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

Expert skincare and beauty tips

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.
Selfcare Sunday – Jane Iredale Corrective Colors — June 28, 2020

Selfcare Sunday – Jane Iredale Corrective Colors

Have a blemish or a bruise? Cover up with a mask or use Jane Iredale’s corrective colors palette. This corrector palette camouflages all stages of bruising and also covers hyperpigmentation. The colors actually follow the “life cycle” of a bruise, concealing it at every stage:
– Yellow conceals redness
– Peach hides blue, purple, or grey
– Lilac covers yellow
– Beige conceals hyperpigmentation

This palette can be purchased at either our Shreveport or Bossier location, or follow the link below to purchase via our online store. $24

Face Masks and Skin Sensitivity — May 5, 2020
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.
**NEW PRODUCT ALERT** — January 10, 2020


Black Mask – Made with the highest quality earth clays to unclog pores and absorb excess oil, this intensive mask noticeably refines the appearance of pores and deeply cleanses skin, leaving it polished and smooth.

Purifies and soothes skin with unique properties of Silt derived from European freshwater lakes

Contains the highest quality earth clays to unclog pores and absorb excess oil

Leaves skin looking polished and smooth

Helps to noticeably refine the appearance of pores

Who benefits? All skin types. Ideal for those with normal to oily skin types.

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
Rosacea – New Treatments For An Old Problem — August 30, 2015

Rosacea – New Treatments For An Old Problem


Good skin care for your face

What’s new (and not-so-new) with Rosacea? Rosacea, one of the most common adult skin care problems, can consist of: pimples (adult acne), broken veins, diffuse redness, and enlarging pores and oil glands. Take a good look at the latest treatments, as well as old standbys, to see what will work best for you.


Antibiotics (oral and topical) not only kill bacteria, but also decrease inflammation.

Soolantra® is an innovative new cream form of an old medication to kill microorganisms that cause inflammation.

Accutane – Not just for teens, this can permanently rid you of pimples.

Broken Veins/diffuse redness

Excel V Laser – This laser targets the hemoglobin in vessels, thereby destroying the vessels in just a few treatments. This is great for men as well as women, and has minimal downtime.

No time for lasers? Try Mirvaso. This is a daily cream that constricts blood vessels. It must be applied each day.

Panic time? Try the Colorescience color palette to cover red veins, bruises and other blemishes.

Enlarging pores and oil glands




All three of these products not only shrink oil glands and increase cell turnover, but also increase collagen production and decrease fine lines.

See your dermatologist for a customized treatment.  


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