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Brown Skin [Paperback]

Susan C Taylor
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April 22 2004

At last, a book devoted to the concerns of people of color that will help you enhance and protect the health and beauty of your skin, hair, and nails. Dr. Susan Taylor, a Harvard-trained dermatologist and a beautiful woman of color, bases her advice on more than fifteen years’ experience treating patients in private practice and at the first-of-its-kind Skin of Color Center in New York City, which she directs. She explains how to:

  • Attain and maintain satin-smooth skin
  • Prevent and camouflage scars
  • Choose and use makeup for a perfect match year-round
  • Style hair safely to avoid damage, hair loss, and skin irritation
  • Detect and protect against skin cancer

... and much more!

Brown Skin will help you look and feel your best, inform you on how to prevent problems, and guide you to get the right treatment when needed.

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“Taylor empowers the Black woman to look and feel beautiful.” (--Ebony)

“This is a wonderfully informative book. It should be bought by every woman of color.” (--Harriette Cole, author of Jumping the Broom and Vows)

About the Author

Susan C. Taylor, M.D., is a Harvard-trained physician and an internationally recognized expert in dermatology and ethnic skin disease. She lectures worldwide, has appeared on the Today show and Weekend Today, and has been featured in Essence, Good Housekeeping, Heart and Soul, and other publications. Dr. Taylor helped establish and directs the Skin of Color Center at St. Luke's–Roosevelt Hospital Center in New York City, the first of its type in the nation. She is an assistant clinical professor of dermatology at the College of Physicians & Surgeons, Columbia University, and an attending physician at St. Luke's–Roosevelt Hospital Center and Pennsylvania Hospital. She maintains a private practice at Society Hill Dermatology in Philadelphia and lives with her family in Wynnewood, Pennsylvania.

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As a woman of color, you've always desired radiant, even-toned skin and healthy, fast-growing hair, but you may not have always had the facts and the guidance you need to look your best. Read the first page
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5.0 out of 5 stars A Black Woman's Beauty Guide Sept. 22 2003
Dr. Susan Taylor is an internationally renowned aesthetician and dermatologist, with expertise and knowledge in the area of African American women's skin care. In BROWN SKIN: DR SUSAN TAYLOR'S PRESCRIPTION FOR FLAWLESS SKIN, HAIR AND NAILS,
she provides an abundance of information that focuses on the overall health and beauty of the skin, hair and nails of women of color.
BROWN SKIN dispels many of the beauty myths and misconceptions that have long permeated The African American community. It explores the efficacy and dangers of many skin care products readily available on the market, but that come without much guidance. It further outlines the latest advances in skin care, ranging from acid peels to laser surgery, and provides information on a host of dermatological manifestations in a wide range of medical conditions.
In a nutshell, BROWN SKIN is a complete guide for women of color, on how to enhance and protect their outer beauty. Dr Taylor does a fascinating job of demystifying the scientific facts concerning this topic, and presenting them in layman's terms, readily understandable by her audience. This book is a must read for women of color concerned with their physical appearance.
Reviewed by Autumn
of the RAWSISTAZ reviewers
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5.0 out of 5 stars A Flawless Find! July 22 2003
In the midst of the summer's challenges for skin and hair,I am thrilled to have found Dr. Taylor's book. Dr.Taylor has included so much valuable information in a very accessible format. She appeals to our common sense which makes her suggestions palatable and easy to follow. The reader does not walk away feeling bad about choices previously made in the area of hair and skin care. Rather you feel motivated to succeed in moving in a new direction. So often advisors in these areas relish giving advice with out regard for the client. Dr. Taylor's approach is quite different. Her specific suggestions along with product names leave the reader feeling capable. Finally, the fact that Dr. Taylor is a physician gives this reader greater confidence in her advice. Additionally as a woman of color and mother of two girls, I know she can relate to my experiences. Thank you Dr. Taylor for walking us through the maze!
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5.0 out of 5 stars I am so impressed! June 22 2003
I found this book to be easy to read (not a lot of dermatologist language) and with helpful advice. I gave five stars because of the accessibility of the products Dr. Taylor prescribes, most generic brands or simple home-remedies, that are affordable and also because she didn't push me to make an appointment or to buy expensive, designer products. Most solutions are common sense, but with a little extra advice and steps to follow that makes purchasing the book worthwhile. Dr. Taylor gives examples of actual clients that makes me feel comfortable that I'm not the only one going through problems with my hair and skin. My husband was also able to get sound advice for his acne-prone, oily skin. There are also helpful hints for children...there's something in this book for everyone to maintain healthy skin, hair and nails!
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5.0 out of 5 stars The best skin care book ever! Aug. 1 2003
I am so excited about this professional presentation by an experienced medical doctor - who directs the first-of-its kind Skin of Color Center at St. Luke's-Roosevelt Hopsital Center, NYC.I am the author of BORN BEAUTIFUL, THE AFRICAN AMERICAN TEENAGER'S COMPLETE BEAUTY GUIDE - I am proud to state that she was consulted for my successful book! Dr. Taylor is a leader in the industry and every member of the family would benefit from reading this most important book. Congratulations Dr. Taylor for taking the time to set the record straight about the myths and misunderstanding about our hair textures, skin and nails. This is a must read for men who are now more than ever concerned about their appearance and good health.
Alfred Fornay, Author, Editor, Cosmetic Executive and Image Consultant.
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4.0 out of 5 stars It's about time! July 14 2003
I got the book and have already used it as a reference. The beauty and skin care industry ALWAYS forget about the details and differences in brown-skinned women, even when they're actually selling TO them. Selling titanium and zinc lip balms with good SPFs but leave white grit on the lips...or give bad advice about using skin lighteners forever (Paula Begoun) when they can make us darker after too much use. This book covers all the questions about the weird growths on our parents' skin that we were too polite to ask about.
I would've given this book five stars but it needs pictures and/illustrations. If enough colored girls buy this, they'll make a second edition and maybe they'll pretty it up with pictures and a better cross-reference and recommended product list in an appendix.
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5.0 out of 5 stars A must have for people of color Feb. 15 2004
By A Customer
I am a black women who decided to get my look together before I turned 30. I dont have tremendous skin problems but I just want my skin to look youthful and vivacious. I found out how to get that type of skin by reading Dr. Taylor's book. It was so helpful that I could have cried. The section on how to remove/prevent the dark marks that are sometimes left behind after having a blemish was exceptional. In only a month, my skin has never looked or felt better. I dont feel the need to wear makeup anymore. She also gives very good product recommendations based upon your skin type. You can tell that her advise comes from research and experience. I highly recommend this buy.
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