How to Fight Winter Skin

By Maryann Mikhail, MD

  Cold weather means dry skin.  If scaly legs, chapped lips, and chafed weren’t part of your wish list for the New Year, read on for how to keep your skin merry and bright through the winter.   During winter, exposure to cold temperatures, wind, and indoor heaters, along with decreased humidity, leads the skin […]


Skin Signs You May Have a Hormone Imbalance

By Maryann Mikhail, MD

  The skin is the window into the body.  This is especially true at the intersection of endocrinology and dermatology. Visible changes in the skin can signal abnormalities in various hormone levels.  Identifying these conditions is important, not only for treatment of the skin, but also because they may lead to other health problems.  Here […]


The 7 Sins of Skin Care

By Maryann Mikhail, MD

  Skin is our largest organ and it has to last us a lifetime.  It is not only a key element in our appearance, but it functions as a protective barrier that allows us to touch and feel the world around us.  Rightfully, skin care has become a big business – with tons of products […]


How to Get Your Skin Wedding Ready

By Maryann Mikhail, MD

  On your wedding day, friends and family from all the stages of your life come together to celebrate with you.  It is a day filled with love, friendship, happiness and moments to remember – many of which will be photographed!  Below you will find an ideal timeline for making sure your skin is picture […]


Back to School Rashes: What to Look Out For

By Maryann Mikhail, MD

  Back to school means back to rashes that spread like wild fire.  If your child goes to school, it is a matter of time before he or she brings home something more than homework.  Here is a quick primer on how to recognize some of the common infections and infestations you may encounter this […]


Three Ways to End Summer on a High Note – For Your Skin

By Maryann Mikhail, MD

  Summer sun warms the soul but can damage the skin, resulting in sun spots, redness, broken blood vessels, hyperpigmentation, and precancerous changes.  Fortunately, fall is the perfect time to refocus on skin care before the holiday season is upon us.  Here are 3 fall procedures that will revitalize your skin and help reverse some […]


People With Skin of Color Get Skin Cancer Too

By Maryann Mikhail, MD

  People with skin of color will soon make up the majority of the United States population.  This group includes Africans, African Americans, Asians, Latinos, Indians, and Middle Easterners.  Pigment producing cells are called melanocytes.  Interestingly, people with darkly pigmented skin have the same number of melanocytes as lighter skin people.  The difference is that […]


Three Common Skin Conditions You Can Catch on the Subway

By Maryann Mikhail, MD

  When New York City patients ask me where they caught a particular skin condition, I usually say, “on the subway.”  Sometimes I say the gym or salon, but that is for a different blog post.  I realize it is not fair to blame the subway when we can catch skin diseases anywhere.  But, with […]


How to Shrink Pores in 3 Easy Steps

By Maryann Mikhail, MD

  Pores are tiny conduits for hair follicles and oil produced by sebaceous glands.   While there are pores covering the entire skin surface, they are most visible on the face where the concentration of sebaceous glands is highest.  Prominent pores may be caused by a variety of factors, including genetics, advancing age, sun damage, various […]


Stretch Marks: What Works and What Doesn’t

By Maryann Mikhail, MD

  Stretch marks (medically known as striae distensae) appear as parallel lines that have a different color and texture than the surrounding skin.  They range from reddish purple or pink to light gray or white and may be indented.  These lines often appear after rapid growth or changes in weight, such as after an adolescent […]