
What Are The Ingredients Inside SmartLotion®?
Where is SmartLotion® Safe To Apply?
Why Does SmartLotion® Contain Fragrance?
Why Does The Hydrocortisone in SmartLotion® Not Cause Side-Effects?
Updated by Stuart Millar
One of the most common questions we get here at HarlanMD is from customers asking why Dr. Harlan would put fragrance into a product designed for eczema patients, who often have allergies and extra-sensitive skin.
The answer can be broken down into two parts:
- The fragrance in the SmartLotion® formula is natural apricot. According to Dr. Harlan, natural apricot in fragrance form is hypoallergenic. The reason is because the allergen inside the apricot is completely destroyed when the apricot is cooked, which is part of the process for creating the natural apricot fragrance.
- The apricot allergen belongs to the Stone Fruit Allergen family. If you have a Stone Fruit Allergy, be sure to perform a spot check before applying SmartLotion® as normal.
- The sulfur in SmartLotion® has a potent smell. Many customers wonder why Dr. Harlan includes a fragrance in his SmartLotion® at all, even if it is hypoallergenic. This is why. The old versions of the formula were scent-free. By request of his patients, he performed an extensive series of tests to improve the smell of the formula in a way that would not irritate the skin. These tests resulted in adding the natural apricot fragrance to the current version of the SmartLotion® formula.
Regarding The Smell:
There have been reports of some SmartLotion® users not liking the smell.
Unfortunately, sulfur does not smell good, regardless of the natural apricot fragrance.
If SmartLotion® is applied as directed (applied as a thin, disappearing layer) the smell dissipates almost immediately.
If you are bothered by the smell, do not worry because it does not stay around for long.