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Product Details

  • Paperback: 311 pages
  • Publisher: James E Fulton MD Phd (October 10, 2001)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0971281009
  • ISBN-13: 978-0971281004
  • Product Dimensions: 8.1 x 0.9 x 5.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 14.4 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (14 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #730,404 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

Editorial Reviews

From the Author

Writing this book has brought me a peculiar mixture of both anguish and joy. The message is basic. While acne is a complicated, mysterious and devious disease, the treatment is remarkably simple and control is finally possible. That is the joy. The anguish lies in the personal memories I dislodged as I wrote. I traveled long journeys to come to the end of my acne. The medical establishment miserably failed me in my search for a treatment that would work. It is out of those failures that this book rises.

My severe cystic acne, which began in childhood and continued unabated into my twenties, was the impetus which led me into a career as a dermatologist and biochemist specializing in the research and treatment of acne. My professional obsession has been to discover methods which though too late for me personally, would save others from the scars of acne. Good Luck with your program.

About the Author

Dr. Fulton graduted from Tulane University Medical School in 1965, received a Ph.D. in Biochemistry from the University of Miami in 1972 and is a fellow of both the American Academy of Cosmetic Surgery and American Academy of Dermatology. He is board certified in both specialties.

He is constantly on the leading edge of new breakthroughs in product development. He developed tretinion (Retin A®) with Dr. Albert Kligman for the University of Pennsylvania in 1969, benzoyl peroxide gel (Panoxyl®) and topical erthromycin(E-Gel®) with Dr. Harvey Blank for the University of Miami in 1975. His latest advancement in skin care therapeutics is the topical use of vitamin A propionate -US patent 5,043,356.

Dr. Fulton's achievements extend into the area of ocrrective chemical peels and facial laser abrasion for skin rejuvenation and the improvement of acne scars. He is a pioneer in dermatological cosmetic surgery techniques and has published more than 100 medical articles.

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I just completed an esthetics program where we learned very little about this subject.
ladybug83
Dr. Fulton was motivated to study dermatology and specifically acne because he himself suffered from a debilitating case of it.
"ringtail@erols.com"
This book is a must-read for anyone suffering from breakouts or who desires to enter the esthetics or dermatology fields.
M. Mendoza

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24 of 25 people found the following review helpful By "ringtail@erols.com" on August 16, 2003
I found this book to be the most compassionate skincare book I have ever read. I f you have ever suffered from this disease, you will a) bawl with relief and b) get down on your knees and ferverently thank the publishers of this book. Dr. Fulton was motivated to study dermatology and specifically acne because he himself suffered from a debilitating case of it. He describes his personal experiences of shame and frustration ( he has photos of himself with acne - ugh - what doctor or person would dare to do that??) and those of his patients with deep empathy and insight. How many times have you gone to yet another unsympathetic dermatologist and been handed a prescription merely to shut you up? or used OTC products only to find you are getting worse or staying the same???
I found this book book to be extraordinarily helpful, especially the following:
1) Dr. Fulton recommends using ice as an inexpensive treatment on pimples and cysts - it takes away swelling and kills the top layers of cells to help bring up/relieve the impaction - he uses in his own clinical practice
2) Did you know that Retin-A (which he co-invented, along with Benzol Peroxide - he got himself degrees in dermatology and chemistry in order to tackle this disease) comes in two different forms - cream and gel. The cream formula is acnegenic - but the gel isn't.
3) benzoyl peroxide is an extremely effective treatment - but is often "housed" in a formula that is acnegenic, esp. over-the-counter product - that is why it doesn't work!!!!!
4) A lot of products that are labelled "non-comedogenic", esp. cosmetics that are advertised as such, ARE NOT - and Dr. Fulton does testing in his lab, and shows how you can do simple tests/read ingredients on your cosmetics to see if they are.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By M. Mendoza on August 22, 2006
This book is a must-read for anyone suffering from breakouts or who desires to enter the esthetics or dermatology fields. Dr. Fulton has a successful history of treating patients with acne and has done extensive research on the causes and treatment of acne. I recommend this book to anyone interested in learning more about skincare or treating breakouts. I wish I had read this book when I was twelve or thirteen. The wealth of information contained in this book is enough to make someone seem like an expert. Upon reading, one may learn all the myths and truths about acne, and by understanding its cause, may treat it more effectively. As far as I'm concerned, this should be the manual for acne treatment.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Daniel Kern on April 12, 2008
Dr. Fulton's book is the best resource I've found to understand what acne is and how it develops. You'll walk away with a thorough understanding of sebaceous glands, retention hyperkeratosis, lamellar granules, and the like. It is an essential read for people interested in the science behind blocked pores.
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on October 7, 2002
This is an informative and compassionate testament to a life dedicated to overcoming acne. Dr. Fulton obviously knows his stuff and explains it simply. Although I am disappointed in not having more direction about using over the counter products, he does not plug his own line of products as the be all and end all. If you read your labels and keep in mind the ingredients he lists to avoid, you will do well. If you are suffering from acne, whether severe or even minor, this is an excellent resource.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By ladybug83 on July 26, 2012
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I could not put this book down! There is a wealth of knowledge compiled in here found nowhere else. I have a much better understanding about what acne is, what aggravates it and what specific ingredients do for acne. Throughout my twenties, I have tried everything to get my acne under control. From reading this book, I now understand what ingredients like Benzoyl Peroxide and topical vitamin A actually do and how they work. In retrospect, I had given up too soon on some of my treatments. Also, I learned that for me, a treatment plan including a combination of benzoyl peroxide, AHAs & topical vitamin A is most effective. Two more big take-aways for me: watch out for food and vits high in iodine, and 100 mg of zinc daily will help with acne inflammation.

I just completed an esthetics program where we learned very little about this subject. This is an absolute MUST READ for any skin care professional. Thank you, Dr. Fulton!

One thing, the copyright on this book is 2001. I know there have been many advances in laser treatments, and would love to see an updated version of the book.
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23 of 33 people found the following review helpful By Theresa Onstott on January 4, 2003
I wish I had looked to see if this book was at my library before I bought it (which I now know it is). It is worth reading, but the advice is lacking. There is a list of over 100 ingredients to look for in skin care products, which I found hard to compare to products in the store. The web sites and e-mail are given with the book, but I found neither any help in furthering advice on products. It seems as though Dr. Fulton only wants to help people through the sale of his own product line. When I e-mailed for more information on products available in the store, my question was disregarded and I was directed on how I could order his own line of products. I was upset that I had to spend money on a book that only wants to help me by further profiting off me by my buying their products. I do understand acne better, but I had to pay for a book that seems like a sales pitch for his product line. Out of 300 pages, only 40 talk about treatment, and I think that could have been reduced. There seemed to be a lot of fluff. A book that I do think is worth putting money into, because I constantly reference back to it, is Paula Begoun's "Don't Go To The Cosmetic Counter Without Me." I'm not really into "cosmetics" but she does talk about acne and her product reviews for cleansers, make-up removers, lotions, wrinkle creams, sun block, toners, men's and baby products, and just about anything you put on the skin are incredible.
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