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Prom Skin Care Tips

It is officially prom season! It is crucial that you begin or continue with your skincare regimen to prepare your face for the photos and fun night ahead. As a dermatology practice with six board-certified dermatologists, we wanted to share skin care tips for prom to help your skin glow.

  • Eat healthy. Have you ever heard the saying, you are what you eat? Well, it is true. If you are filling your body with harmful sugars and processed foods, you will be more prone to breakouts. Instead, eat plenty of fruits and veggies. Some of our favorite foods to eat for clear skin are almonds, sweet potatoes, avocado, broccoli, dark berries, and tomatoes.
  • Visit a board-certified dermatologist for a consultation. Schedule a visit with your local board-certified dermatologist for a consultation. The doctor will be able to work with you to pinpoint the problem areas of your skin and offer a treatment plan.
  • Schedule a facial with an aesthetician. A few months before prom, schedule a facial with an aesthetician. These treatments can include deep cleansing, extractions, exfoliation, peels, and microdermabrasion.
  • Keep your skin clear the morning of prom. Let your skin breathe during the morning of prom. If you are heading to school, don’t put any make up on. Once you start getting ready later on in the day, put on a moisturizer before putting any make up on.
  • Remove all makeup before going to sleep. Once the night is over, make sure that you remove all of your makeup before going to sleep. You don’t want to leave any residue behind as that could lead to a breakout.

No matter your skin care needs; Windsor Dermatology will work to solve your problem. We have an excellent team of six board certified dermatologists that take pride in their work and strives for the highest quality care. Contact us today to schedule an appointment and learn more about the services we offer.

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Dermatology Clinical Trials for Psoriasis & Atopic Dermatitis

Windsor Dermatology is very proud to have been participating in high-quality clinical trials with leading-edge pharmaceutical companies for over twenty-five years. Our hope is to advance medical dermatology research and treatment to benefit both our patients and physicians. We are currently conducting clinical trials in psoriasis and atopic dermatitis.

Prior to participating in a clinical trial, it is crucial that you understand what they are, the benefits, and eligibility requirements. In the hopes of increasing awareness to our clinical trial facility, we want to provide you with all of the necessary information.

What is a clinical trial?

Clinical trials are medical research studies that evaluate the effectiveness and safety of new treatment options. This allows our team of board certified dermatologists to get a first-hand look at how new medicines work in treating diseases, which will ultimately lead them to potentially discovering a cure.

What should I expect during a clinical trial?

There are many clinical trials available including, psoriasis, eczema, hair loss, acne, skin infections, and skin cancer. During a clinical trial, you will receive study visits conducted by a trained and dedicated research team. One of our board certified dermatologists will also evaluate you throughout the process.

Throughout the clinical trial procedure, patients will receive access to the latest medical innovations at no cost. By contributing to furthering medical research, there is the opportunity for potential financial compensation for time and travel.

What are the benefits of clinical trials?

There are many benefits from participating in a clinical trial, including:

  • Cutting-edge, new treatments. The diseases studied in a clinical trial do not have a cure. This might mean that you have undergone numerous treatment options to no avail. Participating in a clinical trial gives you the opportunity to try new treatment options not available to the public. This could prove to be more effective than any other treatment previously used.
  • Free or low cost treatment. As the side effects and ultimate results from the treatment is not known, you will be receiving it at a free or low cost.
  • Assist in reaching a cure. After receiving your diagnosis and finding out that there is no cure, only treatment options available, you most likely want to find a cure. Your participation in a clinical trial will help the medical field reach a cure quicker.

What are the eligibility requirements to participate in a clinical trial?

Windsor Dermatology is looking for patients to participate in a clinical trial that meet the following general criteria:

  • 18 years or older
  • Previously diagnosed with psoriasis or atopic dermatitis
  • Insurance is not needed to participate
  • Willing to be compliant with the guidelines of the study
  • Excited to participate!

 

No matter your skin care needs; Windsor Dermatology will work to solve your problem. We have an excellent team of six board certified dermatologists that take pride in their work and strives for the highest quality care. Contact us today to schedule an appointment and learn more about the services we offer.

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Dermatologist Shares Eczema Tips for Children

Has your child been diagnosed with atopic dermatitis/eczema? The diagnosis does not have a distinct cause and can be treated with good skin care. As eczema causes itchy, dry skin, oftentimes the skin will crack which enables germs to cause skin infections. It is crucial that you help your child take care of their skin if they have eczema.

As board-certified dermatologists, we have seen our fair share of eczema cases and know some helpful tips for parents to follow when taking care of their children with eczema.

Frequent baths. We mentioned above that it is important to take care of your child’s skin. One way that this can be accomplished is through frequent baths. You should never bathe your child in hot water, as it could further dry out the skin. Opt for shorter, warm baths.

If your child has eczema, you need to be extra cautious about the soap you use during the bath. Select a mild, fragrance-free soap for your child. After your child gets out of the bath, pat their skin dry and apply any medicine that has been prescribed. Finally, apply a moisturizer to seal everything in.

Sensitive moisturizer and fabric softener. Atopic dermatitis causes extremely dry skin. Your child’s skin will be sensitive, so you might need to test out a few different moisturizers to determine the best fit. We recommend moisturizers to be very thick and fragrance-free. An option you can select is petroleum jelly, it matches both of the above criteria.

In addition to being careful with the moisturizer you put on your child’s skin, you should also pay attention to the type of laundry detergent you are using. Try to find a detergent that is made for sensitive skin and avoid scented fabric softener and dryer sheets.

Skin care regimen. To improve your child’s skin condition, you should establish and stick to a skin care regimen. The first thing you will need to do is apply moisturizer twice a day. To prevent your child from puncturing their skin when scratching, keep their nails short and smooth. You should also keep the temperature level in your house comfortable. If it is too cold or warm, it might trigger a reaction.

 

No matter your skin care needs; Windsor Dermatology will work to solve your problem. We have an excellent team of six board certified dermatologists that take pride in their work and strives for the highest quality care. Contact us today to schedule an appointment and learn more about the services we offer.

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Dermatologist Provides Hair Loss Treatment for Women

*Updated: September 13, 2017

According to the American Academy of Dermatology, 40% of women start to have visible hair loss by the time they are 40. Unfortunately, this can be very upsetting to women’s overall confidence and self-esteem levels. As board-certified dermatologists, we understand and recognize the importance of providing knowledge and treatment options for hair loss.

The Most Common Forms of Female Hair Loss

To begin our guide to women’s hair loss, we must first delve deeper into the most common form of hair loss. Typically, female-pattern hair loss or androgenetic alopecia is genetic and can be inherited from either parent. Signs of hair loss can appear as early as the late teenage years. If it begins that early, the impact will be more severe.

Another form of hair loss that women can experience is alopecia areata. This is an autoimmune skin disease that results in the loss of hair on the scalp and body. In all forms of alopecia areata, the hair follicles remain alive and are ready to resume normal hair production whenever they receive the appropriate signal.

Women and men alike experience hair loss, however, their experiences are vastly different. Instead of a receding hairline or balding spot, women encounter visible thinning. Women will begin to notice that their hair is thinning if their part is wider than normal or their ponytail is smaller.

Are There Treatment Options Available for Female Hair Loss?

Treatment options for female hair loss vary based off of the progression of the condition. As of now, Rogaine is the only FDA approved medication for hair loss clinically proven to regrow hair. There are other popular medications on the market, however they are not FDA approved. Speak to your dermatologist about how Rogaine works in women and if you are a potential candidate.

For patients that have alopecia areata, treatment options are available for mild, patchy alopecia areata. However, there is currently no acceptable treatment that works in all cases.

How Long Will It Be Before I Notice Results from Treatment?

It is important to remain patient when undergoing treatment for hair loss. Hair takes a while to grow, so it will take time to see results.

No matter your skin care needs; Windsor Dermatology will work to solve your problem. We have an excellent team of six board certified dermatologists that take pride in their work and strives for the highest quality care. Contact us today to schedule an appointment and learn more about the services we offer.

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Treating Skin Cancer with Mohs Surgery by a Dermatologist

Have you been diagnosed with basal cell carcinomas or squamous cell carcinomas? Your doctor might have created a plan for treatment that includes Mohs Surgery. The procedure was developed over 60 years ago by Fredrick Mohs, a medical student at the University of Wisconsin. It is the most advanced method for treating skin cancers in sensitive areas.

Mohs Surgery is completed as an outpatient procedure. The positive advantage of the surgery is its cure rate. The American Society for Mohs Surgery stated that five-year cure rates are near 99% for new cancers and 95% for recurrent cancers. If you are about to undergo Mohs Surgery, you might be curious as to what to expect.

Dr. Matthew Halpern, one of our board-certified dermatologists, is a fellow trained Mohs Surgeon. He attended Harvard Medical School and completed his residency in Internal Medicine at Lenox Hill Hospital. He completed a two-year fellowship in Mohs Surgery and Cutaneous Oncology at New York Presbyterian-Columbia University. Dr. Halpern will be conducting the surgery. He is assisted by a specialized team of surgical assistants, a technician who prepares the tissue for microscopic examination, and our office staff.

Now that you understand who will be conducting the surgery, here are a few other things you should expect to occur:

  • Preliminary consultation. During your preliminary consultation, you will need to list the medications that you use. You will also need to inform your doctor of any preexisting medical conditions and allergies.
  • Length of the procedure. Typically, Mohs Surgery can take anywhere from 3-5 hours. However, that is dependent on the type and location of the cancer. Sometimes, it can run longer than that time frame. During the surgery, Dr. Halpern will examine and evaluate the skin tissue under a microscope. It is recommended that you bring something with you to occupy the time waiting.
  • Procedure specifics. Prior to the procedure beginning, you will receive a local anesthesia. The doctor will then remove the cancerous skin and stop bleeding with a cautery device. Once the layer is removed, the wound will be dressed and bandaged.
  • Post-op care. There are a few options for repairing the wound. This includes letting the wound heal on its own, applying stitches, or reconstructive surgery.

No matter your skin care needs; Windsor Dermatology will work to solve your problem. We have an excellent team of six board certified dermatologists that take pride in their work and strives for the highest quality care. Contact us today to schedule an appointment and learn more about the services we offer.

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Skin Allergy Remedies for Children

There is nothing worse than watching your children in pain. According to the Asthma and Allergy Foundation of America, children aged 0-4 are most likely to have skin allergies and over 8.8 million children have skin allergies. Here are some remedies to help assuage your children’s skin allergies:

  • Wipe drool off of your child’s face. If your baby’s skin is irritated, spit can be the culprit. Be sure to dry the drool off of their face to prevent irritation.
  • Use gentle soaps. Your child’s skin is very sensitive, for that reason use fragrance-free and dye-free cleansers and soaps when giving them a bath. This will protect skin and not dry it out.
  • Cut your children’s nails. Let’s face it, whenever we have an itch we want to scratch it. Keeping nails short will prevent cutting skin when scratching it.
  • Give your children shorter baths. Bath time can be a fun time to play in the tub, however, you should limit the amount of time your children spend in the bath. Ideally, you should use lukewarm water and take about 3 to 5 minutes to bathe them. Bubble baths can be fun, but for children with skin allergies you will need to skip them.
  • Moisturize post-bath. After giving your child a bath, pat their skin dry and apply an ointment or cream on the skin to retain its moisture.
  • Select cotton clothes. Cotton is one of the softest fabrics that children’s clothing is made in. It is the best option for children suffering from skin allergies as rougher fabrics can lead to itchy skin.
  • Treat infections. If you notice a skin infection on your child’s skin, call the trusty, board certified dermatologists at Windsor Dermatology.

No matter your skin care needs; Windsor Dermatology will work to solve your problem. We have an excellent team of six board certified dermatologists that take pride in their work and strives for the highest quality care. Contact us today to schedule an appointment and learn more about the services we offer.

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Can Exercise Lower the Risk of Psoriasis?

Exercising for health benefits has been emphasized in the medical world for so many years. It has even been backed by researchers who have found increasing evidence to suggest that exercise can contribute to illness prevention and improve overall health. In fact, a study by scientists at Harvard Medical School and Brigham and Women’s Hospital found that one of the benefits of physical activity is it decreases women’s risk of developing psoriasis by 30%.

There is a catch, in order to reap the full benefits of the decreased psoriasis risk, women need to vigorously exercise. This means that women have to actively run for 105 minutes a week or participate in 180 minutes of other vigorous exercise per week to reap the health benefits.

The researchers’ finding is in line with exercise benefits on other systemic inflammation diseases including type 2 diabetes, coronary artery disease, and certain types of cancer. Of course, patients with psoriasis might be concerned with exercising due to the skin condition. There are a few things you can do to prevent irritation:

  • Wear loose-fitting clothing to prevent friction.
  • Don’t scrub your skin post-exercising, take a gentle shower.
  • Apply a lubricant prior to working out in areas that you believe will become irritated.

Since 1985 our Medical Director, Dr. Bagel, has been at the forefront of psoriasis patient care, treatment, and clinical research. The Psoriasis Treatment Center of Central New Jersey and Windsor Dermatology is one of the most respected clinical settings in America for psoriasis treatment.

We utilize a few methods to reduce the effect of psoriasis. Among the treatment options are ultraviolet light therapy, biologic therapies, and oral medications. Before deciding on a treatment plan, our talented team of board certified dermatologists will consider the location and severity of involvement along with medical history. Contact us today to schedule an appointment and learn more about our psoriasis treatments.

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5 Things You Should Know About Psoriasis

In 2011, Kim Kardashian brought psoriasis to the forefront of American conversations by revealing that she suffers from it. She joins about 7.5 million other Americans that live with psoriasis. If you are curious about the diagnosis, here are 5 things you should know about psoriasis.

  • Psoriasis is a chronic skin condition. Once you are diagnosed with psoriasis, you will have it for the rest of your life. The skin condition is hereditary, however, just because a family member has psoriasis, does not mean that you will get it.
  • Psoriasis can impact any part of patients’ bodies. While psoriasis can appear anywhere, it typically pops up on the elbows, knees, shins, arms, lower back, and scalp.
  • Psoriasis has no cure. Unfortunately, psoriasis does not have a cure, however, it can be treated with different medications and therapies.
  • Flare-ups occur with stress. When patients undergo tremendous stress, psoriasis flare-ups can occur. It is important to remember that although it can be quite stressful experiencing a flare-up, try to remain calm and bring your stress levels down.
  • Keep a healthy lifestyle. Maintaining a healthy lifestyle is pertinent towards minimizing the appearance of psoriasis. Participating in yoga or meditation activities, eating healthy, and getting enough sleep will improve your skin.

Windsor Dermatology will work to solve your dermatological problems and address your skin needs. We are proud to offer many treatment options for your psoriasis. Windsor Dermatology will tailor your treatment to meet your needs.

Since 1985 our Medical Director, Dr. Bagel, has been at the forefront of psoriasis patient care, treatment, and clinical research. The Psoriasis Treatment Center of Central New Jersey and Windsor Dermatology is one of the most respected clinical settings in America for psoriasis treatment.

We utilize a few methods to reduce the effect of psoriasis. Among the treatment options are ultraviolet light therapy, biologic therapies, and oral medications. Before deciding on a treatment plan, our talented team of board certified dermatologists will consider the location and severity of involvement along with medical history. Contact us today to schedule an appointment and learn more about our psoriasis treatments.

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5 Tips for Living with Eczema

Eczema is a common skin condition that causes red, itchy, swollen skin. Although there is no cure for eczema, there are a few things that you can do to minimize the impact of it on your life.

  • Stay away from triggers. There are a variety of reasons patients might experience an eczema flare up. Try to stay cognizant as to what those triggers are and stay away from them. Eczema patients should definitely stay away from fragrant products. They should opt for unscented products without harsh chemicals.
  • Moisturize your skin. One of the best ways to minimize the appearance and effect of eczema is to moisturize your skin. We recommend to patients to put lotion on after showering, this will replace the moisture that was lost.
  • Try not to scratch. We know, eczema is extremely itchy. Although your instincts might be wanting you to itch your skin, try not to. Doing so will make you itch more, which can lead to damaging the skin and causing an infection. When your skin is itchy, try to use a cold compress and moisturize.
  • Wear cotton. Certain fabrics can irritate patients’ skin, so we recommend wearing cotton clothes. In addition, people with eczema should wash new clothes before they wear them to prevent irritation.
  • Stress causes flare-ups. Have you noticed that in times of stress, your skin seems itchier than ever? It’s true that when patients experience high levels of stress, their eczema flares-up. Try to limit stress levels by practicing yoga and meditation.

No matter your skin care needs; Windsor Dermatology will solve your problem. We have an excellent team of six board certified dermatologists that take pride in their work and strives for the highest quality care. Contact us today to schedule an appointment and learn more about the services we offer.

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Get Ready for Valentine’s Day with Juvederm

Valentine’s Day is coming up and many of our patients will be heading out with their significant others. Have you been thinking about Juvederm to plump your lips up for the 14th? We’ve put together a guide of everything you should know about Juvederm to assuage your fears.

Juvederm is a non-allergenic injection that works well on any patient. If you are looking to receive Juvederm before a big date on Valentine’s Day, we recommend you book your appointment to be at least 2 days before the 14th. The reason being, Juvederm needs time to settle.

Before you are scheduled to come in for your appointment, ask your doctor about the medications you are taking. It is advised to stop taking any medicines that could prolong periods of bleeding, such as aspirin or ibuprofen. To minimize any pain experienced, your doctor might apply a numbing agent. This can be administered via a dental block or topical anesthetic.

The process of receiving Juvederm injections is relatively quick, it takes approximately 10-15 minutes. It works by mimicking the body’s natural connective tissue material called hyaluronic acid. During the injections, you might feel mild pinching. The treatment will last for about 6-9 months, as it does not stop dramatically, but fades away over time.

As Juvederm is non-allergic, you should not experience any serious side effects. Rather, you might experience swelling, mild pain, and redness at the injection site. Typically, those side effects should last for about two days.

No matter your skin care needs; Windsor Dermatology will solve your problem. We have an excellent team of six board certified dermatologists that take pride in their work and strives for the highest quality care. Contact us today to schedule an appointment and learn more about the services we offer.

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