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Product Details

  • Paperback: 352 pages
  • Publisher: Bantam; Reprint edition (December 26, 2006)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0553383302
  • ISBN-13: 978-0553383300
  • Product Dimensions: 6.1 x 0.7 x 9.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 15.2 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (147 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #87,158 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Without question, the best book I’ve read on skin care.”—Paula Begoun, author of Don’t Go to the Cosmetics Counter Without Me

About the Author

Leslie Baumann, M.D., founded the University of Miami Cosmetic Medicine and Research Institute in 1997, the first university-run research center dedicated to cosmetic dermatology and skin care. Her revolutionary skin typing system has been adopted worldwide. She is also the author of the bestselling textbook Cosmetic Dermatology and is a regular contributor to Yahoo! Health.

Customer Reviews

I was using all the wrong products for my skin type!
Kolleen Powers
I purchased this book after reading a review about it in a magazine, and I'm extremely pleased with it!
Leanne
I highly recommend this book, even if you already are a skin care expert!
Jeni

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95 of 98 people found the following review helpful By Leanne TOP 500 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on March 10, 2006
Format: Hardcover Verified Purchase
I purchased this book after reading a review about it in a magazine, and I'm extremely pleased with it!

Before buying the book, I was worried that the questionnaire that Dr. Baumann provides wouldn't be as easy as it was to follow since, in the past, I've often found that questionnaires sometimes don't reveal your categories as clearly as they could. In this case, however, her questionnaire was simple and accurate, and I learned a great deal about my skin.

What I also like is that Dr. Baumann provides you with information in case you fall into a borderline area in one of the four categories. For instance, I fall between the Wrinkled and Tight skintypes in one category, but the book suggested that if this is the case, that I follow the Wrinked guidelines to prevent the formation of future wrinkles. She offers similar suggestions throughout, so that you know when and how to use the products she recommends.

I also like how Dr. Baumann provides products in a variety of price ranges, many of which can be found at a local drugstore. The only downside is that some of the prices were a bit more expensive than her price rating system seems to suggest. For example, each of the products is rated from $-$$$ in terms of its cost. Two of my recommended eye creams were in the $$ price range, when one, in fact, costs $55 and the other $68. It seems like these should have been placed in the $$$ range, and these aren't the only examples of this nature.

Overall, though, it's been an excellent purchase! Considering how much many of us spend on beauty and facial products, the book is a very good investment. Personally, I know that it will help me avoid making costly mistakes in the future. Instead of continuing to spend money on products that don't work for my skin type, I now feel like I will be a more confident shopper.
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82 of 86 people found the following review helpful By Amazon customer on December 14, 2006
Format: Hardcover
In my teens and twenties I never paid much attention to my skin, partly because I didn't have any major problems and partly because I wasn't very interested in beauty, fashion magazines and the like. I'd wash my face in the shower and draw a couple lines under my eyes in the morning and that was the extent of my skin care and make-up routine. But, at 34 I noticed a lesion on my face that turned out to be skin cancer. It was nothing serious and was taken care very easily, but it made me start looking at my skin more closely, and, much to my dismay, I realized that I was beginning to show the signs of ageing; for the first time I noticed that I had crowsfeet, smile lines and age spots. I decided I probably should start taking a little better care of my skin, but I didn't really know "what" I should be doing. Since it's nearly impossible to get a dermatologist to spend any serious time with you, I decided to buy a book instead. I bought this one and I think it was a good choice.

The book helps you assess the type of skin you have and determine what products and procedures are best for you. It also impresses upon you the importance of sunscreen. For many skin types, like mine, Dr. Baumann suggests a Retinoid product that you have to get through a dermatologist. This seems to have been good advice as I have read several articles in other sources (NYTimes and Consumer Reports) that say that Retinoids are the ony products which have been scientifically proven to reduce the signs of ageing. So, for the recommendation of suncreen and retinoids, I'm very thankful to the author.

As far as some of the other product recommendations are concerned, I have taken them with a grain of salt.
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54 of 55 people found the following review helpful By M. Edwards on April 9, 2006
Format: Hardcover
I have had problem skin my entire life - acne, sensitivity. I have been sold every product under the sun wuth a promise it would help and never did. I finally took Accutane which cleared up my skin but made it even more confusing to buy products. I finally have the answer.

I read the book and took the quiz only to find out not only do I have sensitive skin but I have EXTREMELY sensitive skin. I threw out more than half my skin care products and bought several on Dr. Baumann's recommended list for my skin (dry, sensitive, wrinkled, non-pigmented). My skin has never been this clear - no spots, no itchiness, no flaking, nothing but clear soft skin. I even feel comfortable going without makeup now. Even after the Accutane my nose still had a lot of clogged pores and even they seem to be clearing up now.

Despite what others have said Dr. Baumann is very upfront that she tests for several companies - in fact she tests for so many that she is truly impartial - many of the products she would test would be from competing companies. Common sense tells you this. I also liked the dietary recommendations for my skin type - I have incorporated a few and have seen a difference.

This book is a must have for anyone - it demystifies the skin care industry and helps you figure out what to use and what not to use. It gives options and information you cna use for a lifetime.
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28 of 28 people found the following review helpful A Kid's Review on June 2, 2006
Format: Hardcover
Dr. Leslie Baumann has written an excellent resource for anyone with dermatology woes. As a young OSNT with rosacea I was very happy to see that she had included a good deal of information regarding my own skins needs in well thought out and researched articles.

The product recommedations, however, are a mixed bag. Some of the recommended products contain irritating ingredients and her work with Johnson & Johnson casts some doubt on the impartiality of Dr. Baumann's critiques. That being said there ARE some excellent, inexpensive products to be found in this book. The questionnaire is very easy to interpret and the medical procedure descriptions are very informative.

Dr. Baumann's message, I believe, is that skincare products are only a piece of the puzzle that is glowing, healthy skin. Good products, she argues, help to attain certain benefits for the skin, much like this book, which offers a good primer for anyone interested in holding off the hands of time. After all, at a certain age, you get the face you deserve.
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More About the Author

Dr. Leslie Baumann is an internationally renowned board-certified dermatologist, bestselling writer, media personality, sought-after lecturer and the CEO of Baumann Cosmetic Dermatology. Dr. Baumann has served as a professor of dermatology at the University of Miami, and she is the author of Cosmetic Dermatology: Principles and Practice (McGraw Hill), which has been translated into 14 languages and become the most widely used cosmetic dermatology textbook around the world. Her latest textbook, Cosmeceuticals and Cosmetic Ingredients (McGraw Hill), was released in November 2014. Dr. Baumann also wrote the New York Times bestseller, The Skin Type Solution, and dermatologists worldwide have adopted her scientifically validated and widely adopted skin typing system. Dr. Baumann also authors a twice-monthly column for The Miami Herald and regularly contributes to magazines, medical journals and other publications worldwide.

Dr. Baumann founded Baumann Cosmetic Dermatology in 1997, and it has since become internationally known for being at the forefront of skin science thanks to its commitment to clinically proven treatments and procedures. Dr. Baumann's extensive experience as a professor of dermatology, writer and researcher gives BCD's patients access to the most cutting-edge science and technologies that help garner the best possible outcomes and results.

Dr. Baumann's research has been instrumental in the FDA approval of Botox, Dysport, Voluma, Sculptra, Juvéderm, Tri-Luma and other groundbreaking drugs and treatments. She is a Fellow of the prestigious American Dermatological Association, member of the American Academy of Dermatology and Board Certified by the American Board of Dermatology.

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