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Megan Steel received a Master of Science degree in Physician Assistant Studies degree from Seton Hall University in 2013, and a Bachelors of Science Degree from Fairfield University in 2008. She is presently the acting treasurer of the New Jersey Physician Assistant Foundation, which supports an annual scholarship to Physician Assistant students and aids local charities. At Image Dermatology in Montclair, NJ, she works closely with Medical Director Dr. Jeanine Downie to help patients achieve their aesthetic and medical dermatology goals.

Hyaluronic acid is a substance that is produced naturally in the human body. It is widely used by the cosmetic industry in dermal fillers as well as dozens, if not hundreds, of over-the-counter serums, moisturizers and creams. Benefits of Hyaluronic Acid for Your Skin The main benefit of hyaluronic acid is its ability to help your skin retain moisture. Keeping your skin…

Swollen Lips

Swollen lips are a common complaint and sometimes require treatment. Aside from trauma, swelling can be caused by sun exposure, allergies, infection or disease. The best remedy is prevention—dermatologists share ways to protect and care for your lips. While certain products may play a part in triggering allergic reactions, there are other causes of swelling to be aware of and…

Melasma Treatments

Common in females, melasma is a pigmentary condition that's completely benign (non-cancerous) and difficult to treat due to its typically chronic nature. With proper treatment, patients will see a dramatic improvement and in certain cases, complete resolution of their condition.  Have you noticed discolored skin on your face? You are not alone. Melasma is a surprisingly common pigmentation issue, with approximately 6…

skin peel face

People have been using chemical peels since the ancient Egyptians, Greeks, and Romans. Both at-home and clinical chemical peels can help to treat a number of skin concerns. Without proper protection and an appropriate post-care regimen, the likelihood of complications rises significantly How do chemical peels work? Chemical peels stimulate exfoliation of the epidermis -- the top most layer of…

woman in heels

Does the idea of using injectable fillers like Juvederm or Retsylane on your cheeks and lips make you feel squeamish? Well, if so, brace yourself, because there's a whole lot more that can be done. Experienced health care providers around the globe are not only treating those areas, but getting really creative with their use of injectable fillers in general, from the…

sunscreen

According to the American Academy of Dermatology (AAD), 1 in 5 Americans will develop skin cancer at some point in their lifetime, with melanoma (or as I call it, “the M word”) being the most common form of cancer found in young adults. With statistics like these, choosing a sunscreen for health reasons over the obvious aesthetic benefits becomes all the…

sunscreen

PIH stands for post-inflammatory hyperpigmentation, a condition people most often call “dark marks,” or “dark spots”. The problem occurs when a pimple, bug bite, or any other type of inflammatory issue causes the skin to produce excess melanin, leaving spots or large patches on the skin. PIH can be triggered by even the most minor lesions, and can appear on any…

Acne

As a practicing physician assistant in dermatology, I see scores of patients with acne looking for skincare regimens and quick fixes that will give them the long term results they dream of. Acne is one of the most common skin conditions: 80% of Americans deal with it at some point in their lives, and as many as 20% will suffer…

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