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Skin Deep: A Mind/Body Program for Healthy Skin [Paperback]

Ted A. Grossbart , Carl Sherman
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Nov. 1 1992
Dermatology has made remarkable strides in recent decades, with the advent of high-tech aids such as lasers and cryosurgery and new wonder drugs such as steroids and vitamin A derivatives; thus, many skin sufferers have been cured by their physicians.

Yet many have not. If you have brought your persistent eczema, your stubborn warts, your psoriasis or other distressing skin ailment, or even your recurrent herpes to specialists and superspecialists, and if all the creams, lotions, and medications have failed to help, you must wonder if there is something else -- and ardently hope that there is. This is exactly what Drs. Grossbart and Sherman have addressed in Skin Deep: A Mind/Body Program for Healthy Skin.


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If you've ever blushed, you know how easily your skin reflects your emotions. For those with persistent skin problems, this book may bring welcome relief. The authorsGrossbart is a clinical psychologist and Sherman a medical science writerapply "a principle both ancient and often forgotten: The mind and body are one." In addition to suggesting a visit to a dermatologist, they recommend a combination of techniques, including relaxation, imaging, hypnosis and psychotherapy, to help readers understand hidden conflicts that may cause or intensify their skin problems. They also illuminate the complex role that long-term skin problems, such as herpes, warts or psoriasis, play in the lives of those afflicted. This should be required reading for anyone suffering with a skin problem. The authors do an excellent job translating psychological jargon.
Copyright 1986 Reed Business Information, Inc. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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Grossbart and Sherman offer a how-to manual of psychological exercises and techniques that, when combined with dermatological care and, possibly, psychotherapy, have proven effective in curing or putting into remission a number of skin diseases resistant to traditional medical care. Brief case histories enliven the text, and there is concrete advice both on how to go about getting professional help and on what to do when it is your child who has a skin problem. Essential for anyone with a stubborn skin disease, this book is also recommended for other readers interested in the relationship between mind and body. John Moryl, Yeshiva Univ. Lib., New York
Copyright 1986 Reed Business Information, Inc. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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5.0 out of 5 stars Thoroughly recommended! June 8 2001
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For 10 years I have been struggling with eczema. Creams and treatments only did so much, and it never went away for long. I found that stress provoked my eczema and thought that there were underlying psychological reasons, but didn't know where to get help. Desperate I turned to the web and found this excellent book that details the reasons behind skin conditions, how to relieve the condition and to explore and deal with the underlying problem. The exercises to relieve itching work and the accounts of other people's conditions are enlightening.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent Program, Excellent Book March 21 2001
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The program Dr. Grossbart presents in his book Skin Deep is impressive and effective.The book provides not only a vivid account of what he does in his office in Boston, but a wide range of practical techniques that people can use on their own. As a colleague, I've referred many people to him. I've seen the approach work with psoriasis, eczema, herpes, warts , and other skin diseases. Often symptoms disappear, or are substantially reduced in frequency or severity. People come away with both skin help and markedly increased self-understanding that leads to improvements in many other areas of their lives. I've heard that people with skin problems that have not responded to the usual medical treatments come from all over the world to see him. I think this is justified. His program is "the real thing."
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5.0 out of 5 stars Road to self-knowldege March 13 2001
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This is the best self-help book I've read. The healing exercies oulined by the authors are not in the least bit "new-agey" and etheral, but are parctical and down-to-earth. As a reader you are encouraged to dig deep into your own psyche to discover the sensitive issues behind your skin problem and you are emotionally supported every step of the way as if you were actually in the doctor's office. Anyone with the drive to acquire self-knowledge will gain valuable insights from reading this book. For me personally, the "animal test" and the sections on "what if it got better/what if it got worse" were particularly enlightening. This book should be a mandatory read for all doctors applying for board certification in dermatology.
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31 of 32 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Road to self-knowldege March 12 2001
By "robynisa" - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Paperback
This is the best self-help book I've read. The healing exercies oulined by the authors are not in the least bit "new-agey" and etheral, but are parctical and down-to-earth. As a reader you are encouraged to dig deep into your own psyche to discover the sensitive issues behind your skin problem and you are emotionally supported every step of the way as if you were actually in the doctor's office. Anyone with the drive to acquire self-knowledge will gain valuable insights from reading this book. For me personally, the "animal test" and the sections on "what if it got better/what if it got worse" were particularly enlightening. This book should be a mandatory read for all doctors applying for board certification in dermatology.
33 of 35 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Thoroughly recommended! June 8 2001
By Andrew Edmonds - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Paperback
For 10 years I have been struggling with eczema. Creams and treatments only did so much, and it never went away for long. I found that stress provoked my eczema and thought that there were underlying psychological reasons, but didn't know where to get help. Desperate I turned to the web and found this excellent book that details the reasons behind skin conditions, how to relieve the condition and to explore and deal with the underlying problem. The exercises to relieve itching work and the accounts of other people's conditions are enlightening.
26 of 28 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent Program, Excellent Book March 21 2001
By Richard Pomerance, Ph.D. - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Paperback
The program Dr. Grossbart presents in his book Skin Deep is impressive and effective.The book provides not only a vivid account of what he does in his office in Boston, but a wide range of practical techniques that people can use on their own. As a colleague, I've referred many people to him. I've seen the approach work with psoriasis, eczema, herpes, warts , and other skin diseases. Often symptoms disappear, or are substantially reduced in frequency or severity. People come away with both skin help and markedly increased self-understanding that leads to improvements in many other areas of their lives. I've heard that people with skin problems that have not responded to the usual medical treatments come from all over the world to see him. I think this is justified. His program is "the real thing."
21 of 22 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Get this and get better! July 16 2005
By Full Moon - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Paperback
Whenever my eczema flared up, my friends would tell me I'm too stressed out. I didn't feel that way, not much more stressed out than usual, so the timing of the flare ups and the stress level at that time was sometimes confusing.

After reading this book, however, I recognized it's much more than just the simple stress - more deeply rooted issues I've apparently held for a long time. I had vaguely suspected this may be the case, but didn't know how/where to start. This book gave me the guidance to do that on my own.

I agree with 3 other reviewers completely. I no longer feel helpless and scared when I can feel my skin starting to flare up. I am not yet free from eczema, but knowing what may be the underlying cause of it, and how to calm it down, I have much stronger sense of being in control of my skin, body and my life.
7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars An excellent guide Aug. 4 2011
By jess c scott | splatpunk - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Paperback
I came across this book while reading about it on an acne forum. I had mostly clear skin as a teenager, until around late 2009 (when I was 23 y/o) when my skin started to break out (face, back, etc).

It got to a pretty bad point this year in mid-2011. I recently cut out sugar from my diet (no cookies/smoothies/etc for 3 weeks and counting), the same time I started reading SKIN DEEP.

I don't know whether it was diet or lifestyle factors in my case (probably a combination of both--I have had a tendency to "over-worry" about certain things), but I recently saw a book on sale written by a couple of dermatologists who'd worked and researched for companies like L'Oreal, etc. I can't remember the title of that book, but the recommendations in that book read like a catalog for the acne-treatment/age-defying/blah-blah-blah products that the dermatologists were or had been associated with. I couldn't put much faith in it, especially since I HAD been trying out such products over a number of years, usually with little to no effect. In fact, the problem(s) usually got worse (I just used a gentle facial cleanser and some spot-treatment product occasionally, as a teen).

In comparison, SKIN DEEP cuts all that kind of fluff and immediately gets straight to the point about the skin being a reflection of one's emotional/internal state.

I'm about 3 chapters into the book, but already have gained a deep understanding of the perspectives that guide Dr. Grossbart's work and practice. Ironically, the negative review (here on Amazon, at the time of this posting), precisely shows the type of aggressive/angry individual that has unresolved issues (which could very well be turning up externally on the skin / as Grossbart states in his book, "What is your skin trying to tell you?" -- a simple question that's much easier to ask than answer).

I've been keeping a (part-time) skin journal, eating more vegetables (been experiencing withdrawal symptoms from lack of cookies/chocolate/sugar high), and my acne and eczema have gone down. I think (in my case) a lot of it had to do with not properly dealing with anger issues.

I hope I will "break out" less often (with the aim/dream of having clear skin again one day), and am doing my best this time to find the root issues/causes and work through/resolve them. I write for a living; my creative work has slowed down in the meantime (I used to rely on the "sugar high" for sustenance), but I think I have to put my health first this time.

I thank Dr. Grossbart for all the fantastic work he's done and continues to do for people with aggravating skin problems!
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