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

Expert skincare and beauty tips

Accent on Eyes — May 16, 2021

Accent on Eyes

A common complaint I hear every day is about dark circles under the eyes. This is not from melanin and is not related to sun. 

So try these tips: 

  1. Retin A each night.  It builds collagen and protects fragile blood vessels. 
  2. DEJ eye cream.  It gives the skin an illuminating shine. 
  3. Restylane in the tear troughs to blur the demarcation between eyelid and cheek. 

Talk with your dermatologist about which will help you.

Sculptra — May 15, 2021
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.

Take the Skincare Challenge With Me! — April 11, 2021
Are You Layering Your Skincare Correctly? — March 28, 2021

Are You Layering Your Skincare Correctly?

It’s not only important to use the right products, you need to use them in the right order to maximize the benefit.  Think prepare, treat, and seal your products in. 

Here’s a simple 4-step guide: 

1) Cleanser

2) Toner to remove excess oil that would block penetration of products

3) Serum—your antioxidants and/or growth factors

4) Moisturizer to seal in your products—this can be in your makeup or sunscreen


Need product suggestions?  Cosmetic consults are free at Arklatex Dermatology.

Let’s Spring Clean Your Skin — March 21, 2021

Let’s Spring Clean Your Skin

March is spring cleaning month, and the best way to start is with the ZO Getting Skin Ready kit. 

Always start with a cleanser. Hydrating cleanser is good for normal to dry skin, but the exfoliating cleanser is best for oily skin.

Next, tone your skin with complexion renewal pads or oil control pads. This allows any of your beauty products to absorb better into the epidermis. 

Finally, don’t forget to exfoliate. The ZO exfoliating polish tops off your cleansing regimen by removing dead cells. 

Take advantage of a free cosmetic consultation to adapt this regimen to your skin.

VI Peel— The Antidote to Winter — March 14, 2021

VI Peel— The Antidote to Winter

Behind our masks this winter is skin needing some rejuvenation. Dry skin in winter needs exfoliation to restore brightness. Discoloration from acne needs to be erased. And there is always dreaded brown discoloration.

The VI peel is a medium depth peel, so expect epidermal peeling beginning on day 2. It may be done singly or in a series. For added effect, one can try the Precision Plus version of this with hydroquinone. This can be booked at either office.

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