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Book and New Media Reviews
March 2001

Atlas of Cosmetic Dermatology

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by Zoe Diana Draelos, 208 pp, with 420 color illus, $159, ISBN 0-443-06548-9, Philadelphia, Pa, Churchill Livingstone, 2000.

Arch Dermatol. 2001;137(3):389. doi:

The companion volume to Cosmetics in Dermatology, Zoe Draelos's new Atlas of Cosmetic Dermatology is a compact reference text that can easily stand alone. Dr Draelos has again fashioned a clear, comprehensive guide that examines from a dermatologist's point of view information typically presented by aestheticians or industry marketers. The text is well organized into numerous brief chapters under the major headings of skin care, hair care, and nail care. Far more than a recapitulation of ingredient labels, the book frankly discusses practical topics such as adverse reactions to cosmetics and the process whereby dermatologists should select appropriate products for in-office dispensing. A few sections, like the descriptions of cosmetic safety and performance testing, are of little clinical significance to the dermatologist but fascinating reading nonetheless. The most helpful parts, which make up the bulk of the text, explain the functions, limitations, and appropriate uses of various specific classes of cosmetic products. Dr Draelos clearly has encyclopedic understanding of this domain, and she can distill her knowledge into concise paragraphs that are a profound relief to the dermatologist who was previously unable to explain to a patient how bronzing gels, self-tanning creams, and tinted moisturizers actually differ.

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