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Three Ways to Get Sensational Skin This Spring

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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

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

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

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

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

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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

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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.

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.


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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.

622 Boulevard
Kenilworth, NJ 07033
908-241-3181
Kenilworth, NJ location servicing Springfield Township, Union, and Mountainside.