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Can You Apply Sunscreen Over Makeup? Jul 1st, 2022

Sometimes you wonder who writes the rules. OK, you understand the concept of re-applying sunscreen every two hours when you’re at the beach or the pool. After all, your skin’s already probably bare, and it doesn’t matter if you have streaks of zinc-oxide cream on your nose or shoulders. But you live...

5 Reasons to Wear a Quality Sunscreen Daily Jun 1st, 2022

When you were younger, you may have chosen quantity over quality: You loved fast fashion that filled your closet with variety. But, just as quickly, those garments filled your trash can, too. You then learned to look for quality in garments, in foods, and in other areas of your life....

The Best Preventive Measures Against Skin Cancer May 1st, 2022

Each day, approximately 9,500 women, men, and even some children are diagnosed with skin cancer in the United States. Skin cancer is, in fact, more common than any other type of cancer. It’s also one of the few cancers that you can easily see. Even though skin cancer is highly visible and quite...

A Closer Look at Our Favorite Products Apr 1st, 2022

We dermatologists are passionate about skin: protecting it, rejuvenating it, and resolving any medical or cosmetic issues that arise. We’re also passionate about using the right kinds of products on our own skin and helping find the right products for our patients, too. If you’re wondering how you can look...

Myths and Facts About Warts Mar 1st, 2022

Warts are small, hard mounds of flesh that may resemble miniature cauliflowers. Warts are caused by the human papillomavirus (HPV), a family of viruses that includes about 150 strains.  The medical name for warts is verruca vulgaris. Types of warts include: Plantar warts (on the soles of feet) Common warts...

The Mental Health Impact of Skin Conditions Feb 1st, 2022

As medical practitioners in the West become more aware of the mind-body connection and start to view their patients holistically, they’ve also gained insights into how physical disease can cause mental distress. For adults and children who suffer from skin conditions, the visibility of those conditions may lead to depression...

5 Reasons Why You Shouldn't Pick at Your Acne Jan 3rd, 2022

Almost three-quarters of women and men in the United States have had acne at some point in their lives. Even though acne’s most strongly associated with the teenage years — and their surge of androgenic hormones — you can develop acne at any age.  Women, especially, are prone to acne...

Help for Your Rosacea Dec 1st, 2021

Rosacea is an as-yet incurable skin condition in which you develop red patches on your face. You may also have red, angry pustules that look like acne. In severe cases, rosacea roughens and thickens your skin texture and may even deform your nose, a condition known as rhinophyma. The expert...

Complications of Psoriasis Nov 1st, 2021

Psoriasis is an autoimmune disorder most commonly associated with scaly, rashy, and itchy skin. Psoriasis is common and affects almost eight million adults in the United States. Although psoriasis can’t be cured at this time, various treatment strategies help keep you comfortable and reduce your risk for complications.  Our expert...

When Moles Are a Concern Oct 5th, 2021

If you’re an average woman or man, you probably have 10-40 moles scattered about your face and body. Most moles are benign (i.e., noncancerous) and nothing to worry about. However, some moles change from benign to abnormal and may proceed to skin cancer. New moles may also be a concern....

Am I at Risk for Skin Cancer? Sep 1st, 2021

Although you may not hear as much about skin cancer as you do about other types of cancers, such as breast or lung cancer, skin cancer is actually the most common type of cancer in the United States. Rates of melanoma — the deadliest form of skin cancer — have...

4 Skincare Habits That Can Improve Your Overall Health Aug 5th, 2021

Your skin is your body’s second largest organ, right after the recently discovered interstitium. Its job is to protect you from the environment, including the sun. If you treat your skin right, your whole body benefits. Our expert dermatologists at Specialists in Dermatology believe that healthy skin and a healthy...

Different Types of Eczema Jul 9th, 2021

“Eczema” is an umbrella term that encompasses a range of recurring, itchy, rashy skin disorders. If your dermatologist told you that you have eczema — or if you suspect that’s what’s behind your flares of discomfort — you may wonder what your next step is so that you can finally...

5 Common Signs of Psoriasis Jun 16th, 2021

Psoriasis is an inflammatory skin condition that affects about eight million women, men, and children in the United States alone, according to the National Psoriasis Foundation. The inflammation occurs because your immune system has become overactive. If you have psoriasis, your overactive immune system kicks your skin-cell production into high...

The Importance of Having an Annual Skin Check May 9th, 2021

Skin is the body’s largest organ, and, like your heart and lungs, it requires preventive care, especially when it comes to skin cancer. Along with wearing sunscreen daily and avoiding outdoor activity during the sun’s peak hours, a full body check can make all the difference. Fortunately, skin cancer screenings...

Here Comes the Sun. We've Got the Products You Need Apr 12th, 2021

If you live in Texas, you’re at risk for skin cancer, no matter how dark your skin is or what your genetics are. Of course, if you’re fair or have a familial or personal history of skin cancer, you’re at increased risk, but everyone should protect themselves year-round from the...

Which Vitamins Are Best for Your Skin? Mar 9th, 2021

Regular trips to the dermatologist help your skin stay healthy and cancer-free. But what can you do between dermatology appointments to keep your skin strong and youthful? Do the same things you do to keep your other organs healthy, including eating well, exercising, and providing your cells with the building...

Addressing Hair Loss Early Is Key to Success Feb 9th, 2021

If you’re losing your hair, you may be desperate to stop the endless shedding of strands. Hair loss — also known as alopecia — may occur for a number of reasons, including autoimmune disorders that cause your body to attack your hair follicles. However, hair loss isn’t inevitable, nor is...

Accentuate Your Eyes With RevitaLash Jan 7th, 2021

Mascara is great, but if your lashes are sparse, short, or nearly absent, mascara may not give you the lash boost you want. You may already have nice lashes, but want your eyes to look amazing — even before your makeup routine. If so, you’re in luck. RevitaLash® is a...

Hormones and Acne: What You Should Know Dec 16th, 2020

Acne is what’s called a multifactorial disease. That’s a fancy way of saying there’s more than one factor involved in the cause of the disease. Among the various factors that contribute to acne are your hormones. Your hormone levels fluctuate throughout your lifetime, and these fluctuations affect your skin. The...

Are Warts Contagious? Nov 1st, 2020

Warts, otherwise known as verruca vulgaris, are an extremely common skin anomaly that’s caused by the human papillomavirus (HPV). Although they’re mainly a cosmetic problem, if you have warts, you may feel self-conscious and even ashamed. Could you pass them to someone else? The expert dermatologists and skin specialists at...

Common Causes of Rosacea Oct 1st, 2020

The bad news is that if you’re plagued by the reddened or roughened skin that comes with rosacea, a cure doesn’t yet exist for your condition. The good news is that controlling many of the environmental factors that trigger a flare not only keeps your skin looking good, but often...

Understanding Skin Discolorations Sep 16th, 2020

Photoshop, airbrushing, and camera filters have taught us to falsely expect our skin to be as even and flaw-free as a magazine ad or a celebrity selfie. These days, you can even make your own selfie look flawless with lighting and filter options on your phone camera. Then you look...

When Should I be Concerned About a Mole? Aug 31st, 2020

You may get regular mammograms, if you’re a woman, to check for breast cancer, or a regular digital exam or PSA test, if you’re a man, to check for prostate cancer. You may have given up — or entirely avoided — cigarettes to minimize your risk for lung cancer. Though...

The Importance of Choosing the Right Sun Protection Jul 17th, 2020

The expert dermatologists and skin specialists at Specialists in Dermatology — located in Houston, Texas, and The Woodlands, Texas — stress the importance of sun protection and regular skin cancer screenings for everyone. Below are some of the factors that go into choosing a method of sun protection to keep...

How We Can Help You Treat Your Psoriasis Jun 22nd, 2020

Even though psoriasis is a common skin disorder, you may feel like you’re the only one who has it. Psoriasis is a chronic inflammatory disorder marked by red, silvery, and itchy lesions that can have a profoundly negative effect on your confidence and self-esteem.   The caring and expert dermatologists...

Erase the Past With Biocorneum Scar Cream May 22nd, 2020

If you have raised scars (aka hypertrophic scars) on your face or body, you’re probably tired of the attention they attract. You’re tired of talking about how you got the scar and just want to erase the physical evidence of the accident or surgery that caused the scar in the...

Stop Putting Up With Acne—Here's How to Get Rid of It Apr 20th, 2020

You’re polite, tolerant, and patient. But you can throw those admirable qualities out the window when it comes to your acne. You don’t have to tolerate it, and you don’t have to be (too) patient: You can banish acne by modifying the factors that cause it. The caring and expert...

What Triggers Melanoma? Mar 13th, 2020

Melanoma is a type of skin cancer that starts in your melanocytes, which are cells in the upper layer of your skin that produce melanin. Melanin is the pigment that gives your skin its color, from palest cream to darkest brown. All types of skin cancer are potentially life-threatening, but...

How Vbeam Can Help Reduce Your Rosacea Feb 1st, 2020

Though the skin condition rosacea tends to affect light-skinned women, anyone can get it. Men often develop more severe types of the disease, including rhinophyma, which is thick, reddened skin on the nose (think of the old-time comedian W.C. Fields, industrialist J. P. Morgan, and former President Bill Clinton.) You...

5 Triggers of Female Hair Loss Dec 31st, 2019

More than half of women in the United States  lose a significant amount of hair during their lifetimes, a condition known as female pattern hair loss (FPHL). Though it’s normal to lose 50-100 strands a day and about 250 when you wash your hair, if you’re losing more than that,...

Psoriasis Vs. Eczema: What's the Difference? Dec 1st, 2019

According to NBC News, about 80% of all US women, men, and children who use the internet have searched at least once for information about their health. In fact, after checking your email and checking out cool new products to buy, “checking” your health is the most popular activity online....

What Causes Warts and Will They Go Away on Their Own? Nov 1st, 2019

Warts are medically benign, but aesthetically unappealing, growths on your skin that can resemble little heads of cauliflower or manifest as raised patches dotted with black “seeds.” All warts are caused by one of more than 100 types of human papillomavirus (HPV). Once you’re infected with HPV, you have it...

Why You Should Be Aware of the ABCDEs of Moles Sep 30th, 2019

If you’ve worn protective sunscreens every day of your life since you were a child, you’ve undoubtedly reduced your risk for skin cancer, but you haven’t completely eliminated it. Some skin cancers are genetic and can even appear on areas of your body that never get exposed to the sun’s...

Dealing With a Psoriasis Flare-up Aug 31st, 2019

If you have psoriasis, you may choose your wardrobe and even your activities based on how active your disease is. The inflamed, itchy, scaly plaques that cover your skin can make you feel self-conscious and affect the way that others react to you, too. Our expert dermatologists at Specialists in...

What Causes Adult Acne and What Can You Do About It? Aug 2nd, 2019

According to the American Academy of Dermatology, acne in adults is increasing. Up to 35% of women in their 30s, 26% in their 40s, and 15% in their 50s have acne, as do 20%, 12%, and 7% of men, respectively. Adult acne often has the same causes as teenaged acne...

Tips to Prevent Skin Cancer and Other Sun-Related Skin Issues Jul 18th, 2019

Though the Texas sun beats down hard year-round, summer vacations and holiday weekends leave more of your skin exposed than usual. Though you may want to take a break from minding serious issues like your health while you play under the sun at the park or pool, getting into the...

Be the Best Version of Yourself This Year: Tips for Choosing the Right Cosmetic Procedure for You Jun 3rd, 2019

You’ve heard about all of the new nonsurgical cosmetic procedures that keep you looking youthful and glowing. But with so many options available, how do you choose? Luckily, you don’t have to. At Specialists in Dermatology in Houston and The Woodlands, Texas, our experts take time to evaluate your skin...

The Importance of Protecting Your Skin Against the Sun's Harmful Rays May 6th, 2019

Nobody really wants to think about skin cancer, which is why the Skin Cancer Foundation designated May as Skin Cancer Awareness Month. If you do think about skin cancer — before you hit the beach or pool to bask under the sun’s damaging rays — you can minimize your risk...

Skin Ceuticals: Protect, Moisturize, and Rejuvenate Your Skin This Spring Apr 24th, 2019

Just as you wouldn’t show up at a spring barbecue in winter’s woolens, you shouldn’t show up with winter’s dry and parched skin, either.  Before a season changes is the best time to prepare your skin to weather the weather. Because we get more than our share of the sun’s...

Top Treatment Options for Alopecia (Male and Female Pattern Baldness) Mar 14th, 2019

Balding and hair thinning (also known as alopecia) used to seem like an inevitable consequence of genes and aging. Starting as early as their teens or 20s, men may lose hair in a horseshoe pattern that then expands over the entire top of their head. Women whose hormones fluctuate due...

These Easy Steps Will Keep Your Skin Looking Healthy and Young Feb 13th, 2019

With all of the new anti-aging treatments and products available now, deciding which you need can be confusing.  At Specialists in Dermatology, in The Woodlands and Houston, Texas, our expert dermatologists know that being stressed out about your skin isn’t good for your health — or your skin — so...

Common Causes of Adult Acne and How to Get Rid of It Jan 17th, 2019

Though we usually think of our teen years as the time when we have to deal with acne and all of its unpleasant and embarrassing lesions, adult acne is pretty common. About 35% of women between the ages of 30 and 39 get acne, as do 20% of men. Worse,...

5 Special Steps for Winter Rosacea Care Dec 4th, 2018

Winter’s cold, dry air taxes almost everyone’s skin. But if you’re one of the 16 million women and men with rosacea in the U.S., you’re extra susceptible to winter skin woes. At Specialists in Dermatology, our rosacea experts in Houston and The Woodlands, Texas, recommend five steps to keep your...

Plagued by Acne? We Can Help Nov 28th, 2018

Whether you’re dealing with your first acne breakout or (what seems like) your millionth, you want your pimples gone. Fast. Here at Specialists in Dermatology, located in Houston and Woodlands, Texas, we have prescription-strength medications to get rid of acne and state-of-the-art treatments to improve the quality and health of...

7 Tips to Help Prevent an Eczema Flare-up Oct 18th, 2018

Eczema is itchy, irritating, and persistent. And it’s common enough that experts have marked October as Eczema Awareness Month. The good news? From topical therapy to oral medications, there are many successful treatments available that can get this frustrating skin condition under control.And once your eczema has cleared, there are...

How to Prepare for Mohs Surgery Sep 26th, 2018

Skin cancer is the most common form of cancer in the United States. In fact, more than 3 million people every year develop nonmelanoma skin cancer, including basal cell carcinoma and squamous cell carcinoma. That’s more than the number of people diagnosed annually in the United States with all other...