Treat your skin condition
Eczema, rashes, psoriasis or bumps on your face or skin may make you feel self-conscious about your appearance. At Millburn Laser Center in New Jersey, our board-certified dermatologists specialize in medical dermatology and can help find the cause for your skin condition and customize therapies to help improve the appearance of your skin.
Acne is a “multifactorial disease,” which is a fancy way of saying it has a lot of moving parts. Acne is typically associated with the teen years but can appear throughout your lifetime. Hormone fluctuations can affect acne, which is why women often break out — sometimes for the first time — during pregnancy, perimenopause, and menopause.
Some ways to minimize acne breakouts are:
- Keeping your face clean (washing twice a day)
- Normalizing hormonal balance with oral contraceptives or anti-androgens (females)
- Light therapy or antibiotics to kill skin bacteria
- Chemical peels or microneedling to encourage skin cell turnover
- Topical therapies and retinoids to encourage skin-cell turnover
- Laser therapy to increase overall skin quality and improve the health of follicles
- Extraction of lesions
- Steroid injections for cystic or nodular acne
- Oral isotretinoin in severe cases (males and or females in non-childbearing years only)
Each case of acne is unique. Millburn Laser Center’s expert dermatologists take the time to evaluate your skin, determine the underlying cause for your acne, and custom-design a treatment plan for you. For more details about acne, visit medlineplus.gov.
Rosacea is a skin condition that affects males and females with light skin and is sometimes mistaken for acne. If you have rosacea, you may have red bumps, red patches, or visible veins around your nose, cheeks, or elsewhere on your face. Untreated rosacea tends to get worse over time and can even lead to permanent scarring and disfigured skin, such as rhinophyma (enlarged and thickened nose).
Although nobody is sure what causes rosacea, factors, such as genetics and mite infections, can play a role. Our dermatologists recommend treatments based on where the rosacea is on your face or skin and what types of lesions are visible.
Treatment options for Rosacea include:
- Light treatments to clear up lesions
- Lasers to improve skin quality, remove lesions, and clear visible veins
- Metronidazole, azelaic acid, sulfacetamide and other acne topical products to reduce breakouts
- Short-term antibiotics
- Isotretinoin to resolve thickened skin (males and non-childbearing females only)
- Surgery to reduce thickened skin
The skin specialists at Millburn Laser Center recommend that you keep a diary to identify triggers — such as extreme temperatures and hot or spicy foods — that cause your rosacea to flare up.
Eczema and Psoriasis
Eczema and psoriasis are skin conditions that cause itchy and sometimes painful patches on your skin. Eczema tends to appear in areas where that bend, such as your inner arm near your elbow, or behind your knees. Psoriasis tends to affect your elbows, knees, scalp, face, and more. While psoriasis can be red, like eczema, white or silvery looking flaky patches may develop as well.
At Millburn Laser Center, our dermatologists can diagnose your skin condition, so you can know whether you have eczema or psoriasis. Either way, these two skin conditions share many effective treatments, including:
- Topical emollients to soothe dry and itchy skin
- Topical steroids to control inflammation
- UVB light therapy to improve symptoms and skin quality
- Immunologic or biologic medications
Therapy with UVB light also helps your body produce more Vitamin D, which can improve your overall health. UVB light is an advanced treatment that helps suppress overactive skin immune system cells that cause inflammation, which can lead to a breakout.
Melasma, Vitiligo and Pigmentation Issues
Healthy skin is clear and evenly toned without hyperpigmentation (dark patches, lesions, or spots) or hypopigmentation (pale patches or spots). Pigmentation issues can be difficult to treat because they can recur over time. For this reason, our dermatologists pick from a variety of therapies to help your skin look more smooth and evenly-toned. Our skin experts may combine more than one therapy to get you the best results.
Some treatment options are:
- Laser therapy to remove hyperpigmented areas
- Microdermabrasion to encourage skin cell turnover and collagen production
- UVB light therapy to improve overall skin quality and even out pigment
- De-pigmenting topical agents to create a more even skin tone
- Micropigmentation with tattoos to add pigment to hypopigmented areas (vitiligo)
- Topical steroids to reduce inflammation
Lumps, Bumps, and Moles
Some common skin lesions include:
- Actinic Keratosis
- Basal Cell Carcinoma
- Moles — see your dermatologist right away if you notice a new mole or a mole that bleeds or has changed shape, size, or color
- Skin tags — small conical lesions that tend to appear with age
- Keloids — scar tissue that grows into a large bump
- Hives — swollen, itchy red rash
- Warts — contagious bumps and rough patches
- Ingrown hairs — typically on men’s beards or regularly shaved areas
- Dermatofibroma —small bump that looks like a bug bite
- Swollen lymph nodes — in armpits, groin, or around the neck
- Cherry hemangiomas — small red raised bumps
- Keratosis pilaris — clogged hair follicles
- Seborrheic keratosis — waxy and scaly patches
- Lipomas — fat masses under the skin
Schedule a Medical Dermatology Consultation at Millburn Laser Center!
16 million Americans suffer from skin conditions. You don’t have to feel self-conscious about lumps, bumps, or discolored patches on your skin anymore. Whether you have a common condition such as acne, or an uncommon one such as vitiligo, we can help with state-of-the-art, safe, and effective therapies. Call us today or use the online form to book a medical dermatology consultation at Millburn Laser Center.
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