I’m really into new skin care and beauty books lately, and this is a pretty amazing one. Dr. Friedman is a cosmetic dermatologist, and I love his easy, straight forward way of explaining things. He talks about everything in cosmetic dermatology, from acne to stretch marks, a brief explanation about why things happen, and then he briefly describes the things that can be done to help. He tells you what types of lasers will help, which topical ingredients, how much things cost and even mentions expected recovery time and experience.
I don’t think that this is a book for those that are trying to do things at home on their own. So, if you have acne and are looking for some help, I don’t think this book has enough info for you. Rather, this is the book to turn to if you are considering a little freshening up, have a port wine stain or something similar, and you’re thinking of visiting a cosmetic dermatologist for something a bit more invasive than just another lotion. Thinking about lasering those acne scars? Want to get rid of those ugly leg veins? Info is presented on different treatment options and their pros and cons. This is a great place to start reading before you go to the doctor. In addition, there is a nice section at the back about products and what to look for (similar in complexity to what I usually offer on this blog).
Approachable and matter of fact, this book feels more like reading a well informed magazine than an intense medical book.