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

Expert skincare and beauty tips

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.

When Summer Does a Number on Your Skin — July 29, 2020

When Summer Does a Number on Your Skin

What to do when summer does a number on your skin? You need a good skin care routine!

  1. Dry skin on the upper arms and thighs — Use your ZO complexion renewal pads and follow it with Nectifirm moisturizer daily as part of your facial routine.  
  2. Keratosis Pilaris or arm bumps —Try 12% Lachydrin lotion
  3. Dull skin on the face — Add ZO exfoliating polish and Daily Power defense to your usual routine of sunscreen and Retin A.  
  4. Too much brown — Try the ZO Pigment Control Kit or add Lytera to your hydroquinone regimen.  Skin care routines can be customized at Arklatex Dermatology.
Face Masks and Skin Sensitivity — May 5, 2020
Psoriasis and Coronavirus — March 26, 2020

Psoriasis and Coronavirus

Many patients who have severe psoriasis or psoriatic arthritis are on medications called immunologics.  These medications work by altering portions of the immune system at the cellular level.  Because of this, patients on these medications may may have an increased risk of infection. Certain drugs, such as those called TNF inhibitors (drugs like Enbrel and Humira), may have a higher risk than others.

When deciding whether to continue or stop your medication, you also need to think about other factors that may put you in a higher risk group such as diabetes, COPD, or age greater than 60.

None of us knows everything about this virus.  Call your doctor and have a frank discussion about your concerns.

Stay healthy.

Josie Futrell, MD

Hand Washing and Eczema — March 11, 2020

Hand Washing and Eczema

Hand eczema — the hidden curse of coronavirus. All the hand washing and hand sanitizing may reduce the rate of infection, but it dries and irritates your skin.  Here are some tips to reduce the redness and peeling.

  1. Use hand cream, not lotion.
  2. Use it early and often.  Good brands are Cetaphil, CeraVe, Eucerin, and Curel.
  3. Avoid scents and perfumes as they may irritate.
  4. At night, apply a liberal coat of CeraVe healing ointment, or even plain Vaseline.
  5. If your hands become severely irritated, contact your dermatologist for short-term use of a topical steroid.
National Psoriasis Month — September 3, 2019

National Psoriasis Month

September is National Psoriasis Month. This is a great time to examine the many psoriasis treatments.

Many people think psoriasis is just scaly skin. It is now well known to affect many aspects of the immune system. There is a new drug almost every month, and you will hear terms like TNF, IL17 or IL23 inhibitors. Some questions to ask before choosing a medication include: do you have arthritis, genital involvement, other underlying medical problems? Only a dermatologist can help you navigate this complex field. Contact Ark-La-Tex Dermatology today.

Winter Skincare Tips — January 9, 2017

Winter Skincare Tips

1) Use an antioxidant serum before your morning sunscreen.  A good bargain is Vitamin C Lotion 30% by Revision (109$).

 2) A light winter peel–lactic acid or salicylic acid–can rid you of dry, dull skin.  Add a hyaluronic acid moisturizer to really smooth your skin.  Good products:  Hydrating Serum by Revision ($65) or HA5 by SkinMedica ($178 but worth it).

3) Continue daily sunscreen–SPF 30 or greater.

4)Don’t stop your nightly Retin A, but consider a lower strength for winter.

5)For hand protection get CeraVe healing balm.

Dr. Futrell in the News — November 19, 2015
Stop the Itch! Get the Jump on Scalp Psoriasis — September 15, 2015

Stop the Itch! Get the Jump on Scalp Psoriasis

Autumn dream

With the cooler, drier air of fall and winter quickly approaching, here’s how to get control now of your scaling, flaking scalp:

  • Wash your hair frequently. Daily is best.
  • Use a good dandruff shampoo. Head and Shoulders or Selsum Blue are good choices,
  • Do not over-brush, pick or scratch. Psoriasis is made worse by trauma.
  • Topical steroid foams, used appropriately, can reduce the itch as well as the redness and scale.
  • In severe cases, nightly use of an oil such as P & S Liquid can loosen the scales in a non-irritating way.

When topical treatments fail, there are many systemic options. See a dermatologist for more in-depth advice.

 

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