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

Expert skincare and beauty tips

3 Quick Anti-Aging Tips — August 5, 2020
The Eyes Have It — August 2, 2020
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!

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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
Chemical Peels — May 27, 2020

Chemical Peels

Chemical peeling is used to improve the appearance and texture of the skin by applying a chemical solution. This will cause the top layers of the skin to separate and “peel” off. Ultimately, the result will be a smoother, less pigmented skin surface. There are three levels of chemical peels: superficial, medium, and deep. The superficial and medium peels work on the epidermis. Deeper peels go into the dermal layer or reticular layer.

If you are interested in a chemical peel, please call for your free consultation at one of our two convenient locations in Shreveport and Bossier City. Our physicians and staff will help you to customize the best plan to help you meet your skin care goals.

Longer, Fuller Lashes — May 11, 2020
Face Masks and Skin Sensitivity — May 5, 2020
Getting Skin Ready — April 2, 2020

Getting Skin Ready

If you are thinking about a new skin care program, you need to consider how to maximize the benefit of your new products.  Our new ZO line has just the solution.

1) Start with a good cleanser.  Their exfoliating cleanser is great for oily skin, even if it’s acne prone.  For most of the rest of us I recommend their gentle cleanser.

2) Exfoliating gets rid of dead skin that blocks the absorption of products.  ZO Exfoliating Polish is the perfect answer for that.  I use mine 2 to 3 times a week.

3) Finally, everybody needs a toner, and the ZO complexion renewal pads really clean out the pores and get rid of makeup residue.

Take home message:  clean and prepare your skin properly before using your other products for optimal results.

Beauty On Any Budget — March 29, 2020

Beauty On Any Budget

Since everyone is sheltering at home and staying healthy, this can be a good time to start a new beauty routine.  Here are a few suggestions to fit any budget.

1) Less than $50 

You can still have the essentials.  Neutrogena ultra sheer sunscreen—about $12 on Amazon and prescription Retin-A—about $30 with a GoodRx card.

2) Less than $150

  a) Sunscreen and Retin-A as above

  b) Vita CE (our own Ark-La-Tex Dermatology brand) $75

3) Less than $260 or $230

a) Sunscreen and Retin-A

b) ZO anti-aging kit $213 or ZO pigment control kit $182

All of our skin care products are currently 20% off, and we can mail all but prescription products through our online store.  You can also schedule a free telemedicine consultation to discuss what products would be right for you. Call (318) 212-3440. Let me know you heard about it on my blog!

Please take care of yourself and stay healthy.

Josie Futrell, MD