Skin Care Blues

By Mary Simon

Many of us suffer from skin issues, whether it's acne, psoriasis, sun-damage, eczema, rosacea, and the inevitable wrinkles. Several excellent manuals written by board-certified dermatologists are available to assist sufferers. Don't be discouraged. Many new breakthroughs--from lasers, to peals and injections--can help with the physical and psychological concerns you may have from dealing with these issues. Kim Kardashian, recently diagnosed with psoriasis, can benefit from my list and so can you.

  • The Best Skin of Your Life Starts Here : busting beauty myths so you know what to use and why

    2015 by Paula Begoun

    An excellent reference manual that covers all the bases, from acne to wrinkles. Begoun dispenses sound medical advice and down-to-earth recommendations for both OTC and prescription products. As a sufferer from both rosacea and psoriasis, I can attest to the wisdom of her advice. It's like getting help from a trusted physician-friend. She'll tell you what you should avoid and what you should do. One of the best skin-care books ever!

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  • Healing Skin Disorders : natural treatments for dermatological conditions

    2003 by Andrew Gaeddert

    Gaeddert's approach to healing combines dermatological diagnosis with essential fatty acids, diet, supplements, and Chinese herbal medicine. The book features suggestions for promoting "natural" overall skin health, and includes case studies, self-care strategies, and professional treatments presented in an accessible A-to-Z format. There's also a workbook, a question and answer section, a description of acupuncture points and their importance when treating certain skin care issues, and a range of resources. Chapters cover such topics as tips for health and skin, herbs and nutrients, symptoms and treatments, acupoints, and digestive clearing diets. My sister, who is a certified shiatsu message therapist, has traveled to Japan several times to further her studies; she recommended this book to me several years ago and I find that I turn to it more often than some of the others in my list. Try it and let me know what you think!

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  • Understanding Skin Problems : acne, eczema, psoriasis and related conditions

    2003 by Linda Papadopoulos

    As skin problem sufferers well know, any dermatological condition can have a devastating psychological effect leading to feelings of isolation and depression. It's not just the physical condition but the constant reminder that your largest organ (your skin) is a source of embarrassment and shame. Filling the gap between medical advice and layperson knowledge, Understanding Skin Problems provides crucial information to help you understand the various aspects of your condition--psychological and social as well as medical--so that you can improve the quality of your life and learn to cope better with the problem. Reasons I use this "bible" include: readability (easy-to-understand) while offering positive advice and most importantly hope that you can survive your skin afflictions. Many of us skin problem sufferers have joined groups such as the National Psoriasis Foundation, acne sufferers blogs, National Rosacea Society, etc. and this book can lead you to a whole host of outstanding resources. Yes, some have changed since publication but the Internet helps too.

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  • The Original Beauty Bible : unparalleled information for beautiful and younger skin at any age

    2009 by Paula Begoun

    Another book by Paula Begoun. This is one of the first books she authored and millions have come to rely on it for years. Exhaustively researched and updated in this all-new edition, this refreshingly honest guide cuts through marketing hype to educate us on all aspects of beauty, including how to put together a doable skin care routine, choose qualified medical professionals, and apply the 5 minute makeup face. I also like it because it outlines the latest research and information on every imaginable cosmetic innovation/gadget, with a special emphasis on skin care ingredients. While I don't currently have plans to use a cosmetic surgeon, for those that do, it explains the pros and cons of all types of cosmetic surgery and corrective procedures in an engaging, easy-to-understand style. Plus it is packed with money-saving tips, The Original Beauty Bible affirms Begoun’s reputation as “The Ralph Nader of Rouge.”

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  • Acne and Skin Disorders

    2012 by Peggy J Parks

    Acne, which results in clogged pores and pimples or lesions, is one of many skin disorders discussed in this informative booklet. In addition, Parks covers some of the most common skin problems and solutions, including psoriasis, rosacea, dermatitis, and ringworm, as well as skin cancer. Through objective overviews, primary sources, and full-color illustrations, this title examines what skin disorders are, what causes them, how they are treated, and if they can be prevented. Acne can be an insidious skin problem--especially for teens--and this manual can help you deal with it.

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  • Cortisol Control and the Beauty Connection : the all-natural, inside-out approach to reversing wrinkles, preventing acne, and improving skin tone

    2007 by Shawn M Talbott

    The metabolic process known as aging can’t be stopped, but its effects on the skin can be slowed and diminished. This plan was developed by an author known for research into the links between cortisol, stress, and aging. He has the credentials (PhD, CNS, LDN, FACSM, FAIS, FACN)! Once again, he emphasizes proper diet, exercise, and natural products to control the cellular basis of aging and prevent and even reverse wrinkles, acne, and other skin problems. The plan addresses multiple metabolic systems from both an inside-out and outside-in perspective and proves that good health and good looks are one and the same. The book contains a step-by-step one month sample program and covers many aspects of skin and its care, including skin types and problems; improving skin tone; the stress-beauty connection; and ingredients to avoid when purchasing cosmetics. Appendices offer recipes, an exercise program, and product resource lists. Since stress seems to be the common denominator in so many skin problems, this book deserves your attention.

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  • Forever Young : the science of nutrigenomic for glowing, wrinkle-free skin and radiant health at every age

    2010 by Nicholas Perricone

    Dr. Perricone’s Forever Young makes an extraordinary promise: by following a program designed to decrease wrinkles and dramatically improve the appearance of the skin, the reader is also guaranteed more energy, less fat and an improved mood. If you've seen his products in department stores and on Amazon, you probably know that the core of Dr. Perricone’s appeal is his scientific grounding and authority. In a field notorious for the triumph of style over substance, Dr. Perricone is on the cutting edge of new science which is scientifically proven to work. The appeal for me stems from a focus on healthy diet, "positive" sleep, supplements, exercise (especially yoga), and bone and heart health. Some of the book may be too detailed or scientific but you can glance through it and move on to the sections that interest you the most.

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  • Simple Skin Beauty : every woman's guide to a lifetime of healthy, gorgeous skin

    2009 by Ellen Marmur

    DR. Ellen Marmur is world-renowned New York City dermatologist, a skin cancer surgeon, and a skin cancer survivor herself! She has treated thousands of patients confused about sun protection, cosmeceuticals, and anti-aging procedures. She believes that you need just three basic essentials for gorgeous, healthy skin and offers refreshingly accessible solutions to issues like acne breakouts, dry skin, wrinkles, and more. She helped me understand the difference between sunblock and sunscreen, and which ingredients are the best; why drinking a lot of water is key to skin health; which facial cleanser and moisturizer is best for my skin type; which anti aging products really work; and what you should ask your dermatologist if you are considering Botox, fillers, lasers, or other procedures.

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