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Acne in Black Women Paperback – April 14, 2009
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From the Publisher
There was a need for a handbook on acne that deals with it from a black perspective. In this book the complications and causes of acne and the treatment and the alternatives like chemical peels and lasers are discussed. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
From the Back Cover
Dr. Neil Persadsingh MBBS (UWI) holds a Diploma in Dermatology from the University of London, St. John's Hospital for Diseases of the Skin.
A Fellow of the American Academy of Dermatology, he is a foundation member of the Dermatological Association of Jamaica and the Caribbean Dermatological Association.
Dr. Persadsingh is a former member of the Cosmetic Committee of the Jamaica Bureau of Standards.
He provides expert answers about Acne in Black Women:
* The treatment of acne
* The causes of acne
* The causes and treatment of those spots appearing on black skin after the acne goes
* The prevention of acne
Up to date and informative, yet written in cleat language. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
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Top Customer Reviews
The booklet is compact with a table of contents that allows for easy location of each specific topic and lists of medications in table format, providing a quick review of side effects and dosage frequency. In selecting language to explain acne concepts and treatments, the author has certainly achieved the goal of the booklet. The explanations are clear with the frequent use of the term "zit" rather than "comedone" in discussing different types of acne lesions.
The photographic section contains excellent examples of acne lesions and scarring in people of color. The organization of the information first presents acne as mild, moderate, or severe, and the following section on therapeutic options, organizes them based on the author's judgement of their usefulness in those grades of acne. Providing a chart to self-monitor acne organized into different facial zones (forehead, left cheek, right cheek, chin, nose) and types of lesions (whiteheads, blackheads, pimples, dark spots, scars) seems a useful way to involve the patient in a realistic assessment of their response to treatment.
The discussion of treatment options does include medications that are not yet available in the United States such as topical isotretinoin (topical Isotrex) and an oral contraceptive containing cyproterone (Diane). The scheduling and organization of office visits in different parts of the world may be more variable than the every-2-week frequency mentioned.
Overall, the author has understated his accomplishment. The book is a patient information guide that transcends color. "Plain and simple" language may also be appealing to white and male patients.
Reviewed by: Mary E. Shepherd, MD, PhD, Aurora, Illinois (February 2001 issue of the Journal of the American Academy of Dermatology)
I found that this book solves that problem. First of all, it clearly explains the differences between black skin and white skin (things like skin thickness, oil glands,and melanin formation), as well as problems such as dark spots, scars and holes which are caused by acne.
Best of all though, is that the book discusses a wide range of treatments along with the pros and cons of each one.
I found this book extremely informative. It discusses important information in a way that anyone can understand. I'm very thankful that this resource is finally available for me and my family.