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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.

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.

February 09, 2021
Category: Skin Conditions
Tags: Lupus  
LupusLupus is an autoimmune disorder that leads to widespread inflammation and pain. Lupus can affect multiple systems and organs in the body, but the skin tends to be one of the most common organs affected by this chronic disease. According to the Lupus Foundation of America, around two-thirds of people with lupus will experience some kind of lupus-related skin issue. Some people are dealing with cutaneous lupus only, while others are dealing with cutaneous lupus along with systemic lupus erythematosus (SLE) (the most common form of lupus).
Skin lupus can produce these skin problems,
A butterfly rash: This “malar” rash is a classic symptom of lupus. This purplish-red rash spreads over the bridge of the nose to the cheeks and looks similar in shape to a butterfly. A butterfly rash may look similar to a very bad flush or it may even be scaly, in more severe cases. Some people may mistake this for rosacea.
Rashes and sores: It’s also common for lesions and red, inflamed patches of scaly skin to develop with lupus. These rashes and sores are usually found on the face, scalp, ears, or other sun-exposed areas. While these sores typically aren’t painful, they can cause scarring (especially if they develop on the scalp). This is why it’s important to see a dermatologist if you are dealing with a recurring or persistent rash or sore.
Subacute cutaneous lesions: These small, scaly papules are caused by UV light. Unlike discoid lesions, which can cause scarring, subacute cutaneous lesions will not scar. These lesions are typically red and circular and develop on areas of the skin most often exposed to the sun.
Other symptoms associated with lupus include,
  • Sores in the mouth and nose (mucous membrane sores)
  • Hair loss, sometimes caused by discoid lesions
  • Purple spots (due to broken blood vessels) on the legs
Whether you’ve been diagnosed with cutaneous lupus or SLE, or you are experiencing a butterfly rash or other symptoms of lupus, you must visit your dermatologist as soon as possible for an evaluation. A dermatologist can easily identify lupus and provide you with solutions to help you get symptoms under control.