Other conditions Dr. Jeffrey Ellis specializes in are keloids, actinic keratoses (pre-cancers), warts, acne, cysts, contact dermatitis, psoriasis, eczema, & skin cancer such as basal cell cancer, squamous cell cancer & melanoma.
Tips & Wisdom
Sunscreen Selection Tips
Laser Hair Removal with At-Home Devices
Acne Treatment with Topical Retinoids
Things to Know About Acne Treatment
Bleach Bath for Eczema
Protecting your skin from the sun is a safe thing to do. UV rays are a known carcinogen. Sunscreen is an important tool to help protect your skin from the sun, but remember that not all sun protection comes in a bottle. Use of protective clothing, hats, and sunglasses, as well as seeking shade and avoiding the sun between 10am and 4pm are all tools that one can utilize to help minimize harmful UV rays.
When choosing a sunscreen, we encourage our patients to use SPF 30. This will protect 97% of UV rays. Many of our patients have expressed concerns regarding some sunscreens that may contain harmful chemicals. For sun safety tips and a list of the safest sunscreens to use, according to a 2009 report by the environmental working group, we refer our patients to the website SunSmartSkinSafe.com.Learn More
Mohs surgery has become the standard of care for treating basal cell and squamous cell carcinomas on the face and other sensitive areas of the body.
The ability to achieve higher cure rates while removing a smaller amount of normal tissue is a powerful technique that has led to significant improvements in the quality of patient care.Learn More
Laser hair removal done by a skilled physician in the medical office setting is a reliable, safe and effective procedure.
We have seen several patients who have used at-home lasers. Most have had no benefit, and some have been injured with burns to the skin. We strongly discourage our patients from using these readily available tools.
This is a case of 'you get what you pay for.' A professional hair laser can cost upwards of $100,000. It is impossible to reproduce the safety and efficacy of one of these devices in an at-home unit.Learn More
Most patients with acne will benefit from topical retinoids. It is one of the few medications we prescribe topically that helps to prevent new pimples from forming.
Retinoids do not help patients overnight, but in the long run, they can make acne much better. It is important for patients to continue using the medication -- even if they don't think it is helping. It often takes weeks or months to realize how helpful the product is.
When starting a topical retinoid, it is important to use only a small amount. If used too aggressively, the medication can irritate the skin -- and discourage the patient. However, slow and steady use will result in reliable improvement of acne.Learn More
Here are a few basic things I think you need to know about your acne.
- Many doctors will "grade" your acne, and tell you that you have mild, moderate, or severe acne. What is more important that the "grade" of your acne is the way that you feel about the acne. It is our job as dermatologists to make sure you feel great about your skin!
- Acne starts with clogged pores. The pores are not clogged with dirt, but rather with dead skin cells that became lodged during their natural shedding process.
- The way to get to the 'roots' of treating your acne is to prevent your pores from getting clogged in the first place - and this is done with medications (both topical and oral) that contain Vitamin A.
- Oral Vitamin A is called accutane - and due to several potential side effects I use this medication only in severe or resistant cases.
- Topical Vitamin A is commercially named Retin-A. I think that nearly everyone who is not pregnant or nursing should be on a product like this. It can help you prevent pimples, prevent and improve wrinkles, and even prevent some types of skin cancer.
- When first using the medication, it can be irritating (especially the commercially available version). To help mitigate these drying affects, I suggest you use "one pea sized dot" of cream to cover the ENTIRE face. This is not a spot treatment. Remember - it is going to help prevent pimples from forming... and you don't know where they are going to pop up next.
- Many insurances will not cover Retin-A, and it can be expensive. Often in excess of $200 for a prescription. If your insurance doesn't cover the medication, or if you find the medication too irritating - let your doctor know. She or he might have some alternatives that are less expensive and much more tolerable (and possibly more effective).
In addition to a topical vitamin A, you will likely need additional acne treatments to help your pimples clear up. These need to be tailored to your specific needs, but may include antibiotics, special soaps, chemical peels, as well as other medications.
If you want to get your acne cleared up ASAP, than your doctor may also offer procedures in the office to help you.
"We have found dilute bleach baths to be very efficacious for our patients with active atopic dermatitis.
We suggest half a cup of bleach in a full tub of water. Many patients also can benefit from going swimming several times a week in a chlorinated pool."
More About Bleach Baths
A 2009 study published in Pediatrics showed that some people with atopic dermatitis (eczema) may benefit from taking regular bleach baths in diluted bleach and lukewarm water. In the bleach bath study, researchers treated 31 patients (6 months to 17 years old) who had moderate to severe atopic dermatitis and signs of a bacterial skin infection for 14 days with oral antibiotics. Half of the patients also received bleach in their bath water (half a cup per full standard tub). The other half bathed in a placebo. All were instructed to bathe for 5 to 10 minutes twice a week for three months. The research team saw such rapid improvement in the children taking the bleach baths that they ended the study early.
The bleach is presumed to have antibacterial properties and decrease the number of bacteria on the skin, which is one of the drivers of atopic dermatitis flares.
The study’s author stated, "This is not going to be a cure for everybody, but there is certainly a subset of patients who will benefit tremendously."Learn More
Dr. Jeffrey Ellis is a board-certified Dermatologist providing care to patients in Hicksville, New York at Belaray Dermatology.
Dr. Ellis is currently the Director of Dermatological Surgery at North Shore/ Long Island Jewish Hospital. In addition, Dr. Jeffrey Ellis serves as the Director of Dermatology for New York-Presbyterian Queens & Brookdale University Hospital.
Education & Training
Following a pediatric internship at Long Island Jewish Hospital, Dr. Ellis completed his dermatology residency at SUNY Downstate Medical Center, serving as chief resident in his last year. After residency, Dr. Ellis spent an additional year in training, where he completed a fellowship in Mohs Surgery.
Since that time the practice has grown and recruited additional providers with the same mindset of putting patients' needs first and providing the highest quality of care.
358 South Oyster Bay Road,
Hicksville, New York, 11801