MAY 2019

Welcome to May, which is one of our favorite months of the year… The weather is glorious, we officially kick off the summer season and, of course, Bergen Dermatology has a number of product and treatment specials to help your skin look and feel its best!

May is also Skin Cancer Awareness Month. Although we hope you’re protecting your skin from the sun year-round, this is the perfect time to schedule your annual full-body exam and replenish your sunscreen supply so you’re all set for summer!


15% off all sunscreens

With summer so close we can practically feel it, it’s time to stock up on sunscreen! Choose from our Sheer Physical Sunscreen or Tinted Antioxidant Sunscreen with SPF 50+ for maximum sun protection and extra defense against environmental damage—and enjoy 15% off this month. Offer expires May 31, 2019.


Pre-prom chemical peel special

A clear, radiant complexion is a must for prom and all its potential photo-ops, and starting a series of gentle salicylic acid peels now can help your skin look its best for the big night. (In fact, these downtime-free skin-improving treatments are fantastic for moms, dads and virtually everyone else for that matter.) Purchase three peels this month and get one free (a savings of $150) for fabulous skin this summer! Offer expires May 31, 2019.


Spotlight on skin cancer treatments

Consider this alarming statistic: One in five Americans will develop skin cancer by the age of 70. As scary as this sounds, skin cancer is usually highly treatable, but the key for the best outcomes is early detection. A majority of skin cancers can be caught in the first stages with regular screening—and treatments have advanced greatly in recent years. Many superficial skin cancers can be eliminated with topical medications alone, while excision can be highly effective for lesions on the body. Larger skin cancers and lesions on the face may be best treated with MOHS surgery to preserve as much healthy tissue as possible—and Dr. Boakye is well-versed in all of these skin cancer treatments so she will recommend the best approach for you, your skin and your overall health.


Are you ready to show off some skin?

Sleeveless styles, shorter hemlines and bathing suits call for smooth, soft skin from head to toe—and Karité Shea Butter’s Crème Corps Body Cream is just the product you need. Formulated by Dr. Boakye with unrefined shea butter sourced from Ghana, organic coconut oil and an antioxidant-rich blend of botanical extracts (and very little else), this decadent body treatment is just what your skin needs. Ideal for all skin types and extremely effective for common problem spots like the knees, elbows and feet, it’s also safe and effective for soothing eczema symptoms.


Why sunscreen is a better choice than moisturizer with SPF

A moisturizer with SPF may save you a step in the morning—but according to a study published recently in the PLOS ONE journal, you might be losing much-needed sun protection in the process. This research identified two key issues… First, we are more likely to skip the eyelids when applying moisturizer (and not even realize it) than we are when applying sunscreen—and this delicate skin needs all the UV protection it can get. Even more, the jury’s still out on whether moisturizers with SPF offer the same level of protection as a dedicated sunscreen (despite what the label says). In a nutshell, it’s wise to take the extra minute or less it takes to top off your moisturizer with a sunscreen, such as our Sheer Physical Sunscreen or Tinted Antioxidant Sunscreen—and be sure to pay attention to your eyelids, which are a common spot for skin cancer. Dr. Boakye agrees with these findings, and always recommends layering sunscreen over moisturizer as opposed to using a combination product.


Ask Dr. B.

Question: No matter how carefully I am when applying sunscreen to my kids (and myself!), someone always has a spot of sunburn after a day at the beach. Do you have any other suggestions that can help prevent this from happening?

Answer: I hear this a lot, and unfortunately many people think applying sunscreen before heading outside in the morning is all they need to do to protect their skin. The truth is, sun protection requires maintenance throughout the day, as well as mindfulness about situations that can reduce the effectiveness of sunscreen and expose the skin to more UV rays. Here are my top suggestions…

  • Choose a sunscreen labeled as “broad spectrum” to make sure your skin is protected against “aging” UVA rays and “burning” UVB rays

  • Apply sunscreen from head to toe before putting on your swimsuit

  • Reapply at least every two hours when you’re in the sun, and always reapply after swimming, sweating or toweling off

  • Stay in the shade as much as possible

  • Be extra diligent when around water (or snow) since these conditions reflect UV rays and amplify exposure

  • Keep skin covered up with long sleeves, a hat and sunglasses

  • Considering tinting your car windows if you’re taking a road trip because UVA rays can penetrate glass

  • When applying sunscreen to the little ones, avoid their hands to prevent them from ingesting it


We moved!

Thanks to loyal patients like yourself, we outgrew our old office and moved to a brand-new, bigger space! (But don’t worry, it’s just down the street.) Please take note of our new address, and we look forward to seeing you in our new location!

473 Sylvan Avenue, Suite 110
Englewood Cliffs, NJ 07632


Make an appointment on your own time

We know how busy you are, and sometimes there aren’t enough hours during the day to cross everything off your to-do list. We’ve added an online booking tool that allows patients to view our schedule and make an appointment, even if our office is closed. Click here to check it out!


Bergen Dermatology Rewards 

We appreciate it when our patients help spread the word about Bergen Dermatology, and we like to say thank-you for your continued support. Refer a friend or family member and you’ll receive 10% off your next cosmetic treatment—and they’ll receive 10% theirs!
Have you heard about our VIP Program? For $250, this annual membership entitles you to savings on skincare products and cosmetic treatments…

  • 15% off all cosmetic procedures

  • 10% off all product purchases

  • Free shipping on product purchases of $100 or more

  • A complimentary chemical peel and Bergen Dermatology product for your birthday (a $200 value)