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

Expert skincare and beauty tips

The Eyes Have It — August 2, 2020
Atopic Dermatitis Follow-Up — August 1, 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.

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.

Things that Bite and Sting in the Summer — June 9, 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 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.

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.

Best Time to Get Filler and/or Botox?   — May 17, 2020

Best Time to Get Filler and/or Botox?  

When is the best time to get filler and/or Botox?

Hopefully, we will all be getting out more soon, and birthdays, weddings, parties and celebrations will happen again.  So, how should you time your cosmetic regimen?

Botox lasts for approximately three months. It can take up to 7 days to take effect. and may have some bruising. So, consider having the procedure done 2 to 3 weeks before a big event. That also gives you time to correct for any uneven or asymmetric results as well.

Dermal fillers, such as Juvederm, should also be done a good 2 weeks before a big event event. Fillers last for 1 to 2 years, but are more likely to have associated bruising or swelling.

So plan ahead and get ready for summer!

Treating Hair Loss (video) — May 13, 2020
Longer, Fuller Lashes — May 11, 2020