Posts for: August, 2020

By Dr. Patricia McCormack, M.D., F.A.A.D.
August 20, 2020
Category: Skin Care
Tags: Acne   Acne Treatment  

How Can Your Dermatologist Help You with Acne Treatment?

There’s no such thing as a one-treatment fits all when it comes to taking care of acne. When you come in for your consultation in Staten Island, Dr. Patricia McCormack will customize your acne procedure so you can get the best out of your treatment.

How A Dermatologist Diagnoses Acne

Acne is one of the most common dermatological conditions. It typically affects the face, chest, neck, and shoulders, but can affect other areas. Most people who get acne are between the ages of 12 and 25, though sometimes it those who are older.

When Staten Island acne sufferers visit Dr. McCormack, she will discuss your medical history and examine your skin to make sure the condition is acne and not some other skin issue. Once acne has been diagnosed, she will grade the acne into one of the following categories:

  • Grade one: A few papules and comedones are present
  • Grade two: Papules and a few pustules are present
  • Grade three: Papules, pustules, and a few nodules are present.
  • Grade four: Nodules and cysts are present.

There are many effective treatments for acne. Dr. McCormack will prescribe a treatment that is suitable for the specific grade of your condition. Many of the most popular products contain either salicylic acid or benzoyl peroxide. Although these substances clear the skin, this does not happen overnight. You will usually need to continue your treatment daily for up to eight weeks to clear your skin and prevent new breakouts.

Acne can have a big impact on your self-esteem. In the long term, it can lead to anxiety and depression. Don’t let pimples ruin your life. Contact call Dr. McCormack at her Staten Island office on (718) 698-1616, at her Linden office on (908) 925-8877 and at her Point Pleasant Beach office on (732) 295-1331 to schedule a consultation and get ready to say hello to a new, smoother complexion and a more confident you.

By Dr. Patricia McCormack, M.D., F.A.A.D.
August 12, 2020
Category: Skin Conditions
Tags: Dry Skin  
Dry SkinDry skin is a pesky problem, but the good news is that it’s typically not something to worry about. There are many reasons why you may be dealing with a temporary bout of dry skin; however, when dry skin becomes the norm, or if it becomes severe, this is when it’s time to talk to a dermatologist about what might be going on.

Dealing with dry skin? Here’s what might be to blame:

You’re Dehydrated

About 75 percent of people are living in a chronic state of dehydration. So, chances are that if you are dealing with dry skin you should closely evaluate how much water you’re drinking every day. If you’re not drinking enough water, this is an easy fix. You should be getting anywhere from 11-16 cups a day, according to the Institute of Medicine of the National Academies of Sciences.

You are Washing too Much

Be aware of over washing. Yes, that is a thing, and it’s one of the main reasons people end up dealing with tight and overly dry skin. That’s because our skin contains oils that help keep it moisturized. When you wash too often (or too aggressively) you strip the skin of its natural oils. Look for oil-based cleansers if you are dealing with dry skin and maybe only wash your face at night right before bed.

You are Dealing with a Skin Condition

Sometimes dry skin is a sign of a skin disorder, more commonly eczema and psoriasis. However, other health problems may also make someone prone to dry skin such as diabetes or an underactive thyroid (hypothyroidism). In this case, it’s important to treat the underlying problem. This is where having a dermatologist will come in handy, especially if you are dealing with eczema or other chronic skin problems.

It’s Wintertime

There is nothing like cold, dry air to make dry skin worse. If you are already prone to dry skin, you must be protecting your skin from further problems during the winter months. One way to do that is to wear gloves and to protect your face. Harsh winds and cold weather can easily cause cracks in the skin, which can bleed or even result in an infection. Protect your skin during the winter and perhaps give your skin a little extra TLC by using more intensive moisturizers and cleansers.

If dry skin is causing your discomfort or if you are feeling self-conscious about your dry, scaly skin, then it’s time to talk with your dermatologist about what’s going on and how to best get it under control. 

By Dr. Patricia McCormack, M.D., F.A.A.D.
August 06, 2020
Category: Skin Care
Tags: Skin Cancer  

Skin cancer threatens the lives of millions of Americans. Dermatologist, Dr. Patricia McCormack of Staten Island, Point Pleasant Beach, NJ, and Linden, NJ, not only treats skin cancer, she shows her patients steps to reduce your chances of getting skin cancer. Have healthy skin for life.

Types of skin cancer

The American Cancer Society (ACS) says that skin cancer is the most common kind of cancer. Affecting people of all ages, this malignancy can be treated successfully when it's detected in its earliest stages.

Basal cell and squamous cell carcinomas are the two skin cancers most people develop. Another, malignant melanoma, is the most deadly as it spreads to other parts of the body.

Preventing skin cancer

Too much sun exposure changes our skin, but not for the better. UV rays from the sun age your skin prematurely, lead to cataract formation and cause skin cancer. So, your dermatologist in Staten Island, NY, recommends some simple strategies to limit UV radiation, including:

  • Daily application of SPF 30 sunscreen.
  • Staying in the shade or inside during peak sun hours of 10 am and two pm.
  • Never using artificial tanning sources.
  • Using a broad-brimmed hat and long-sleeved cover-up clothing at the beach or pool side.

Also, Dr. McCormack asks her patients to stop smoking and get an annual skin exam every year if you are 40 or older.

Screening yourself for skin cancer

You should do this at home once a month. Visually inspect the skin all over your body. Have your spouse help you to look at hard to see areas, such as your back.

Look for new spots or moles, changes in skin color and texture and any sore which continues to hurt, itch, bleed or grow over a period of a week or more. If you have moles (nevi), they should not change or increase in number.

Here is a self-screening tool you can use at home to check on your moles:

A for asymmetry. If halved, each side of a mole should be the same size and shape.

B for border. Mole edges should be smooth, not notched or scalloped.

C for color. Most moles are beige or brown. Multi-colored surfaces or color changes may signal cancer.

D for diameter. A benign mole is no larger than a pencil eraser (6 mm).

E for evolving. If an existing mole begins to look different in any way, it could be melanoma.

If you have concerns about a mole, freckle or spot, contact your skin doctor for an evaluation.

At this time...

Our office is open for skin cancer evaluations. Dr. Patricia McCormack and her team also see patients via convenient Telemedicine consults. Call us to arrange your appointment. We have three locations to serve you.

In Staten Island, NY, phone (718) 698-1616. In Point Pleasant Beach, NJ, call (732) 295-1331, and in Linden, NJ, reach us at (908) 925-8877.

By Dr. Patricia McCormack, M.D., F.A.A.D.
August 04, 2020
Category: Skin Care
Tags: Acne Scars  
Acne ScarsIf your teen years brought about painful, cystic acne then you may have the scarring to prove it. These scars, particularly on the face, can not only affect a person’s appearance but also their self-confidence. While treating the acne is the best way to prevent scarring from occurring, if you’re already dealing with scars know that there are ways to reduce and perhaps even eliminate these scars.

Treating Acne Scars
The treatment you undergo will depend on the severity of your scars. This is something that a dermatologist will need to help you determine. After all, a board-certified dermatologist can provide you with a safe and effective treatment plan to help minimize scarring. If you are dealing with mild scarring then your dermatologist may recommend:
  • Chemical peels: This treatment, which is often used for cosmetic reasons, can also reduce the appearance of acne scars. Chemical peels remove the outermost layer of the skin to reveal healthy new skin underneath.
  • Microdermabrasion: Microdermabrasion offers similar results as a chemical peel, but instead of applying a chemical solution to the skin, microdermabrasion often uses a handheld device with a diamond or crystal tip at the end to blast away the outer layer of the skin.
  • Laser skin resurfacing: This laser treatment will also remove the outermost layer of the skin, which is the most damaged layer, while also tightening the brand-new skin that’s revealed. The skin is numbed before treatment and the recovery time can take up to 10 days.
  • Fractional laser therapy: Are you dealing with deeper acne scars? If so, then laser resurfacing or microdermabrasion may not give you the results you’re looking; however, your dermatologist may recommend fractional laser therapy, as this targets deeper levels of tissue.
Acne scars often fall into three categories:

Icepick scars: These tiny little depressions in the skin often respond best to chemical peels, skin resurfacing, or laser treatment.

Rolling scars: These depressions in the skin may respond best to an injectable treatment such as a dermal filler, which can raise the indented areas of the skin to smooth out your appearance. Dermal fillers can help to plump the skin in areas that have lost volume, to reduce the appearance of superficial scars. Your dermatologist may also recommend laser treatment.

Boxcar scars: These larger indentations with clearer edges are often caused by inflammatory acne. These are treated through a minor procedure in which your doctor uses a needle to break up the scar tissue underneath. Laser treatment and dermal fillers may also be recommended.

Dealing with acne scars can be embarrassing, but your dermatologist can help. If you want to discuss your acne scar treatment options, then it’s time to talk to a qualified dermatologist today to find out your treatment options.