Atopic Dermatitis/ Eczema (Teenagers)

Stuart Millar Updated by Stuart Millar

Atopic Dermatitis (Teenagers)

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Red slightly scaling patches with prominent itching, most commonly located on the wrists, ankles, arms, back of the knees or on the hands. Can occur on the face, although it is much less common in teenagers. Often flares in the winter, or with stress or sweating. Atopic dermatitis is also known as eczema. There is typically a history of atopic dermatitis in childhood when it occurs in teenagers.


Dr. Harlan typically treats his teenage patients for facial atopic dermatitis by having them apply SmartLotion® 4x per day for up to 4 weeks. If the atopic dermatitis appears on the patients face, Dr. Harlan instead instructs the patient to only 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 3x per day for 2 weeks then to 2x per day for 2 weeks then to 1x per day for 2 weeks. The rate of tapering should vary based on how quickly the rash is healing.

Dr. Harlan says that moisturizing 2x per day is a must for atopic dermatitis patients, regardless of whether a rash is present or not. 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 instructs his patients to reduce soap, showers, and perspiration-inducing activities temporarily while recovering from the flare-up.

Cat dander often aggravates. Avoid cat exposure.

For a list of Dr. Harlan's recommended moisturizers, please click here.


Unfortunately, atopic dermatitis will likely never permanently go away. After initial control and tapering, Dr. Harlan recommends his patients adopt a long term routine that works for them.

In addition to 2x per day moisturizer applications, 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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