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August is National Hair Loss Awareness Month

Lost hair caught in a brush

Hair loss affects more than 50 million men and 30 million women in the US alone and for many, the emotional and social effects can be devastating. That’s why the American Academy of Dermatology has designated August as National Hair Loss Awareness Month, working to boost access to information on the common causes for hair loss and available treatments.

Do you know the top hair loss types for women and men?

For men, the most common culprits are involutional alopecia, androgenetic alopecia and alopecia ariata. Involutional alopecia is the gradual thinning of the hair that comes with age and progresses as hair follicles go into the telogen phase. More commonly known as the resting phase, this results in fewer and shorter hairs growing.

Androgenetic alopecia, also known as male pattern baldness and can hit as early as the teens or early 20s. It’s marked by a receding hairline and gradual disappearance of hair from the top of the scalp.

Alopecia areata is markedly different, as it’s actually an autoimmune skin disease in which the immune system mistakenly attacks hair follicles. This can result in hair loss not only on the scalp, but elsewhere on the body as well. Fortunately, though a definitive cause has yet to be identified, this condition generally is not permanent.

Women also experience alopecia areata and androgenetic alopecia. The latter is the most common form, in this case known as female pattern balding. It’s marked by more widespread thinning all across the scalp and often first noticed via a widened part or thinner ponytail.

Telogen effluvium is perhaps one of the most troubling forms of hair loss for women, as it comes suddenly and can involve handfuls of hair falling out at once. It typically is triggered by a stressful event, but nearly always is reversible.

Lastly, traction alopecia is caused by tight hairstyles that can cause pulling damage to the hair follicles. Common culprits are braids, cornrows, tight ponytails, extensions and weaves. Fortunately, if it’s detected early, it’s generally reversible.

If you’re suffering unexplained hair loss, visit your nearest Metropolitan Dermatology location in Clark, Kearney, Teaneck, Jersey City, West New York or Staten Island today.

Eight Types of Psoriasis

Woman scratching wrist

August is Psoriasis Awareness Month, an annual, nationwide campaign designed to spread the word about the skin condition that hits Americans with upward of 150,000 new cases each year. Affecting both men and women, psoriasis typically emerges during a person’s 20s or 50s and manifests in eight types.

  1. Plaque psoriasis: The most common type of psoriasis, accounting for up to 80 percent of cases according to the American Academy of Dermatology. It causes itchy, painful red skin lesions and silver scales that can occur anywhere on the body, including inside the mouth and on the genitals.
  2. Scalp psoriasis: Symptoms include dry, itchy, often flaky scalp that can cause flakes. While it’s tempting to scratch affected areas, this can cause bleeding.
  3. Nail psoriasis: Psoriasis of the fingernails and toenails can cause your nails to weaken, crumble and appear pitted and discolored. In severe cases, nails may even separate from your nail bed – a condition called onycholysis.
  4. Psoriatic arthritis: This advanced type of psoriasis is marked by joint stiffness and swelling and effects up to 50 percent of those with the condition.
  5. Guttate psoriasis: Often triggered by a bacterial infection, this type of psoriasis generally affects children and young adults and is marked by fine-scaled skin sores appearing on the scalp, torso, arms and legs.
  6. Inverse psoriasis: Brought on by fungal infections and exacerbated by perspiration, this type of psoriasis causes patches of red, irritated skin in in the armpits, under breasts, or around the genitals and groin. It’s most common in obese patients.
  7. Pustular psoriasis: This rare type of psoriasis comes on quickly, initially manifesting with red, tender, inflamed skin that gives way to puss-filled blisters within hours and can cause fever, chills, diarrhea and even kidney and liver problems. Flare-ups can be triggered by infection, irritation and certain medications, and treatment may require hospitalization.
  8. Erythrodermic psoriasis: Uncommon but severe, this type of psoriasis can affect the entire body. Symptoms include red, peeling, itchy and burning skin. Triggers include certain medications (particularly corticosteroids), phototherapy treatment, sunburn and psoriasis that has spread out of control.

If you suspect a case of psoriasis, schedule a consultation at your nearest Metropolitan Dermatology location in Clark, Kearny, Teaneck, Jersey City, West New York or Staten Island.

Five Common Acne Myths

Beautiful woman inspecting skin in mirror

Statistics show that upward of 60 million Americans of all ages have some degree of acne. And the enduring myths concerning the condition, which essentially is the occurrence of inflamed or infected sebaceous glands in the skin, are seemingly almost as numerous. Here are a few of the most common misconceptions:

  1. Acne is only a teenage thing: Not so. According to results of a study published in the Journal of the American Academy of Dermatology, half of women in the US between 20 and 29 years old, 35 percent of women between 30 and 39 years old, and 26 percent of women between 40 and 49 reported having acne.
  2. Sun exposure improves acne: This myth has roots in the fact that exposure to sunlight may, indeed, reduce inflammation in the body and, after all, acne is an inflammatory process. But while a bit of a tan can help initially clear a complexion, over time, it breaks down the skin’s collagen. This means your pores have less structural support and are, quite literally, open to blemish-causing elements.
  3. Sunscreen and moisturizer cause acne: This may be true of one of the two categories of sunscreens. Chemical sunscreens, which absorb UV light, can irritate the skin, causing inflammation and acne breakouts. On the other hand, physical sunscreens, which reflect UV rays, may help to block or even kill acne-causing bacteria, particularly if they contain zinc oxide. As for moisturizer, dehydrated skin produces more pore-clogging oil than hydrated skin.
  4. The toothpaste trick zaps zits: This trick became popular because most toothpastes contain some amount of baking soda, hydrogen peroxide, alcohol, menthol, essential oils and triclosan, an additive that helps prevent bacterial contamination. Unfortunately, all of these ingredients also can irritate the skin or even cause a rash. So, you’re potentially trading one skin malady for another.
  5. Acne breakouts mean it’s time to ramp up cleansing: Yes, this can be true, particularly if you regularly head to bed without first removing makeup and cleansing your skin. But over-washing also can be a factor. Washing your face too often or too aggressively can strip your skin of its natural oils. Resulting dehydration triggers your body to overcompensate, producing more pore-clogging oils than it normally would and exacerbating acne problems.

If you’re dealing with persistent acne, Metropolitan Dermatology can help. Visit our Clark, Kearney, Teaneck, Jersey City, West New York or Staten Island location today.

10 Facts & Stats About Hair Loss

Handsome man concerned about hair loss

A multitude of factors can influence whether you’ll have a thick mop of hair throughout your life or if you’ll experience hair thinning right on time, or much earlier than expected. Here are 10 top facts and statistics about hair loss – a few of which may surprise you.

  1. On average, the human scalp has anywhere from 100,000 to 150,000 hair follicles, which fall out at a rate of roughly 100 hairs each day. As we age, hair begins to grow at a slower rate. So, even if you’re losing hair at the average rate, it takes longer for new hairs to appear, which can contribute to the appearance of thinning or bald spots.
  1. According to the American Hair Loss Association, two-thirds of men will begin to see their locks lose some of their luster by age 35. By 50, upward of 85 percent of men will have experienced a significant amount of thinning.
  1. Some men, however, experience male pattern baldness much earlier than expected. Some 25 percent of men see the first signs of hair thinning before age 21.
  1. Hair thinning also affects the fairer sex. In fact, an estimated 40 percent of hair loss patients are female. By age 50, roughly half of all women will deal with some degree of pattern hair loss.
  1. Surprisingly to some, children also can be affected. Approximately three percent of all pediatric doctor visits made each year are connected to hair loss-related issues in children, including thinning and bald spots. Causes can be as simple as wearing hair in a ponytail too tightly or more serious, such as fungal infections of the scalp or alopecia.
  1. We know you love your mother, but she may be to blame for your risk of baldness. While both Mom’s and Dad’s genes play a part in the fate of your hairline, it’s maternal DNA that has the strongest influence. Overall, it’s estimated that approximately 30 million women and as many as 50 million men experience hair loss as a direct result of their genetic make-up.
  1. Stress and anxiety also can play a role. In the most severe cases, this involves a psychiatric disorder called trichotillomania. Sufferers feel a compulsive urge to pull hair out from the scalp, eyebrows or other areas of the body – often a result of post-traumatic stress disorder. According to the National Institutes of Health, up to four percent of the population is affected by trichotillomania, with women developing it at nearly double the rate of men.
  1. Hair loss can actually be a red flag, signaling any of a myriad of underlying health issues. Research has linked hair loss to prostate conditions in men. And in one study, baldness was linked to a 70 percent higher risk of developing heart disease.
  1. Ethnicity can influence your rate of hair growth. On average, human hair grows about six inches per year. But a University of Michigan study found that among women, those of Asian descent saw their hair grow the fastest while women with African heritage experienced the slowest growth.
  1. A great head of hair trumps even money to many. In one survey, 43.2 percent of respondents said that they’d take thicker, fuller hair over cash any day. Another 73 percent said they’d trade a treasured personal possession to have more hair.

If you’re experiencing hair loss, Metropolitan Dermatology can help. Visit our Clark, Kearney, Teaneck, Jersey City, West New York or Staten Island location today.







June 5 is National Cancer Survivors Day

Woman on beach with hat and sunscreen

On June 5, scores of Americans once facing uncertain futures instead will gather with their families, friends and communities to celebrate. That’s because June 5 is National Cancer Survivors Day, designed to honor those who didn’t fall victim to a dire diagnosis.

The number of people living after a cancer diagnosis and treatment in the United States increased from 7 million in 1992 to 15.5 million in 2016, and is expected to rise to more than 20 million by 2026. Those figures ultimately will reflect a growth of cancer survivors accounting for about 2.5 percent of the US population in 1992 to more than five percent a decade from now.

“When we speak with leading cancer researchers in the United States and around the world, we hear unprecedented optimism that we are on the verge of pivotal advances in oncology,” officials with the National Cancer Institute recently wrote in a media statement. “So today, as we honor the courage of all cancer survivors, we do so with a renewed hope and determination. We remain committed to changing the meaning of a diagnosis of cancer for all people.”

In the meantime, a top cancer concern is melanoma, the most common and potentially deadly form of skin cancer. Consider these statistics:

  • One in five Americans will be diagnosed with skin cancer at some point in their lives.
  • About 76,380 new melanomas will be diagnosed in 2016.
  • Melanoma will claim the lives of upward of 10,130 Americans this year.
  • Melanoma affects people of every skin type.
  • Melanoma affects every ethnicity, hitting an average 1 in 40 Caucasians; 1 in 200 Hispanics and 1 in 1,000 African Americans.

The top tactic for preventing melanoma and other skin cancers is to minimize your exposure to the sun’s harmful UV rays. But natural sunshine isn’t the only culprit. Tanning beds also are highly damaging to skin and potentially cancer-causing, so avoid them altogether. And when you do venture out into the sunshine, don protective clothing, wide-brimmed hats and sunglasses and wear a high-SPF sunblock. Avoid going outside between 10 am and 2pm, when the sun’s rays are the strongest. Learn the warning signs of melanoma, including sunspots with asymmetrical shapes, irregular borders or changes in color or shape.

Most importantly, schedule regular skin cancer screenings. And if you do suspect the presence of melanoma, see a doctor immediately for a confirmed diagnosis and, if needed, MOHS micrographic treatment. To learn more and to discuss any skin cancer-related concerns, schedule a consultation at your nearest Metropolitan Dermatology location in Clark, Kearny, Teaneck, Jersey City, South Plainfield, West New York or Staten Island.

Focus on Skincare this Men’s Health Month

Attractive man undergoing cosmetic treatment

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.


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?

Woman with sunscreen in the shape of a sun on her back.

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

Scratching skin

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.

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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.