Medical Dermatology

Skin Evaluations

Skin evaluations are essential in order to stay healthy and prevent serious disease. The doctor will perform a full body skin examination to find pre-cancerous lesions or early signs of skin cancer. At the end of the examination, the doctor will discuss with you any findings or treatment recommendations. We recommend regular skin checks, to find suspicious lesions and take early action. Contact us today to learn more.


Mole Evaluations

Atypical moles are 6 mm or more in diameter, may have different colors within, and may have uneven borders or raised surfaces. These type of moles may be removed to prevent progression into melanoma. These specific type of moles are evaluated using serial photography and dermoscopy, which can determine whether a lesion should be sampled or left alone.



Chronic hives are welts that appear on the skin for more than six weeks and can recur for months or years. Hives are your skin’s reaction to something which results in red and itchy welts. These lesions can be incredibly uncomfortable, and may interfere with daily activities and sleep.  Treatment usually consists of prescribing patients antihistamines for symptom relief. However, in some cases, antihistamine isn’t effective enough.


We offer Xolair as an option to treat chronic hives which don’t respond well to antihistamines. Our office is one of only a handful of dermatologists in New Jersey who use Xolair. Xolair is an injectable prescription medicine used to treat patients with chronic hives that don’t have a known cause and are not controlled by H1 antihistamine treatment. Xolair is given in one or more injections under the skin for four weeks by our doctor.


Difficult to Diagnose Skin Conditions

Dr. Henning is known for solving the rash that stumps most other doctors.  People who have not consulted with a dermatologist may think they know what is going on with their skin, but this may actually prevent them from receiving proper treatment. In our office, we provide skin consultations to identify skin conditions accurately, and this leads to appropriate treatment and management… and relief!


Rheumatologic Diseases

Lupus is as a rheumatologic disease that occurs when your immune system attacks its own tissues and organs. When lupus affects your skin, it is called cutaneous lupus. Cutaneous lupus can cause widespread rashes, thick patches on the face, sores in the mouth or nose, or flare-ups that mimic sunburn.


If you have cutaneous lupus, we provide many services to care for you such as:


  • Creating a sun-protection plan that’s right for you
  • Developing a treatment plan specifically for your skin
  • Recommending skin care products less likely to irritate skin with lupus
  • Teaching you how to camouflage lupus on your skin using makeup
  • Determining whether lupus affects other parts of your body
  • And most importantly, checking your skin for signs of skin cancer


Since most medicines for lupus affect your immune system, those with lupus tend to have a higher risk of developing skin cancer, which is why it is so important for the doctor to check the skin.


Herpes & Sexually Transmitted Disease

Herpes is a contagious virus that can create sores almost anywhere on the skin, but most commonly around the mouth or genitals. At first, people may experience itching or pain along with breakouts of small sores. The appearance of the sores may disappear, however that doesn’t mean the virus is cured. Unfortunately, herpes is not curable, but treatment is available to relieve symptoms and shorten a breakout. Different types of antiviral medicine are used to treat herpes. Antiviral medicine that is oral or intravenous is most commonly used to shorten the outbreak of herpes while an antiviral cream or ointment can relieve any burning or itching.


STDs, known as sexually transmitted diseases, are infections caused by bacteria, parasites, and viruses that are transmitted through sexual conduct. Since most STDs are visible on the skin, dermatologist will treat STDs such as herpes simplex virus, genital warts, syphilis, and chlamydia. The two main treatment options include antibiotics or antiviral drugs.



Rosacea is a very common skin disease which in most cases begins with a tendency to blush or flush more easily than other people. This redness then slowly spreads beyond the nose and cheeks to other areas of the faceThe redness can slowly spread beyond the nose and cheeks to the forehead and chin. Other than simply causing redness, Rosacea causes other symptoms; so many in fact, that it is split into four subtypes of Rosacea:


  • Erythematotelangiectatic rosacea: Redness, flushing, visible blood vessels.
  • Papulopustular rosacea: Redness, swelling, and acne-like breakouts.
  • Phymatous rosacea: Skin thickens and has a bumpy texture.
  • Ocular rosacea: Eyes red and irritated, eyelids can be swollen, and the person may have what looks like a sty.


If not treated quickly, rosacea can cause permanent redness to the face. Some common risk factors for rosacea include if you:


  • Are a woman
  • Have fair skin, particularly if it has been damaged by the sun
  • Are over age 30
  • Smoke
  • Have a family history of rosacea


Rosacea treatment varies by the patient but may be treated through prescribed medications or laser therapy.

Contact our Basking Ridge Dermatology office today to learn more about how we can help you.