Guest Author - April Alisa Marquette
Co-authored by Jeanine Downie, M.D. and Fran Cook-Bolden, M.D., with Barbara Nevins Taylor, the book Beautiful Skin of Color, A Comprehensive Guide to Asian, Olive and Dark Skin is extraordinary!
Often in the past I searched for books about my skin, ethnic skin, because I was on a quest to know certain things, things that I had a hard time finding. Many times I went to the library and scoured the shelves seeking answers, answers that I sometimes did not find. I surfed the net too. However, upon checking Beautiful Skin of Color out of my local library, I found it to be packed full of helpful information. Now don't get me wrong, handed down family remedies are fine, and old wives tales are cute, but to keep it real, sometimes an Ethnic Beauty plain and simply needs expert help! Sometimes a guide or a reputable tome to refer to is needed, whereby one may learn the truth.
In poring over, and in turning page after page of the Comprehensive Guide to Asian, Olive and Dark Skin I have learned clinical terms. I have garnered knowledge from the explanations, many which are in depth, about the root causes of conditions. I also noticed that this particular book further explains, in simple, uncluttered language what one can do to begin to see desired changes. If yours is beautiful skin of color, blemished, or even flawlessly unmarred, yet you owe it to yourself to peruse this book. In it you are sure to see something that will catch your eye. If it doesn’t pertain to your skin, what you read may benefit someone you know, someone who is seeking help, like I was. I like the fact that there are photos too, of people who look like me. There are photos of people who look a lot like my Latina, Indian, and Asian friends. You may even notice photos of people who quite possibly resemble you, or someone that you know.
I like that the book gives case studies. The doctors who collaborated to write this comprehensive guide also candidly speak of patients and maladies that they have treated. These doctors offer the good that can come out of a situation. Yet what I really like is that they do not sugarcoat issues. While reading, one can become informed about ugly situations that can, and often do, arise. Yet, amid all the information, a reader is not left bewildered. If you desire to know why certain skin disorders occur, if you want to know about remedies -- doctor prescribed and (OTC) over-the-counter; if you happen to be interested in available surgical, and non-surgical procedures, then I suggest this book.
The jacket says it can possibly aid a reader to look and feel his or her best; and you know what? After reading it I checked it out of the library again. Then I decided to purchase my own copy because to be truthful, this comprehensive guide to ethnic skin is something that I have, and will, refer to again and again. I give it four right-hand rings out of five. Hopefully, if you choose to pick it up, you will too.