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By Choice Dermatology
May 21, 2018
Category: Skin Care
Tags: Acne  

How your dermatologist in Elizabeth, New Jersey can help

If you have acne, you are not alone. In fact, according to the American Academy of Dermatology, acne is the most common skin condition in the United States. Dr. Marc Meulener at Choice Dermatology wants to share the facts on how to manage acne. He has two convenient office locations in Elizabeth and Basking Ridge, New Jersey to help with your skin care needs.

You may be tempted to not seek out treatment for your acne, thinking that it will go away by itself. The truth is your acne may or may not go away, and if it does, it may leave behind noticeable scars on the surface of your skin. It’s best to seek out the services of your dermatologist to help manage persistent acne.

If your pores become clogged with dead skin cells, bacteria, and excess oil, acne is often the result. Your plugged up pores become red, swollen, and inflamed. Acne can come in several forms, including:

  • Clusters of blackheads or whiteheads
  • Large, painful papules or pustules
  • Bumpy nodules or cysts

Over-the-counter products containing salicylic acid or benzoyl peroxide may work for mild cases of acne. If you suffer from chronic or recurrent acne that is moderate to severe, you should seek out the services of an expert like Dr. Meulener. He offers several effective treatments for acne including:

  • Chemical peels
  • Prescription strength benzoyl peroxide to reduce pore blockage
  • Tretinoin medication to clear plugged pores
  • Oral and topical antibiotics to eliminate infection
  • Extraction techniques to remove blackheads and whiteheads
  • Treatments for hormone-related acne

For more detailed information about acne, please visit the Acne page on the Choice Dermatology website at https://www.choicedermatology.com/acne.html

You don’t have to put up with painful acne when help is just a phone call away. Repair your self-esteem and self-confidence by managing your acne. Just pick up the phone and call Dr. Marc Meulener at Choice Dermatology, with offices in Elizabeth and Basking Ridge, New Jersey. Call today and look better tomorrow!


By Choice Dermatology
May 15, 2018
Category: Skin Care
Tags: Eczema  

Eczema is a chronic skin condition that produces itchy rashes that are scaly, dry, and leathery. It can appear anywhere on the body and mostEczema often appears in the creases of the arms, legs, and face. Something that many people may not know is that there are multiple types of eczema. They all share some common symptoms but are all different depending on the nature of what triggers the reaction and the location of the rash.

Types of Eczema           

Atopic Dermatitis

This is the most frequent and common form of eczema and it’s thought to be caused by the body’s immune system functioning abnormally. It’s characterized by itchy, inflamed skin and typically runs in families. Atopic Dermatitis usually flares up and goes away intermittently throughout a person’s life.

Contact Dermatitis

This is caused when the skin comes in contact with an irritant such as certain chemicals. Finding what triggers a breakout is important so that it can be prevented in the future. Triggers may be things like laundry detergent, body soap, fabrics, poison ivy, and more.

Dyshidrotic Dermatitis

Dyshidrotic Dermatitis usually affects the palms and soles of the feet. It is characterized by clear, deep blisters that itch and burn and occurs frequently during summer months and in warm areas.

Neurodermatitis

This form of eczema is a chronic skin inflammation caused by a cycle of scratching to a localized itch, such as a mosquito bite or spider bite. It’s characterized by scaly patches of skin, usually on the head, lower legs, wrists, and forearms. The skin may become thickened and leathery.

Nummular Dermatitis

This form is characterized by round patches of irritated skin that can be crusted, scaly, and very itchy. It frequently appears on the back, arms, buttocks, and lower legs.

Seborrheic Dermatitis

This is a common condition that causes yellow, oily, and scaly patches on the scalp, face, and other body parts. Dandruff is a form of Seborrheic Dermatitis. This form of eczema doesn’t always itch. Triggers can include weather, oily skin, emotional stress, and infrequent shampooing.

Stasis Dermatitis

This appears on the lower legs of older people and is related to circulation and vein problems. Symptoms can include itching and red-brown discoloration on the skin the legs. As the condition progresses it can lead to blistering, oozing, and skin lesions.

Eczema comes in all shapes and sizes and can be triggered by many things. If you have questions about eczema or want to make an appointment, call our office today!