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

Expert skincare and beauty tips

Treating Hair Loss (video) — May 13, 2020
Longer, Fuller Lashes — May 11, 2020
Message to Patients — April 5, 2020
Psoriasis and Coronavirus — March 26, 2020

Psoriasis and Coronavirus

Many patients who have severe psoriasis or psoriatic arthritis are on medications called immunologics.  These medications work by altering portions of the immune system at the cellular level.  Because of this, patients on these medications may may have an increased risk of infection. Certain drugs, such as those called TNF inhibitors (drugs like Enbrel and Humira), may have a higher risk than others.

When deciding whether to continue or stop your medication, you also need to think about other factors that may put you in a higher risk group such as diabetes, COPD, or age greater than 60.

None of us knows everything about this virus.  Call your doctor and have a frank discussion about your concerns.

Stay healthy.

Josie Futrell, MD

Telemedicine — March 23, 2020
Newtox (video) — March 16, 2020

Newtox (video)

We take your health seriously. We are not seeing patients who are ill or have symptoms of coronavirus. If you are sick or concerned you have the virus, contact your PCP. We are taking extensive precautions with sanitization/hand washing, and are open for existing & new patients. Here, I discuss the various products available (such as “Newtox”) for treating wrinkles.

Hand Washing and Eczema — March 11, 2020

Hand Washing and Eczema

Hand eczema — the hidden curse of coronavirus. All the hand washing and hand sanitizing may reduce the rate of infection, but it dries and irritates your skin.  Here are some tips to reduce the redness and peeling.

  1. Use hand cream, not lotion.
  2. Use it early and often.  Good brands are Cetaphil, CeraVe, Eucerin, and Curel.
  3. Avoid scents and perfumes as they may irritate.
  4. At night, apply a liberal coat of CeraVe healing ointment, or even plain Vaseline.
  5. If your hands become severely irritated, contact your dermatologist for short-term use of a topical steroid.
Not Your Mama’s Retin-A — February 13, 2020

Not Your Mama’s Retin-A

As you’ve heard me say, the two most important beauty products you can invest in are sunscreen (in the morning) and Retin-A (at night). So many people give up on Retin-A, or its cousin Retinol, before they really give it a chance. So, let’s look at how to use it.

Start every other night. Apply Vaseline to your lips to product them. Then, take a small pea-sized amount, and spread it gently on your face. If moisturizer is needed, apply it on top of your product. Since you are applying it at night, moderate daytime sun is OK.

If Retin-A is still too drying, start with Retinol. It comes in several strengths, but be careful of over-the-counter Retinol. Many are unstable. Skinceuticals and SkinMedicaboth have good Retinol products.

Still unsure? Consult us at ArkLaTex Dermatology.

Physician as Patient – Juvederm — January 23, 2020
Wash Your Face — December 31, 2019

Wash Your Face

You probably aren’t even aware that you touch your face all day long, making it one of the dirtiest parts of your body. These are three reasons to wash your face before you go to sleep:

1. You’ll Reduce Breakouts. Dirt accumulates during the day. While it doesn’t cause acne itself, dirt clogs pores, increasing blackheads and the build up of dead skin. Dead skin makes you look dull and decreases the penetration of useful products. 

2. Your Moisturizer Will Work Better. Not only is moisturizer absorbed better on clean skin, but so are all skin products. Any skin care item should be applied only after cleanser and, ideally, toner. 

3. You’ll Help Prevent Wrinkles. This goes for your nighttime Retin-A and your daytime sunscreen – your two most important anti-wrinkle creams.