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 […]


The Regenerative Effects of PRP on Skin and Hair

By Maryann Mikhail, MD

  When the body sustains an injury, the release of platelets is triggered.  Platelets contain growth factors that stimulate a cascade of biological effects to stop bleeding and restore tissue.  Normal human blood consists of about 93% red blood cells, 1% white blood cells, and 6% platelets.  After blood is drawn and centrifuged according to […]


4 Lunchtime Procedures for a Refreshed Look on the Go!

By Maryann Mikhail, MD

  New Yorkers want to have beautiful skin without significant downtime.  Here are 4 minimally invasive procedures that are safe in all skin types and will brighten, tighten, smooth, and decrease fine lines in under an hour.     1. Microdermabrasion Microdermabrasion is a non-invasive treatment that gently exfoliates and removes the superficial layer of […]


How Sugar is Ruining Your Skin

By Maryann Mikhail, MD

  Sugar metabolism is the process of breaking down the foods we eat into fuel the body’s cells need to grow and function.  Ingestion of pure sugar, or high-glycemic foods that are rapidly converted to sugar, causes a spike in insulin levels. Over time, insulin resistance and changes in blood sugar control may occur.  As […]


Skin Growths: When You Should be Worried

By Maryann Mikhail, MD

  Skin cancer is by far the most common type of cancer in the United States.  It is also the only type of cancer we can physically see before it becomes a problem.  There are 3 main types of skin cancer: Basal Cell Carcinoma, Squamous Cell Carcinoma and Malignant Melanoma.  Basal and Squamous Cell skin […]