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

Expert skincare and beauty tips

Self Improvement Month — September 3, 2021

Self Improvement Month

September is self improvement month at ArkLaTex Dermatology.  Most of us have had a great summer, but it shows on our face. Sunspots and uneven pigment age our skin. Here are some great tips for skin brightening.  

1) Start with one or a series of chemical peels.  Our Vitalize and Rejuvenize peels have minimal downtime.  The VI peel is also great, but you may have a little more peeling.  Peels are 20% off this month.  

2) Try a complete skin program with exfoliant, bleaching creams and antioxidants.  Our Obagi Nuderm and ZO pigment control kits have everything you need. They are 10% off in September.

3) Excel V laser treatments are great to remove red and brown discoloration on the face neck and chest.  

If you don’t know where to start, book a free cosmetic consultation. 

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.

Summer Must Haves — May 26, 2021

Summer Must Haves

Since I’m on vacation, I finally have time to catch up on reading all my favorite magazines.  Here is a synopsis of their best advice on beauty products.  

  1. Best exfoliant is a summer favorite—SkinMedica AHA/BHA.  It’s mild enough to use at the beach.  
  2. The consensus favorite for antioxidants to neutralize sun damage is still Skinceutical CE Ferulic.  
  3. DEJ eye cream can give you visible changes in as little as four weeks with its amazing peptides to combat dark circles and fine lines.
  4. Best serum and worth every dime is TNS Advanced by SkinMedica, although I still prefer their sister product TNS Essential Serum.
  5. If your oily skin doesn’t like sunscreen, try Ella UV Clear.  

All of these are available at ArkLaTex Dermatology.  For those of you traveling with limited space for packing like me, a great over the counter cleanser is Cetaphil, and it can be bought in small travel size.  

Have fun on vacation with all your favorite products!

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.

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.