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

Expert skincare and beauty tips

The Best Products of 2020 — January 3, 2021

The Best Products of 2020

As we ring in the new year, here’s a look back at the best skincare products of 2020.

  1. Best gentle cleanser—Obagi Gentle Cleanser  

2. Best exfoliating cleanser—Skin Medica AHA/BHA.

3. Best oil control—ZO Oil Control Pads.

4. Best Toner—ZO Complexion Renewal Pads

5. Best antioxidant—TNS Essential Serum by SkinMedica.

6. Best moisturizer for skin repair—SkinCeuticals Epidermal Repair Cream.

7. Best product to smooth crepey skin under makeup—Skinmedica HA5.  

And the best place to get all these products? ArkLaTex Dermatology!

Shop our online store.

Getting Your Skin Ready For the New Year — December 20, 2020
Healthy Skin for Fall — August 30, 2020
Skincare Tailored to You! — August 26, 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.

Obagi Nuderm — September 13, 2019

Obagi Nuderm

Want to repair summer skin damage, but confused or lack discipline? Try Obagi Nuderm. The Nuderm kit consists of cleanser, toner, hydroquinone, sunscreen, exfoliant, and moisturizer. It may be customized by adding Vitamin C and Retin-A.

To give you an idea of how effective it is, two of my best friends started using it after seeing what my skin looks like at 5:30 AM!

Take the Nuderm challenge for 3 months. It only takes 2 minutes, morning and evening.

Back-to-School Skincare — August 14, 2019