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

Expert skincare and beauty tips

Your Summer Survival Guide — June 5, 2021

Your Summer Survival Guide

Everyone knows you need your hat, sunscreen and coverup at the beach.  Here are a few other tips to keep the fun in your trip:  

1) Make sure to bring an unscented moisturizer such as Cetaphil or Cerave cream.  Moisturizers that have certain scents can sensitize you to the sun and cause sunburn.  

2) Don’t forget quality sunglasses with UV protection.  UV rays or increase the risk of cataracts.  

3) If you are prone to fever blisters try the Jane Iredale lip gloss with sunscreen and ask your physician for a prophylactic prescription for Valtrex to take on vacation.

4) If you haven’t had laser hair removal, using a benzoyl peroxide wash in the bikini area can prevent razor rash.  Be careful though as it can bleach clothing.  

5) If you have the misfortune to get a sunburn, take ibuprofen, use a little hydrocortisone for 2 to 3 days, and try applying Neosporin Pain—it contains a topical anesthetic.

Avoid a Sunburned Face this Spring — May 2, 2021

Avoid a Sunburned Face this Spring

Some of the worst sunburns I see are in the early Spring. The weather is cool, so it’s easier to stay out longer and not feel uncomfortable until it’s too late. 

So, here are my favorite facial sunscreens. 

  1. Skinceuticals physical fusion UV defense—It even comes tinted and is very light.
  2. Elta UV clear—great for acne prone skin
  3. ZO sunscreen plus primer—a zinc oxide titanium dioxide combo for sensitive skin
  4. Colorescience Sunforgettable— a powdered sunscreen that can be applied over makeup. 

All of these are available at ArkLaTex Dermatology.

Treating Basal Cell Carcinoma — October 7, 2020

Treating Basal Cell Carcinoma

Basal cell skin cancer is the most common form of skin cancer. Generally, it does not spread all over the body, but it can become large, form ulcers, and do tremendous local skin damage.  

Ideally, it’s best to excise the entire lesion and sew it up. This allows a pathologist to check it and make sure It is completely removed. Sometimes we perform a procedure called electrodesiccation and curettage where we burn and scrape the lesion. This is used primarily for very superficial lesions.

For lesions that can’t be removed entirely because of size, location, or condition of the patient, sometimes radiation, immune modulators or oral medications that interfere with the production of the tumor cells may be used to treat these tumors.  

Your dermatologist can help you identify these skin cancers and direct you to the best treatment.