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

Expert skincare and beauty tips

Selfcare Sunday – Eyebrows — July 5, 2020
Why Accutane? — July 1, 2020
Selfcare Sunday – Jane Iredale Corrective Colors — June 28, 2020

Selfcare Sunday – Jane Iredale Corrective Colors

Have a blemish or a bruise? Cover up with a mask or use Jane Iredale’s corrective colors palette. This corrector palette camouflages all stages of bruising and also covers hyperpigmentation. The colors actually follow the “life cycle” of a bruise, concealing it at every stage:
– Yellow conceals redness
– Peach hides blue, purple, or grey
– Lilac covers yellow
– Beige conceals hyperpigmentation

This palette can be purchased at either our Shreveport or Bossier location, or follow the link below to purchase via our online store. $24

Insect Stings and Allergies — June 15, 2020

Insect Stings and Allergies

Stung by a bee, wasp or ant and allergic? Excessive swelling and itching at the site of the sting, coupled with generalized itching, hives and difficulty breathing can be a medical emergency.  Put a Benadryl or other antihistamine under your tongue, and seek medical assistance immediately.

If you know you are allergic, keep an Epipen on hand and use it at the first sign of distress.  Remember, it only gives you short term relief.  Seek medical assistance quickly.  Talk to your doctor about protection and desensitization.

Poison Ivy — June 12, 2020

Poison Ivy

What you don’t know about poison ivy may hurt you.  

1) You can get poison ivy by touching clothing that has the oil on it—or by petting a pet that has been playing in the vines in the yard.  

2) You don’t have to touch the leaves to get poison ivy.  Many people get it clearing vines off fences and trees.  

3) If you burn leaves or wood with the vines on them, it can aerosolize and cause a generalized reaction.            

Have you had one too many cases of poison ivy this year?  Talk to your dermatologist about a prescription for an oral suspension that can desensitize you to the poison ivy allergen.  This must be taken before you are exposed.

Things that Bite and Sting in the Summer — June 9, 2020

Things that Bite and Sting in the Summer

Most of us are spending more than the usual amount of time outside these days. As a result, we are having more encounters than we like with these unsavory pests.  

1) Mosquitoes:  Obviously the best way to treat mosquitoes is to avoid them. Using insect repellent and/or insect resistant clothing is your first line of defense. This is the best advice because many diseases are spread by mosquitoes.  

If you are bitten, however, you still need to treat the symptoms. Taking Claritin or similar long-acting antihistamines will markedly decrease itch and swelling. Over-the-counter hydrocortisone two to three times daily is also helpful, and gives you something to do besides scratch.  If you forget and scratch, an antibiotic ointment applied daily may help prevent infection.  

2) Chiggers:  These are little mites that burrow into the skin.  They stick around for a few days and lay eggs before dropping off.  Before going out, make sure you spray your clothes to avoid allowing them access.  If your case is severe, call your physician. I often recommend a steroid shot and a prescription medication to apply to kill the mites.  

3). Bees, wasps, and fire ants: These stings often need more than antihistamines and topical steroids.  If swelling increases over several days, it may be a sign of infection. Your dermatologist can provide antibiotics.

Remember, don’t scratch.  Besides increasing the risk of scarring, you increase your risk of infection.

What Lurks in the Yard — June 7, 2020

What Lurks in the Yard

Are you working in the yard more these days?  Here are some plants you should know.  

Poison ivy, poison oak and poison sumac all contain the same compound that causes allergies in many people. It’s found not only in the woods, but in almost all our yards. Poison ivy has three grouped leaflets and often grows as a vine on leaflets and trees. Poison oak has thee oak like leaves and may grow as a shrub or vine. Poison sumac has a row of paired leaves.

If you feel like you have touched one of these plants, you must wash the plant oil off in 5 minutes or it will still cause an allergic reaction.  If you find you have been exposed, and are breaking out, ask your physician for a steroid cream to use for one to two weeks.  If your reaction is severe enough, a steroid shot or oral steroids may be the only thing to give you relief.  

Remember untreated contact dermatitis may last two to three weeks, and may spread to areas on your skin that weren’t exposed.  

Clear + Brilliant — May 30, 2020
Chemical Peels — May 27, 2020

Chemical Peels

Chemical peeling is used to improve the appearance and texture of the skin by applying a chemical solution. This will cause the top layers of the skin to separate and “peel” off. Ultimately, the result will be a smoother, less pigmented skin surface. There are three levels of chemical peels: superficial, medium, and deep. The superficial and medium peels work on the epidermis. Deeper peels go into the dermal layer or reticular layer.

If you are interested in a chemical peel, please call for your free consultation at one of our two convenient locations in Shreveport and Bossier City. Our physicians and staff will help you to customize the best plan to help you meet your skin care goals.

3 Common Misconceptions About Sunscreen — May 25, 2020

3 Common Misconceptions About Sunscreen

3 common misconceptions about sunscreen.

1) I don’t need sunscreen when it’s cool outside.  This is absolutely wrong.  May is the month I see the most sunburns, and the reason is because you don’t think about sunscreen if it’s not hot.

2) I don’t need sunscreen if I’m in the shade. Actually, you are still getting about 90% of the normal UV rays.

3) I applied my sunscreen before I left home, so I’m good for the afternoon.  If you’re sweating or in the water, sunscreen is gone in 60 to 90 minutes.

For more good sunscreen advice, talk to your dermatologist.