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Your teen and eczema

Is Your Teen’s Eczema Something More?

Eczema that keeps coming back may be a chronic condition called atopic dermatitis. This is often the result of a highly sensitive immune system.

Your daughter's courage
comes from within.
And so might her eczema.

Old struggles. New Understanding.

It’s hard to watch your teen deal with eczema. You’d give anything to trade places. More than anything, you want to understand and help relieve your teen’s constant flare-ups.

New learnings about eczema and atopic dermatitis uncover what may be causing your teen's eczema. Those constant flare-ups on the surface of the skin may be the outward signs of deeper inflammation caused in part by a sensitive immune system.


How to Talk to Your Teen About Eczema

Do the text conversations feel familiar? It can be hard to find the right time or way to talk to your teen about their eczema.

The topics below are good conversation starters and can help your teen understand an underlying cause of their moderate-to-severe eczema.

Conversation Starter Motivational Checking In
  • You may actually have atopic dermatitis—a chronic form of eczema.
  • The itching and the rashes you keep seeing and feeling are actually caused, in part, by inflammation underneath your skin.
  • Even though your skin looks clear, inflammation is still inside your body. Your flare-ups could reappear at any time.
  • There's more understanding about eczema. Thanks to emerging science, there's a better understanding of the disease.
  • We want to help. Being detailed and honest with yourself about your symptoms can help you get the right treatment.

Stay in the Know

While scientists are working hard to develop a deeper understanding of what’s going on underneath the skin, you and your teen can get helpful resources, activities, and the latest news and developments.


Talk to the Doc About Your Teen’s Eczema, Concerns, and Goals.

You are one of almost 8 million adults who live with or care for someone with a chronic form of eczema. The more you know, the better you’ll feel. Talk to your doctor. Chances are, they’ll know the answer…or they can refer you to a specialist who does.


These tips can help you and your teen have a productive discussion with your doctor.


  • Prepare a list of symptoms most bothersome to your teen.
  • Discuss the impact of symptoms on your teen’s daily activities.


  • When in doubt, ask your questions.
  • Encourage your teen to speak up.
  • Get a next-step plan from your doctor.


  • Implement the plan you, your teen, and your doctor created.
  • Monitor your teen’s progress.

It was so hard as a parent. I would say to him, “I wish I could have this. I wish I could take this away from you. I wish I could do something.”

- Tracy
Parent of actual eczema sufferer

Caring for someone with eczema can be challenging, but Tracy isn’t alone. Hear what caregivers and people with eczema are saying.