December 1965

Teen Skin.

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By Gordon C. Sauer, MD. Price, $3.75. Pp 57. Charles C Thomas, Publisher, 301-327 E Lawrence Ave, Springfield, Ill 62703, 1965.

Am J Dis Child. 1965;110(6):707-708. doi:10.1001/archpedi.1965.02090030735032

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This little book was written by a dermatologist for skin-conscious teenagers and their parents. The author begins with a general discussion of routine care of the skin and its related epithelial appendages. Then he describes the pathogenesis and predisposing factors in acne. This is followed by an outline of the home care of acne where the importance of diet, washing, and a "fingers-off policy" are emphasized. In connection with the physician's care of acne we are given an instructional pamphlet used by Dr. Sauer with his own patients. This would seem to be a most helpful practice which enables the patient to review the doctor's instruction.

A five-year "Teen Skin Complexion Diary" is the last feature. The author feels this diary may show the skin's response to various factors and hence enable the teen to avoid some of those that make acne worse. However, focusing the adolescent's attention on the

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