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

Expert skincare and beauty tips

Self Improvement Month — September 3, 2021

Self Improvement Month

September is self improvement month at ArkLaTex Dermatology.  Most of us have had a great summer, but it shows on our face. Sunspots and uneven pigment age our skin. Here are some great tips for skin brightening.  

1) Start with one or a series of chemical peels.  Our Vitalize and Rejuvenize peels have minimal downtime.  The VI peel is also great, but you may have a little more peeling.  Peels are 20% off this month.  

2) Try a complete skin program with exfoliant, bleaching creams and antioxidants.  Our Obagi Nuderm and ZO pigment control kits have everything you need. They are 10% off in September.

3) Excel V laser treatments are great to remove red and brown discoloration on the face neck and chest.  

If you don’t know where to start, book a free cosmetic consultation. 

Psoriasis Awareness Month — August 15, 2021

Psoriasis Awareness Month

Psoriasis affects about 2% of the U.S. population. Psoriasis is a chronic, genetic, non-contagious skin disorder that appears in many different forms and can affect any part of the body, including the nails and scalp. Psoriasis is categorized as mild, moderate, or severe, depending on the percentage of body surface involved and the impact on the patient’s quality of life.

If you or family member think you may have psoriasis, call our office for an appointment with one of our Board Certified Dermatologists. Our doctors offer treatments ranging from topicals, to oral medication, to biologic injections.

For more information check the National Psoriasis Foundation website at www.psoriasis.org or The American Academy of Dermatology at www.aad.org.

Your Summer Survival Guide — June 5, 2021

Your Summer Survival Guide

Everyone knows you need your hat, sunscreen and coverup at the beach.  Here are a few other tips to keep the fun in your trip:  

1) Make sure to bring an unscented moisturizer such as Cetaphil or Cerave cream.  Moisturizers that have certain scents can sensitize you to the sun and cause sunburn.  

2) Don’t forget quality sunglasses with UV protection.  UV rays or increase the risk of cataracts.  

3) If you are prone to fever blisters try the Jane Iredale lip gloss with sunscreen and ask your physician for a prophylactic prescription for Valtrex to take on vacation.

4) If you haven’t had laser hair removal, using a benzoyl peroxide wash in the bikini area can prevent razor rash.  Be careful though as it can bleach clothing.  

5) If you have the misfortune to get a sunburn, take ibuprofen, use a little hydrocortisone for 2 to 3 days, and try applying Neosporin Pain—it contains a topical anesthetic.

Summer Must Haves — May 26, 2021

Summer Must Haves

Since I’m on vacation, I finally have time to catch up on reading all my favorite magazines.  Here is a synopsis of their best advice on beauty products.  

  1. Best exfoliant is a summer favorite—SkinMedica AHA/BHA.  It’s mild enough to use at the beach.  
  2. The consensus favorite for antioxidants to neutralize sun damage is still Skinceutical CE Ferulic.  
  3. DEJ eye cream can give you visible changes in as little as four weeks with its amazing peptides to combat dark circles and fine lines.
  4. Best serum and worth every dime is TNS Advanced by SkinMedica, although I still prefer their sister product TNS Essential Serum.
  5. If your oily skin doesn’t like sunscreen, try Ella UV Clear.  

All of these are available at ArkLaTex Dermatology.  For those of you traveling with limited space for packing like me, a great over the counter cleanser is Cetaphil, and it can be bought in small travel size.  

Have fun on vacation with all your favorite products!

Lighten Up! — May 23, 2021

Lighten Up!

Three great ways to lighten those dark spots with ZO skin care

  1. ZO pigment control—contains hydroquinone and also glycolic acid.  Bleaches and exfoliates at the same time.  May make you a little sun sensitive, so wear your sunscreen. And be prepared to peel a little initially. 
  2. ZO pigment control plus brightening cream—contains antioxidants as well as hydroquinone to destroy free radicals while it lightens skin. It’s all you need under your sunscreen. 
  3. ZO pigment control plus blending cream—a hydroquinone that mixes easily with Retin-A at night. Talk to your dermatologist to customize your skin care.

Recipe for Sexy Eyes — May 19, 2021
Accent on Eyes — May 16, 2021

Accent on Eyes

A common complaint I hear every day is about dark circles under the eyes. This is not from melanin and is not related to sun. 

So try these tips: 

  1. Retin A each night.  It builds collagen and protects fragile blood vessels. 
  2. DEJ eye cream.  It gives the skin an illuminating shine. 
  3. Restylane in the tear troughs to blur the demarcation between eyelid and cheek. 

Talk with your dermatologist about which will help you.

Sculptra — May 15, 2021
Why Accutane? — May 5, 2021

Why Accutane?

Acne is one of the most common diagnoses in my office. While not considered a serious medical problem, it can be a source of low self esteem and even permanent scarring.

So who should consider Accutane and why? If you have been on oral antibiotics greater than 6 months as well as multiple topical creams, this may be a better option. Accutane is normally a 5 or 6 month course. Almost everyone clears during this time, and the vast majority stay clear. The most common side effect—dryness—is less of a problem in summer.

Talk to your dermatologist about whether Accutane is right for you.

Avoid a Sunburned Face this Spring — May 2, 2021

Avoid a Sunburned Face this Spring

Some of the worst sunburns I see are in the early Spring. The weather is cool, so it’s easier to stay out longer and not feel uncomfortable until it’s too late. 

So, here are my favorite facial sunscreens. 

  1. Skinceuticals physical fusion UV defense—It even comes tinted and is very light.
  2. Elta UV clear—great for acne prone skin
  3. ZO sunscreen plus primer—a zinc oxide titanium dioxide combo for sensitive skin
  4. Colorescience Sunforgettable— a powdered sunscreen that can be applied over makeup. 

All of these are available at ArkLaTex Dermatology.