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

Expert skincare and beauty tips

Take the Skincare Challenge With Me! — April 11, 2021
VI Peel— The Antidote to Winter — March 14, 2021

VI Peel— The Antidote to Winter

Behind our masks this winter is skin needing some rejuvenation. Dry skin in winter needs exfoliation to restore brightness. Discoloration from acne needs to be erased. And there is always dreaded brown discoloration.

The VI peel is a medium depth peel, so expect epidermal peeling beginning on day 2. It may be done singly or in a series. For added effect, one can try the Precision Plus version of this with hydroquinone. This can be booked at either office.

Exfoliation — March 2, 2021

Exfoliation

There is no doubt that dead skin buildup makes your skin look dull.  But, exfoliation that is too aggressive may leave your skin red and irritated. 

Listen to what your skin is telling you, and find the right balance of products. Use of Obagi or ZO exfoliating cleanser daily is fine, but you can also alternate with their gentle cleansers. The ZO complexion renewal pads are a mild exfoliation choice and also help to unclog pores. 

More aggressive exfoliation may be done with Obagi Exfoderm or ZO Exfoliating Polish, but you may want to limit use to one or 2 times a week. 

A super aggressive version of exfoliation may be done by using these products more frequently, but too much aggression may actually result in hyperpigmentation. 

If you don’t like the Do it Yourself approach, superficial chemical peels such as our Vitalize and Rejuvenize peels are great exfoliation choices.  Just don’t neglect this part of your beauty routine!

VI Peel — October 29, 2020

VI Peel

The VI Peel contains a synergistic blend of ingredients, including Vitamin A, TCA, Salicylic acid, Phenol, and Vitamin C. This peel is suitable for all skin types and improves the tone, texture, and clarity of the skin. You will enjoy more radiant, younger looking skin in as little as 7 days.


The VI Peel Precision Plus is a powerful booster with Hydroquinone and Kojic acid developed specifically to treat stubborn pigmentation and damage in the skin. This booster is added to the VI Peel creating the ultimate treatment choice for dramatic results.

Chemical Peels – Who Needs Them? — September 11, 2020

Chemical Peels – Who Needs Them?

Labor Day has come and gone, and now all of us are surveying the damage summer has done to our skin. This can manifest itself as fine lines, brown spots and diffuse bronzing.  

In response, chemical peels come in a variety of strengths and formulations to accommodate any skin type.  Here are a few solutions for your problems.

1) Vitalize peel—This is a light peel with very little downtime that is done in series to erase hyperpigmentation. It’s great for people of any skin type and can —A blend of—also be used to address hyperpigmentation from acne.

2) Rejuvenize peel—A stronger version of the above for faster results.  

3) VI peel—A blend of Vitamin A, TCA, Salicylic acid,Phenol, and Vitamin C—the perfect antidote to summer.  No peel is complete without starting a new protective skin care line.  That’s why seeing the professionals matters.

Remember, cosmetic consults are free and can match you to the best procedure for your skin.

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.

Helping Hands — April 17, 2018
Acid A-to-Z — December 1, 2015

Acid A-to-Z

Fall and winter are the best times for chemical peels. Whether it is a light pre-party peel for exfoliating, or a deeper peel for anti-aging, this is a relatively inexpensive way to freshen your skin.

A-Alpha hydroxyl acid peels, like glycolic can exfoliate and freshen. This is a typical lunchtime peel.

B– Beta hydroxyl acid peels (salicylic acid) can be a great for a quick anti-age treatment on the face and body.

C-Combination peels (Vitalize/Rejuvenize peels) combat unwanted pigment, and can be done in series to lighten unwanted “age spots”. They are great for removing discolored acne scaring. Click here for before/after photos. 

G-Certain Glytone peels target problem areas

1) Mandelic acid-for sensitive skin and redness

2) Pyruvic acid- moderate downtime and anti-aging

3) Lactic acid/trichloroacetic acid in low concentration target the eye and lip area

4) Combination TCA and Kojic acid peels can target “age spots” on hands

T-Higher concentrations of TCA (trichloroacetic acid), with or without Jessner’s solution, deal with more extensive photo-aging, dark age spots, and in some cases actinic Keratoses (precancerous) and some acne scars.

Alphabet soup can be confusing and a consultation can help you find the right peel—and avoid the wrong one.

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