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

Expert skincare and beauty tips

Why Accutane? — May 5, 2021

Why Accutane?

Acne is one of the most common diagnoses in my office. While not considered a serious medical problem, it can be a source of low self esteem and even permanent scarring.

So who should consider Accutane and why? If you have been on oral antibiotics greater than 6 months as well as multiple topical creams, this may be a better option. Accutane is normally a 5 or 6 month course. Almost everyone clears during this time, and the vast majority stay clear. The most common side effect—dryness—is less of a problem in summer.

Talk to your dermatologist about whether Accutane is right for you.

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. 
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.

Treatments for Acne Scars — September 23, 2020
Pimple? Here’s what NOT to do. — July 15, 2020
Super Zit? — July 12, 2020

Super Zit?

Super zits are super annoying! Here are some tips for treating.

1) Do. Not. Mash!  This actually makes it last longer.  

2) Apply benzoyl peroxide nightly as part of your skin care regimen for several nights to dry it.  

3) Call your dermatologist to inject it with a mild cortisone solution.  

4) If cystic acne is a chronic problem, see your dermatologist about oral therapy.

Female Adult Acne — July 10, 2020

Female Adult Acne

Acne is not just a teenage problem.  Many women experience acne in their 20s, 30s, and 40s.  Causes and treatments may differ when you are older.

Consider birth control methods and acne.  Certain low estrogen oral contraceptives may actually improve acne. On the other hand, hormone-coated IUDs such as the Mirena may make acne prone individuals more likely to break out.  

Check with your dermatologist, as well as your gynecologist, beforehand!

Contact Dr. Futrell

5 Expert Tips for Better Skin — July 8, 2020

5 Expert Tips for Better Skin

Be proactive and prevent problems by adding these helpful tips to your routine for skin care.  

  1. Acne breakouts—Make sure to blot sweat frequently.  Sweat build up clogs pores. Wash headbands, bras and other occlusive clothing to avoid dirt buildup. Make sure your makeup/sunscreen is non comedogenic and oil free. If you wear a mask, don’t wear makeup under the mask.
  2. Dry skin—Shower and shampoo after getting out of the pool.  Use extra conditioner for your hair. Use sunscreen, and use it often, as a burn will take you all summer to recover. Make sure your soap is mild, and always apply moisturizer immediately after showering.  Remember that excessive air conditioning is drying to your skin.  
  3. Folliculitis—Change out of sweaty clothes as soon as possible. Loose clothes don’t block your pores as much. Avoid hot tubs as they can contain a kind of bacteria called Pseudomonas.  
  4. Nail salons—Not all nail salons are created equal. Choose a salon that is meticulous about cleaning. Some salons keep separate tools for each client. Never shave right before an appointment, as small cracks in the skin can be an entry point for bacteria.
  5. Sun allergy—Check your medicines before getting in the sun. Certain medicines such as tetracycline can make you more likely to sunburn. When in doubt, check with your dermatologist.  
Why Accutane? — July 1, 2020
Clear + Brilliant — May 30, 2020