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Focus on Skincare this Men’s Health Month

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Did you know that June is Men’s Health Month? It’s a nationwide initiative designed to raise awareness of common preventable health problems that America’s men and boys face. And a few of those issues begin with your skin. Metropolitan Dermatology offers these tips for protecting your skin’s health and putting your best face forward.

  • Be sun-smart: Each year, some 47,000 men in the United States are diagnosed with melanoma. Upward of 6,750 of them will die. Minimize your exposure to the sun and, when you do venture out, don protective clothing, caps and sunglasses and wear a high-SPF sunscreen daily. Also, schedule regular skin cancer screenings and keep an eye out for skin spots with irregular borders, asymmetrical shapes or changing shapes and colors – all potential indicators of melanoma.
  • Take a proactive approach to anti-aging: Men increasingly are opting for cosmetic procedures once nearly exclusively the domain of women. These include chemical peels, microdermabrasion, IPL Photofacials, Botox injections and dermal fillers. In fact, according to the latest statistics, more than 385,000 Botox procedures are administered to male patients each year.
  • Adopt a routine: Ditch the ultimately drying bar of soap, opting instead for top-shelf skincare products tailored specifically for the unique needs of men’s skin. Choose a regimen that includes a cleanser, toner and moisturizer.

Find out exactly what your skin needs with a visit to your nearest Metropolitan Dermatology location in Clark, Kearny, Teaneck, Jersey City, South Plainfield, West New York or Staten Island.

 

Seven Sumptuous Ways to Show Your Skin Some Love on Valentine’s Day

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Valentine’s Day is just around the corner. It’s a day designed for lovers to indulge in a little romance. But whether you’re attached or single, it’s also a great day to indulge in a little quality me time, too. Metropolitan Dermatology offers these 10 top tips for showing your skin some love on Valentine’s Day and every day.

  1. Break up with stress: Prolonged stress can not only cause premature wrinkling, but also trigger an array of skincare issues such as psoriasis, rosacea and acne.
  2. Kick bad habits to the curb: Smoking and overdoing it with the cocktails both can sap the moisture from your skin, leaving it dry, ashen or sallow in color and prone to forming lines and wrinkles.
  3. Get physical: Regular workouts and other physical activity can boost the blood flow, increasing the amount of oxygen and nutrients delivered to your dermal cells, keeping your skin healthy, rosy and vibrant.
  4. Drink up: Some 70 percent of your body is comprised of water, but that amount can diminish as you age. Drinking plenty of water can help to keep skin plump and smooth, plus flush toxins to keep it healthy.
  5. Sweeten your sleep: Skimping on sleep can do a number on your complexion. Turn your bedroom into a peaceful place and make sure to get at least eight hours of uninterrupted rest nightly to rejuvenate your skin, body and mind.
  6. Hold out for the good stuff: Skip cheap discount store skincare and cosmetic products, opting instead for high-quality options offered or recommended by skincare professionals.
  7. Pamper yourself: Make a long-term commitment to beautiful skin with regular treatments including chemical peels, IPL Photofacials and microdermabrasion.

Ready to declare your love for healthy, smooth, younger-looking skin? Schedule a consultation with a skincare professional at your nearest Metropolitan Dermatology location.

Six Preventable Causes of Premature Aging

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Facial aging is a top concern among both women and men. But it’s not just the years that add lines and wrinkles and folds to your look. A range of other factors can do damage to your complexion. But there’s good news. Most of these factors are choices we make daily, which means their aging effects are preventable.

Six of the top preventable facial aging factors are:

  1. Sun exposure: Upward of 70 percent of the skin aging process depends on the amount of sunlight our skin is exposed to throughout our life. Solar radiation accelerates destruction of collagen, the connective tissue that helps keep skin taught and smooth.
  2. Smoking: Smoking cigarettes can sap your blood’s levels of vitamin C, which is a key component in the body’s production of collagen fibers.
  3. A poor diet: Adopt a nutritional diet that’s low in sugar and high in protein and antioxidants. Sugar can cause your skin’s connective tissues to lose elasticity, while protein helps to boost production of protein structures such as hyaluronic acid and collagen and elastin fibers. Fruits and vegetables are the top source of antioxidants.
  4. Stress: Prolonged periods of emotional stress can boost your body’s secretion of stress hormones such as cortisol and adrenaline. These stress hormones accelerate multiple aging processes including connective tissue damage and osteoporotic processes that damage bone density and cause changes in bone structure.
  5. Sleep deprivation: During deep sleep stage, the pituitary gland in your brain secretes growth hormone which aids in the constant renewal of various body and skin tissues.
  6. Alcohol: Having a few too many cocktails can sap the body of hydration, making it much more prone to wrinkling. Alcohol also robs your body of Vitamin A which is essential for cell renewal and turnover.

To help keep your skin looking young and vibrant, adopt a healthy diet and lifestyle and treat yourself to a bit of pampering. Call your nearest Metropolitan Dermatology location to schedule a chemical peel, microdermabrasion or IPL Photofacial.

Top 10 New Year’s Resolutions for Beautiful Skin

If beautiful skin is among your goals for 2015, Metropolitan Dermatology can help.

If beautiful skin is among your goals for 2015, Metropolitan Dermatology can help.

The New Year is fast upon us. If a beautiful new you is on your list of goals for 2015, Metropolitan Dermatology can help. Here are our top 10 suggestions for New Year’s resolutions for beautiful skin.

  1. Kick the habit: Smoking and drinking alcohol can sap the moisture from your skin, leaving it dry, lined and discolored.
  2. Stay hydrated: Our bodies are made mostly of water – upward of 70 percent. Not only does it flush toxins and help keep organs functioning properly, it also helps to keep skin plump and smooth.
  3. Get moving: A recent study by Ontario’s McMaster University shows that exercising may help to reverse skin aging. Skin samples of participants in their 40s, 50s and 60s who exercised regularly were consistent in appearance with people in their 20s and 30s.
  4. Ban stress: High amounts of stress can cause premature wrinkling, plus trigger a range of skincare issues including acne, psoriasis and rosacea.
  5. Sleep soundly: During sleep, your body works to not only rest and rejuvenate itself, but also to clear itself of toxins. Make sure you get at least eight hours of uninterrupted sleep each night and wake up to more rested and radiant skin.
  6. Stay the course: Establish a daily at-home skincare routine with high-quality products formulated for your particular skin condition. Make sure your routine includes removing your makeup at night, cleansing, toning, moisturizing and exfoliating.
  7. Clean up: Clean skin means noting so long as you’re using dirty brushes. Use high-quality brushes, sponges and other applicators, and clean or replace them once a week.
  8. Cover up: The sun’s powerful UV rays are a primary culprit when it comes to aging skin and skin cancer. Wear a high-SPF sunblock daily and cover up when you’re out and about.
  9. Don’t miss a spot: Don’t make the mistake of focusing only on your face. Great skincare is a whole-body issue, from fingertips to toes.
  10. Pamper yourself: Take skincare up a notch this year with regular treatments like chemical peels, microdermabrasion and IPL photofacials.

Make a new start in 2015 with a visit to New Jersey’s Metropolitan Dermatology for a complete skincare evaluation. Contact us in Clark at 732-574-1399; Kearny at 201-997-8008; or Teaneck at 201-837-3939.

Stocking Stuffers from Metropolitan Dermatology

Shopping for stocking stuffers? Metropolitan Dermatology has lots to offer this holiday season.

Shopping for stocking stuffers? Metropolitan Dermatology has lots to offer this holiday season.

Christmas will be here before you know it. If you’re shopping for the perfect stocking stuffers, Metropolitan Dermatology offers a few fabulous skincare gift ideas:

  • Custom Camo Kit: Formulated for fair, light, medium and dark skin tones, our Custom Camo Kits each include two cover creams of different hues, setting powder and long wear makeup remover. Used as directed these product combinations expertly conceal complexion imperfections with a full 16 hours of smudge-resistant coverage – a great gift for the woman constantly on the go. Hide redness, blemishes and uneven skin tone with a velvety smooth finish that’s not just beautiful, but protective, too. Cover Cremes of all hues offer SPF 30 broad spectrum UV protection.
  • Hydro-Lipid Body Oil: Everyone loves a relaxing soak in the tub. Make it a spa-like experience for someone you love with this nourishing formula that pampers and protects the skin. Grape seed oil, soybean oil and vitamin E work together to condition, hydrate and nourish the skin, while powerful antioxidants fight against free radical damage. This luxurious formula can be used in the bath as a soak or after washing as a spray-on moisturizer.
  • A great shave: Avene Shaving Gel, Shaving Foam, After-Shave Balm and After-Shave Fluid all are great gifts for the man in your life. Gel and foam formulas include thermal spring water and glycerin to hydrate and soften the skin, prevent moisture loss and improve skin texture. And the after-shave balm with safflower oil is perfect for dry skin.

Order online or visit our Cark, Kearny or Teaneck locations to wrap up your holiday shopping.

Six Tips to Keep Winter Psoriasis at Bay

Wintertime can be tough on skin, particularly for those with psoriasis.

Wintertime can be tough on skin, particularly for those with psoriasis.

Anyone who suffers with psoriasis knows that wintertime can be particularly tough. As the hot, humid summer weather gives way to colder, drier winter air, psoriasis-affected skin reacts with the all-too-familiar thick, red, flaky and scaly patches. That’s because the lack of humidity in the outside air, as well as the drying effects of indoor heating sap the skin’s ability to retain moisture and, causing tiny cracks or fissures to develop on the skin’s surface – a primary psoriasis trigger.

But there is good news. Metropolitan Dermatology offers these six tips for keeping wintertime psoriasis at bay.

  1. Moisturize, moisturize, moisturize: During the wintertime, your skin can never get too much moisture. Choose a thicker, creamier, fragrance-free moisturizer to better lock in hydration. This will help to reduce redness and itching and heal psoriasis patches.
  2. Skip those long, hot showers: Tempting as they are on a cold winter’s day, they can sap moisture from your skin. Keep them short. If you’re longing for some warmth and R&R, opt for a 15-minute soak in the tub with a few tablespoons of Tar Bath Oil, specifically designed to soothe and heal psoriasis and eczema.
  3. Humidify: Install humidifiers in the rooms where you spend the most time. A high-quality model will help to keep indoor air moist, nixing the drying effects of your indoor heater.
  4. Don soft layers: It’s a given that you’ll want to bundle up before venturing outside on a cold day. But certain fabrics can irritate your skin, triggering psoriasis flare-ups – particularly if they cause you to sweat. Opt for silk and cotton fabrics for layers of clothing closest to your skin, avoiding wool and denim.
  5. Hydrate from the inside: Drinking lots of water to boost moisture from the inside, lending all sorts of additional benefits besides keeping your skin moist, plump and strong. It also helps your body to better digest food, boost energy and keep winter weight gain at a minimum.
  6. Lighten up: As joyful as the winter holiday season is, it also can be a major source of stress and depression – both of which are psoriasis triggers. Take time to relax and adopt stress management techniques.

If you’re battling psoriasis, New Jersey’s Metropolitan Dermatology can help with customized treatments including topical creams, oral or injected medications or light therapy. Contact us in Clark at 732-574-1399, Kearny at 201-997-8008 or Teaneck at 201-837-3939.

 

 

Take the Scary out of Halloween Makeup

Going all out for Halloween? Make sure you choose safe makeup products and remove your costume makeup before heading to bed.

Going all out for Halloween? Make sure you choose safe makeup products and remove your costume makeup before heading to bed.

Halloween isn’t just for the little tykes. Many adults look forward to dressing up in spooky costumes and partying the night away. Often, those costumes involve elaborate makeup – and that’s where the holiday can get very scary.

Many Halloween makeup products contain ingredients that can irritate your skin, or even cause severe allergic reactions. Metropolitan Dermatology offer these tips for rocking that frightfully chic disguise without leaving your skin victim to its own horror story…

  1. Know the culprits: The leading causes of makeup-caused skin irritation are fragrances, preservatives and pigments, especially red dyes. Look for these in the ingredients list on makeup packaging and skip them. Also, check the FDA’s list of approved color additives. If your makeup includes an additive not listed, choose another. Generally speaking, the fewer chemical ingredients a makeup contains, the easier it will be on your skin.
  2. Check the for expiration dates: Most Halloween and costuming makeups contain ingredients designed to prevent bacteria growth and allow for a longer shelf life. Unfortunately, as these makeups approach the end of their safe shelf lives, these ingredients begin to degrade, losing their protective abilities. Keep in mind that many unsold Halloween makeup products go back to warehouses, where they’re stored for the next season, and that improper storage also can reduce the effectiveness of protective ingredients. Choose makeups with far-off expiration dates and toss them after the Halloween season is done. Don’t save them for next year.
  3. Use a primer: Before applying your costume makeup, use a high quality cosmetic primer. This gives you a protective barrier between your skin and your makeup. Plus, it helps assure your look lasts throughout the evening.
  4. Test first: Test any new makeup on a small patch of your skin before a full application. Wait a few moments to make sure your skin won’t negatively react. Watch for irritation or allergy symptoms like redness, itching, burning or stinging. If your skin begins to swell or blister, remove the makeup immediately and seek medical treatment.
  5. Cleanse: After the celebration and before heading to bed, completely remove all makeup, cleanse and moisturize your skin.

Because Halloween is just one night, it’s tempting to choose cheaper makeup products. But remember that your skin’s health is priceless. That’s why skincare experts recommend spending a few more dollars and opting for high quality theatre makeup instead.

From all of us here at Metropolitan Dermatology, have a fun and safe Halloween.

Five Ways to Boost your Beauty Sleep

Sleeping on your back can help keep your skin looking young.

Sleeping on your back can help keep your skin looking young.

Getting your beauty sleep truly is critical to maintaining a youthful and radiant look. A lack of it causes blood vessels to dilate, which leaves you with dark circles and bags beneath your eyes. It also leads to a boost in stress hormones in your body, which can trigger or exacerbate inflammatory conditions like psoriasis or acne, and leads to premature aging. And that one-too-many cocktail before you head to bed won’t do you any skincare favors either.

To help assure you get sufficient, restorative rest, Metropolitan Dermatology offers these five top tips for a great beauty sleep…

  1. Kick the cocktails: Drinking alcohol too close to bedtime can significantly alter your sleep patterns, sending you directly into a deep sleep. This means that you miss out on the normal first and subsequent five to six REM (rapid eye movement) stages of sleep, getting only one or two instead. As a result, you wake up exhausted and your face shows it. Limit your alcohol intake and stop at least a few hours before going to bed.
  2. Cleanse, tone and moisturize: Going to bed with your makeup on can dry out your skin, enlarge your pores and leave you with red, cracked and flaky skin. Develop and stick to a nightly skincare routine that includes a high quality cleanser, toner and nighttime moisturizer.
  3. Take time to wind down: Turn off your TV and computer, put away your smartphone and relax for the last hour before bed. This gives you a chance to clear your mind and get into a restful mode, assuring a deeper sleep.
  4. Sleep on your back: Sleeping on your stomach or side press your face into your pillow, creasing your skin. That’s where those lines that you see when you first look into the mirror in the morning come from. They may seem to disappear as the morning progresses, but over the years of sleeping in the same position those lines will become more permanent. Sleep on your back instead.
  5. Choose silk: Speaking of pillows, choose silk or high quality satin pillow case. Certain fabrics, like cotton, absorb moisture, pulling it away from and out of your skin. Silk and statin instead help keep moisture close to your skin, leaving hydrated.

Maintain a healthy and youthful look by making sleep a priority and seeing a dermatologist regularly. Metropolitan Dermatology can help develop a custom skincare plan for your unique needs.

Can anxiety and stress effect my skin condition?

Fortunately most skin conditions are not life threatening, but dermatologist have known for a long time that patients with hereditary or acquired skin problems can become deeply depressed or emotionally disturbed over their appearance. Conversely, when someone has a cosmetic procedure to eliminate unwanted signs of aging or a dermatologic treatment to correct an embarrassing skin disorder, their sense of self-esteem is often boosted. After all, it’s just human nature to want to restore one’s vanity. But is it possible for your anxieties to exacerbate your skin condition?

According to a recent study posted on the Mayo Clinic website, chronic stress can wreak havoc on your body and left unattended, can put your health at risk. The fact that our bodies are hard-wired to react to “fight or flight” situations is well documented. When the brain perceives a threat, real or imagined, the hypothalamus sets off an alarm through a combination of nerve and hormonal signals. Suddenly the body’s stress hormones take charge as the heart rate goes up, palms become sweaty and nonessential functions and processes start to shut down.

Does the brain control our mood, motivation and fears?

Once a threat subsides, signals from the brain return to normal and bodily functions resume their regular activities. Unfortunately, the body’s natural stress responders have not evolved as quickly as the environment in which we live. Even though it is highly unlikely that you will be chased by an aggressive predator, the brain is still ultra sensitive to perceived threats and remains in direct communication with processes that control mood, motivation and fear. Scientists may not know exactly how these mechanisms worsen skin conditions, but we all know how stressful situations can impact our own lives.

If you have ever looked in the mirror the morning after studying for an important exam or staying up late to prepare for a big meeting, you’ve probably noticed that your hair and your complexion seems to be stressing right along with you. Even worse, you may have noticed a “glowing red” pimple that decided to erupt at a disfiguring location on your forehead or cheek. Then, everything is made worse as you constantly pick at your skin while you wait for your meeting or exam time. So whether it is biting on your finger nails, tugging on a lock of your hair or picking at an annoying skin condition, most of us have some kind of reaction to stressful situations.

Is there a connection?

Although not everyone’s sense of self confidence is as tightly wound to their appearance, a lot of us do seem to have a real connection between our stress response and our skin condition. So it’s probably not just your imagination. In fact, there is a relatively new subspecialty that specializes in the interaction between the mind and the skin. But, most dermatologist already practice  psychosomatic treatment of skin disorders for several dermatologic conditions, such as psoriasis, atopic dermatitis, hives, skin allergies, herpes simplex virus, acne, hair loss and excessive skin picking.

As the largest organ in the human body, the skin seems to have a complex connection with our endocrine and immune systems, and our brain seems to react to many intrinsic conditions in our world every day. Researcher still don’t believe that skin disorders like acne are caused by stress but most doctors have long suspected that stress can worsen the condition. Fact is, understanding the social and occupational context of skin diseases may be critical to the developing new treatment plans for managing many problems; and learning healthy ways to cope with stress may save your life.

Building a strong doctor-patient relationship

Using techniques like relaxation, hypnosis, meditation, biofeedback and cognitive therapy, patients are already learning to control the activation of the stress-response system that can disrupt the body’s processes and lead to many unwanted cutaneous conditions. Although we may never learn how to relax our facial muscles with the same success as Botox injections, we can take proactive steps to control our stress level. In addition, today’s dermatologists are already well versed in the psychology of good skin health and take the time to build a trusting relationship with their patients.

There are very few medical specialties where a physician is treating a life-threatening skin disease in one patient’s room and discussing a patient’s goals for cosmetic improvements in the next. That’s why dermatologists are required to have an in-depth understanding as to how emotional triggers may impact an individual’s condition and vice versa. Thus, the field of psychodermatology is probably not as new as it might sound. After all, this is the doctor and surgeon that you will need trust for years to come with your deepest fears, anxieties and moments of self-doubt.

If you need cosmetic, medical or surgical dermatology, be upfront and honest with your physician. A key to healthier skin and a happier you likely lies in the strength of your patient-doctor relationship.


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Metropolitan Dermatology Locations

1075 Central Avenue
Clark, NJ 07066
732-574-1399
Clark NJ location servicing Edison, Westfield, Elizabeth, Linden, Scotch Plains, & Cranford, NJ

757 Teaneck Road
Teaneck, NJ 07666
201-837-3939
Teaneck NJ location servicing Hackensack, Fort Lee, Fair Lawn, Englewood, and Bergenfield, NJ.

703 Kearny Ave.
Kearny, NJ 07032
201-998-4699
Kearny NJ location servicing Jersey City, Nutley, North Arlington, Lyndhurst, and Hoboken, NJ. *Formerly 752 Kearny

1324 Victory Boulevard
Staten Island, NY 10301
718-448-4488
Staten Island NY location servicing all of New York City!

3202 John F Kennedy Blvd.
Jersey City, NJ 07306
201-792-4500
Jersey City, NJ location servicing Jersey City and Newark.

114 Lakeview Avenue
South Plainfield, NJ 07080
908-941-2227
South Plainfield, NJ location servicing Plainfield and Edison.

449 60th St.
West New York, NJ 07093
201-861-4226
West New York NJ location servicing Union City, Bayonne, North Bergen, Hoboken, & Secaucus NJ

469 Morris Ave. Ste 2
Elizabeth, NJ 07208
908-512-7900
Elizabeth, NJ location servicing Elizabeth, Linden, Roselle Park and Hillside.