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

Expert skincare and beauty tips

Face Masks and Skin Sensitivity — May 5, 2020

Face Masks and Skin Sensitivity

In the age of social distancing, what can I do to keep my cloth mask from irritating my skin?

  • First of all, before wearing, wash your mask to remove starch and other harsh chemicals.
  • Avoid makeup under the mask.
  • Apply a protective balm to areas that rub.
  • At night, use a gentle cleanser like Obagi, and apply epidermal repair cream (Skinceuticals).
  • Pamper your face! 
Message to Patients — April 5, 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

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

Telemedicine — March 23, 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.
Hand Sanitizer and Coronavirus: What to Do When Your Neighbor Sneezes — March 6, 2020

Hand Sanitizer and Coronavirus: What to Do When Your Neighbor Sneezes

Coronavirus is spread primarily by droplets in the air or on surfaces. No single product can protect you absolutely. Masks are not recommended, except for infected patients and health care providers.  Hand washing and hand sanitizers are your best bet for protection. Both Purell, which contains alcohol, and Clorox wipes kill about 99% of germs. Don’t skimp—use it liberally to wipe not only hands, but surrounding surfaces. Carry individually-wrapped wipes in your purse or briefcase when away from home. Be safe and sensible.

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