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Dr. Joseph Eastern

Dermatology
Belleville , NJ
45 years experience male

Locations

The Belleville Dermatology Center, PA

Belleville , NJ

Address

36 Newark Avenue, Suite 214, Belleville , NJ
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My office hours

Tuesday: 8:00am - 5:00pm
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Fax

9734509395

Insurances accepted

Aetna

Blue cross blue shield

Cigna

Healthnet

Humana

United healthcare

About

Bio

Dr. Joseph Eastern is Clinical Professor at Seton Hall University and former Clinical Asst. Professor at UMDNJ – New Jersey Medical School. He has practiced dermatology in Belleville, NJ for 33 years. He completed his MD at UC San Francisco School of Medicine, internship at Memorial Hospital Medical Center in Long Beach, CA, and a residency in Dermatology at Baylor College of Medicine in Houston, TX, where he was Chief Resident in his final year and was certified by the American Board of Dermatology the following year. Dr. Eastern originated the Office Efficiency course at the American Academy of Dermatology Annual Meeting, and directed it for many years. He writes monthly columns for Cutis magazine and Skin & Allergy News, and is a 2-time president of the Dermatological Society of NJ.

Specialties
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Dermatology

Licenses

United States: California, New Jersey

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A 19-year-old female asked:
Dr. Joseph Eastern
Dermatology 45 years experience
Moisturize.: Face washes remove protective oils from your skin along with the dirt. Try applying a light facial moisturizer immediately after washing.
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A female asked:
Dr. Joseph Eastern
Dermatology 45 years experience
Seek treatment.: Pimples cause inflammation in the skin. When the inflammation subsides it often leaves discoloration. The way to prevent this is to seek treatment for... Read More
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A 37-year-old male asked:
Dr. Joseph Eastern
Dermatology 45 years experience
Ignore: Avoid shrubs and vines with 3-leaf clusters. "Leaves of three, let them be!".
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A 37-year-old male asked:
Dr. Joseph Eastern
Dermatology 45 years experience
Ignore: Tell your dermatologist what you have already tried, so he/she won't suggest the same things.
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A 37-year-old male asked:
Dr. Joseph Eastern
Dermatology 45 years experience
Ignore: The sooner you ask, the better. Treatment gets harder the longer the hair loss has been going on.
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A 23-year-old female asked:
Dr. Joseph Eastern
Dermatology 45 years experience
Hard to say.: I would really have to see the lesion. Bug bites that do not itch are unusual, but not unheard of. One possibility for a red dot becoming a red circl... Read More
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A 18-year-old male asked:
Dr. Joseph Eastern
Dermatology 45 years experience
Maybe, maybe not.: The most common heartburn-causing acne medication is doxycycline, particularly when taken at bedtime -- but yes, we need to know what medications you ... Read More
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A 18-year-old female asked:
Dr. Joseph Eastern
Dermatology 45 years experience
No.: "natural" cosmetic can plug up pores just as easily as any other cosmetic. Everyone reacts differently to everything. The only way to know if any co... Read More
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A 18-year-old female asked:
Dr. Joseph Eastern
Dermatology 45 years experience
Probably, but why?: Cutting out moles is not a do-it-yourself project; dermatologists and surgeons train for years to do it correctly. There's a good chance you didn't ge... Read More
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A 19-year-old male asked:
Dr. Joseph Eastern
Dermatology 45 years experience
Very common: Any shock to the body (such as a crash diet) can trigger a telogen effluvium by interrupting the body's normal hair growth cycle. As your hair cycle r... Read More
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A 17-year-old female asked:
Dr. Joseph Eastern
Dermatology 45 years experience
Twice a day...: ...until the dark spots disappear. The only long-term side effect, if used too often or too long, is lightening of the skin. Paradoxical darkening of ... Read More
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A 18-year-old female asked:
Dr. Joseph Eastern
Dermatology 45 years experience
Tincture of time.: Most acne marks go away by themselves, given enough time. The downside is that it takes awhile, but the upside is it's free! If you can't wait, chemi... Read More
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A female asked:
Dr. Joseph Eastern
Dermatology 45 years experience
Many possibilities.: All scalps have a few lumps and dips, which are normal - but the lumps could be pilar cysts (which are not dangerous), or they could be one of several... Read More
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A 43-year-old female asked:
Dr. Joseph Eastern
Dermatology 45 years experience
Probably not.: Yellow urine generally indicates that you ate or drank something yellow. But if you want to be sure, see your doctor and request a urinalysis.
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A 30-year-old female asked:
Dr. Joseph Eastern
Dermatology 45 years experience
There is increasing evidence that mixing vaccines is not harmful, and might even confer greater immunity in some cases. Whether or not your state wil... Read More
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A 29-year-old male asked:
Dr. Joseph Eastern
Dermatology 45 years experience
There are many causes of balanitis. Go back to your dermatologist and ask for a different treatment, since the one he/she gave you is clearly incorre... Read More
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A 19-year-old female asked:
Dr. Joseph Eastern
Dermatology 45 years experience
Patience.: A month is not long enough, in many cases. Give the treatment time to work. If you are still not seeing improvement after 2 or 3 months, ask your pres... Read More
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A 20-year-old female asked:
Dr. Joseph Eastern
Dermatology 45 years experience
Many possibilities.: There is no way to know what it is without looking at it. If it persists or worsens, let a dermatologist look at it, make a proper diagnosis, and pres... Read More
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A 19-year-old female asked:
Dr. Joseph Eastern
Dermatology 45 years experience
Stop applying.: Vitamin E oil is thick, and occludes oil glands, which causes the small bumps you describe. Stop applying the oil and the bumps will go away. Vitamin... Read More
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A 40-year-old male asked:
Dr. Joseph Eastern
Dermatology 45 years experience
Need evaluation.: Complete baldness (alopecia totalis) does not respond to minoxidil or finasteride, in my experience. You need a workup from your doctor or a dermatolo... Read More
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A 26-year-old male asked:
Dr. Joseph Eastern
Dermatology 45 years experience
You're done.: I generally recommend continuing Imiquimod until all of the warts are healed, (up to a maximum of 16 weeks), so if the warts are gone, you can stop. ... Read More
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A 49-year-old member asked:
Dr. Joseph Eastern
Dermatology 45 years experience
Probably not.: Mederma is supposed to improve the appearance of scars; I don't know of any evidence that it has an effect, one way or the other, on skin discoloratio... Read More
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A 19-year-old female asked:
Dr. Joseph Eastern
Dermatology 45 years experience
Shave.: In general waxing tends to create more ingrown hairs, because you're pulling the hairs out by their roots. Shave, but use a single-blade or electric r... Read More
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A 19-year-old male asked:
Dr. Joseph Eastern
Dermatology 45 years experience
Define "naturally".: Having "natural" light brown hair requires being born with it. If you're trying to lighten your hair, there are many dyes and bleaches on the market, ... Read More
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A 21-year-old female asked:
Dr. Joseph Eastern
Dermatology 45 years experience
Many possibilities.: Hair loss can be caused by a million different things. Stress, a recent illness, or a medication are the most common, but there are many others. Yes, ... Read More
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A female asked:
Dr. Joseph Eastern
Dermatology 45 years experience
Maybe: Any change in a pigmented lesion is cause for some concern, but it may simply have become irritated due to scratching or other trauma. Your dermatolo... Read More
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A 22-year-old female asked:
Dr. Joseph Eastern
Dermatology 45 years experience
Separate problems.: The real name for "dandruff" is seborrheic dermatitis. Effective otc shampoos all contain either tar, salicylic acid, zinc pyrithione, selenium sulfid... Read More
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A 33-year-old female asked:
Dr. Joseph Eastern
Dermatology 45 years experience
No.: Nuvaring is not intended to be used as an acne treatment, and is not approved for that use. It can, as a side effect, make acne better, or worse. I've... Read More
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A 30-year-old female asked:
Dr. Joseph Eastern
Dermatology 45 years experience
Many possibilities.: Sweat can smell like whatever you have been eating. Some vitamins and medications can do it too. Or if you have diabetes, that can do it. Certain type... Read More
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A 25-year-old female asked:
Dr. Joseph Eastern
Dermatology 45 years experience
Not much.: The original differentiation was that type 1 occurred above the waist and type 2 below the waist. With all the mixing of mucous membranes that goes on... Read More
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A 44-year-old female asked:
Dr. Joseph Eastern
Dermatology 45 years experience
Antihistamines, etc.: An antihistamine such as Benadryl (diphenhydramine) or ChlorTrimeton may help relieve itching, redness, and swelling. A spray of local anesthetic cont... Read More
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A 25-year-old female asked:
Dr. Joseph Eastern
Dermatology 45 years experience
Unlikely.: It is generally thought that getting herpes a second time is much harder than getting it the first time. Studies have shown that a person with oral he... Read More
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A 31-year-old female asked:
Dr. Joseph Eastern
Dermatology 45 years experience
Have it looked at.: First, lard has no known therapeutic effect when applied to the skin. Second, if you had pityriasis rosea 2 years ago it's unlikely that you have it ... Read More
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A 29-year-old member asked:
Dr. Joseph Eastern
Dermatology 45 years experience
Androgens: Many women - especially those with naturally oily or acne-prone skin - develop oilier skin during and/or after pregnancy because of all the hormone ch... Read More
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A member asked:
Dr. Joseph Eastern
Dermatology 45 years experience
Anytime.: The only difference between an "adult" moisturizer and a "baby" moisturizer is the labeling. Just be sure to apply it to a small area of skin the firs... Read More
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A 18-year-old female asked:
Dr. Joseph Eastern
Dermatology 45 years experience
Blisters: If you have blisters, it is a secondary burn. Apply cool washcloths often, and take Ibuprofen to decrease the pain and inflammation. And please learn ... Read More
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A 22-year-old female asked:
Dr. Joseph Eastern
Dermatology 45 years experience
Need more info: Need more information. How long have they been there? Do they itch? If recent onset, they could be bug bites, or a reaction to something she came in ... Read More
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A 17-year-old male asked:
Dr. Joseph Eastern
Dermatology 45 years experience
If not Lyme, nothing: If the "bruise" is a red circle around the bite site, you need to see your doctor to make sure it is not the first stage of lyme disease, which is tra... Read More
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A 25-year-old male asked:
Dr. Joseph Eastern
Dermatology 45 years experience
Need better cream: Several systemic antifungals are available (terbinafine, fluconazole, itraconazole), but i generally go with a prescription-strength antifungal cream ... Read More
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A 32-year-old female asked:
Dr. Joseph Eastern
Dermatology 45 years experience
Nail polish?: If you don't smoke (a common cause), the most likely culprit is nail polish. The yellowing is a result of your nails absorbing some of the pigment fro... Read More
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A 26-year-old female asked:
Dr. Joseph Eastern
Dermatology 45 years experience
Cold or flu: A viral illness (cold or flu) could cause all of those symptoms, but your boyfriend should see his doctor for a precise diagnosis and treatment.
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A 47-year-old female asked:
Dr. Joseph Eastern
Dermatology 45 years experience
Keratoses: Keratotic (so-called "stucco") lesions are common on the trunk and elsewhere on the body. They are not dangerous but certainly are annoying. Try an o... Read More
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A 44-year-old male asked:
Dr. Joseph Eastern
Dermatology 45 years experience
Bite or sting.: The most common cause of a "sore" that just appears out of nowhere is an insect bite or sting - and yes, i know you don't think you were bitten or stu... Read More
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A 39-year-old female asked:
Dr. Joseph Eastern
Dermatology 45 years experience
Both autoimmune?: I found one article (indian journal of dermatology 76:6, nov-dec 2010, pp. 704-5) reporting that patients who have pmle in guntur (a city in central i... Read More
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A 38-year-old member asked:
Dr. Joseph Eastern
Dermatology 45 years experience
Sure...: What would you like to know? It's a fairly rare inherited disorder that usually affects the skin first, often in childhood but sometimes later. It is ... Read More
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A 30-year-old member asked:
Dr. Joseph Eastern
Dermatology 45 years experience
Not exactly.: Vitamin d actually has a dual identity; as a vitamin it helps regulate calcium metabolism, bone growth and mineralization. Structurally it is a secost... Read More
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A 45-year-old member asked:
Dr. Joseph Eastern
Dermatology 45 years experience
Pancreatic problems: Creon is a pancreatic enzyme supplement used in a condition called pancreatic exocrine insufficiency, where the body does not make enough enzymes to d... Read More
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A 27-year-old female asked:
Dr. Joseph Eastern
Dermatology 45 years experience
Sunscreen: "sun poisoning" is just severe sunburn. It should be treated with cool washcloths applied as often as feasible, and Ibuprofen or a similar anti-inflam... Read More
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A 56-year-old member asked:
Dr. Joseph Eastern
Dermatology 45 years experience
I'm guessing...: ...That you're referring to lichen sclerosus (formerly known as lichen sclerosus et atrophicus). If so, yes, there are treatments, but they're all pre... Read More
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A 39-year-old member asked:
Dr. Joseph Eastern
Dermatology 45 years experience
It's possible but...: ...Very rare to get shingles more than once. Most cases of "recurrent" shingles are actually recurrent herpes simplex.
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I recommend you as a well know expert in your field. Dr Jakavick would recommend this Dr To all who seek their expertise.
Jun 30, 2014
Very knowledgeable. I recommend Dr. Eastern highly.
Jan 3, 2014
Great answers! Keep up the great job!
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Thank you, both of you! I think I may have to push a bit with the doctor because she may not be realizing how tired I am. Cortisol and TSH were normal. I was trying to disregard it because "normal" pe...Read More
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thank you for yhe reply. yes, i've been to the doctor and have been asked to get plenty of rest, fluids, and eat a balanced diet. this is my 3rd week and nausea has gone and my urine is much more clea...Read More
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I have been using Burows solution, and its helped somewhat and putting Tubigrip, compression cotton hose thats cut to size..it helps at night is dipping my leg in salt water good, im hoping to go to t...Read More

Education & Training

Medical/Graduate school

UC San Francisco School of Medicine, CA
Graduated 1977MD

Awards

Top Doctor, New Jersey Monthly Magazine
Most Influential, Second Place, Newark, NJ - Winter
2013
Top Dermatologist , Third Place, New Jersey - Winter
2013

Affiliations

American Academy of Dermatology, American Society of dermtological Surgery, International Society of Dermatology
Dermatological Society of New Jersey
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