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Brown Skin: Dr. Susan Taylor's Prescription for Flawless Skin, Hair, and Nails Hardcover – May 27, 2003


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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 304 pages
  • Publisher: Amistad; 1 edition (May 27, 2003)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0060088710
  • ISBN-13: 978-0060088712
  • Product Dimensions: 1.1 x 7.1 x 9.1 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.6 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 3.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (26 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #164,886 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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“Taylor empowers the Black woman to look and feel beautiful.” (--Ebony)

“This is a wonderfully informative book. It should be bought by every woman of color.” (--Harriette Cole, author of Jumping the Broom and Vows)

About the Author

Susan C. Taylor, M.D., a Harvard-trained physician and an internationally recognized expert on dermatology and ethnic skin issues, has appeared on the Today show, Weekend Today, and Good Morning America, and has been featured in O Magazine, Latina, and Essence. She is the founding director of the Skin of Color Center—the first of its kind in the nation—at St. Luke's-Roosevelt Hospital Center in New York City, and maintains a private practice in Philadelphia.


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Customer Reviews

Overall, I didn't learn a single thing.
Kharabella
I found this book to be easy to read (not a lot of dermatologist language) and with helpful advice.
Stephanie M.
This book is a must read for women of color concerned with their physical appearance.
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27 of 28 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on February 15, 2004
Format: Hardcover
I am a black women who decided to get my look together before I turned 30. I dont have tremendous skin problems but I just want my skin to look youthful and vivacious. I found out how to get that type of skin by reading Dr. Taylor's book. It was so helpful that I could have cried. The section on how to remove/prevent the dark marks that are sometimes left behind after having a blemish was exceptional. In only a month, my skin has never looked or felt better. I dont feel the need to wear makeup anymore. She also gives very good product recommendations based upon your skin type. You can tell that her advise comes from research and experience. I highly recommend this buy.
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26 of 28 people found the following review helpful By Stephanie M. on June 22, 2003
Format: Hardcover
I found this book to be easy to read (not a lot of dermatologist language) and with helpful advice. I gave five stars because of the accessibility of the products Dr. Taylor prescribes, most generic brands or simple home-remedies, that are affordable and also because she didn't push me to make an appointment or to buy expensive, designer products. Most solutions are common sense, but with a little extra advice and steps to follow that makes purchasing the book worthwhile. Dr. Taylor gives examples of actual clients that makes me feel comfortable that I'm not the only one going through problems with my hair and skin. My husband was also able to get sound advice for his acne-prone, oily skin. There are also helpful hints for children...there's something in this book for everyone to maintain healthy skin, hair and nails!
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16 of 17 people found the following review helpful By D. Hamlett on January 4, 2005
Format: Hardcover Verified Purchase
Unfortunately most people do not understand that people of African decent have unique dermatological challenges that do not affect other races. Dr. Taylor has done a phenomenal job of both publicizing this and addressing things that we need to do to improve the health of our skin. I don't agree with everything she says 100%, particularly as it relates to diet and acne, but she has done a better job of addressing dermatology for people of color than anyone else I have seen or read to date.

In addition to really enjoying her book I travel from NYC to Philadelphia to receive treatment from her for a unique acne condition that predominantly affects black men (Acne Keloidalis Nuchae). Over the course of 15 years I have seen 3 Dermatologist and 2 Doctors who have told me that there is no way to treat it. To end a long story after one treatment from her and some topical ointments the condition is 97% gone! I giver her business card to black men that I see on the street who have really severe baldness and razor bumps due to this condition.

In summary: A great book; A great Doctor and something that all people of African decent should have in their library.
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21 of 24 people found the following review helpful By Kharabella on December 31, 2005
Format: Paperback
The book would probably be informative to some people. Overall, I didn't learn a single thing. THE BOTTOM LINE: If you don't know anything about hair and skin care, if you are starting from scratch, then this book might be helpful. If you are like me, and you already read Essence or already have some knowledge of how and when to wash your hair and face, then the book will seem like a waste of money.

Another drawback --most of the advice is incredibly general. A woman of color with skin or hair problems would be better advised to make an appointment with Dr. Taylor or another black dermatologist to get specific advice to help your specific problems. If you have health insurance, one appointment with a dermatologist should not cost to much more than the book.
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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on July 22, 2003
Format: Hardcover
I met the author at a book signing on Saturday and I was thoroughly impressed with her knowledge and her ability to speak frankly and plainly about all topics concerning skin care. The book contains lots of practical advice and the product information is certainly of great value. The book has prompted my 13 year old daughter to go online and check out the various products that Dr. Taylor names as solutions to her skin problems.
I also like the fact that she addresses our skin care needs at each phase of life. It is so rare that African-Americans can find information on skin care that is specific to our needs. I applaud the Dr. and I recommend the book highly!
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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful By Gina P. on August 1, 2003
Format: Hardcover
This book is so clear and concise that anyone can understand it. If you want to have beautiful hair, skin and nails at any age, you must have this book! I have already started using most of the principles included in the book and I have notice a complete difference already ...and it's only been 1 month since I got the book. This is a great read for ANY woman or man of color!
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15 of 17 people found the following review helpful By Diana Artis on July 22, 2003
Format: Hardcover
In the midst of the summer's challenges for skin and hair,I am thrilled to have found Dr. Taylor's book. Dr.Taylor has included so much valuable information in a very accessible format. She appeals to our common sense which makes her suggestions palatable and easy to follow. The reader does not walk away feeling bad about choices previously made in the area of hair and skin care. Rather you feel motivated to succeed in moving in a new direction. So often advisors in these areas relish giving advice with out regard for the client. Dr. Taylor's approach is quite different. Her specific suggestions along with product names leave the reader feeling capable. Finally, the fact that Dr. Taylor is a physician gives this reader greater confidence in her advice. Additionally as a woman of color and mother of two girls, I know she can relate to my experiences. Thank you Dr. Taylor for walking us through the maze!
A MUST FOR THE HOLIDAY LISTS!
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