The New Eczema Medicine We Have Been Waiting For

By Maryann Mikhail, MD

  Moderate to severe eczema (atopic dermatitis) is notoriously difficult to treat.  Patients suffer with extremely itchy, red, scaly bumps.  Scratching leads to swelling, cracking, weeping, fissuring and, eventually, coarsening of the skin and pigmentation changes.  Current management begins with instructions on proper skin care and prescription topical steroids.  For those who have extensive disease […]

Everything You Need to Know About Laser Hair Removal

By Maryann Mikhail, MD

Excess unwanted hair is unsightly at best and, at worst, difficult to manage.  Temporary removal techniques such as shaving, plucking, waxing, threading and depilatories are short lasting and high maintenance.  Often times, they result in skin irritation, bumps, hyperpigmentation and scarring.  In some cases, they can even cause or spread skin infections.  For patients with […]

Post Acne Scarring can be Fixed!

By Joey Pang, RPA-C

Long term cystic acne can result in both pigmentary and textural scarring.  While most pigmentary scarring will fade over time, textural scarring can be permanent. For many patients, the long term uneven appearance of the skin is just as distressing as the acne breakouts themselves. Textural acne scarring occurs when inflammation recurs repeatedly in the […]

The Alternative Treatment for Acne You’ve Never Heard Of

By Maryann Mikhail, MD

  Acne occurs when sebaceous glands attached to hair follicles overproduce the oil-like substance sebum.  Sebum, along with dead skin cells, is trapped within pores until skin surface bacteria penetrate and induce inflammation.  Acne can be caused by hormones, genetics and some medications.  Potential aggravating factors include improper skin care, diet, and stress. Traditional acne […]

When Sunlight is the Answer

By Maryann Mikhail, MD

Inflammatory skin diseases like psoriasis, atopic dermatitis (eczema), vitiligo, itch (pruritus), lichen planus, mycosis fungoides and vitiligo can have a tremendous impact on quality of life. Not only do many patients suffer from associated symptoms that range from itching to burning and pain, but the appearance of affected skin can be extremely stigmatizing. Fortunately, in […]

Sweat Solutions: Minimally Invasive Treatment for Hyperhidrosis

By Maryann Mikhail, MD

  Sweating is necessary because it prevents the body from overheating.  People who have hyperhidrosis, however, sweat for no apparent reason, even when the body does not need cooling.  Many people who have hyperhidrosis sweat predominantly from one or two areas of the body, usually the hands, feet, head, or underarms.   This excessive sweating can […]

Goodbye, Stubborn Fat Bulges!

By Genet Finnegan, MHS, PA-C

Around this time of year, we often make resolutions to transition to a healthier diet or to increase our physical activity with the aim of improving our bodies, both inside and out. All around the city, we can find people sipping green smoothies, upping their daily intake of fruits and vegetables, jogging in the early […]

The Real Cause of Your Sensitive Skin

By Maryann Mikhail, MD

People often say, “I have sensitive skin” when they experience patchy redness, bumps, itching, peeling, chapped lips or irritation. The fact is that sensitivity is a symptom and not a diagnosis. This means that there is often a reason for skin reactivity, and in many people, we can identify an underlying condition called Allergic Contact […]