Dr. Josephine Futrell, M.D., Ph.D., Dermatology

Expert skincare and beauty tips

Exfoliation — March 2, 2021

Exfoliation

There is no doubt that dead skin buildup makes your skin look dull.  But, exfoliation that is too aggressive may leave your skin red and irritated. 

Listen to what your skin is telling you, and find the right balance of products. Use of Obagi or ZO exfoliating cleanser daily is fine, but you can also alternate with their gentle cleansers. The ZO complexion renewal pads are a mild exfoliation choice and also help to unclog pores. 

More aggressive exfoliation may be done with Obagi Exfoderm or ZO Exfoliating Polish, but you may want to limit use to one or 2 times a week. 

A super aggressive version of exfoliation may be done by using these products more frequently, but too much aggression may actually result in hyperpigmentation. 

If you don’t like the Do it Yourself approach, superficial chemical peels such as our Vitalize and Rejuvenize peels are great exfoliation choices.  Just don’t neglect this part of your beauty routine!

Pucker Up! — February 14, 2021

Pucker Up!

Three things to do in February for lip enhancement

1) Lip filler.  There are a number of products ranging from Juvederm Ultra to Restylane Kysse to enhance lips, decrease lip lines and perk up the corners around the mouth. 

2) Topical creams and gels.  These products give a temporary smoothing and plumping and take effect in minutes . 

3) The much touted Lip Flip to perk up your lips and reduce smoker’s lines.  This is accomplished with small amounts of Botox. 

If you want great lips, try all three!

February Special! $50 OFF 1CC OF ANY FILLER FOR LIPS!

Needle Shy? — February 8, 2021
The Best Products of 2020 — January 3, 2021

The Best Products of 2020

As we ring in the new year, here’s a look back at the best skincare products of 2020.

  1. Best gentle cleanser—Obagi Gentle Cleanser  

2. Best exfoliating cleanser—Skin Medica AHA/BHA.

3. Best oil control—ZO Oil Control Pads.

4. Best Toner—ZO Complexion Renewal Pads

5. Best antioxidant—TNS Essential Serum by SkinMedica.

6. Best moisturizer for skin repair—SkinCeuticals Epidermal Repair Cream.

7. Best product to smooth crepey skin under makeup—Skinmedica HA5.  

And the best place to get all these products? ArkLaTex Dermatology!

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Note to My Patients: COVID-19 Vaccine — December 28, 2020

Note to My Patients: COVID-19 Vaccine

Every day, multiple people ask me if I support getting the COVID-19 vaccine.  My answer is a resounding YES.  

I have been lucky enough to receive my first dose a week ago, and I will get my second dose on January 11th. By getting the vaccine, I am doing everything I can to protect myself, my family, and my patients. It was easy, and it was almost painless.  I had minor arm pain, but that was easily controlled by taking ibuprofen.  Two of my nurses experienced minor aches and flu like symptoms from their vaccinations.  

Anyone who has questions, please do not hesitate to contact us.  Be safe. Get the vaccine.

Dr. Josephine Futrell

Coolsculpting – Real Results — December 24, 2020
Getting Your Skin Ready For the New Year — December 20, 2020
Treating Dry, Chapped Lips in the Winter — December 13, 2020
Avoiding Mask Rash — December 9, 2020

Avoiding Mask Rash

Mask rubbing you the wrong way? Here are some tips.

  1. Don’t wear makeup under your mask—no one can see it anyway.  
  2. Do exfoliate gently at least once a week.  
  3. Use a toner or other product to remove excess oil.  My favorite is ZO complexion renewal pads.  
  4. Wash your mask daily or use disposable ones.  
  5. Moisturize—Epidermal repair cream by Skinceuticals goes well under your mask.  
  6. Treat yourself to a facial or hydrafacial  at ArkLaTex Dermatology.
  7. Hope for a vaccine soon.  If you have concerns about the vaccine, talk to your physician. 
Dermaplaning — November 29, 2020

Dermaplaning

Dermaplaning is a skin treatment that uses an exfoliating blade to skim dead skin cells and hair from your face. It’s also called microplaning or blading. Dermaplaning aims to make your skin’s surface smooth, youthful, and radiant. It’s also used to remove “peach fuzz,” the short, soft hairs on your face.

Blading the skin actually removes about 2-3 week’s worth of dead skin cells. Dermaplaning can be performed every 3-4 weeks.

Learn more and call for an appointment today!