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

Expert skincare and beauty tips

My Skincare Routine — April 25, 2021

My Skincare Routine

Are you taking the skincare challenge with me?

Here’s a look at my current skincare routine.

AM

1)Obagi gentle cleanser 2) ZO complexion renewal pads 3) ZO pigment control cream 4)Sunscreen

PM

1) Obagi gentle cleanser 2) Complexion renewal pads 3) Pigment control cream 4) Retin A 5) ZO growth factor serum


Use ZO exfoliating polish 3-4 times a week.

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!

Pucker Up! — February 14, 2021

Pucker Up!

Three things to do in February for lip enhancement

1) Lip filler.  There are a number of products ranging from Juvederm Ultra to Restylane Kysse to enhance lips, decrease lip lines and perk up the corners around the mouth. 

2) Topical creams and gels.  These products give a temporary smoothing and plumping and take effect in minutes . 

3) The much touted Lip Flip to perk up your lips and reduce smoker’s lines.  This is accomplished with small amounts of Botox. 

If you want great lips, try all three!

February Special! $50 OFF 1CC OF ANY FILLER FOR LIPS!

Needle Shy? — February 8, 2021
The Best Products of 2020 — January 3, 2021

The Best Products of 2020

As we ring in the new year, here’s a look back at the best skincare products of 2020.

  1. Best gentle cleanser—Obagi Gentle Cleanser  

2. Best exfoliating cleanser—Skin Medica AHA/BHA.

3. Best oil control—ZO Oil Control Pads.

4. Best Toner—ZO Complexion Renewal Pads

5. Best antioxidant—TNS Essential Serum by SkinMedica.

6. Best moisturizer for skin repair—SkinCeuticals Epidermal Repair Cream.

7. Best product to smooth crepey skin under makeup—Skinmedica HA5.  

And the best place to get all these products? ArkLaTex Dermatology!

Shop our online store.

Note to My Patients: COVID-19 Vaccine — December 28, 2020

Note to My Patients: COVID-19 Vaccine

Every day, multiple people ask me if I support getting the COVID-19 vaccine.  My answer is a resounding YES.  

I have been lucky enough to receive my first dose a week ago, and I will get my second dose on January 11th. By getting the vaccine, I am doing everything I can to protect myself, my family, and my patients. It was easy, and it was almost painless.  I had minor arm pain, but that was easily controlled by taking ibuprofen.  Two of my nurses experienced minor aches and flu like symptoms from their vaccinations.  

Anyone who has questions, please do not hesitate to contact us.  Be safe. Get the vaccine.

Dr. Josephine Futrell