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!

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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Getting Your Skin Ready For the New Year — December 20, 2020
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!

Vampire Facial (Liquid Gold) — November 17, 2020

Vampire Facial (Liquid Gold)

Platelet rich plasma (PRP) can be used for a liquid facelift (sometimes known as a Vampire Facelift) or can be injected into the scalp to help regrow hair. This same PRP can be used with microneedling to enhance collagen growth (known as a Vampire Facial), and with our Infini-RF Microneedling machine.

At Ark-La-Tex Dermatology, we offer all of these treatments! Make an appointment with one of our doctors or Aestheticians to see what is right for you.

VI Peel — October 29, 2020

VI Peel

The VI Peel contains a synergistic blend of ingredients, including Vitamin A, TCA, Salicylic acid, Phenol, and Vitamin C. This peel is suitable for all skin types and improves the tone, texture, and clarity of the skin. You will enjoy more radiant, younger looking skin in as little as 7 days.


The VI Peel Precision Plus is a powerful booster with Hydroquinone and Kojic acid developed specifically to treat stubborn pigmentation and damage in the skin. This booster is added to the VI Peel creating the ultimate treatment choice for dramatic results.

New Firming Serum — October 15, 2020

New Firming Serum

Ark-La-Tex Dermatology is now carrying ZO Firming Serum. An anti-aging breakthrough in skin structure + shape. This mild, lightweight and tolerable formulation is indicated for all skin types and sensitive skin areas to reinforce skin health and hydrate to support the visible improvement in skin elasticity and firmness.

BENEFITS

  • Visibly tightens and firms the skin
  • Improves the appearance of sagging and skin laxity
  • Helps define facial contours
  • Supports healthy skin structure and the skin’s natural renewal process
  • Defends against free radical damage

KEY INGREDIENTS

  • Sodium DNA: Works alongside skin’s matrix formation process to support fibroblast activity
  • ZCORE™ complex: Consists of a biomimetic tetrapeptide and sweet yellow clover, and supports the anchoring fibrils for dermal-epidermal junction integrity.
  • ZO-RRS2® Anti-Inflammatory System: Exclusive plant stem cell complex provides powerful antioxidant protection

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Brown Spots — September 27, 2020
Treatments for Acne Scars — September 23, 2020