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Keep Your Lips Kissably Healthy During the Wintertime

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The frigid wintertime temperatures can do a number on your lips. The cold can sap the air of moisture, leaving your skin dry and cracked. Your lips can take the brunt of it all because the lip skin is among the thinnest on the body and the lips have few oil glands to keep them naturally moisturized and lubricated.

To help protect yours throughout the winter season, Metropolitan Dermatology offers these top tips:

  • Hydrate: That steaming cup of coffee is tempting, but make sure you also drink plenty of water each day to keep your body and skin hydrated. Also consider placing humidifiers in the rooms where you’ll spend the most time throughout the day.
  • Moisturize: Use a high-quality lip balm to help seal in moisture and form a protective barrier against the harsh conditions. Keep in mind that some are made for overnight use, while others are formulated for protecting your lips outside.
  • Nix the temptation to lick your lips: Contrary to popular belief, it doesn’t help keep them moist. On the contrary, it actually can contribute to the dryness and cracking. That’s because digestive enzymes and bacteria in saliva can damage your lips. Plus, when saliva evaporates from the surface of your lips, it can leave them even dryer.

Do your lips need a volume boost? Consider Botox injections or dermal fillers to help keep them shapely and young looking. Schedule an appointment at your nearest Metropolitan Dermatology location in Clark, Kearny, Teaneck and Staten Island.

Give Yourself the Gift of Beauty this Holiday Season

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‘Tis the season for giving. And undoubtedly, you’re already busily shopping for and wrapping gifts carefully chosen for the ones you love. But the holidays can prove stressful. And study after study after study shows that giving yourself a little love goes a long way in ensuring a healthy body and radiant complexion. To that end, Metropolitan Dermatology offers a few top ways to pamper yourself during the festive season.

  • Botox: By far the most popular and trusted way to soften forehead lines and minimize crow’s feet.
  • Dermal fillers: A top option for plumper lips, fuller cheeks, a stronger chin line and an overall younger, more relaxed look.
  • Chemical peel: A modernized version of a centuries-old treatment for smoothing wrinkles, reducing the appearance of scars and spots, and improving the skin’s overall texture.
  • IPL Photofacial: A unique procedure that harnesses the power of highly -focused, broad-spectrum light pulses to even out skin tone, minimize pores, smooth wrinkles and boost collagen production for a firmer, more youthful look.
  • Laser hair removal: After all, sweater and boot season soon will give way to bikini and sandal season. You’ll want to be ready with smooth, hair-free legs and underarms.

Give yourself the gift of beauty this holiday season by scheduling a skincare consultation at your nearest Metropolitan Dermatology location in Clark, Kearny, Teaneck or Staten Island.

Three Ways Alcohol Busts Your Beauty Game

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The holidays are upon us and undoubtedly, you’re looking forward to Thanksgiving, Hanukkah, Christmas and New Year’s festivities. And, it’s likely that you’ll enjoy a celebratory cocktail or two during the holiday party season. But before you imbibe, it’s important that you know just how that extra glass of wine may affect your skin and hair – just when you want to look your best.

Here are three ways that alcohol can bust your beauty game:

  1. Alcohol accelerates aging: Drinking alcohol can jump start the aging process by sapping your skin of essential moisture, causing wrinkles. It also robs your body of vitamin A, an antioxidant that aids in cell renewal and turnover. A lack of vitamin A can leave your skin with a pale or grayish pallor.
  2. Alcohol exacerbates existing skin issues: If you have rosacea or psoriasis, know that consuming alcohol can trigger outbreaks. In fact, a full 52 percent of 1,066 patients surveyed by the National Rosacea Society cited drinking alcohol as the top trigger for a bout of the condition. But you need not have rosacea to suffer a potentially permanent redness of the skin. Alcohol temporarily increases blood flow and dilates the tiny blood vessels nearest the outer layer of your skin. This can cause those vessels to burst, leaving an enduring redness.
  3. Alcohol can wreck your tresses: Alcohol dehydrates not only your skin, but your hair, too. Resulting dry tresses are weak, brittle and more susceptible to split ends. Plus, excessive alcohol use can trigger a zinc deficiency in the body. This mineral promotes cell reproduction, tissue growth and repair and helps maintain the oil-secreting glands attached to our hair follicles. A lack of it can lead to hair loss.

To protect your skin, hair and overall health, limit your alcohol consumption, drink plenty of water and adopt a nutritious diet. Regular facial treatments such as chemical peels and microdermabrasion will help keep your skin glowing. And if you’re experiencing unexplained hair loss, know that treatment is available. Visit your nearest Metropolitan Dermatology location in Clark, Kearny, Teaneck or Staten Island for a consultation.

Five Recommended Tweaks to Amp Up Your Fall Skincare Routine

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As the hot summer months give way to crisp, cool autumn days, no doubt you’re enjoying pulling out your cozy sweaters and fashionable boots. But don’t stop there. While donning your fall attire, refining your seasonal skincare routine is another beauty must. Here are five recommendations from Metropolitan Dermatology:

  1. Humidify and hydrate: Cool temperatures can sap moisture out the air in your home – and out of your skin. Protect your skin from drying out by using a high-quality indoor humidifier to help keep the air moist. If you don’t have one, take the DIY route of placing a bowl of water on your nightstand, letting it evaporate nearby as you sleep. Be sure to hydrate from the inside as well, drinking plenty of clean water throughout the day.
  2. Switch cleansers: Purifying cleansers or gels are great for clearing away the sweat and grime of a hot summer day. But when the temperatures begin to drop, so do your skin’s moisture and oil levels. Summertime cleansing formulas can further strip away beneficial oil and moisture, leaving your complexion ashen and dry. Switch instead to a cream-based or soapless cleanser.
  3. Layer on the thickness: Fall attire means a layered look involving thicker fabrics, and that approach is great for your skin, too. Lightweight moisturizers that work beautifully during the hot summer simply won’t hold up to the cold, windy temperatures. Choose a thicker moisturizer for the fall and winter months. If you have especially dry skin, layer on the protection by applying a few drops of a high-quality facial oil followed by a moisturizing cream.
  4. Shower smart: Long, steamy showers are tempting on a cold day. Unfortunately, they’re also incredibly drying to your skin. Stick to shorter showers with lukewarm water and consider installing a shower filter if you have hard water or if your skin is particularly sensitive.
  5. Feed your face: Just the thought of the coming Thanksgiving, Hanukkah and Christmas feasts make us crave high-calorie comfort foods. Indulge wisely, but be sure to include skin-healthy treats like fresh vegetables and unsalted nuts.

Of course, the advent of fall also is a great time for beauty-boosting treatments like chemical peels and IPL Photofacials. Get your complexion ready for the holiday party season with a visit to your nearest Metropolitan Dermatology location in Clark, Kearny, Teaneck or Staten Island.

Five Top Triggers of a Herpes Outbreak

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If you’re among the 80 percent of Americas who have the herpes simplex virus 1 (HSV1), you know that an outbreak can be painful and embarrassing. Also known as a fever blister, the tell-tale mark of an HSV1 outbreak is a blister or cluster of blisters around the mouth. They can break open and ooze, forming painful sores and unsightly scabs. To help keep outbreaks at a minimum, New Jersey-based Metropolitan Dermatology recommends avoiding these common triggers:

  1. Stress: High levels or extended periods of stress are by far the top cause of HSV1 outbreaks. Stress prompts changes in the body’s internal chemistry, kicking up production of the stress hormones adrenaline and cortisone. This can do a real number on your immune system. Get plenty of exercise and sleep and make time for relaxing activities like yoga, walks in the park or outings with friends.
  2. Fever: When you have a fever, your body is under a higher level of physical stress. This, plus changes in the core body temperature, can trigger an outbreak – Thus the term “fever blister.”
  3. Unhealthy diet: Another knock to your immune system is a diet that’s lacking in essential nutrients. Make sure you eat a healthy diet that’s high in fiber, low in sugar and includes each of the basic food groups. If needed, take a high-quality multi-vitamin supplement.
  4. Environmental toxins: Another reason for making sure your body gets all the vitamins, minerals and nutrients it needs is to fend off negative effects of toxic chemicals that enter our bodies via food, water and air daily. An accumulation of these chemicals in the fatty tissues can compromise your immune system. Your body will respond by detoxifying itself and if it doesn’t have the nutrients it needs, it can prompt an outbreak.
  5. Sun exposure: A study by the National Institutes of Health revealed that exposure to the sun’s UV rays can activate HSV1, but experts still are unsure how or why. Wear a high SPF moisturizer every day.

The bad news is that there is no cure for herpes. The good news is that symptoms are easily managed with medication, warm compresses and a healthy lifestyle. If you’re experiencing symptoms of herpes, visit your nearest Metropolitan Dermatology location in Clark, Kearny, Teaneck or Staten Island.

Travel Tips for Healthy, Lovely Legs

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As the fall travel season ramps up, you’ll want to take steps to protect yourself from a common, but often overlooked risk. Blood clots, also known as Deep Vein Thrombosis or DVT, are a top health risk for those traveling long distances. Whether driving, flying or taking the train, sitting still for extended periods of time is a primary cause of blood clots and a major contributor to varicose veins.

Blood clots are of particular concern. They form when your blood doesn’t flow properly or pools back into your blood vessels. If part of a blood clot breaks off and travels to the lungs, it can cause a pulmonary embolism, a potentially fatal blockage. Less serious but certainly unsightly are varicose veins, also caused by restricted blood flow.

To protect yourself from either condition while in the air, on the road or barreling down the tracks, Metropolitan Dermatology offers these tips:

  • Wear comfortable, flat shoes and loose clothing that won’t restrict blood flow.
  • Consider wearing compression stockings to help prevent swelling and keep your blood flowing upward toward your heart.
  • Maximize legroom by limiting carry-ons and checking or storing luggage.
  • Take any opportunity to stand up, stretch and walk or do a few quick exercises.
  • Drink plenty of water and resist the temptation to order those on-board cocktails.

If you see signs of spider or varicose veins forming in your legs, schedule a consultation at your nearest Metropolitan Dermatology location in Clark (732-574-1399), Kearny (201-997-8008), Teaneck (201-837-3939) or Staten Island (718-448-4488).

Eight Great Tips to Avoid Psoriasis Flareups

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Anyone with psoriasis knows that a flareup can be miserable. This chronic disease of the immune system comes with a host of symptoms that can range from mild itching to painful soreness to severe manifestations like fingernails that become separated from the nail bed.

The bad news is that psoriasis can’t be cured. The good news? You can effectively manage your psoriasis with regular visits to a skincare specialist and development of a few healthy habits. Metropolitan Dermatology offers these eight great tips to help you avoid psoriasis flareups.

  1. Moisturize, moisturize, moisturize: But know that not all moisturizers are created equal. Those with thicker, creamier formulas work best for controlling psoriasis because they’re better at trapping moisture beneath the skin.
  2. Be easy on our skin, scalp and nails: Don’t give into to the temptation to pick at patches or scales. Avoid cuts to the skin or cuticles when trimming your fingernails and pamper your skin and scalp regularly with soothing solutions. Protect yourself from insect bites and avoid acupuncture and tattoos.
  3. Avoid cold, dry weather: Frigid temperatures and dry conditions can make psoriasis worse. Stay inside where it’s warm and balmy.
  4. Humidify: Speaking of balmy interiors, use a humidifier to help keep your skin moist during the driest of weather conditions.
  5. Mind your medications: Certain medications like those used to treat heart conditions and psychiatric disorders can prompt flareups. Always let your prescribing doctor know about your psoriasis and ask about ingredients in over-the-counter medications.
  6. Be sun smart: Sunburn not only triggers psoriasis flareups, but also can cause skin cancer. Limit your time in the sun and wear a high-SPF sunscreen every time you venture outside.
  7. Manage stress: Take a bit of “me time” each day and relax with yoga, meditation, a good book and plenty of rest.
  8. Go easy on the cocktails: Alcohol can sap your skin’s moisture, so limit your intake and drink plenty of water each day to help keep your skin hydrated.

For expert treatment of your psoriasis symptoms, visit your nearest Metropolitan Dermatology location in Clark, Kearny, Teaneck or Staten Island.

Top Causes of Too Much Hair

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A gorgeous head of hair has been called a woman’s crowning glory. But when it comes to facial hair, it’s a whole different story. In normal cases, women have only fine hair (sometimes referred to as “peach fuzz”) above the lips and on the chin, chest, abdomen and back. But when that hair turns dark, coarse and, dare we say, “man-like” you may be experiencing a condition called hirsutism.

Common causes of hirsutism may include:

  • Polycystic ovary syndrome: A common condition caused by an imbalance of sex hormones. Other symptoms include irregular periods, obesity, infertility and ovarian cysts.
  • Cushing’s syndrome: This can happen when your body is exposed to high levels of the hormone cortisol, often caused by the adrenal glands producing too much cortisol or by taking medications such as prednisone over a long period of time.
  • Congenital adrenal hyperplasia: It’s an inherited condition marked by overworking adrenal glands pumping out an abnormal amount of steroid hormones, including cortisol and androgen.
  • Hyperthecosis: A condition that involves the ovaries producing too much male hormone.
  • Certain medications: If you’re taking testosterone, danazol, anabolic steroids, glucocorticoids, cyclosporine, minoxidil or phenytoin, this may be to blame.
  • Tumors: In rare conditions, an androgen-secreting tumor in the ovaries or adrenal glands can cause hirsutism.
  • Medications: Some medications can cause hirsutism. One such drug is danazol, which is used to treat women with endometriosis.
  • Genetics: Unfortunately, it’s sometimes simply a family thing. Women of Mediterranean, Middle Eastern and South Asian ancestry are at particular risk for inherited hirsutism.

If you have excessive or unwanted hair, Metropolitan Dermatology can help. We offer expert laser hair removal services to help clear away and minimize regrowth of hair on the face, arms, legs and torso. Call to schedule a consultation at any of our four area locations – Clark (732-574-1399), Kearny (201-997-8008), Teaneck (201-837-3939) or Staten Island (718-448-4488).

Got Acne? Five Ways You’re Making it Worse

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Some 95 percent of Americans experience acne at some point in their lives, both during the teenage years and into adulthood. Unfortunately, the DIY acne treatment route that many take can actually make the condition worse.

Here are five ways you may be making your acne worse:

  1. Scrubbing: Your facial skin is delicate. While a gentle scrub can help keep it beautifully polished, overdoing it can do some serious damage – especially if you’re experiencing an acne breakout. Scrubbing your skin can aggravate the skin and prompt additional breakouts.
  2. Excessive product: Along the same lines, using too much of any topical product – even a great one – an cause excessive dryness, redness, irritation and peeling.
  3. Popping: It seems it never fails – the day you’ve got a date, a job interview or a photo shoot, your complexion gets an unsightly surprise. While you may be tempted to nip it in the bud with a pick or a squeeze, know that pimple popping ultimately worsens the issue. It pushes infectious material deeper into the skin and the tiny opening that results invites more bacteria into affected areas. Plus, you risk permanent scarring.
  4. Skipping moisturizer: Those who regularly deal with acne often make the mistake of skipping moisturizer, believing that it will interfere with acne treatment or make their skin oily. But moisture and oil are different things and serve different functions. Slacking on moisture can dry out your skin, prompting it to pump up its oil production, leading to more outbreaks.
  5. Tanning: Whether beneath the genuine sun or in a tanning bed, getting that bronze glow can temporarily camouflage acne breakouts and scars. While that may seem a positive thing, tanning actually also leads to more acne by boosting oil production in the skin. It’s a vicious, unsightly circle.

Your best bet for a clear, healthy complexion is to consult a skincare specialist who can provide a custom treatment just for you. If you live in the New Jersey area, schedule a consultation at Metropolitan Dermatology’s Clark, Keary, Teaneck or Staten Island locations.

Acne Facts & Stats – It’s Not Just a Teen Thing

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Acne can be embarrassing for anyone and unfortunately, it’s also the most common skin condition in the US by far. It happens when hair follicles plug with oil and dead skin cells and, if gone untreated, can leave skin marked with dark spots and permanent scars.

If you’re experiencing a distressing bout of acne, you’re not alone. Consider these facts and statistics:

  • A full 95 percent of Americans will have acne at some point in their lives, particularly during the teenage years. However…
  • Acne isn’t just a teenage thing. Nearly 50 million Americans, including adults, experience it on any given day. That’s at least triple the number of those who suffer from rosacea (16 million), eczema (8 million) and psoriasis (7.5 million).
  • Both women and men experience acne, but at different times and for different reasons. For teen girls, acne peaks at 14 to 17 years of age, while boys are hardest hit between 16 and 19. During the adult years, 25 percent of men experience acne at some point, compared to half of all women, particularly during pregnancy. Fourteen percent of women are still battling acne into their 40s. Acne in men tends to wrap up earlier, but shaving facial hair can bring on folliculitis, a condition that visually mimics acne.
  • Though 40 percent of acne sufferers do nothing about their conditions, the fact is that acne is treatable and highly manageable.

If you or your teenager are among the tens of millions experiencing acne, call one of Metropolitan Dermatology’s four New Jersey-area locations and schedule a consultation with a skincare specialist about treatment options.


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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.