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

Expert skincare and beauty tips

3 Common Misconceptions About Sunscreen — May 25, 2020

3 Common Misconceptions About Sunscreen

3 common misconceptions about sunscreen.

1) I don’t need sunscreen when it’s cool outside.  This is absolutely wrong.  May is the month I see the most sunburns, and the reason is because you don’t think about sunscreen if it’s not hot.

2) I don’t need sunscreen if I’m in the shade. Actually, you are still getting about 90% of the normal UV rays.

3) I applied my sunscreen before I left home, so I’m good for the afternoon.  If you’re sweating or in the water, sunscreen is gone in 60 to 90 minutes.

For more good sunscreen advice, talk to your dermatologist.

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

Back-to-School Skincare — August 14, 2019
Summer Skin — May 10, 2019

Summer Skin

Now is the time to get skin fit for summer.  Here are a few tips.  

1) Along with your gentle cleanser, don’t forget to exfoliate. Try Skinmedica AHA/BHA.  

2) Wear sunscreen daily and reapply often. If you need to reapply without taking off your makeup, try Colorscience powdered Sunforgettable (comes in several shades).  

3) An antioxidant is a must to neutralize UV damage. My favorite is still TNS Essential Serum.

4) Use HA5 to daily moisturize, but in the event of sunburn, try epidermal repair cream.  

5) Don’t forget your nightly Retin-A.  

We have all these products available at ArkLaTex Dermatology .

Visit our online store. 

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When Summer Bites Back – What to Do for a Sunburn — May 6, 2019

When Summer Bites Back – What to Do for a Sunburn

42-26881203Memorial Day is approaching, and with it comes an increased chance of sunburn.  While the proper solution is to avoid burning altogether, here are a few tips if it occurs. 

  1. Take a nonsteroidal drugs like aspirin or Motrin to reduce both inflammation and pain.  
  2. Be generous with emollients.  Epidermal Repair Cream is great, but you may also try CeraVe healing ointment.  
  3. For the lips, use Vaseline, but if fever blisters occur, get a prescription for Valtrex.
  4. Remember, a tanning bed used to “pre-treat” only increases your total ultraviolet exposure and risk for skin cancer.
Sunscreens: Separating Fact from Fiction — June 30, 2017

Sunscreens: Separating Fact from Fiction

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1) Myth:  Sunscreens are toxic.  The most common unblocking ingredients, zinc oxide and titanium dioxide are probably safer than most of your cleansers and cosmetics.

2) Myth: Organic is better.  Actually sunscreens are divided into 2 groups.  So-called chemical sunscreens absorb the sun’s rays (Oxybenzone or Avobenzone).  Physical sunscreens block or deflect the sun (Zinc Oxide or Titanium Dioxide).  Both forms are very effective and are much safer than sunburns.  

3) Myth: Sunscreens disrupt body hormones.  This is not true as there is simply not enough absorption.

4) Truth:  Sunscreens can also moisturize, and some contain peptides and other products to nourish your skin.  

5)Truth: A few people are allergic to certain components in some sunscreens, but most can use zinc oxide products.