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

Expert skincare and beauty tips

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.  
Selfcare Sunday – Jane Iredale Corrective Colors — June 28, 2020

Selfcare Sunday – Jane Iredale Corrective Colors

Have a blemish or a bruise? Cover up with a mask or use Jane Iredale’s corrective colors palette. This corrector palette camouflages all stages of bruising and also covers hyperpigmentation. The colors actually follow the “life cycle” of a bruise, concealing it at every stage:
– Yellow conceals redness
– Peach hides blue, purple, or grey
– Lilac covers yellow
– Beige conceals hyperpigmentation

This palette can be purchased at either our Shreveport or Bossier location, or follow the link below to purchase via our online store. $24
https://store.arklatexdermatology.com/Corrective-Colors-Camouflage-P178.aspx

Longer, Fuller Lashes — May 11, 2020
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

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.

**NEW PRODUCT ALERT** — January 10, 2020

**NEW PRODUCT ALERT**

Black Mask – Made with the highest quality earth clays to unclog pores and absorb excess oil, this intensive mask noticeably refines the appearance of pores and deeply cleanses skin, leaving it polished and smooth.

Purifies and soothes skin with unique properties of Silt derived from European freshwater lakes

Contains the highest quality earth clays to unclog pores and absorb excess oil

Leaves skin looking polished and smooth

Helps to noticeably refine the appearance of pores

Who benefits? All skin types. Ideal for those with normal to oily skin types.

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.

What to Avoid When Getting Juvederm — October 27, 2019