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Posts for: April, 2020

By Choice Dermatology
April 28, 2020
Category: Skin Care
Tags: Skin Cancer  

Skin Cancer PreventionWith the warmer months just around the corner you may be getting ready to plan some fun in the sun. The summertime always finds children spending hours outside playing, as well as beach-filled family vacations, backyard barbeques, and more days just spent soaking up some much-needed vitamin D.

While it can certainly be great for our emotional and mental well-being to go outside, it’s also important that we are protecting our skin against the harmful effects of the sun’s rays. These are some habits to follow all year long to protect against skin cancer,

Wear Sunscreen Daily

Just because the sun isn’t shining doesn’t mean that your skin isn’t being exposed to the harmful UVA and UVB rays. The sun’s rays have the ability to penetrate through clouds. So it’s important that you generously apply sunscreen to the body and face about 30 minutes before going outside.

Opt for a broad-spectrum sunscreen with an SPF of at least 30 that also protects against both UVA and UVB rays. Everyone should use sunscreen, even infants. Just one sunburn during your lifetime can greatly increase your risk for developing skin cancer, so always remember to lather up!

Reapply Sunscreen Often

If you are planning to be outdoors for a few hours you’ll want to bring your sunscreen with you. After all, one application won’t be enough to protect you all day long. A good rule of the thumb to follow is, reapply sunscreen every two hours. Of course, you’ll also want to apply sunscreen even sooner if you’ve just spent time swimming or if you’ve been sweating a lot (e.g. running a race or playing outdoor sports).

Seek Shade During the Day

While feeling the warm rays of the sun on your shoulders can certainly feel nice, the sun’s rays are at their most powerful and most dangerous during the hours of 10am-4pm. If you plan to be outdoors during these times it’s best to seek shady spots. This means enjoying lunch outside while under a wide awning or sitting on the beach under an umbrella. Even these simple measures can reduce your risk for skin cancer.

See a Dermatologist

Regardless of whether you are fair skinned, have a family history of skin cancer or you don’t have any risk factors, it’s important that everyone visit their dermatologist at least once a year for a comprehensive skin cancer screening. This physical examination will allow our skin doctor to be able to examine every growth and mole from head to toe to look for any early signs of cancer. These screenings can help us catch skin cancer early on when it’s treatable.

Noticing changes in one of your moles? Need to schedule your next annual skin cancer screening? If so, a dermatologist will be able to provide you with the proper care you need to prevent, diagnose and treat both melanoma and non-melanoma skin cancers.

By Choice Dermatology
April 14, 2020
Category: Skin Care
Tags: Dermatologist  

Here are some helpful tips for choosing the right dermatologist to fit your needs.

Dermatologists aren’t just meant to help people who are dealing with skin problems. In fact, just as you get routine checkups from a dentist and regular doctor, you could also benefit from visiting our Elizabeth, NJ, dermatologist Dr. Marc Meulener once a year for screenings and routine care. So, how do you decide whether a dermatologist is the right fit for you? Here are some factors to consider:

Your Needs

Are you looking for a dermatologist who can provide routine care and treatment? Do you want someone who can provide you with cosmetic services? Do you need a dermatologist who can perform minor surgical procedures to remove moles, growths and cancerous lesions? Your needs will certainly dictate the right dermatologist for you. Of course, some dermatologists like our own Elizabeth, NJ, skin doctor can provide you with everything from regular medical dermatology to cosmetic and surgical services, so you only have to turn to one doctor.

Their Credentials

All doctors are here to serve you and your health, so while you may shy away from asking certain questions about a doctor and their experience, it’s important that you know their education, expertise and background before you decide to go to them. After all, you have to feel confident and comfortable with the doctor you’re turning to for your care. Ask if your dermatologist is board certified, if they participate in continuing education and even ask to see “before and after” photos from patients getting cosmetic treatments.

Your Insurance

Your health insurance plan may also dictate the network of dermatologists in and around Elizabeth, Basking Ridge, and Morristown, NJ, from which you can choose. Talk with your health insurance provider to get a list of skin doctors. Choice Dermatology works with a variety of health insurance plans. Wondering if we take your health insurance? You can also just give us a call.

Unique Services

Does your dermatologist offer same-day emergency visits? Do they offer weekend appointments? Do they provide virtual checkups, so you don’t have to come into the office every time you have a minor concern or need a prescription refill? Look through the extensive list of your dermatologist’s offerings, as well as their office hours and availability.

If you’re looking for a dermatologist in Elizabeth or Basking Ridge, NJ, and serving Morristown, NJ, let Choice Dermatology be the right choice for getting the quality skin care you desire. Call us at (908) 766-7546 for our Basking Ridge office or (908) 355-0112 for our Elizabeth office.

By Choice Dermatology
April 14, 2020
Category: Skin Care
Tags: Wrinkles  

You might be surprised to discover that some of the most innocuous habits could actually be aging you. Preventing fine lines and wrinkles is certainly easier than trying to treat them once they form. While wrinkles are a normal part of life and aging, there are things you can do each and everyday to keep your skin looking young and healthy so you can knock a few years off your age and people will be none the wiser.

Wear Sunscreen

Wearing sunscreen each and every day without fail is probably one of the best things you can do to keep your skin looking and feeling its best. Not only does exposing skin to the sun’s rays cause sun damage and increase your risk for skin cancer, it can also cause premature lines and wrinkles. To protect your skin from the sun, always apply a broad-spectrum sunscreen with an SPF of 30 every day (even in the winter and on cloudy days).

Get Enough Sleep

Sleep is so very important and yet not enough of us get quality sleep every night. Nights of tossing and turning won’t just leave you grumpy, tired and mentally foggy, it can also lead to wrinkles. That’s because a lack of sleep can actually accelerate the signs of aging and can also affect the skin’s ability to repair itself every night. Most adults require anywhere from 7-9 hours of sleep per night. Are you getting your beauty sleep?

Stay Hydrated

Did you know that as many as 75 percent of US adults suffer from chronic dehydration? This statistic is startlingly and could have a serious impact not just on your health but also on the health and appearance of your skin. If like most people you aren’t getting more than 2.5 cups of water a day, it’s important that you up your water intake to at least 8 8-ounce glasses per day (and even more if you’re active). Staying hydrated keeps the skin looking plump and radiant (and who doesn’t want that?).

Keep Skin Moisturized

Dry skin can also leave you prone to those early signs of aging, so it’s important that you keep skin supple and hydrated. Everyone should use a moisturizer every day, which can improve skin’s glow and also reduce the appearance of facial lines. Those dealing with more severe dry skin may need to turn to their dermatologist for more intense moisturizers.

Sleep on Your Back

If you find yourself snuggling with your pillow night after night you may soon notice fine lines developing on your face as a result. Just changing your sleep position alone can easily prevent these “sleep wrinkles”. If you want to reduce wrinkles on your face avoid sleeping on your side or stomach and sleep on your back instead.

Of course, a dermatologist offers a wide range of cosmetic treatments that can also reduce the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles. From Botox and dermal fillers to customized facials, laser treatments and chemical peels, there are many options out there to help you achieve a younger appearance. Talk to your dermatologist today about ways to prevent and treat wrinkles.