Board Certified Dermatologist

Dr. Jennifer
S. Kitchin

About Jennifer S. Kitchin, MD, FAAD

Dr. Kitchin received her Medical Doctorate from NYU Medical School in 1997 and is a 1992 graduate of the University of Pennsylvania with a degree in biology. Dr. Kitchin did research at the University’s School of Medicine in cell biology and immunology. She completed her internship in Internal Medicine at Lenox Hill Hospital in 1998, and completed her dermatology residency at SUNY Downstate Medical Center in 2001, where she presented a poster at a national dermatology meeting.

Dr. Kitchin has extensive experience in cosmetics and in clinical dermatology as well as in dermatologic pharmacology research, performed at the Skin and Cancer Center at The New York University Department of Dermatology. She is the author of several papers published in prominent medical journals, such as The Journal of the American Academy of Dermatology, The Journal of Drugs in Dermatology, and The Dermatology Times. Dr. Kitchin is the author of a textbook chapter in Dermatology in General Medicine, which is held as a standard for physicians world wide. Dr. Kitchin is the co-author of the best selling book, The Dermatologists’ Prescription For a New You. Additionally, Dr. Kitchin serves as a consulting editor for the best selling book, The Pill Book, a New York Times top ten best seller.

Dr. Kitchin is a fellow of the American Academy of Dermatology and a member of the New York State Medical Society. She has been in private practice since completing her residency.

In addition to focusing on all aspects of general dermatology, dermatologic surgery, and laser surgery, Dr. Kitchin is a leading expert in the field of cosmetic dermatology, with a particular emphasis on skin care, the use of antioxidants, lasers and cosmetic injectables. She has many years of experience treating patients with Botox, and dermal fillers such as Juvederm, Restylane Lyft, Voluma, Volbella, and Vollure.

Dr. Kitchin’s recommendations include CoolSculpting for the permanent elimination of excess body fat, Collagen Pin with PRP for rejuvenation and treatment of fine lines and diminishing pore size, and non-invasive PRP treatment for hair restoration for both men and women.

Dr. Kitchin’s expertise includes treating leg veins, utilizing modalities such as sclerotherapy, and the Excel V Laser. Dr. Kitchin also utilizes Excel V laser for redness, rosacea, and facial telangiectasias. She offers Fraxel laser for the reversal of sun damage, elimination of brown spots, and treatment of scars. For long term rejuvenation, skin tightening, reversal of skin aging and free radical damage, Dr. Kitchin offers Secret RF (a radiofrequency device for tightening, lifting, and reversal of lines and brown spots), Laser Genesis, Chemical Peels, and photorejuvenation techniques. In addition, Dr. Kitchin specializes in preparing and recommending a total skin care regimen, based on each individual’s needs, caring for the skin health, and overall health of each of her patients.

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Great dermatologist!

Love Dr. Kitchin! Our whole family sees her. She is very smart, and one of the nicest and most caring physicians that I have ever encountered.

Self-verified patient of Dr. Jennifer S Kitchin - Posted on June 7th, 2018
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I highly recommend Dr. Kitchin!

Dr. Kitchin is the best dermatologist I have ever seen. She is smart and thorough, and she saved my life.

Self-verified patient of Dr. Jennifer S Kitchin - Posted on October 19th, 2017
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Love this dermatologist!

Dr. Kitchin is my favorite doctor! She is the best, and I highly recommend her!

Self-verified patient of Dr. Jennifer S Kitchin - Posted on September 16th, 2017

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“Balms can have consistencies ranging anywhere from a liquid to a solid and are tailored to a specific purpose,” says board-certified dermatologist Jennifer S. Kitchin, based in Harrison, New York. In other words, you’re unlikely to achieve the desired result if you apply the same balm to your lips, hair, face, and eyes. Each of the five below, from skincare brands that have thoughtfully considered their ingredients, has its own unique use case.”

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“Sun lovers, take note: New research suggests your skin cells may be best able to combat the sun’s damaging UV rays early in the morning and are most vulnerable in the afternoon. Investigators say mice who were exposed to UV radiation near the end of their wake cycle developed five times as many tumors as those who got the UV blast shortly after they woke up. That’s because a certain DNA-protecting protein in mice—which humans also have—was highest shortly after they woke and lowest before they slept.”

“If this is true for humans, and it’s really shown that morning exposure is less harmful, it will be a wonderful thing to know,” says Harrison, New York, dermatologist Jennifer Kitchin, MD. Don’t take this as an invitation to head to the tanning bed, which is a known carcinogen, she warns. But for activities like gardening and taking long walks with the dog, “for now, do them in the morning,” she advises.

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“Noticing that your skin is flaking? That’s probably a sign you’re dealing with more than just dry skin, said New York-based dermatologist Jennifer Kitchin. “There is a lot of overlap between dry skin and eczema,” she said. “But one of the major differences, clinically, is that dry skin is dry, and eczema is a red, flaking, itchy rash.” If you find that your skin is scaly and flaking off, you may be dealing with atopic dermatitis.”

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“Use an Antioxidant Serum - According to dermatologist Jennifer Silveran Kitchin, MD, antioxidants are a must for anyone over 40. She recommends Replere ($37–$124), citing that it’s free of preservatives, dyes and perfumes but still reverses the signs of photoaging.”

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“Another spot-blasting product to keep in your toolbox? Antioxidants, an ingredient Harrison, NY dermatologist Jennifer Silverman Kitchin, MD says are a must for anyone over 40. She recommends Replere ($37–$124), citing that it’s free of preservatives, dyes and perfumes but still reverses the signs of photoaging”

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“The cold, dry winter weather means dry, sensitive skin. For that reason, my winter regimen includes more moisturizing, a lower-strength retinoid and a more gentle cleanser. Once the warm, more humid weather arrives, I recommend a lighter, yet effective moisturizer such as Avène Cicalfate ($32). I also increase the strength of the nightly retinoid, and add an exfoliating wash such as Replere Deep Clean and Clarify Face Wash ($38). Additionally, I add a daily facial sunblock with a minimum of SPF 30. I recommend MD Solar Sciences Tinted SPF 30 ($32). Its active ingredients, titanium and zinc, reflect the sun off the skin, but the very light and gentle formulation doesn’t clog pores." —Harrison, NY dermatologist Jennifer S. Kitchin, MD”

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“It could be too much sun. "UV exposure leads to dry, brittle hair. Options for protection include wearing a hat, avoiding peak sun hours (between 11 a.m. and 2 p.m.) and using a hair SPF spray or cream. This will not only help protect and keep your hair in great shape, but it will also protect your scalp," says Dr. Jennifer S. Kitchin of the Dermatology Associates of New York.”

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“Harrison, NY dermatologist Jennifer Silverman Kitchin also stays away from combination moisturizer/sunscreen products for this reason. “It’s critical to know that you’re getting the best possible coverage when using a sunblock,” she says. “Your skin is worth it!”

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Jennifer Silverman Kitchin, MD - Have a mosquito bite? Apply some clear nail polish. It calms the itch and clears them more quickly.

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“If this is true for humans, and it’s really shown that morning exposure is less harmful, it will be a wonderful thing to know,” says Harrison, New York, dermatologist Jennifer Kitchin, MD. Don’t take this as an invitation to head to the tanning bed, which is a known carcinogen, she warns. But for activities like gardening and taking long walks with the dog, “for now, do them in the morning,” she advises”

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"Looking for fast way to fade scars? There are products and treatments on the market that can help with that, but Vitamin E is not one of them. Dermatologist Jennifer Kitchin told INSIDER that Vitamin E can actually irritate the scar and make matters worse.

"Many patients believe the myth that topical Vitamin E will improve healing and the appearance of their scars," she said. "There is no evidence that supports the use of Vitamin E for skin healing, and actually, many people develop an itchy, red contact dermatitis as a result of using Vitamin E on their skin." It's better to stick with a dermatologist-approved method when it comes to scars if you want a smooth healing process, she said.

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“When skin is dry, our fine lines and wrinkles are much more noticeable,” says Jennifer S. KitchinOpens a New Window. , M.D. That’s why she recommends calming, nutrient-rich facial moisturizers like Avene’s Tolerance Extreme EmulsionOpens a New Window. and Cicalfate Post-ActateOpens a New Window. . The former absorbs quickly and soothes the skin, and the latter is great to use after shaving or exfoliating.

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“The sunblock should have a physical block such as titanium or zinc,” adds Dr. Jennifer S. KitchinOpens a New Window. . “It reflects the UV rays off your skin, and protects you from the long-term effects of photo-aging, such as skin cancer, wrinkles, and brown spots.”

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“Use a non-comedogenic moisturizer - If you are prone to acne, then you might want to avoid oil-based moisturizers, says Jennifer S. Kitchin, M.DOpens a New Window. . They are comedogenic, meaning they clog your pores and lead to one-off pimples or bigger breakouts. Instead, stick with oil-free, non-comedogenic products (look for that term).”

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"I recommend the Replere line. The Repair & Replenish Night Crème ($124) has a randomized, double-blind placebo controlled study that was published in the Journal of Drugs in Dermatologyshowing its potent antioxidant and antiaging effects. It helps with fine lines, redness, and the visible effects of aging. It's preservative-free and is made up of a potent combination of natural antioxidant extracts including coffee berry, açai berry, and others — I recommend it to all of my patients." — dermatologist Jennifer Kitchin, MD, FAAD”

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"I have 2 favorite retinols, depending on the person. One is the Avène Retrinal 0.1 Intensive Cream ($70, which I recommend to my younger patients and patients with sensitive skin. It's easier to tolerate than the prescription tretinoin, which is the other product that I recommend. That is going to be more effective than the OTC product, but can also be very drying, and is not always covered by insurance, which means it can get pricey. Tretinoin is better for people with more sun damage, and for those with less sensitive skin." — dermatologist Jennifer S Kitchin, MD, FAAD”

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“Squeezing your own zits comes with a lot of potentially bad consequences, so it’s better to only do so if it’s an emergency, said Jennifer Kitchin, a New York-based dermatologist. “Picking and popping your pimples puts you at risk for scarring and infection, and is not a smart solution for your acne,” she said. “See your board certified dermatologist for a personalised acne treatment regimen, so that you will have treatments at your fingertips to both treat and prevent acne breakouts.”

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“One of my favorite OTC acne treatments is the Differin gel, which was originally approved by the FDA in 1996 as a prescription treatment for acne. Differin is an excellent choice for both papular acne as well as blackheads and whiteheads. It also helps control the oiliness of the skin. With costs of prescription medications soaring and limited insurance coverage for many medications, Differin Gel 0.1% is an excellent option as a starter medication for treating acne." — dermatologist Jennifer Kitchin, MD, FAAD”

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“Jennifer Kitchin, a dermatologist in New York, said it's best to keep your beauty routine simple to save money. One item she said you could absolutely cut from the process: makeup remover. "Buying a separate makeup remover is a waste of money," she told INSIDER. "I recommend finding an effective and gentle cleanser for your face, and use it on a regular basis. Cleansing your face effectively will remove dirt, debris, and excess oil. It will also remove your makeup, saving you both time and money."

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“The secret sauce to seeing results: consistency. "If patients follow the recommended regimen of using [azelaic acid] twice daily, along with a moisturizer and a sunblock, it is extremely effective," says Harrison, NY dermatologist Jennifer Silverman Kitchin."

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“Harrison, NY dermatologist Jennifer S. Kitchin, MD is another fan of the line, particularly the Cream ($48). "It is rich and moisturizing, and is free of preservatives, dyes and perfumes," she says, recommending that the balm be applied at least twice daily."

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“One retinol that I would recommend for people who have sensitive skin is Avène RetrinAL 0.1% Intensive Cream ($70). It’s not the same as a prescription retinoid, but it’s a viable and very gentle alternative.” —New York dermatologist Jennifer Kitchin, MD

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“Make Moves to Monitor: The bottom line: “Always remember to monitor your own skin, including your ears, for possible changes and symptoms, and if you notice a new or changing growth, to see your board-certified dermatologist for evaluation,” says Harrison, NY dermatologist Jennifer Silverman Kitchin, MD. “Ears are a highly sun exposed area, and a frequent site of skin cancer.”

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“Noticing that your skin is flaking? That’s probably a sign you’re dealing with more than just dry skin, said New York-based dermatologist Jennifer Kitchin. “There is a lot of overlap between dry skin and eczema,” she said. “But one of the major differences, clinically, is that dry skin is dry, and eczema is a red, flaking, itchy rash.” If you find that your skin is scaly and flaking off, you may be dealing with atopic dermatitis.”

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“Balms can have consistencies ranging anywhere from a liquid to a solid and are tailored to a specific purpose,” says board-certified dermatologist Jennifer S. Kitchin, based in Harrison, New York. In other words, you’re unlikely to achieve the desired result if you apply the same balm to your lips, hair, face, and eyes. Each of the five below, from skincare brands that have thoughtfully considered their ingredients, has its own unique use case.”

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“If this is true for humans, and it’s really shown that morning exposure is less harmful, it will be a wonderful thing to know”

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Laser hair removal won't work on very light hair. "People with very light hair or hair that's grey or white are not candidates for laser hair removal," says Harrison, NY dermatologist Jennifer Silverman Kitchin. "The best candidates are people with light skin and dark hair, as the laser is treating the pigment."

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“I recommend Melatonik Serum by ISDIN ($160),” says Harrison, NY dermatologist Jennifer S. Kitchin, MD. “It contains melatonin, bakuchiol, and vitamin C. Love this product!” Pittsburgh dermatologist Dr. Ashley Kittridge seconds that: “ISDIN Melatonik has rapidly become my favorite serum. It is a three-in-one that contains bakuchiol, vitamin c and melatonin. These ingredients act as antioxidants and anti-agers!"

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Harrison, NY dermatologist Jennifer S. Kitchin, MD says it’s those pesky male hormones doing a number on us: “Most people don’t realize that women have testosterone, the ‘male’ hormone, in their bodies. The level is low, but during menopause, as levels of the female hormones are shifting, the testosterone levels proportionally increase.”

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But not all experts agree on a one-size-fits-all melasma treatment: "I like to avoid energy-based devices for melasma because although they will improve things temporarily, they almost always flare back with a vengeance," says Dr. Finney. His go-to treatment? Microneedling with PRP. Harrison, NY dermatologist Jennifer S. Kitchin, MD agrees, "because the treatment doesn't add extra heat to the skin, which can potentially worsen melasma."

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“It’s important to not let yourself be fooled into thinking that a laser or an injectable such as a filler or toxin is not a medical procedure,” says New York dermatologist Jennifer Silverman Kitchin, MD, “because they most definitely are medical treatments. And they are treatments with real risks. If you are considering any type of invasive medical treatment for your skin, such as lasers, injectables, peels or radio-frequency microneedling, you should see the only true skin expert, a board-certified dermatologist.”

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Another point of contention: not all cosmetic procedures should be restricted, only those performed by those who falsely claim their expertise. "I agree that I do not want those who are under 18 to seek out any type of elective cosmetic treatments or unnecessary weight loss programs, unless medically indicated, but if we block expert sites and accounts that will potentially provide them with information of how and why certain celebrities and influencers look the way they do, then our children will be led to the conclusion that these looks are natural and achievable," shares Harrison, NY dermatologist Jennifer S. Kitchin, MD. "We are in an age where many people believe that a quick internet search, a weekend course, and lots of Instagram followers makes them equivalent to a true expert," adds Dr. Kitchin. "The fact is that these folks are not experts."

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Kitchin says that dry skin is characterized by dullness, flaking, itching, cracking and oftentimes progressed signs of aging like wrinkles and fine lines. It’s caused by a lack of moisture in the upper layer of the skin, be it from a hot shower or a lack of oil production at a microscopic level.

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Set Proper Expectations If you're new to retinol, know that mildly negative side effects are normal. "Although using a topical retinoid or retinol is great for our long-term skin health, many people may experience initial redness, dryness, and irritation associated with using these products," says Harrison, NY dermatologist Jennifer S. Kitchin, MD. One of the main ways to curb this irritation: timing out your usage.

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