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By BELLEVILLE DERMATOLOGY
February 23, 2021
Category: Skin Care
Tags: Acne  

It is entirely possible to treat your acne at home, but you should be aware of some of the myths regarding is care, and that oftentimes, especially for more severe conditions, a professional may be your best recourse. To learn more contact your Belleville, NJ, dermatologist Dr. Joseph Eastern of the Belleville Dermatology Center in Northern New Jersey.

Dispelling Acne Myths

There are a lot of misconceptions regarding acne care which can needlessly hamper the self-esteem of those affected, without providing a real path toward being acne-free.

Foods, for example, do not affect acne. No scientific link has been found between consuming chocolate, or pizza, fried foods, or any other of the common usual suspects.

Acne is also not a sign of poor hygiene, but instead, it is often hormones and hormonal changes that lead to the clogging of the pores and eventual inflammation. This means that just soap and water alone cannot help to alleviate the problem.

This leads to one of the most popular myths, that we ought to just let acne take its course, that eventually it will go away on its own. While simply washing your face isn't enough to treat it, over-the-counter products can prove very effective for some, particularly mild cases.

Treating acne is a rather slow process, so don't trust any medications that promise overnight cures. Some at-home treatments may not be as effective for everyone, so if you are not seeing the results that you hoped for, then it may be time to consult with your dermatologist.

Acne Care in Belleville, NJ

Just as with home treatments, those at your doctor's office will not all have the same effect on all patients. But the important difference is that your dermatologist will examine your condition and work with you to find the one that will prove the most effective. These treatments can range from benzoyl peroxide washes to chemical peels, and prescription medication, among others.

For help with treating your acne make an appointment today with Dr. Eastern of the Belleville Dermatology Center in Belleville, NJ, by dialing (973) 751-1200.

By BELLEVILLE DERMATOLOGY
February 18, 2021
Category: Skin Care
Tags: Mole   Dermatologist  
When To See a Dermatologist for a Mole
Worried that all those years of sunbathing have caught up with you? Do you have a family history of skin cancer? If so, these might be reasons to turn to a dermatologist every year for skin cancer screenings. These dermatology screenings can help us catch cancerous lesions early on when they are highly treatable. Of course, you should also be performing your own monthly examinations, checking your skin from head to scalp, to look for skin cancer. Here’s what you should be on the lookout for,

Remember Your ABCDEs

This easy-to-remember acronym will help you spot those signs of skin cancer whenever you examine moles yourself. This is what it stands for,
  • A is for asymmetry: A healthy mole will be perfectly circular and symmetrical. If you find that half of the mole is shaped differently from the other half, this could be a sign of pre-cancerous growth.
  • B is for a border: A healthy mole will have a clearly defined border. If the mole has a jagged or an even or poorly defined border, it’s time to visit your dermatologist.
  • C is for color: A healthy mole will remain a singular color throughout your life. If the mole changes color or develops multiple colors this could be a sign of skin cancer.
  • D is for diameter: A healthy mole is typically smaller than a pencil eraser (under 5mm). Moles over 5mm, or larger than a pencil eraser, may be cause for concern. Large moles warrant seeing a dermatologist.
  • E is for evolving: A healthy mole will remain the same over the course of your lifetime. So, if you notice it changing at all then it’s worth having a dermatologist look at it.
Lookout for These Moles, Too

Along with remembering your ABCDEs, it’s also a good idea to look for,
  • New moles: Just because you develop a new mole doesn’t necessarily mean that it’s cancerous; however, if you start noticing any new moles developing past the age of 20 (particularly on the face, neck, shoulder, or other sun-exposed areas), this warrants an evaluation with a skincare professional.
  • Troublesome moles: Do you have a mole that bleeds, itches, crusts over, or is painful or tender? If so, the mole should be checked out.
If you have a growth that has you concerned, a skin doctor can easily examine and biopsy the growth to determine if it’s cancerous. If it is, we offer a variety of treatment options that can remove the cancerous growth and help you get back to living your life.
By BELLEVILLE DERMATOLOGY
December 17, 2020
Category: Skin Care
Tags: Lichen Planus  
Lichen PlanusLichen planus is an autoimmune disorder that attacks both the skin and mucous membranes inside the mouth. This chronic condition causes flat, itchy reddish-purple bumps to develop on the skin (mostly the wrists, ankles, and forearm) and white, painful sores to develop within the mouth and sometimes the genitals. This condition cannot be spread from person to person and mild itching and other symptoms are often managed through simple home care; however, if you are dealing with severe symptoms it’s important to see a dermatologist as soon as possible.

What causes lichen planus?

Lichen planus is not contagious and cannot be spread from person to person. In fact, it typically appears when the immune system starts attacking the skin or mucous membrane. Certain things can trigger it including:
  • Certain OTC pain medications (e.g. ibuprofen)
  • Medications used for arthritis, hypertension, or cardiovascular disease
  • Hepatitis C
  • Viral infections
  • Certain allergens
  • Genetics
  • Stress
  • Certain chemicals or metals
Those with autoimmune disorders may also be more likely to develop lichen planus. The good news though is that this condition is not dangerous.

Should I see a dermatologist?

If you have developed a purple rash or bumps that resemble lichen planus it’s worth it to pay a visit to your dermatologist to find out what’s going on, especially if you notice any unusual bumps on the genitals.

To determine that you do have lichen planus, we will need to biopsy some skin cells to diagnose lichen planus and to also determine whether it’s being caused by an underlying infection or an allergen. From there, further testing may be needed.

How is lichen planus treated?

So, you found out from your dermatologist that you have lichen planus. Now what? In some cases, this condition may just go away on its own; however, it’s important to recognize that there is no cure for lichen planus but there are ways to help alleviate certain symptoms such as burning or pain. Common treatment options that your dermatologist can recommend or prescribe include,
  • Antihistamines: To help with itching
  • Corticosteroid creams: To reduce inflammation and redness
  • Oral or injectable steroids: This treatment is more effective for persistent, recurring, or more severe bumps
  • Photochemotherapy: Light therapy can be effective for treating oral lichen planus
Dealing with dark itchy bumps that have you wondering whether you could be dealing with lichen planus or another skin disorder? If so, a dermatologist will easily be able to diagnose your skin condition, usually through a simple physical exam. If you are experiencing symptoms of lichen planus, schedule an appointment with your dermatologist today.
By BELLEVILLE DERMATOLOGY
November 02, 2020
Category: Skin Care
Tags: Shingles  
Treating ShinglesAs kids, we dealt with that notoriously itchy rash caused by chickenpox. Unfortunately, as we get older, the same virus that caused our childhood chickenpox can also cause shingles. If you’ve had chickenpox in the past, then that same virus is lying dormant within the body. This means that at some point during your lifetime, the virus does have the ability to reactivate, causing a painful, blistering rash on the stomach and sides. This is known as shingles.

Think You Have Shingles?

If you notice a blister-like rash developing on one side of the body it’s possible that you could have shingles. If you suspect that you have shingles, you must see a doctor.

Those over the age of 60 years old as well as those with chronic conditions such as diabetes are more at risk for complications related to shingles, so you must seek immediate dermatology care from a qualified doctor. A dermatologist can also rule out other possible conditions or infections.

Treating Shingles

For the antiviral medication to be most effective, you must see a doctor right away if you think you have shingles. The most common types of antiviral medications used to treat shingles include acyclovir and valacyclovir. These antivirals can speed up the healing process and reduce the severity of your symptoms.
There are also simple home remedies that you can use to ease discomfort associated with the rash. Some of these remedies include:
  • Applying cold compresses to the rash
  • Soaking in a cool oatmeal bath
  • Wearing light, loose-fitted clothing that won’t rub against the rash
  • Applying calamine lotion to reduce itching
  • Managing stress effectively and finding ways to help you relax
  • Eating healthy, balanced meals
  • Getting good quality sleep every night
Preventing Shingles

The good news is that there is a shingles vaccine that can protect you against this infection. If you are over the age of 50, you could benefit from the shingles vaccine so ask your doctor. The vaccine can protect you from shingle for up to five years.

If you are worried that you might have shingles, or if you’re interested in finding out whether or not you should get the shingles vaccine, a qualified dermatologist will be able to answer all of your questions and provide you with the custom dermatology treatment you need to ease your symptoms. 
By BELLEVILLE DERMATOLOGY
September 18, 2020
Category: Skin Care
Tags: Acne   Acne Treatments  

There’s no “one-size-fits-all” approach for treating acne. If conservative treatments are not working to control your acne, it’s time to consider seeking professional help from your dermatologist in Belleville, NJ, Dr. Joseph Eastern of The Belleville Dermatology Center. Professional treatments can include a combination of prescription medications, an effective skincare routine, and these supplementary acne therapies, depending on the exact nature and extent of your acne.

Drainage Plus Extraction

Your dermatologist will utilize special instruments for extracting blackheads, whiteheads, and cysts. This will temporarily improve your skin’s appearance but might lead to scarring (which your dermatologist can also address) in scar-prone individuals.

Chemical Peels

These can help control acne by eliminating dead skin cells, blackheads, and whiteheads, as well as unclogging pores. Chemical peels likewise help with skin regeneration to improve the skin’s overall health and appearance. They do these by minimizing the look of wrinkles, lines, and sun damage and getting rid of minor scars. You may require multiple sessions based on your specific acne type and related skin concerns, for best results.

Need Help Managing Your Acne? Reach Out to Us

Dial (973) 751-1200 to set a consultation with Dr. Joseph Eastern, our dermatologist here at The Belleville Dermatology Center in Belleville, NJ, today.