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The DERMAdoctor Skinstruction Manual: The Smart Guide to Healthy, Beautiful Skin and Looking Good at Any Age Hardcover – Bargain Price, March 1, 2005


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  • Hardcover: 416 pages
  • Publisher: Simon & Schuster (March 1, 2005)
  • ISBN-10: 0743264991
  • ASIN: B001QCXDJQ
  • Product Dimensions: 9.3 x 5.8 x 1.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.8 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 3.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (10 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,866,900 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Getting proper advice is the first step in having great skin, but finding truth amongst all the hype is easier said than done. Instead of relying on your favorite cosmetic counter or this week's magazine cover story, try starting with Audrey Kunin's The DERMAdoctor Skinstruction Manual; not only is it a great starting point for separating medical fact from pretty packaging, it covers nearly everything that can ever happen to your skin, from teenage acne to post-menopausal dryness.

Arranged alphabetically by topic, its design makes finding the information you need a breeze--and Kunin's casual, conversational style is enjoyably readable. If you've ever wished you could corner a dermatologist at a dinner party and ask about that odd little rash or bump that just won't go away, you'll love the tone. Along with clear explanations of a range of complaints, she provides an even broader range of possible solutions, including prescriptions to discuss with your doctor and simple over-the-counter remedies. Some are her own formulations; even more are not. Whatever the answer is to your problem, it'll be as practical as possible: None of those 19-step daily skincare routines here.

With her background in non-surgical cosmetic dermatology, she's quite open to treatments (like Botox and steroids) that some prefer to avoid. At the same time, her medical background provides her with a solid research base that allows readers to feel that they're getting accurate answers to questions like, "Is mad cow disease communicable via collagen injections?" or, "What's the minimum SPF to look for in sunscreen?" Whether you're trying to prevent skin cancer, control psoriasis or keep on top of your complexion throughout the coming years, Kunin's detailed advice will help get the job done. Jill Lightner

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Special Interview with Audrey Kunin, MD
"I believe consulting with a dermatologist should be convenient, informative, and economical--that's why I moved my office online," says Dr. Audrey Kunin, a practicing, board-certified dermatologist, creator of DERMAdoctor Specialist Skin Care, and founder of DERMAdoctor.com®, where her focus has been to inform and educate customers on nonprescription treatments for conditions ranging from crow's feet, stretch marks and cellulite to rosacea, discoloration, bruising, male-specific concerns, and a far broader range of skin issues "rarely spoken of, and even less frequently embraced by cosmetics," she observes. Amazon.com contributor Jill Lightner spoke with Dr. Kunin, who shared some tips on how to discern fact from fiction when it comes to skin care advice, and how to make the most of your visits to the dermatologist. Read our interview.

About the Author

Dr. Audrey Kunin is a practicing, board-certified dermatologist, the founder, president and chief medical advisor of DERMAdoctor.com® - a dermatology education and e-commerce site, and the creator of DERMAdoctor Specialist Skin Care.

Dr. Kunin received her B.S. in Biology from Ohio State University and earned her Medical Degree at the Medical College of Ohio. She worked as a clinical researcher at Tulane Medical School and interned at Henry Ford Hospital in Detroit. She completed her postgraduate training in Dermatology at the Medical College of Virginia, where she served as Chief Resident.

Dr. Kunin has been a featured expert in leading media including InStyle, Allure, Glamour, Health, W, Good Housekeeping, WebMD, U.S. News & World Report, as well as local and national television and radio news networks.

Dr. Kunin lives in the Kansas City area, with her husband and two young children.


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She just tells it like it is.
Beauty Junkie
When I found this book - which was actually quite by accident - I knew I struck gold!
Scarlett Rabinowitz
This book was written with the idea of promoting the author's own product line.
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19 of 22 people found the following review helpful By Leah on May 2, 2005
Format: Hardcover
although there was some good skincare advice in the book and i am sure Dr. Kunin is very knowledgeable, it read more like an overgrown commercial for everything they sell on their web-store, which makes me a little less likely to trust the advice. my point is: this may possibly be a very helpful book, but it is my opinion that there are plenty of other very helpful books that aren't trying to sell you what they suggest you buy.
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8 of 9 people found the following review helpful By merlot on June 7, 2005
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For me I enjoy reading up on skin care especially since I've battled with acne for the past 5 or so years. I recently figured out what I need to do after reading Breaking Out which I highly recommend if acne is your issue however this book covers lots of topics and makes a variety of product recommendations and in my opinion is a first line of defense before calling up the dermatologist. I think it's probably a good book to have around the house because so many things can happen to the skin it's good to have solid medical info at your finger tips. I would suggest buying more detailed books for certain topics that are of great interest because that is not the focus of this book.
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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful By Kharabella on December 31, 2005
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I can't give it a five, because she does plug her own products. But having a mini-encyclopedia of skin diseases and conditions is a great thing. I wish I had purchased a book like this a long time ago. I have a dermatologist, but she doesn't take the time to really explain, in plain English, what is happening and why. The Dermadoctor does that for the kind of condition that you might seek help for (acne, eczema, hair loss, psoriasis) and also for somethings that we may not immediately seek help for, such as cellulite, cold sores, chapped lips, hives, and dandruff.

This isn't a book to read front-to-back, but if you are into healthy skin, I really think this is a great book to have around the house.
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8 of 10 people found the following review helpful By Beauty Junkie on May 9, 2005
Format: Hardcover
Never have I ever read a skin care book that covered everything I could ever have imagined (and I've read them all!). Dr. Kunin is amazing - she doesn't mince words about how to fix whatever is ailing you or you may be worried about. Where have you ever seen a book mention skin concerns that can arise with breast implants, menopause and odd skin conditions I've never heard of along with acne and dandruff? And she isn't about trying to sell something. Instead, she is self empowering the reader to do what it takes to solve the problem whether it's over the counter, beauty counter or prescription. She just tells it like it is. This is THE book I'm going to turn to for myself and my family for years to come.
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10 of 13 people found the following review helpful By Scarlett Rabinowitz on May 22, 2005
Format: Hardcover
As a medical journalist I am always on the lookout for great sources of sound, health information I can pass along to my readers. When I found this book - which was actually quite by accident - I knew I struck gold! It covers the most common (and not so common) skin conditions - which include not only things like wrinkles and fine lines, but also rashes and infections and some very serious problems. This is a reference book every woman should have, particularly mothers - kids get all kinds of skin problems growing up and what you will read in this book could be a real help.

Unlike the other reviewers I did not find this book commerical at all, but instead helpful and insightful. Pick it up - it will be money well spent!

Colette Bouchez -

author of "Your Perfectly Pampered Menopause'

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