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

Expert skincare and beauty tips

Brown Spots — September 27, 2020
Chemical Peels – Who Needs Them? — September 11, 2020

Chemical Peels – Who Needs Them?

Labor Day has come and gone, and now all of us are surveying the damage summer has done to our skin. This can manifest itself as fine lines, brown spots and diffuse bronzing.  

In response, chemical peels come in a variety of strengths and formulations to accommodate any skin type.  Here are a few solutions for your problems.

1) Vitalize peel—This is a light peel with very little downtime that is done in series to erase hyperpigmentation. It’s great for people of any skin type and can —A blend of—also be used to address hyperpigmentation from acne.

2) Rejuvenize peel—A stronger version of the above for faster results.  

3) VI peel—A blend of Vitamin A, TCA, Salicylic acid,Phenol, and Vitamin C—the perfect antidote to summer.  No peel is complete without starting a new protective skin care line.  That’s why seeing the professionals matters.

Remember, cosmetic consults are free and can match you to the best procedure for your skin.

When Summer Does a Number on Your Skin — July 29, 2020

When Summer Does a Number on Your Skin

What to do when summer does a number on your skin? You need a good skin care routine!

  1. Dry skin on the upper arms and thighs — Use your ZO complexion renewal pads and follow it with Nectifirm moisturizer daily as part of your facial routine.  
  2. Keratosis Pilaris or arm bumps —Try 12% Lachydrin lotion
  3. Dull skin on the face — Add ZO exfoliating polish and Daily Power defense to your usual routine of sunscreen and Retin A.  
  4. Too much brown — Try the ZO Pigment Control Kit or add Lytera to your hydroquinone regimen.  Skin care routines can be customized at Arklatex Dermatology.
Things That Bite and Sting in the Summer — July 19, 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’d 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.

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
https://store.arklatexdermatology.com/Corrective-Colors-Camouflage-P178.aspx

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.  

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.