A New Wave of Topical Therapies for Atopic Dermatitis: Comparing Treatment Approaches

Topical therapies are considered the mainstay treatment for atopic dermatitis (AD). However, traditional topicals such as corticosteroids and calcineurin inhibitors are associated with limitations for use and safety concerns. In addition, treatment guidelines for AD provide few to no recommendations for selecting therapies and, as a result, treatment selection for each patient can be complex and subjective. New targeted topical therapies are becoming increasingly available, and clinicians must be familiar with the latest clinical data and how to utilize them in clinical practice. Despite treatment advances, challenges in the management of AD persist including poor topical therapy adherence and topical corticosteroid abuse.

This educational activity provides up-to-the-minute clinical data on current and emerging topical therapies for AD as well as expert strategies for treatment selection and long-term control of the disease.

Target Audience

This activity is designed for an audience of physicians, nurse practitioners, physician assistants that specialize in dermatology.

Learning Objectives

Upon completion of the educational activity, participants should be better able to:

  • Critically evaluate the clinical data and mechanism associated with current and emerging topical therapies for AD.
  • Identify challenges and complications in treating AD with topical therapies and how to overcome them
  • Develop individualized treatment strategies for topical therapy for AD patients.
Course summary
Available credit: 
  • 1.00 AANP
  • 1.00 AAPA Category I CME
  • 1.00 AMA PRA Category 1 Credit
  • 1.00 ANCC
  • 1.00 Participation
Course opens: 
Course expires: 
  • Introduction to AD: Etiopathogenesis and Gaps in Care
  • The AD Landscape: What's Here and What's Coming Soon
  • Comparing Targeted Topical Therapies: A Closer Look at the Data
  • Which Therapy for Which Patient?: Key Takeaways and Closing Remarks

Peter Lio, MD
Clinical Assistant Professor, Dermatology, Pediatrics
Northwestern University, Feinberg School of Medicine
Chicago, IL

Lisa Swanson, MD
Pediatric Dermatologist
Ada West Dermatology
Boise, ID





This activity is provided by AKH Inc., Advancing Knowledge in Healthcare and Tarsus Cardio dba LiVDerm.

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AKH Inc., Advancing Knowledge in Healthcare designates this enduring material for a maximum of 1 AMA PRA Category 1 Credit(s)TM Physicians should claim only the credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.


Physician Associate

AKH Inc., Advancing Knowledge in Healthcare has been authorized by the American Academy of Physician Associates (AAPA) to award AAPA Category 1 CME credit for activities planned in accordance with AAPA CME Criteria. This activity is designated for 1 AAPA Category 1 CME credits. Approval is valid until June 28, 2025. PAs should only claim credit commensurate with the extent of their participation.



1 ANCC contact hours.


Nurse Practitioners

This activity has been planned and implemented in accordance with the Accreditation Standards of the American Association of Nurse Practitioners (AANP) through the joint providership of AKH Inc., Advancing Knowledge in Healthcare and Tarsus Cardio dba LiVDerm.  AKH Inc., Advancing Knowledge in Healthcare is accredited by the American Association of Nurse Practitioners as an approved provider of nurse practitioner continuing education. Provider number: 030803. This activity is approved for 1 contact hour(s) which includes 1 hour(s) of pharmacology.

Commercial Support

This activity is supported by an independent medical education grant from Dermavant Sciences, Inc.


It is the policy of AKH Inc. to ensure independence, balance, objectivity, scientific rigor, and integrity in all of its continuing education activities. The author must disclose to the participants any significant relationships with ineligible companies whose products or devices may be mentioned in the activity or with the commercial supporter of this continuing education activity. Identified conflicts of interest are mitigated by AKH prior to accreditation of the activity. AKH planners and reviewers have no relevant financial relationships to disclose.





Commercial Interest

Peter Lio, MD



Alphyn Biologics, AbbVie, Almirall, Amyris, Arcutis, ASLAN, Boston Skin Science, Bristol-Myers Squibb, Burt’s Bees, Castle Biosciences, Codex Labs, Concerto Biosci, Dermavant, Eli Lilly, Galderma, Janssen, Johnson & Johnson, Kimberly Clark, LEO Pharma, Lipidor, L’Oreal, Merck, Micreos, MyOR Diagnostics, Regeneron/Sanofi Genzyme, Sibel Health, Skinfix, Sonica, Suneco Technologies, Theraplex, UCB, Unilever, Verdant Scientific, Verrica, Yobee Care

Individual stocks and stock options

Codex Labs, Concerto Biosci, Suneco Technologies, Yobee Care, Verdant Scientific

Royalties or patent beneficiary

Theraplex AIM


AbbVie, Arcutis, Eli Lilly, Galderma, Hyphens Pharma, Incyte, La Roche-Posay/L’Oreal, MyOR Diagnostics, ParentMD, Pfizer, Pierre-Fabre Dermatologie, Regeneron/Sanofi Genzyme, Verrica

Lisa Swanson, MD


Abbvie, Alphyn,Arcutis, Boehringer Ingelheim, Castle, Dermavant, Galderma, Incyte, Janssen, Leo, Lilly, Novan, Pfizer, Sanofi-Regeneron, Verrica



Abbvie, Almirall, Arcutis, Galderma, Incyte, Janssen, Lilly, Novartis, Pfizer, Sanofi-Regeneron, Verrica

Dorothy Caputo, MA, BSN, RN, VP, Healthcare CE and Operations


Nothing to disclose

Bernadette Makar, MSN, APRN-BC, NP-C (planner/reviewer)


Nothing to disclose

Michele Bielarski, RN (planner/reviewer)


Nothing to disclose

AKH Inc Staff and Planners


Nothing to disclose

Tarsus dba LiVDerm Staff and Planners



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Available Credit

  • 1.00 AANP
  • 1.00 AAPA Category I CME
  • 1.00 AMA PRA Category 1 Credit
  • 1.00 ANCC
  • 1.00 Participation
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