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1. Does your teenager develop FACIAL REDNESS, scaling and slight itching or stinging, in the EYEBROWS or in the CREASES between the cheek and nose? This could be SEBORRHEIC DERMATITIS, a common skin disorder that often flares in the winter or with stress. Apply a thin disappearing layer of SebDerm lotion twice daily for two weeks, then taper gradually to use as needed. See your dermatologist for supervision and for Ketoconazole products that work extremely well with SebDerm lotion. For dandruff, shampoo daily with Head & Shoulders zinc or Nizoral shampoo.
       
2. Does your teenager develop LIP CHAPPING AND A RING OF REDNESS around the mouth, with burning or stinging? This also could be SEBORRHEIC DERMATITIS, OR ATOPIC DERMATITIS, common skin disorders that often flare in the winter. After moisturizing with Curel® lotion - Original Formula, Aveeno® Eczeme Therapy Care, CeraVe® lotion, or Cetaphil® lotion, Apply a thin disappearing layer of SebDerm lotion twice daily for two weeks, to the red skin and the lips. Then apply Vaseline® petrolatum or Aquaphor® ointment to the lips only, not the skin, in order to protect and hold in moisture. After two weeks, taper the SebDerm lotion to use as needed. See your dermatologist for supervision.
       
3. Does your teenager struggle with IRRITATION FROM ACNE TREATMENTS or red irritated “combination skin” with acne blemishes? This could be SENSITIVE SKIN AND mild underlying SEBORREIC DERMATITIS, common skin disorders often referred to as “combination skin”, and make treating acne more difficult. Apply a thin disappearing layer of SebDerm lotion two times daily for two weeks, then taper gradually to use as needed. Use cold icy compressing for three minutes after applying SebDerm lotion. See your dermatologist for supervision and antibiotic products that work well with SebDerm lotion. If your irritation is from Retin A®, tretinoin, or Differin®, adapalene, Tazorac® (retinoids), reduce the retinoid to every other day and then gradually increase as tolerated. You’ll get great results from your acne therapy with SebDerm lotion help! See your doctor for supervision.
       
4. Does your teenager struggle with red VERY ITCHY scaling patches with prominent itching, on the WRISTS, ARMS, OR BACK OF THE KNEES, ankles, or back of the hands? This could be ATOPIC DERMATITIS, a common skin disorder that often flares in the winter or with stress, sweating, or contact from metal jewelry, or fragrances. There is usually a history of it in early childhood too. Apply a thin disappearing layer of SebDerm lotion four times daily for four weeks, then taper gradually to use as needed. Moisturizing is critical. Moisturize all skin once daily with Curel® lotion - Original Formula, Aveeno® Eczeme Therapy lotion, CeraVe® lotion, or Cetaphil® lotion, and apply these in a single downward direction. Reduce soap, showers, and the activities for a while that contribute to perspiration. See your doctor for supervision and for prescription strength products (clobetasol cream, Betamethasone dipropionate cream) that may be needed for initial control of thick severe dermatitis.
       
5. Does your teenager struggle with FACIAL patchy REDNESS with SMALL BUMPS and slight scaling on the chin, or just LATERAL to the mouth, nose, or eyes? This could be PERIORAL DERMATITIS, a common skin disorder that is often associated with early acne or mild acne. Strong steroids and even 1% OTC hydrocortisone will make it spread. Apply a thin disappearing layer of SebDerm lotion two times daily for three weeks, then taper gradually to use as needed. Use cold icy compressing for three minutes after applying SebDerm lotion. See your dermatologist for supervision and antibiotic products that work well with SebDerm lotion. You must stop the use of strong steroid/cortisone creams. Two weeks of oral doxycycline or erythromycin antibiotic therapy is important in severe cases. Without SebDerm lotion you may require oral antibiotics for six to eight weeks for perioral dermatitis.
       
6. Does your teen struggle with HEAT RELATED PIMPLES AND FOLLICULITIS on the CHEST, BACK, arms, trunk, legs or pubic area? This could be acne with sweating and heat related irritation of the pores and hair follicles, including yeast and bacterial overgrowth. In combination with acne treatment, apply a thin disappearing layer of SebDerm lotion twice daily for two weeks, then taper gradually to use as needed. Apply the SebDerm lotion in a single (downward direction). Moisturize all dry skin once daily with Curel® lotion - Original Formula, CeraVe® lotion, Moisturel® lotion, or Cetaphil® lotion, and apply these in a single downward direction. Reduce activities for a while that contribute to perspiration. See your dermatologist for supervision and for antibiotic products that work extremely well with SebDerm lotion. Sulfacetamide washes, salicylic acid washes and benzoyl peroxide washes work extremely well with SebDerm lotion.
       
7. Does your teenager struggle with FLEXURE RASH in the underarms/GROIN area or under the breasts, or in the fold of the tummy? This could be intertrigo or mild flexure psoriasis or seborrheic dermatitis, which is heat related, moisture related, and often aggravated by yeast and bacterial overgrowth. Besides causing stretch marks, strong cortisone/steroid creams can contribute to skin thinning here. Apply dilute vinegar soaked cotton compresses to these areas for 5-10 minutes. (Mix 2 tablespoons of white vinegar into an 8 ounce glass of water). Then remove compresses and apply a thin disappearing layer of SebDerm lotion twice daily for two weeks, then taper gradually to use as needed. The application of the lotion must disappear and be dry with no excess moisture. Use a hair blower on low heat to dry the area for a minute if needed. See your dermatologist for supervision and for Econazole products that work extremely well with SebDerm lotion. OTC (over the counter) clotrimazole cream or miconazole cream also work very well with SebDerm lotion. Apply a thin disappearing amount at the same time as the SebDerm lotion application.
         
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When your doctor prescribes strong prescription steroid creams for ATOPIC ECZEMA, use them as long as instructed. If you were not given specific instructions, after three weeks taper off the strongest steroids to using only two or three weeks each month and use the SebDerm lotion twice daily when not using the strong steroid. Ultimately, the goal of therapy is to achieve control of the ATOPIC ECZEMA using daily MOISTURIZING EVERYDAY, and something as safe as SebDerm lotion two weeks each month.

Just like for adults and children, DAILY MOISTURIZING with Curel® lotion - Original Formula, Aveeno® Eczeme Therapy, or Cetaphil® lotion, applied in a single downward direction is CRUCIAL for preventing flares of ATOPIC ECZEMA. It’s often helpful to use these in combination with steroid-free prescriptions ointments like calcineurin inhibitors, from your doctor.

When your doctor prescribes strong prescription steroid creams for PSORIASIS, use them as long as instructed. If you were not given specific instructions, taper off the strongest steroids to using three weeks a month and use the SebDerm lotion twice daily when not using the strong steroid/cortisone cream. Ultimately, the goal of therapy is to achieve control of the psoriasis using daily MOISTURIZING EVERYDAY, and something as safe and mild as SebDerm lotion two to three weeks each month to the areas where psoriasis tends to develop or flare up. It’s often helpful to use these in combination with steroid-free prescriptions ointments like Vitamin D analogs, and calcineurin inhibitors, from your doctor.

Is your teenager using a BIOLOGIC FOR PSORIASIS CONTROL and struggling with breakthrough rashes in the underarm, groin, or tummy folds?
Breakthrough flexure psoriasis is very common with biologics and you need something safe that won’t thin your skin in these delicate areas. Strong steroid/ cortisone creams will cause stretch marks here. Apply a thin disappearing layer of SebDerm lotion twice daily for two weeks, then taper gradually to use as needed. The application must disappear and be dry with no excess moisture. Use a hair blower to dry the area for a minute if needed. See your dermatologist for supervision and for Ketoconazole products that work extremely well with SebDerm lotion if you are experiencing yeast overgrowth. OTC (over the counter) clotrimazole cream or miconazole cream also work very well with SebDerm lotion for yeast. Apply a thin disappearing amount at the same time as the SebDerm lotion application.

If your teenager has resistant extensive itching and did not have atopic dermatitis as a small child, look for tiny curved white lines (scabies burrows) and see your doctor.