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Ignoring Atopic Dermatitis Can Lead to More Serious Health Woes


Atopic dermatitis is the most severe and chronic form of eczema, affecting more than 15 million people in the United States each year, according to the National Institutes of Health. Of those 15 million patients, 65 percent develop symptoms of the skin-irritating condition in the first year of life, and 90 percent by age five.

While there is no known cure, atopic dermatitis can be treated and managed. Early treatment is crucial because if the condition goes untreated, it can lead to a myriad of more serious health woes. These include:

  • Asthma and hay fever: Without treatment, 75 percent of children with atopic dermatitis will develop hay fever or asthma.
  • Neurodermatitis: This condition begins with a small patch of itchy skin. Scratching doesn’t help and, in fact, only serves to make the area itchier and larger until you’re scratching your skin simply out of habit. As a result, affected skin can become discolored, thick and leathery.
  • Skin infections: Repeated and harsh scratching of the skin can dry out and break it, causing cracks and open sores. Those open spaces, even the tiniest of them, can make you more vulnerable to infection from bacteria and viruses that make their way into your skin’s deeper layers. An example is the herpes simplex virus.
  • Irritant hand dermatitis: This condition primarily affects the web spaces and fingers. If your work or daily routine requires that your hands often are wet and exposed to harsh soaps, detergents or disinfectants, you’re at higher risk. Hairdressers, healthcare workers, caterers, home and office cleaners and mechanics are examples of groups at highest risk.
  • Allergic contact dermatitis: Sometimes, initial treatments can exacerbate atopic dermatitis issues. That’s because certain substances such as corticosteroids can cause allergic skin reactions.
  • Eye problems: Watch for severe itching around the eyelids, excessive or persistent eye watering, blepharitis (inflammation of the eyelid that affects the eyelashes or tear production) and conjunctivitis (commonly known as pink eye).
  • Sleep issues: The constant itch-scratch cycle can cause you to wake up repeatedly throughout the night, significantly diminishing your quality and amount of sleep. This can lead to chronic drowsiness during the day, adversely affecting your ability to focus or concentrate on tasks, including driving, studying and working, and making for potentially dangerous situations.
  • Behavioral problems: Results of multiple studies show a definitive link between atopic dermatitis and attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder, particularly in children who regularly lose sleep.

If you suspect you have atopic dermatitis, don’t ignore it. Get treatment quickly and regularly by calling your nearest Metropolitan Dermatology location in Clark at 732-574-1399; Kearny at 201-998-4699; Teaneck at 201-837-3939; Jersey City at 201-792-4500 or Staten Island at 718-448-4488.

May is Skin Cancer Awareness Month – Do You Know the Risks?

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May is National Melanoma/Skin Cancer Detection and Prevention Month, a nationwide initiative designed to spread the word about the ever-increasing rates of skin cancer and importance of early detection. Of top concern is melanoma, one of the deadliest forms of skin cancer. Despite continuing research and advancements in treatment technology, the rate of melanoma diagnoses has risen each year over the past three decades in America.

Consider the statistics:

  • One in five Americans will be diagnosed with skin cancer at some point in their lives.
  • Upward of 76,380 new melanomas will be diagnosed in 2016.
  • Melanoma will claim the lives of upward of 10,130 Americans by year’s end.
  • Though it’s most prevalent in Caucasians, Melanoma affects people of every skin type.
  • Melanoma affects an average 1 in 40 Caucasians; 1 in 200 Hispanics and 1 in 1,000 African Americans.
  • The risk of melanoma increases with age, but the disease can strike at any time.
  • Melanoma is one of the most common cancers in young adults age 20-39.
  • Before age 45, melanoma risk is higher for women; after age 45 the risk is higher in men.
  • Both natural sun rays and artificial rays generated by tanning beds can contribute to the development of melanoma.

Risk factors for melanoma include sun exposure and tanning bed use; atypical moles; fair, freckled skin and light colored hair; a weakened immune system; age; and a personal or family history of melanoma or other skin cancers. Early detection is by far your best bet for catching and effectively treating melanoma, and getting regular screenings is proven to boost early detection of the disease by 30 percent.

Don’t wait. As the summer temperatures rise and people spend more time enjoying the great outdoors, the risk of developing skin cancer also rises. Protect your health and life by scheduling a screening at your nearest Metropolitan Dermatology location in Clark, Kearny, Teaneck, Jersey City or Staten Island.

Causes, Symptoms and Risk Factors of Eczema

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It’s unsightly at best, painful at its worst. But if you live with eczema, know that there are ways to treat and manage the condition.

According to the National Institutes of Health, eczema, also known as atopic dermatitis, affects more than 15 million people in the United States. Of them, 65 percent develop symptoms in the first year of life and 90 percent before age five. If the condition is left untreated, 75 percent of children affected will develop hay fever or asthma.

Symptoms of eczema include:

  • Chronic itching, which may intensify at night
  • Red or brownish-gray patches that may appear on the hands, feet, ankles, wrists, neck, upper chest, eyelids, inside the bend of the elbows and knees and, in infants, on the face and scalp
  • Small, raised bumps, which may leak fluid and crust over when scratched
  • Thickened, cracked, dry, scaly skin
  • Raw, sensitive and swollen skin caused by continual scratching

Doctors have yet to pinpoint an exact root cause of eczema, but common contributing factors include:

  • Naturally dry, sensitive skin, which reduces the skin’s ability to be an effective barrier
  • Dehydrated skin resulting from long, hot baths or showers
  • A gene variation that affects the skin’s barrier function
  • Immune system dysfunction
  • Bacteria, such as Staphylococcus aureus, on the skin that creates a sweat gland-blocking film
  • Scratching, which causes further skin damage
  • Bacteria and viruses
  • Stress and sweat
  • Changes in heat and humidity
  • Skin exposure to solvents, cleaners, soaps and detergents
  • Wool in clothing, blankets and carpets
  • Dust and pollen
  • Tobacco smoke and air pollution
  • Allergies to eggs, milk, peanuts, soybeans, fish and wheat, particularly in infants and children

Eczema is more prevalent among African Americans, those with attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD), residents of urban areas and anyone with a family history of atopic dermatitis, allergies, hay fever or asthma.

If you suspect that you or your child may have eczema, schedule a consultation at your nearest Metropolitan Dermatology location. Reach us in Clark at 732-574-1399; Kearny at 201-998-4699; Teaneck at 201-837-3939; Jersey City at 201-792-4500 or Staten Island at 718-448-4488.

More 20-Somethings are Choosing Botox

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When Americans think of Botox, most likely picture middle-aged women and men looking to diminish the telltale signs of aging. But statistics show that an ever-increasing number of 20-somethings are choosing Botox as a way to correct minor flaws and to proactively prevent lines, wrinkles and crow’s feet.

According to the American Society of Plastic Surgeons, more than 6.7 million Botox procedures were performed in 2015. Among them, some 100,000 were performed on patients 20 to 29 years old. Researchers with the American Academy of Facial Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery report similar findings, confirming that 64 percent of plastic surgeons saw an increase in patients under age 30 opting for Botox and other aesthetic procedures last year.

“We are seeing a younger demographic than ever before seeking consultations and treatments with facial plastic surgeons all over the country,” AAFPRS President Dr. Edwin Williams, III said in a media release. “The prevalence of non-invasive procedures like lasers, peels and injections are making it even more appealing for young people to dip their toe into aesthetic enhancements before aging is even a concern.”

It’s well known that Botox is, by far, the most popular minimally-invasive option for effectively reducing the appearance of wrinkles on and around the eyes, mouth, forehead and neck. It works by relaxing the muscles and temporarily restricting their ability to contract. It’s that repetitive muscle contraction that occurs when making facial expressions that causes wrinkles to form and deepen. Recent research shows that over time, Botox can help the body not only heal existing wrinkles, but prevent the formation of expected future wrinkles, too. In one study that followed a pair of twin sisters over a period of 13 years, one underwent Botox treatment three times a year, while he sister was injected just once a year. The sister who received more injections had noticeably fewer and less defined facial lines and crow’s feet.

While its important to avoid the celebrity- and social media-driven quest for Photoshop-quality results, know that beginning Botox injections early on in smaller quantities and performed by a board-certified physician or aesthetician can promise you a smoother, more relaxed and longer-lasting youthful look in the years to come.

Ready to begin protecting and prolonging your youthful, healthy look? Contact your nearest Metropolitan Dermatology location in Clark, Kearny, Teaneck, Jersey City or Staten Island.

Three Ways to Get Sensational Skin This Spring

Woman in white sundress on beach

Spring is officially here. As the temperatures continue to rise, it’s likely your calendar is filling up with fun-in-the-sun events such as days at the shore with friends, browsing the boardwalk shops and attending springtime outdoor weddings. Make sure you’re ready with smooth, healthy and glowing skin. Here’s how…

  1. Get a chemical peel: This noninvasive treatment goes back to ancient times and remains one of the most effective and popular options for smoothing wrinkles; reducing the appearance of acne scars, sun spots and age spots; and improving the skin’s overall texture and appearance.
  2. Undergo laser hair removal: Those short, strappy, skin-baring sundresses are the perfect look for sultry, sunny days. Laser hair removal assures your legs and underarms are smooth and hair-free. And because effects can become permanent after a series of treatments, you’ll get to spend less time primping and more time enjoying all fun the spring and summer seasons have to offer.
  3. Consider sclerotherapy: One factor that can mar the look of your legs is the development of spider veins and varicose veins. Don’t let them cause you to forego swimsuits, shorts and sundresses out of embarrassment over the look of your legs. Sclerotherapy can help to eliminate unsightly spider and varicose veins and minimize the pain and discomfort associated with them.

Ready to rev up your springtime look? Call today to schedule a visit at one of Metropolitan Dermatology’s multiple locations in Clark, Kearny, Teaneck, Jersey City or Staten Island.

Moles: What to Watch for and When to See a Doctor

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If you’re sporting a mole, you’re certainly not alone. Nearly everyone has at least one and most have between 10 and 40 by age 20. Plus, moles can increase in number and darken with sun exposure and pregnancy. Most moles are harmless, but some can be a warning sign of cancer.

Depending on its appearance and when it developed, a mole can be classified as one of three primary types:

  • Congenital moles are present at birth. About 1 percent of people have congenital moles, and these moles may be at increased risk of turning into skin cancer.
  • Acquired moles are the most prevalent and typically develop during childhood or early adulthood. They’re usually smaller than a quarter inch in diameter and are thought to be due to excessive sun exposure. Most acquired moles will not develop into skin cancer.
  • Atypical moles generally are larger than congenital or acquired moles and have an irregular shape. They’re typically uneven in color with a dark brown center surrounded by a lighter or reddish color and often have black dots around the edge. Atypical moles tend to run in families and they may be at a higher risk of developing into skin cancer.

Moles that are warning signs of skin cancer, particularly melanoma, the deadliest form, typically are asymmetric with irregular borders, have varying colors, are large in diameter and change in size, shape or color over time. Be sure to check your skin regularly for moles with these characteristics, nor new moles (particularly after age 20) and for itchy, painful or bleeding moles.

Again, most moles are harmless. But getting a suspicious mole checked quickly may make a life-or-death difference. If you have any inkling of concern, see a doctor as soon as possible, as cancer is most treatable in its earliest stages. Whether cosmetic or potentially cancer-causing, Metropolitan Dermatology can easily diagnose and remove moles from your skin. Call today to schedule a consultation at our Clark, Kearny, Teaneck, Jersey City or Staten Island location.

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


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.

Got Acne? Eight Things Your Skin is Trying to Tell You

Young teenage girl  with pimple

Chronic acne can be frustrating and even a bit embarrassing. But it can also be a tell-tale sign of health mistakes you’re making. If you’re experiencing an outbreak, here are eight things your skin may be trying to tell you.

  1. You’re dehydrated: When you don’t get enough water, your body reacts by kicking oil production into overdrive in an attempt to compensate for dry skin and subsequently causing an outbreak.
  2. Your diet needs a makeover: Prime nutritional suspects behind acne outbreaks include high glycemic index foods like processed and refine carbohydrates and, for some, dairy products. If you’re experiencing an outbreak, your skin may be hungry for more fresh fruits and vegetables.
  3. You need to lay off the caffeine: Too much caffeine can wonk up your hormones and inflame your skin.
  4. You need to curb the cocktails: Alcohol can dry out your skin, kicking up the oil production and causing an acne outbreak.
  5. It’s time to get physical: Working up a good sweat is the equivalent of getting a mini-facial. That’s because perspiration causes pores to dilate, allowing sweat to sweep out trapped dirt and oil that otherwise can cause acne. Just be sure to wash your face well after a workout.
  6. You may have an allergy: Symptoms of an allergy can range from mild symptoms to major anaphylactic shock. Acne is one of those symptoms, particularly in those with an intolerance to dairy products.
  7. Your air is polluted: Studies show that exposing your skin to airborne pollutants, like cigarette smoke, car exhaust and dust can cause or worsen acne. Wear a protective moisturizer daily and consider buying an at-home air filter, particularly if you live in an urban area.
  8. You need a break: When you’re stressed out, your body releases stress hormones including cortisol, which can boost your skin’s oil production and lead to an outbreak. And if you’re slacking on the beauty sleep, it can limit blood flow to the skin and collagen production.

If you experience chronic acne despite your best efforts at skin care, Metropolitan Dermatology can help. We’ve got four current locations in Clark, Kearny, Teaneck and Staten Island, with additional locations opening in Kearny, Jersey City and South Plainfield this year.

Debunking Myths and Misconceptions Surrounding Botox

Mature, attractive couple

Among minimally-invasive cosmetic procedures, Botox remains the most popular year after year. In 2014, some 6.7 million Botox injections were administered to patients across the United States, up six percent from 2013. That figure is nearly three times the number of dermal filler procedures administered (2.3 million).

Despite the fact that Botox has been proven a highly effective, safe and popular option for smoother, tighter, younger looking skin, multiple myths and misconceptions persist. Among those we here most often here at Metropolitan Dermatology:

“Botox will make my face expressionless.”

It’s the most common, yet least valid claim. Botox does not, as many say, “freeze” your muscles. Instead, it works by blocking the release of the neurotransmitter chemical that causes muscles to contract. This allows muscles to relax and soften, smoothing wrinkles caused by repeated muscle contraction. You’re still able to express a full range of emotions, but the typical resulting crease is diminished.

“Botox is a dangerous toxin.”

It’s true that Botox, known as as botulinum toxin type A, is toxic in large amounts. However, when formulated for cosmetic use, it’s purified, diluted and administered in extremely minimal amounts – not nearly enough to be problematic. In fact, Botox also is medically prescribed to treat a range of conditions including chronic migraines, muscle spasms and excessive sweating.

“Botox is addictive.”

Patients who love their Botox results very often undergo repeat treatments to maintain smooth, firm complexions. But the product had no chemically addictive qualities. Plus, studies show that regular and responsible Botox use actually enhances patients’ psychological well-being.

Don’t be fooled by myths and misconceptions. Call your nearest Metropolitan Dermatology location in Clark, Kearney, Teaneck or Staten Island to find out how Botox can improve your look.


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.

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Metropolitan Dermatology Locations

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

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

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

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

3202 John F Kennedy Blvd.
Jersey City, NJ 07306
Jersey City, NJ location servicing Jersey City and Newark.

114 Lakeview Avenue
South Plainfield, NJ 07080
South Plainfield, NJ location servicing Plainfield and Edison.

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

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

622 Boulevard
Kenilworth, NJ 07033
Kenilworth, NJ location servicing Springfield Township, Union, and Mountainside.