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The Acne Cure: The Nonprescription Plan That Shows Dramatic Results in as Little as 24 Hours Paperback – May 2004


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  • Paperback: 216 pages
  • Publisher: Warner Books; Reprint edition (May 2004)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0446692417
  • ISBN-13: 978-0446692410
  • Product Dimensions: 13.3 x 1.6 x 20.7 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 3.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (20 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,212,856 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Dr Terry Dubrow is a dermatologist who has specialised in acne; he has treated hundreds of delighted patients. Brenda Adderly, initially one of the latter, and co-author of the New York Times No. 1 bestseller The Arthritis Cure, assisted him on this book. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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56 of 56 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 3 May 2005
Format: Paperback
Ok, I'll start with the positive points:
For one, the book provides some useful information on general skin care (but far better is available elsewhere), has a comparatively effective topical control regime and a positive attitude about treating acne. It's also a far better alternative than roaccutane or anti-biotics as it is harmless to your long term health and if used correctly, has no nasty side effects.
Now for the negative points.
Firstly, my biggest problem with this book is that it presents its self as a "cure" which it simply isn't. (This is even admitted on page 2, where you'll find an acknowledgement that the topical regime given in the book is not technically a "cure" as there may still be recurrences).
A genuine cure would be to eradicate all traces of acne, permanently, without the need for continuous use of any kind of acne control/prevention measure or medication.
That is something this book cannot offer you. Why? Because while it explains how acne its self forms and how to treat it topically, it doesn't explain WHY you actually have acne in the first place, or the differences between you and someone who doesn't. The whole program operates on the paradigm that the cause of acne is at the skin and that it is there the treatments should be concentrated. In reality, this isn't the case. The primary causes of acne are internal imbalances. Acne is kind of like the boils from a fever, or the "pocks" from chicken pocks. The skin may be where the symptoms of the problems become visible, but it's not where they start. With that in mind it makes perfect sense as to why however sophisticated the regime or products you use are, they are rarely more than partially effective and will never actually cure acne.
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 24 May 2005
Format: Paperback
I have been an acne sufferer for 4 years, having moderate acne, at times being on the verge of severe. I had tried countless methods and products, and when I stumbled upon this book I decided to give it a try.
What can I say. It does reduce the amount of breakouts somewhat, but there are NO dramatic or long-term results. This more or less prevented my acne from worsening, but didn't really cure existing acne or do anything to my overall skin's health.
Mediocore book, really. Disappointed.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By D. Matthews on 22 Mar 2004
Format: Paperback
I don't have particularly bad skin, but after years of trying different products I thought I'd give this book a chance. I was already using glycolic acid products, but found through this book that a complete routine is required. After purchasing the required products and following the directions for one week, my skin has improved 75% and I feel a lot more confident about myself. I just wish I'd have read this book 10 years ago (I am now 25).
If you are wanting to follow this book and having trouble getting hold of the products, you can find a good glycolic acid cream (15%) at [...] Its pricy, but well worth the money and arrived next day.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Mr. Deane Mummery on 12 Nov 2007
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Another 'acne' book that focuses on getting rid of acne from the outside. Whilst Dubrow agrees that it is important to have a good diet and to take in vitamins he is not committed to saying how much of an effect diet really has on skin, he therefore errs on the safe medical side and promotes chemicals to put on your skin instead.
I did find parts of this book helpful but it does not contain a long-term solution to those wishing to achieve healthy skin.
I suffered from bad acne for years until I found out that I was intolerant to dairy. As soon as I stopped drinking milk and eating anything containing dairy my skin immediately cleared up. There is no mention of being dairy intolerant in this book therefore this book would not have helped me.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Amazon Customer on 17 May 2006
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At 38 years old, and having suffered from acne since age 11, I thought there was no hope. However after two weeks of following the instructions in the book I have clear skin, and even my red acne scars are fading. Can't believe it after years of misery and heaps of money down the drain, and failed doctors advice.

This is an update over 1 year later:
I still follow this routine and have only had a handful of spots in the last 12-18months, I used to get that many each day.
If you're struggling to get the glycolic acid - they have it at boots and on ebay.

Good luck.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By A. J. Alton on 22 Mar 2014
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This book contains instructions for how to (attempt to) treat the SYMPTOMS of acne. It doesn't even begin to get into the real CAUSE of acne, let alone discuss even the beginnings of a cure for it.

It purveys the idea that acne should be treated at the skin level, but doesn't even discuss why you have it, or give any methods for treating the underlying causes. Treating acne at the skin level is like trying to rid yourself of brain cancer by taking paracetamol to relieve the headaches. It might reduces the symptoms slightly, but it totally misses the root cause. You know when you can feel a spot brewing under your skin and you know that in a few days it will be a massive zit. Well that alone should tell you that treating it on the surface is a silly idea.

The topical treatments which the book suggests do have some affect though. Those treatments are:
* Using benzoyl peroxide cream (there's one called Quinoderm in the UK).
* Using a glycolic acid face wash (the Jan Marini one is quite good).
* Putting ice on your face (I'm slightly skeptical of this).

That's it.

But if you really want to treat your acne you need to look at the root causes. I haven't found a total cure, but from my (quite extensive) research online it seems that some things pretty much cure some people, or have a very positive effect. I'm male, 29, and have got my acne very much under control. Here's what I did:

* Cleaned up my diet. No sugar. Largely organic. Good fats (omega 3). (Google "paleo diet".)
* Did the liver flush (see curezone.com), this is weird but had an AMAZING effect on my skin.
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