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

4.13  ·  Rating details ·  176 ratings  ·  40 reviews
North America's leading dermatologist offers a ground-breaking, informative, and incredibly practical book that reveals the harmful effects of our modern skincare habits and how you can eliminate common skin conditions.

Sensitive skin is one of the most buzzed-about topics in dermatology today. It can be painful, debilitating, and inconvenient. Astonishingly, many of the
Paperback, 304 pages
Published May 15th 2018 by Penguin Books Canada
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Nov 25, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Such an informative and well-written book about how we're damaging the micro-biome of our skin by applying hundreds of ingredients by way of lotions and potions and make-up. How we strip off our natural oils only to spend a fortune on trying to replace them. And how we're giving ourselves dermatitis, eczema, rosacea and acne by irritating our skin from all these ingredients and also by over-washing. There are a couple of quotes that stand out, like," organic and 'natural' is good for food but ...more
Gaby F.
Nov 18, 2017 rated it it was amazing
I will put my skin on a diet starting today:
Beyond Soap by Dr. Sandy Skotnicki is a refreshing read about skin care. Her advice about using skin care products makes so much sense for me. Dr. Skotnicki explains the important difference between skin allergens and skin irritants very well and she makes a point to avoid them as much as possible in order to keep our skins healthy. I believe I have been pretty good about using creams, lotions, and makeup with the least amount of ingredients in the
Nov 25, 2017 rated it really liked it
Resourceful book about the skin care. The chapters are interesting and easy to understand.
Jan 31, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Recently I have become interested in skin care and makeup, and so thought I should take a look at this book when I saw it was available for review through NetGalley. I was a bit nervous that all of the products I've bought recently would become tainted by information that they were not good for me to use, but I went ahead with the book. If you have sensitive skin, irritations, rashes, you should read this book. The author is a dermatologist in Canada, and talks sensibly about skin care and what ...more
Michelle Kuhn
Jul 04, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Skotnicki outlines modern dermatological research in a way that non-medical laypeople can understand. Particularly because I have moderate-to-severe atopic eczema, I was fascinated with her minimalist approach to skincare. Overall, she argues that our modern hygiene habits have damaged our skin’s microbiome and skin barrier, and the answer is simply to put less products on our skin. Until reading, I had only heard of microbiome health in relation to the gut, but she explains modern research that ...more
Dec 06, 2017 rated it it was amazing
This book was tremendous. I found the writing to use sound logic and medical studies to support the point of view which made me (the amateur reader) feel like the information was more valid.

A little about me - I'm in my 30s and recently started looking into skincare and anti-aging. In my opinion, a lot of resources I've picked up seem to be more focused on skincare philosophies rather than being based on hard science. Something as simple as how often you should wash your face is philosophized
Gabriel Ducate
Aug 07, 2018 rated it really liked it
This book is beyond informative, and the way that the information is delivered is clear and easily understandable.

I've constantly been told, mainly by TV and ads that to have great skin I need this and that kind of product, this book really gives and an enlightening view on skin care products.
Merry Love
Jan 28, 2018 rated it liked it
Shelves: nonfiction
Beyond Soap addresses why so many people have sensitive skin today and what to do about it. The beginning half of the book is full of great information about the history of soap and skincare, and how it has changed in recent years. I loved this section. Two things I found particularly interesting were why we here about people stinking in Europe in the past (turns out they had a fear of water after the black plague) and how the ions in soap react with your skin (they basically stick to and pull ...more
Kate Spencer
Nov 10, 2019 rated it it was amazing
I have struggled for 13 years with volatile skin on my face. Painful skin irritations on face and lips (and sometimes eyelids and neck). Swollen. Red. Hot. Itchy. Etc.

I was fortunate to meet Dr Skotnicki for consultation and it was a breath of fresh to chat with her about my issues.

She obviously recommended her book and the product elimination diet. I immediately bought the book and the products she outlines within it.

The first paragraph of chapter one, she described a client and their skin
Dec 08, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Unfortunately this book confirmed my wrost suspicions about the brainwashing marketing-machine. I haven't had fingerprints for over the years- it makes renewing foreign residency cards and Biometric admission in Disney World impossible. The disgusting practices of harsh animal testing we thought were gone are still here in softer language in prettier, cleaner potion bottles and bars.

Working with children raises special questions for me... We are supposed to use antibacterial gel every time we
Doll Nguyễn
Jun 27, 2019 rated it it was amazing
good book, this make my opinions about skin correctly. Thing've that i have consider is true.
Jan 09, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Fantastically written, lots of facts. Take away is do as little as possible to your skin and it will look after you.
Dec 25, 2017 rated it really liked it
Shelves: netgalley
***Disclaimer: I received a free copy of this book via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.***

This book clearly had a wealth of credible information, as it was written by a professional dermatologist. She uses scientific background of skin and skincare to explain her reasoning, thinking, and recommendations. It was so interesting to read about how skincare has developed over the millennia and how we have become suckers for the marketing of big companies. For the first half of the book the
Melissa McGuire
Jun 04, 2018 rated it it was amazing
I loved this book! I am obsessed with skincare and nice skin that could be why I liked it so much but it is very informative book i did learn alot.
May 31, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: reviewed, 2018
I was diagnosed with psoriasis when I was five. It was 1985 and at the time psoriasis was a condition that was seen mostly in the elderly, so for a five year old little girl from Texas to have this disease was baffling not only to my family but our family physician and many local dermatologists. I was passed from specialist to specialist, each marveling at my age and condition. I hated every second of it. Having psoriasis changed my life forever and I still struggle daily with its effects.

At the
Kay Kuever
Jul 24, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: real-book, 2018, review
First off, a little bit about me. I have a serious obsession with skin care. I had acne as a child and into my teen years that really instilled the need for me to become knowledgeable about how to take good care of my skin, what ingredients were better or worked well with my skin, etc. While I currently work in the beauty industry as a salon coordinator, I have been dabbling with the idea of going to school to become an esthetician.And I one point in my life I was certain I was going to be a ...more
Robin Willson
Jun 25, 2018 rated it it was amazing
What you don’t know CAN hurt you. I have an autoimmune disease, and I am very sensitive to a lot of things. More and more of us are. Especially chemicals. I had not thought about how many chemicals are in our soap, lotions, shampoo, conditioners, deodorants and other products that we use daily. Something else to think about, those in gels, shampoos and conditioners flow over our entire body when we take a shower – and may irritate. They're finding that many bacteria are not only safe, but ...more
Marie G.
May 13, 2019 rated it it was amazing
This book changed my life and I highly recommend it to everyone. I suffered for over 3 years with extremely uncomfortable, itchy and irritating eyelid dermatitis. I was extremely frustrated after seeing doctors and even two dermatologists to hear their advice in the form of a prescription for corrisone cream . I just knew that there had to be an answer that didn't involve steroid creams. Late one night I stumbled upon Dr. Skotnicki's book and her website. It all made perfect sense and the ...more
Green Cupcake
Jun 19, 2018 rated it really liked it
I won this book in a Goodreads giveaway and am grateful for it. It is very informative. The author presented the information clearly and I think most people would find it understandable.
My skin has been reactive for as long as I can remember and I gave up hope of finding anything that would help. People gave their opinions on products I should try but since they were not dermatologists they had no clue what they were talking about. I adopted a couple of suggestions and have noticed a bit of
Jul 20, 2018 rated it really liked it
An interesting read on how many modern beauty products are actually harming our skin and the vicious circle of modern skincare in which we believe we need more products to sooth and heal irritated skin, but in actual fact we prolong the irritation. Suffer no more; the author, a dermatologist, takes a "less is more" approach and describes the "product elimination diet" to fix the issues. The book is filled with real life examples from her practice. She also talks about the people that have ...more
May 13, 2019 rated it it was amazing
I have been dealing with increasingly severe eczema on my face for five straight years. After taking some of Dr. Skotnicki's advice while reading this book, most of my symptoms cleared up within DAYS. The skin product "elimination diet" is so helpful for someone like me who deals with frequently irritated skin but not big allergic reactions.

Overall, this book was a pleasure to read. It is very well-written and the information is accessible to those who do not have a scientific background. The
Cynthia Simpson
Jul 21, 2018 rated it it was amazing
I was only about 50 pages into this book when I ordered a copy for my daughter who is dealing with terrible eczema on her face and hands. Although the author starts out with a school marm tone to her writing, the information is factual and each skin issue is presented with a simple issue-cause-effect-treatment-avoidance technique. Even better: she maintains a website you can consult to treat your own issues:
If you have any skin issues or sensitivities, this is the
Feb 18, 2019 rated it liked it
Great book dealing with the harshness of our everyday cleaning, how misleading the market is about "healthy" product choices, and how to get back to beneficial skin care. It helped me get back on track after discovering my allergy to Propylene Glycol, the main ingredient in window washer fluid, and commonly found in skin & hair care products, and marketed baked goods (e.g. Tim Hortons).
Her website is updated every six months or so, and is incredible!
Rochelle Lenee
Feb 20, 2019 rated it really liked it
Very resourceful book! We are constantly looking for ways to improve our health. Too many people think natural or organic is the “best”, please do your research as common natural ingredients can be very irritating to our skin. We are exposing ourselves to hundreds of chemicals each day from deodorants, toothpaste, soap, make-up, etc. This book will make you stop and reconsider your own exposure. Super useful for those who suffer from skin irritations/allergies.
Noelle Walsh
Apr 27, 2019 rated it liked it
Shelves: first-reads
This book gave me a lot to think about in regards to my own relationship with soap. In the future, I think I might be more careful with what soaps I use and with what I recommend to friends. I think it's worth your time to at least try reading this book. You might find something that will help you with your own skincare regimen.

*won as a GoodReads Giveaway*
Pip Swartz
Oct 31, 2019 rated it it was amazing
A really great book for what it is - a guide on skincare. I read this book after listening to the author on a medical podcast. She clearly knows her stuff, and I found her advice very practical. I also enjoyed the use of scientific research in this book. I found the research convincing, and easy to follow.
Brain-Dead Mom
Dec 13, 2017 rated it it was amazing
My kids were outrageously happy with me reading this book when it meant I wasn't going to make them bathe every other day. Like most moms, I was brainwashed into believing that babies and kids needed constant washing and that a bath was part of a daily routine. Aside from parabens and sodium lauryl sulfate, I hadn't really heard about other ingredients we should be looking out for when washing our kids. Time to take a step back from the bath and add more snuggles at bedtime instead...
Jun 23, 2018 rated it it was ok
I learned a few interesting things, for sure. What would be great is if the author also cared about the chemicals in the products that aren’t necessarily allergenic but are likely carcinogenic or hormone disrupters. I think it’s the first time I’ve read a book about the chemicals in our products that supports parabens. Disappointing.
Feb 12, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: publisher-gift
Very enlightening, although the amount of information is much less than one might suppose as more space was devoted to recommendations for specific products available on the market currently.

I recieved a free copy of this book from the publisher for review.
Jul 16, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: non-fiction
I love books that support my stance of not showering every day. As a person with severely dry skin a lot of this was stuff I figured out on my own and I appreciate the lost of suggested products to try.
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