Beyond Soap


The Real Truth About What You Are Doing to Your Skin and How to Fix It for a Beautiful, Healthy Glow


"Our skin is one of our most vital organs, yet few books have highlighted with such clarity the impact of so-called skin-care regimes on its health."

Professor Jack A. Gilbert

"Her book is written in rhetorical strategy: breathing oxygen into scientific concepts, challenging assumptions and bringing characters to life in a fast-paced narrative explaining a dermato-social epidemic tipping point."

Professor Sharon Jacobs, President American Contact Dermatitis Society

“Dr. Skotnicki's expert analysis of the consequences of bathing and grooming practices and their effect on the skin is invaluable resource for those who work with, or have an interest in, the development and history of how we approach skin care.”

Professor Melanie Pratt

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How this book will help you


This book will change the way you take care of your skin and your family’s- millions of people
This book will help those with sensitive skin- 40% of the industrialized world
You will understand what it means to really be hygienic
You will understand why there are so many products in the drugstore
If you suffer from eczema, sensitive skin or reactions to beauty products this book will help you get better
 

What You Will Discover in Beyond Soap

Skin is our body’s largest organ and soap (and to a lesser extent, cleansers) affects its ability to protect us from the elements, allergens, and germs. I will help you understand the basics of soap and how it can impact your skin.

Soap is a cleanser but not all cleansers are soap. Discover why this matters for your skin.

The number of mild to severe reactions to skincare products is going up. Eczema and other skin-related issues can be exacerbated by using ‘simple’ soap. Find out how our obsession with clean is linked to this.

I will help guide you through the many soap and skincare products you find in your local department and drug stores so that you can make better choices.

How does ‘over cleanliness’ alter your skin’s biology and lead to poor skin health and disease? Learn about your skin’s microbiome, what it does and how it trains your immune system.

How are infants and children impacted by soap and skincare products? Learn about the connections between allergies, eczema, asthma, hay fever and what we are putting on our children’s skin.

What is in your skincare? Learn how toxic and allergenic in skincare are not the same thing and why this matters.

What is the difference between being hygienic and being clean? They may seem like the same thing but after reading my book, you will learn the difference and recognize that being overly clean may not only damage your skin, it can actually set you up for more infections.

Suffering from eczema, or other skin sensitivities? This book will help you address your issues so that you can live a healthier life, finally feel better and be happy living in your own skin!

 

Inside Beyond Soap

Table of Contents

01Do You Have Problem Skin?


02 The Cleanliness Obsession


03Damaging Our Body’s Natural Armour


04Getting Skeptical About Marketing


05Smoke for Your Skin: Problem Ingredients

06The Product-Elimination Diet


07 A Common-Sense Guide to Cleaning the Skin


08 Skincare for Babies, Children and Teens


09Fighting Aging, Preserving Skin Health and Enhancing Beauty


10The Future of Skincare


The book in numbers

244

Pages


10

Useful topics


In Beyond Soap, dermatologist Dr. Skotnicki explains that the best state for skin is the natural state. On its own, the skin is better equipped to fight wrinkles, stave off aging and act as armor that protects the body from infection. Every time we slather, spread, hydrate, or soften the skin, we nudge the skin away from its healthiest natural condition. Skotnicki demystifies the claims of commonly used beauty products and offers a common-sense approach to cleansing the body along with her product-elimination diet that has helped thousands of patients suffering from a wide array of skin conditions, and a skincare regime that will help you maintain skin health, fight aging, and keep your skin reaction-free forever.

About me


Dr. SANDY SKOTNICKI is the founder of Toronto’s Bay Dermatology Centre and an Assistant Professor in the Department of Medicine, divisions of Dermatology and Occupational and Environmental Health at the University of Toronto. She is a consultant dermatologist at Toronto’s St. Michael’s Hospital. A well-known expert on skin allergies, she has been quoted in Flare, Elle Canada, Chatelaine and The Globe and Mail. Her television and radio appearances include ET Canada, CTV, CityTV, Global News, CBC Radio, the National and CBC national news. CHRISTOPHER SHULGAN is a best-selling, award-winning writer who specializes in collaborating with fascinating people. He lives in Toronto


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The skinny on skin. In this easy to read book by dermatologist Dr. Sandy Skotnicki, the question of why skin sensitivities are ever increasing in our society is directly addressed. What may not be obvious to most is that much of the problem is due to the many products we put on our skin (shampoo, soap, perfume, etc) and in our incessant need to wash frequently. Although cleanliness may be claimed by some to be next to Godliness, this book thoroughly debunks this idea, and explains all the damage we do to our skin, and especially our skin microbes. We (and our skin microbes) did not evolve with regular bathing and all the beauty products we now use. This book provides compelling arguments that this really isn't good for our skin, and suggests what we can do about it.
Professor B. Brett Finlay
OC, OBC, FRSC, FCAHS UBC Peter Wall Distinguished Professor
Dr. Skotnicki's expert analysis of the consequences of bathing and grooming practices and their effect on the skin is invaluable resource for those who work with, or have an interest in, the development and history of how we approach skin care.
Professor Melanie Pratt
Professor of Dermatology and active member of North American Contact Dermatitis Group
At last, a deep dive into an area that few dare to handle. This book hits the right balance in tone to provide a resource for clinicians, scientists and the general public. Our skin is one of our most vital organs, yet few books have highlighted with such clarity the impact of so called skin-care regimes on its health. Combining scientific insights from myriad disciplines, Dr Skotnicki has created a compelling narrative that illuminates our understanding of our skin, and provides evidence-based alternatives to skin care.
Professor Jack A Gilbert
University of Chicago and Author of “Dirt is Good: The Advantage of Germs for Your Childs Developing Immune System
Sandra Skotnicki, a leading Canadian dermatologist with her finger on the pulse of the global issue of contact sensitization, illustrates her professional and personal experience with the shifts in mainstream norms in skin care and the implications of this trending social behavior. Her book is written in rhetorical strategy: breathing oxygen into scientific concepts, challenging assumptions and bringing characters to life in a fast-paced narrative explaining a dermato-social epidemic tipping point. The scales have been tipped by the beauty industry's aim to satisfy the client demands and the clients need to consume at unprecedented levels. And, what began as seemingly isolated events with a margin of the population being affected by chemical exposures to personal care products has become a common force with massive economic and societal consequences. Skotnicki addresses these consequences, offering sage advice geared at simplicity and allowing nature to restore herself.
Professor Sharon E. Jacob
Professor, Dermatology, Loma Linda University President, American Contact Dermatitis Society Founder and CEO, Dermatitis Academy
Be hyper-aware of product ingredient lists and skeptical of the beauty industry. Dr. Skotnicki's advice rings true to me! Beyond Soap is fabulous and important--read it and share
Gillian Deacon
bestselling author of There's Lead in Your Lipstick and host of CBC radio Hear and Now
Intuitive, and science-backed.
Toronto Storeys
Gives readers a clear plan — complete with product recommendations — on how to deal with sensitive skin.
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