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Poison Ivy and Contact Dermatitis

Summertime is in full swing, and many Houston area kids are off to summer camp or participating in outdoor activities.  Though this is a fun time for families, unfortunately it’s also prime time for contact dermatitis.  Poison ivy is the most common causes of skin rash for children.  After exposure to poison ivy there is […]

Acne Options

Acne occurs when skin pores are blocked – usually when oil that normally drains to the skin’s surface gets blocked and bacteria starts growing.  This results in whiteheads, blackheads, and deeper cysts that may appear on the face, neck, chest, upper arms, back and shoulders.  Acne is the bane of teenage existence, but adults suffer […]

Skin Tags

Skin tags are small growths of tissue that hang off of the skin attached by a “stalk” that are usually found on people who are middle aged or older.  Skin tags are non-cancerous and usually have no medical complication associated with them.  They are most commonly found on the neck, chest, groin, armpits and even […]


Rosacea is a skin condition that presents in transitory redness and bumpiness around the nose, cheeks, chin and forehead.  It is often mistaken for hypersensitive skin or adult acne, but if left untreated, rosacea can become worse.  Though medical experts are not certain what causes rosacea, it usually affects people who are fair skinned.  Triggers […]

What is an Aesthetician?

Aestheticians are licensed skin care professionals dedicated to helping individuals improve the overall health and appearance of their skin.  Medical aestheticians are more specialized licensed professionals who work under the supervision of a licensed physician, such as in a dermatologist’s office. In addition to facials and extractions, medical aestheticians perform more intensive skin care treatments […]

Mothers: Set a Good Example for Your Daughters – Don’t Tan!

Mothers are tremendously influential on their teens, but when it comes to tanning behavior, that’s not a good thing.  A study sponsored by the American Academy of Dermatology shows teenagers of mothers who use tanning beds are four times as likely to use tanning beds than teenagers of mothers who don’t.  This is hugely significant […]

Are You Causing Premature Aging to Your Skin?

Every year Americans spend millions of dollars on treatments to keep their skin looking and feeling young, but ironically, some of the same people are engaging in behavior that has the opposite effect.  Houston medical and cosmetic dermatologist Stephen Mahoney, M.D., attempts to educate his patients on how to take care of their skin by […]

Pediatric Dermatology: Molluscum Contagiosum

Molluscum contagiosum is a fairly common skin disease caused by a virus affecting the outer layer of the skin in healthy people.  This is a common skin condition for children between the ages of 1-10, but can affect adults as well.  The condition presents itself as white, pink or flesh-colored raised bumps/growths that are small […]

What Is Broad Spectrum Sun Protection?

FDA’s new labeling requirements demanding sunscreen manufacturers to update the product information before the summer of 2012 include the term broad spectrum.  With all the changes, many consumers are confused about what this means.  The sun’s rays are composed of ultraviolet radiation across the A and B spectrum.  Ultraviolet (UV) A rays are not only […]

Skin Care Clinic Houston

West Houston Dermatology is a top skin care clinic in Houston because of the excellent treatment provided by Dr. Stephen Mahoney, his nurse practitioners, and licensed aestheticians.  Whether you are looking to learn about cosmetic dermatology, the best skin care products, or medical dermatology, the professionals at West Houston Dermatology are here to assist you […]