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Product Details

  • Paperback: 320 pages
  • Publisher: For Dummies; 1 edition (January 4, 2006)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0471746983
  • ISBN-13: 978-0471746980
  • Product Dimensions: 6.1 x 0.7 x 9.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 12.8 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (10 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,636,293 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"Acne For Dummies provides honest information about how to battle breakouts and keep skin healthy." (Suite101.com, August 27th 2009)

From the Back Cover

Clear up acne misconceptions and get effective treatment!

Pimples. Blemishes. Zits. Spots. Whatever you call them, they aren't pretty. But these days, there are lots of treatments. In this friendly guide, a dermatologist explains how you can clear up your complexion, whether you're a teenager or an adult, complete with color photos to help you identify your skin condition. From purchasing over-the-counter products to visiting a dermatologist, find the answers you need for optimal skin care.

Discover how to

  • Understand your type of acne
  • Assess your treatment options
  • Safely use prescription medications, including Accutane®
  • Get treatment for scarring
  • Clear up rosacea, razor bumps, and other acne impostors

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I was privileged to read an advance copy of this book.
DoctorJoeE
Congratulations, from one dermatologist to another, on finally making sense of acne for patients and for doctors!
Jonathan D. Marmur
This is a terrific book: easy to use and hugely informative.
Susan S. Bronstein

Most Helpful Customer Reviews

34 of 35 people found the following review helpful By DoctorJoeE on March 1, 2006
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I was privileged to read an advance copy of this book. As a dermatologist, I have always discouraged my patients from buying acne "self-help" books because all of them are either insultingly oversimplified or numbingly complex. And in the end, the answer to your acne problem, amazingly enough, always turns out to be the author's own miracle regimen, which he or she will be only too happy to sell you for an unconscionable amount of money.

And frankly, I never thought a book in the "Dummies" series would be the one to break that mold. However, I can honestly say this is no less than the finest and most objective layperson's acne book ever written.

Dr. Goodheart has succeeded admirably where many others have failed -- he has taken a very confusing subject and made it crystal clear. He explains what acne is, in terms anyone can understand. He outlines the various types of acne, along with various treatment options, both over-the-counter and prescription, for each, and even addresses disease "lookalikes" that are often confused with acne, even by some physicians.

And most importantly, he cuts through all the lies, legends, and myths of acne treatment. You will learn which treatments really work, and which are a waste of money. You will learn what you can do for acne on your own, and what you should leave to the professionals. And most importantly, you will learn all of this from someone without a financial interest in which treatment you choose.

Finally, an honest physician, who is not trying to sell you any miracle potions or magical snake oils, has set on paper a completely objective evaluation of all the legitimate treatment options available, including Accutane.

Everyone who suffers with potentially disfiguring acne -- and their parents -- should read this book. It will be an invaluable resource for them, and for me as well. I will have several copies in my waiting room.
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9 of 10 people found the following review helpful By Susan S. Bronstein on April 24, 2006
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I was interested in this book before even buying it because I have seen Dr. Goodheart's name several times in the NY Times Science Section. And the book more than met my expectations. NOt only is it clear and informative, but I feel as though Dr. GOODHEART is talking directly to me, anticipating all my questions before I can even think OF them. And he takes into consideration not only the skin but how we all feel when we're struggling with how we look and helps give us ways to deal with that. This is a terrific book: easy to use and hugely informative. This is the book to buy about your acne troubles or even other related skin issues.
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9 of 10 people found the following review helpful By Laura on April 23, 2006
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My mom gave me Acne For Dummies to read because I'm very frustrated about my acne and for the first time I read something that I could UNDERSTAND and was also very helpful. I also enjoyed some of the unusual sidebars!! I recommend this book for all teens who have been confronted with the confounding problems of acne-- this book is clear, concise and very useful. I will refer back to it from time to time to remind myself of the options available to me. I think all pediatricians should be recommending it as well as school nurses and stuff. Thanks Dr. Goodheart for writing this book!!
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Jonathan D. Marmur on May 14, 2010
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This is an incredibly valuable book! Congratulations, from one dermatologist to another, on finally making sense of acne for patients and for doctors! I learned a great deal that will enhance my practice and I will recommend all of my acne patients buy this book. Thank you for such a well written, easy to follow reference guide to acne! Ellen Marmur, MD
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful By L. Krenzel on November 7, 2006
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If anything can help bridge the generational divide, it's this book! Easy to read, incredibly informative, Dr. Goodheart has provided a terrific overview of a subject that's often difficult for parents and teenagers to discuss. This book's given us great historical, clinical and psychological perspective---so that together we can figure out possible treatment strategies. It's helped make my husband and I a bit more sensitive about what our kids are going through---while it answers a lot of their spoken and unspoken questions. We all recommend ACNE FOR DUMMIES highly.
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