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 […]

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 […]