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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.

 

 

Four Primary Causes of Acne

Some 20 percent of American adults have active acne. Metropolitan Dermatology can help.

Some 20 percent of American adults have active acne. Metropolitan Dermatology can help.

Many an adult has been surprised to find that acne – considered a scourge of the teenage years – doesn’t end with high school. In fact, some 20 percent of all American adults have active acne. To help keep your skin beautiful and blemish-free, it’s important to know the four main causes of acne.

Top factors in developing acne are:

  • Oil production
  • Dead skin cells
  • Clogged pores
  • Bacteria

Acne most commonly appears on your face, neck, chest back and shoulders, the areas of skin with the most sebaceous glands, also known as oil glands. Your hair follicles are connected to your oil glands, which secrete sebum to lubricate hair and skin. This oily substance typically travels along the hair shaft and through the openings of the hair follicles onto the skin’s surface.

But when your body’s production of sebum and dead skin cells increases, the two can build up inside the hair follicles. This creates an environment primed for bacteria and the result is any of several types of acne. Whiteheads form when the plugged pore causes the hair follicle wall to bulge. And if the plug opens to the surface and darkens, you’ve got a blackhead. Certain factors can trigger acne or worsen existing acne, including hormones, certain medications, carb-heavy diets, poor hygiene and stress.

If you’re suffering with acne or acne scars, Metropolitan Dermatology can help with customized treatments that may include medication, chemical peels or IPL Photofacials. Contact us in Clark at 732-574-1399; Kearny at 201-997-8008; or Teaneck at 201-837-3939.

Pregnant? Here’s How to Minimize Varicose Veins

Continuing to exercise can help to minimize varicose veins during your pregnancy.

Continuing to exercise can help to minimize varicose veins during your pregnancy.

First-time expectant mothers obviously expect their bodies to undergo lots of changes – weight gain, hormonal fluctuations and mood swings being chief among them. But there are a few pregnancy-related quirks that can come as a surprise. One of these is varicose veins developing in the legs – a condition that affects nearly half of all pregnant women.

Your veins work nonstop to pump blood from your extremities back up to your heart. Their job gets tougher during pregnancy for several reasons. First, the amount of blood in your body will increase upward of 45 percent during your pregnancy. To put that increase in perspective, consider that non-pregnant women typically have about 100 milliliters of blood per minute flowing through the uterine artery, while expectant women pump 120 ml per minute by the sixth week of pregnancy, hitting 350 ml per minute by the third trimester. All that extra blood places a far heavier burden on your veins.

Meanwhile, your rapidly growing uterus isn’t helping matters. As it grows, it presses your inferior vena cava (that’s the large vein on the right side of your body), placing even more pressure on your leg veins. Pregnancy also means a boost in levels of progesterone in your blood, which causes the walls of your blood vessels to relax. All of these factors combined mean that your vessels, veins and valves are working in overdrive to keep blood flowing normally. Eventually, the extra effort takes a toll. Blood that’s unable to flow quickly back up to your heart will begin to pool backward, forming varicose veins.

But there’s good news. First, most new mothers see their varicose veins improve or even disappear altogether within three to four months after giving birth. Varicose veins that persist are easily treated with sclerotherapy, a minimally invasive procedure that works via a saline solution injected into affected veins. Plus, there are multiple ways to help avoid or minimize the development of varicose veins during pregnancy.

  • Continue to exercise daily during your pregnancy, with blessing and instruction from your doctor, of course. Just a brisk walk around the block helps tremendously.
  • Don’t let the notion of “eating for two” tempt you into overeating. Take care to keep within the recommended weight range for your stage of pregnancy.
  • Elevate your feet and legs whenever possible.
  • Avoid sitting or standing for long periods and be sure to take frequent breaks if either is a must.
  • Sleep on your left side. This helps to relieve the vena cava of the extra weight of your uterus, reducing the pressure on the veins in your legs and feet.
  • Wear graduated-compression stockings to help stimulate blood flow and curb swelling.

If you’re a new mother whose varicose veins have persisted past the four-month mark, schedule an appointment with Metropolitan Dermatology to find out more about sclerotherapy.

Why Women Are More Apt to Develop Varicose Veins Than Men

While both men and women can develop varicose veins, women are at higher risk.

While both men and women can develop varicose veins, women are at higher risk.

Varicose veins are by no means a women-only issue. Statistics show that by age 60, 40 percent of men will develop the condition that many inexplicably still consider a “grandma’s disease.” Still, statistics also show that women remain at a higher risk for developing varicose veins than men. In fact, some 70 percent of women suffer these bulging, bluish and sometimes painful veins.

The reason women are more prone to spider and varicose veins may have something to do with their bodies’ production of a hormone called progesterone, according to two medical studies. Progesterone helps to regulate menstrual cycles and maintain multiple organs. It also causes blood vessel walls and the tiny valves inside those vessels to relax. As a result, the pressure exerted by blood as it continues to pulse through the body pushes outward on the sides of the blood vessels, causing them to become weak. Blood begins to pool backward rather than move forward and upward, and veins begin to bulge.

Though it naturally occurs in both sexes, progesterone levels are significantly higher in women than in men. In a 2009 study of pregnant women, progesterone levels in the blood were found to be far higher in expectant mother who had varicose veins than in women studied who did not have them. This research marked the first time that varicose veins in pregnant women were linked to a potential underlying cause other than weight gain.

A separate study examined progesterone’s effect on the great saphenous vein – that large vein that runs the length of the leg and is situated just below the surface of the skin. Researchers found that this particular vein has receptors that make it more sensitive to the effects of progesterone.

Regardless of your gender, varicose veins can be unsightly and painful. Left untreated, they can lead to other more serious problems such as including blood clots and ulcers. Fortunately, varicose veins are highly treatable via a minimally invasive and relatively painless procedure called Sclerotherapy. If your legs are marked with blue or bulging veins, call today to schedule an appointment at one of Metropolitan Dermatology’s three New Jersey locations in Clark, Kearny or Teaneck.

Rocking the Beauty Mark – Cautiously

Actress Eva Mendes' beauty mark is part of her trademark look. But some moles can pose serious health risks.

Actress Eva Mendes’ beauty mark is part of her trademark look. But some moles can pose serious health risks.

Marilyn Monroe, Cindy Crawford, Eva Mendes – all are famously gorgeous women who successfully rocked the beauty mark, also known as the mole. As it turns out, most of us have at least a few of them somewhere on our bodies. Fortunately, most of these typically brownish, raised spots are of the common type and are completely harmless. But others can be a red flag, warn physicians with New Jersey’s Metropolitan Dermatology.

Some moles, even those you were born with, can be an indication that you’re at a heightened risk for developing skin cancer. Others, particularly those that form later in life, may already be cancerous. So, it’s critical that anyone who has a mole knows the warning signs and risks.

Topping the list of mole related health concerns is melanoma. Despite accounting for less than two percent of skin cancer patients, melanoma causes the vast majority of skin cancer deaths. Estimates from the American Cancer Society hold that upward of 76,100 new melanoma cases will be diagnosed in 2014, and the disease will kill 9,710 patients. Melanoma is among the most common cancers in young adults, particularly women who are younger than 30 and spend lots of time in the sun.

If you notice a new mole forming or changes in an existing mole, you’ll want to get it checked by a skin cancer specialist as soon as possible. Among the warning signs are:

  • Moles with multiple colors
  • Moles with irregular shape or edges
  • Moles that suddenly change in appearance (size, shape or color)
  • Moles that become itchy or painful or begin to ooze

As with any potential cancer threat, early detection and treatment is critical. Don’t wait. If you have a new or changing mole, schedule an appointment at your nearest Metropolitan Dermatology office in Clark, Kearny or Teaneck, New Jersey.

Selfie Trend Boosts Demand for Cosmetic Procedures

The selfie trend has many women and men looking for ways to improve their photogenic qualities. Metropolitan Dermatology can help.

The selfie trend has many women and men looking for ways to improve their photogenic qualities. Metropolitan Dermatology can help.

You see them all day long via sites like Facebook, Instagram and Twitter. Chances are you’ve posted a few, yourself. In fact, the ever growing “selfie” trend has so saturated the social media sites that it’s actually boosting demand in cosmetic procedures, particularly among the under-30 set, researchers say.

Results of a newly released study by the American Academy of Facial Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery show that a third of the 2,700 plastic surgeons surveyed saw an increase in requests for procedures by patients who admitted to being self-conscious of their looks in social media photos. Throughout 2013, the selfie trend led to a 10-percent increase in rhinoplasty, a 7-percent boost in hair transplants and 6-percent rise in eyelid surgery procedures.

“Social platforms like Instagram, Snapchat and the iPhone app Selfie.im, which are solely image based, force patients to hold a microscope up to their own image and often look at it with a more self-critical eye than ever before,” said AAFPRS President Edward Farrior, MD. “These images are often the first impressions young people put out there to prospective friends, romantic interests and employers and our patients want to put their best face forward.”

Undergoing an invasive and costly surgical procedure simply to get a better profile picture is a bit much for most. And, it’s unnecessary. There are multiple non-invasive or minimally-invasive cosmetic procedures that can help you put your best face forward whether online or out on the town. Botox, dermal fillers, chemical peels, microdermabrasion and IPL photofacials all help to correct and improve your skin, lending a smoother, brighter, healthier and more youthful look.

Metropolitan Dermatology can conduct a thorough skin analysis and help you determine which of these cosmetic procedures is right for your particular skincare needs and desired results. Visit our website to schedule an appointment at one of our three New Jersey locations in Clark, Kearny or Teaneck today.

Four Ways to Glam Up Your Look for the Holiday Season

Is your skin ready for the holiday party season? Metropolitan Dermatology can help.

Is your skin ready for the holiday party season? Metropolitan Dermatology can help.

 

There’s a chill in the air and the trees are donning their autumn red and gold tones, signaling the coming of the holiday season. Are you ready? Now is a great time to glam up your look in preparation for all those Thanksgiving dinners, Christmas celebrations and New Year’s bashes. Metropolitan Dermatology offers a few surefire tips for a beautiful new holiday look

  • Chemical peel: All those summer days in the sunshine may have left your skin looking dull, dry and damaged. A chemical peel using a tailor-mixed formula can help remove the damaged outer layers of skin to reveal a tighter, brighter, smoother look. This non-invasive skincare solution also can be used to remove or minimize acne, age spots, wrinkles and scars. Depending upon the strength of the chemical peel formula you choose, downtime for each treatment may be minimal, though your aesthetician may suggest multiple treatments to achieve the look you want.
  • Botox: A celebrity favorite, Botox is among the top choices when you want quick results with no downtime. This injectable helps to relax overactive facial muscles, giving you a smoother and more youthful look. It’s highly effective for reducing the appearance of crow’s feet, forehead lines and frown lines
  • Juvederm: Often used in conjunction with Botox, Juvederm is a works by filling in spaces created by wrinkles, creases and hollows that belie your age. It’s used to help smooth wrinkles; plump lips, cheeks and hollows around the eyes; add shape to an undersized chin and diminish scars. Downtime is minimal and results can last up to a year, depending upon the area treated.
  • IPL Photofacial: An IPL Photofacial actually harnesses the power of light to help smooth fine lines and wrinkles. Highly focused beams of broad-spectrum light target the lower layers of your skin, removing damaged skin and kicking up your body’s production of collagen, the naturally occurring protein that gives young skin its firmness and resiliency.

Get your skin holiday-ready with a visit to one of Metropolitan Dermatology’s three New Jersey offices in Clark, Kearny or Teaneck.

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.


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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
South Plainfield, NJ location coming in early 2017

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