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 […]

Get Your Skin Ready for Summer This Winter

By Maryann Mikhail, MD

  Summer bodies are made in the winter.  This is even truer in dermatology than it is in the gym.  Spider veins, sweaty armpits, unwanted hair, and stubborn fat pockets can be gone by beach season… But you have to plan ahead!   Spider veins are superficial, dilated or stretched blood vessels that have a […]

How to Get Rid of a Double Chin

By Maryann Mikhail, MD

  If a “chinning” selfie is not what you were going for on your Instagram feed, you are in luck.  With the latest advances in science, the photobombing double chin fat can be eliminated once and for all. A double chin is a common condition that occurs when adipose tissue (a.k.a. fat) collects in a […]

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 […]