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

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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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.

October is Fraxel Month — October 5, 2020

October is Fraxel Month

Save 10% off of Fraxel packages or single Fraxel sessions. Discount available on both Fraxel Restore Dual and Fraxel Repair. Fraxel Restore is still the best non-ablative laser for acne scars, fine lines, pigment and general resurfacing. Fraxel Repair is an ablative laser to help with deeper wrinkles and can help with skin tightening.

Call for a free consultation to see which Fraxel laser is best for you.