Your Post-Summer Skin Fix

By Genet Finnegan, MHS, PA-C

  Ah, summer!  Endless sunny days lounging on the beach and warm sultry nights out on the town.  Or, if you’re like the rest of us New Yorkers, oppressive heat radiating from the sidewalks, stifling close-quartered subway commutes, and profuse unabating perspiration. However you’ve chosen to spend your summer, it’s a time when most of […]


Nobody Has To Know

By Joey Pang, RPA-C

  Nobody likes to talk about it but our vaginas are never the same after childbirth.  Then, the natural aging process and hormonal shifts associated with menopause further take a toll.  The result is a decline in vaginal health and appearance with symptoms like decreased lubrication, discomfort during intercourse, stress incontinence and labial laxity.     […]


When the Provider is the Patient: My Accutane Story, Part 3

By Robert Basinger, PA-C

In the great pharmacological arsenal of Western medicine, a few drugs are so embedded in the collective American consciousness that their names alone conjure up powerful, even emotional, associations. Oxycontin is one. Plan B, another. And Accutane, while not at the root of a nationwide opioid epidemic or vilified by pro-life extremists, is arguably the […]


What to do About Back Acne

By Maryann Mikhail, MD

  Summer is a time for tank tops and bathing suits.  Unfortunately, it is also the worst time for people prone to back acne, a.k.a. “bacne.”  Heat, humidity and sweat lead to occlusion and clogged pores, trapping skin surface bacteria and attracting inflammation.  Pimples on the back are often cystic, which means they are not […]


Sagging Skin: Why it Happens and What to do About it

By Maryann Mikhail, MD

    Skin sagging is inevitable – it will happen to every single one of us if we live long enough.  There are contributing factors beyond our control, such as age, genetics, and ethnicity.  Then, there are some lifestyle choices we can make to help the cause. The aging process affects the entire facial structure. […]


Got Moles? Map Skin Changes with FotoFinder

By Robert Basinger, PA-C

  May is the American Academy of Dermatology’s Skin Cancer Awareness Month, and with sunnier weather already upon us in New York, it is the perfect time to think about the health of your skin. Like other cancers, skin cancer is an abnormal growth of cells. It usually develops on areas of the skin exposed […]


When the Provider is the Patient: My Accutane Story, Part 2

By Robert Basinger, PA-C

The summer of 2017 was a bittersweet season for me. In late July, I celebrated my graduation from the York College/CUNY Physician Assistant Studies program after two grueling years of coursework and clinical rotations. And after months of confinement in New York, I was free to enjoy three weeks off with my friends in Maine […]


What Your Nails Say About Your Health

By Maryann Mikhail, MD

  Our nails are made of a protein called keratin.  They consist of a nail plate, which is the part we see and paint with polish.  The skin under the nail plate is the nail bed and the skin around it is the nail fold.  A cuticle is thin tissue that covers the bottom of the nail to […]


Why Get a Chemical Peel?

By Maryann Mikhail, MD

  A Chemical Peel is a dermatologic procedure in which a solution is applied to the skin to cause exfoliation and eventual peeling.  As layers of old skin peel away, new skin that is brighter, smoother and more even comes to the surface. Chemical peels can be used for a variety of indications including sun […]


When the Provider is the Patient: My Accutane Story, Part 1

By Robert Basinger, PA-C

For most of my adulthood, I had maintained what you might call a “clean cut” appearance. I was probably 16 years old when I received a free Gillette Mach 3 in the mail. Since then, every two days during my morning shower, I had dutifully shaved my thick red beard, never letting it grow beyond […]