Eczema, also known as atopic dermatitis, is a chronic disease that often starts in childhood. While some kids outgrow it, around 1 in 5 children will continue to experience eczema in their teen years.

Adolescence can be a particularly challenging time for coping with eczema. Teens may struggle with the way the disease affects their appearance, social lives, and self-esteem. Eczema may also affect their ability to focus at school and participate in some extracurricular activities, like sports.

There are ways parents and caregivers can help teens manage eczema — without compromising their growing independence. Here are some tips to try.