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Dr. Leslie Baumann answers some questions about The Skin Type Solution, her revolutionary new book.
Dr. Baumann, what's so different about Skin Typing? LB: Skin Typing takes into account all of the cosmetic skin problems or skin parameters that would drive any consumer to buy a skin care product. This allows me to make specific and customized product suggestions that are perfect for any one person's unique needs.
Skin Typing gives organization to the chaos of skin care. Take a look at the shelves of any retail outlet -- right now, there are thousands of products, and the options are too many; consumers are confused. Skin Typing, as revealed for the first time in The Skin Type Solution, clarifies the marketplace for any consumer, so he or she can take control of one's own skin care regimens and make educated choices.
According to the book, there are 16 types, which sounds complicated. Is it? How did you come to the conclusion that there are 16 types?
LB: It is actually quite simple. Think of your particular skin problems by asking yourself four key questions:
The Baumann Skin Typing System is based on identifying these four parameters. Readers will take the Baumann Skin Type Questionnaire to discover their own unique type among the 16 possible combinations.
As a doctor, I find that many of my patients aren't really sure about their skin; something simple like "are you oily or dry?" is actually a complicated question and some readers won't know the real answer (e.g. Studies show that when an average person is asked if one's skin is oily and then oil content is measured, the person was often wrong about whether his or her skin was oily or not). With the Questionnaire, it becomes easy, showing a reader where she is on the spectrum -- "are you very oily, slightly oily, slightly dry, or very dry?"
I'll show readers with scientifically-validated questions that have been tested on more than 400 patients. As readers of The Skin Type Solution will learn, the 16 types have distinct needs and deserve individualized skin care.
So this is more than just a new selling message to consumers, right?
LB: Yes -- The Skin Type Solution is not meant to sell anything to consumers. It actually does the opposite: It teaches them what not to buy.
Can your book help any person at any age?
LB: Any person of any age can take the Questionnaire to find her/his skin type. Then, in Part III of the book, each chapter discusses that specific skin type throughout a person's lifespan -- what that skin type will face in its 20s, 30s, 40s and over age 50. And I give tips anticipating how skin will change with age and what anyone can do to take control of these changes and prevent the undesired ones.
What are the advantages to understanding the Skin Typing system?
LB: I feel confident that you will save money and time. You will ensure that you are doing everything you can to treat your skin and prevent its unique future problems. You will not fall prey to false marketing claims about products and procedures that are not right for you. You will know when it is time to see a dermatologist and when it is appropriate to self-treat.
Can a person's type change over time and are ethnic differences taken into account?
LB: Skin types stay basically the same life long but can change temporarily with pregnancy, diet changes, lifestyle changes such as a move to a dry climate from a humid climate, or with menopause. I recommend readers re-take the questionnaire after any of the "skin changing" events. For example, you can develop acne and skin oiliness in pregnancy that you did not have before and will not have after the pregnancy. However, you need to know what products t use during the pregnancy and The Skin Type Solution can help.
Ethnic differences are already taken into account in the questionnaire and it has been proven to work on all ethnic groups. I care for a multi-ethnic population in my practice in Miami and have shown this typing system works.
Are there tips in The Skin Type Solution that guys will appreciate?
LB: Yes, absolutely. Men have many of the same skin issues as women: therefore, it is not the packaging or marketing of the products that are important but the ingredients in the products themselves. The Skin Type Solution is an ingredient-driven book; I tell you how to look for the right ingredients and the right products.
Just because products say they are "For Men" does not mean they are right for all men. This book will help you determine your needs based on science, not marketing claims.
You founded the University of Miami Cosmetic Center, the first of its kind in the country. What is it? How has being at a university increased your knowledge base? Your access?
LB: It is a University-run practice that is devoted to performing, researching, and teaching cosmetic procedures. I started it in 1997 and I now have 6 dermatologists who work there under my direction. I spend one third of my time seeing patients, one third researching the new products (usually as part of the FDA approval process) and one third of my time teaching dermatology residents and dermatologists from around the world about the science of these techniques and how to properly perform them. We teach the world the science and art of cosmetic dermatology!
How do we do this teaching? We use the textbook I authored (Cosmetic Dermatology: Principles and Practice, by Leslie S. Baumann, M.D., ISBN 0071362819, published in the US by McGraw-Hill Professional) that is now in four languages, with training seminars, with lectures given worldwide, and through a monthly column that I write for a leading dermatology newspaper. We also have dermatologists observe as we treat patients. I am never alone! My current entourage of observers is five people -- including a visitor from Brazil, one from Mexico, one from Thailand, a dermatology resident dermatologist in training), and a new dermatologist that I am training to join the practice.
By "University run" I mean that I am also an Associate Professor in addition to being an M.D. That means I also publish frequently. I have weekly access to the brilliant minds of other university professors with whom I frequently collaborate. Also, any income made in the practice whether from research or patient care, stays at the University of Miami. I am a salaried associate professor and my income does not depend on that generated from a cosmetic company or a patient. This allows me to be unbiased about product and procedures preferences and I do not feel the need to sell to my patients to make money. In fact, patients have jokingly referred to me as Dr. No because I often talk them out of unnecessary procedures and end up saving them money.
When we first founded the UMCC, there was a need to have a research-based cosmetic dermatology center. Many doctors were getting into the cosmetic dermatology business but no one was researching the products and techniques to see if they were any good and no one was training others how to do them properly. I've always loved to teach and loved science. I have had a passion for collecting vintage cosmetic products for years so it all came together.
It was my Chairman, Dr. Bill Eaglstein who connected all of the dots and told me that I should do this. Within a few years we were doing the FDA research trials that led to the approval of Botox and many other cosmetic products and procedures (such as Hylaform and Tri-Luma).
The University of Miami is one of the most famous dermatology programs because of its founder Dr. Harvey Blank. He was the first to bring well designed clinical trials to the field of dermatology. He discovered the first antifungal drug and was the first to see the herpes virus under an electron microscope. Because of this, UM attracts the leading dermatologists in the world. We are very research-oriented and are the only training program that requires our residents to complete a research project in order to graduate. I work with the dermatologist Dr, Schachner, who wrote the leading textbook on Pediatric Dermatology, Dr. Nouri, who wrote the textbook on dermatologic surgery (skin cancer surgery) and many others. Skin care has long been an interest at University of Miami because the wound healing research division is strong there. I interact with these brilliant people several times a week; we are always discussing ideas, latest research, etc.
In addition, I am surrounded by inquisitive dermatology residents and dermatologists from around the world that teach me as much as I teach them. Their constant questions of "why this or why that" keep me on my toes and encourage me to increase my knowledge base.
The access comes in handy a lot. For example, as I developed the Baumann Skin Type Questionnaire, I met with experts at the University of Miami who helped me understand about questionnaire development and what steps to take to make sure the questions measured what they were supposed to measure. It would have taken me much longer to develop the questionnaire and therefore the Skin Typing Solution, without the help of experts. The academic environment provides a world rich with intellect, with insight, and inspires my passion for teaching and sharing with others.
Dr. Baumann, how have you been able to maintain good relations with over three dozen competing cosmetic product companies?
LB: They need me as much as I need them. I need them to educate me about the latest discoveries and they need someone who can understand the research and who can differentiate between well-designed research trials and poorly designed ones that render meaningless results. When I like their research I help explain it in simpler terms to dermatologists and other physicians through my columns and lectures. These doctors trust me to remain unbiased. I am of more value to the companies when I am unbiased because then I will be believed by doctors and consumers when I talk.
Can it be confusing for you to be reviewing similar products for different manufacturers or lines?
LB: No. The more I know about the science of the skin the easier it is for me to evaluate products. Each piece of information that I learn builds on the last piece. Companies often discuss new product ideas with me because I know what has and has not worked in the past and I may be able to save them a lot of time and money by keeping them from going down the wrong path.
Are you in favor of some of the popularly-discussed treatments, like Botox injections, and other procedures? Are these always effective, and how does a person with a particular Skin Type know?
LB: Yes, I am in favor of many of these treatments, at least most of them. But as The Skin Type Solution shows, they are not right for everyone -- and that's important to understand! I discuss if procedures are right for a particular skin type in the "Further Info" sections of each skin type chapter.
I'm proud of the research trials in which I have been and UMCC has been involved; because of our expertise in clinical research, I get to use these products before they are available on the market in the U.S. I have attended the FDA panel meetings that discuss whether or not these procedures should be approved and I an intimately familiar with the risks and benefits of these procedures. Many patients do some preliminary fact-finding at our site at www.derm.net. This site was created in conjunction with the UMCC.
We live in a youth-obsessed culture. Is all this focus on looking younger a concern?
LB: The focus should be on looking better, not younger. Many studies show this is important. For example, those with oily skin or acne can be perceived as unkempt which can hurt their chances getting that new job or meeting the partner of their dreams. Those with facial flushing and redness may be perceived as naive and immature. Those with dry skin may itch which distracts them, makes them sleep poorly and be less able to function well. You don't have to believe me: believe the multiple studies on the subject. There is a great book entitled Survival of the Prettiest that offers a terrific look at the research around beauty.
And what do you say to the old adage that "one gets the face one earns?"
LB: I agree with it! If you smoke, sunbathe frequently, do not wear sunscreen and have a poor skin care regimen, your skin will suffer -- that I can promise you.
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Posted April 22, 2008
Since stopping my contraceptive pill I had suffered with considerable acne and patches of dry skin for 2 years which had greatly impacted my self confidence. . until I found this book. I had spent a fortune on trying expensive skin care products, many recommended to me by skin care experts but I saw little to no improvement. I was sceptical initially, thinking that after reading the guidance on your skin type you would have a 'Dr Baumann's skin care range' thrust upon you as the only way to improved skin, however, I was pleasantly surprised. I found the questionnaire simple to complete and my skin type result was spot on (providing you give honest answers- especially in the wrinkle section as painful as admitting it is!). As a result I bought the cheapest products from the comprehensive list provided for my skin type(ranging in price and most available from supermarkets or the high street)and after 3 months there has been a marked improvement in my skin- I even have people commenting on my skin which has never happened before! You may have to read your chapter a few times to get your head around it as Dr Baumann provides often up to 3 different regimens for your skin type depending on the nature of your problems, but once you have got your head around this, your away! I have recommended this book to numerous friends and although some have had to try a few products before finding their favourites most have persisted and seen improvements too. After all, there is no point in giving up after a couple of weeks, it can take a considerable while before you will see improvements. If your skin is getting you down- it has to be worth a try!?
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Posted April 25, 2006
This book is what I have waited for! This book has helped me pick the products that actually do what I want. I am one of the lucky ones that is still battling acne in my 30's, with ugly dark spots left after the pimples heal. Dr. Baumann's guidance has helped clear the acne, fade the spots, and give me skin I am proud of, finally!
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Posted October 1, 2011
I have struggled for years trying to find the proper products for my skin. I seemed to switch between oily, dry, normal and combination. Dr. Baumann's book helped me understand the many other factors that make up MY skin. Suddenly all of the money I spent on programs that didn't work made sense. Her book is simple to understand AND lists products at all prices that can work for you. My skin is finally happy with products that can made a difference for me! Well worth the read AND following the Dr's orders!Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted November 27, 2010
I loved this book! Besides having an incredibly busy schedule and no time to get to the doctor, I have a limited budget. This book made it simple for me to review my skin and design a regimen that suited me and my budget!! I look fantastic!!! I am recommending it to all my girlfriends!! Get your skin perfect for the holidays!Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted November 26, 2010
This was a great read - easy to understand as well as great tips for anyone's budget. Thank goodness someone finally put this together! I recommend it for everyone!Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted November 24, 2010
I can't believe how my skin looks now! I have the first edition of the book and it helped to tame my unruly and unpredictable skin. I used to have brown spots, acne, and irritation but compliments I receive on my skin When the new edition came out, I ran out to see what the changes were. This new edition is awesome! All of the products have been revised and the new procedures and treatments are included in this book as well. I changed my cleanser and my skin is clearer only 2 days later. Thank you Dr. Leslie Baumann!!Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted November 24, 2010
This has been the best book I have purchased in a long time. There are products for every budget, and the expert advice from Dr. Leslie Baumann is unparalleled. I'm looking forward to making my skin look radiant with the guidance of this book.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted November 24, 2010
Before reading this book I was of the mindset that the more expensive a cosmetic product was the "better" is would be for my skin. Wow was I wrong! I always thought I had oily skin but after taking the questionnaire I found out I really had dry skin. Such a waste of money all these years of by oil free products and using toners and they were completely wrong for my skin type.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted November 24, 2010
I have ALWAYS, ALWAYS, ALWAYS had blackheads and clogged pores! I have gotten facials, exfoliated, extracted them, covered them with makeup- You name it- I've done it all! I then heard about this book through a friend. It was my type of book- All I had to do was take a questionnaire (A little long, but TOTALLY worth it) and go to my chapter. I then realized that I was doing EVERYTHING wrong for my skin- I was using oily sunscreen, I was using foundation with oil, etc. (I am an OSPW). I am now happy to say that my skin is looking better than EVER! This book is like having a dermatologist at your reach 24/7! I recommend this book to all people seeking more youthful and healthy looking skin!Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted November 23, 2010
I first bought this book in 2005 and have been following Dr Baumann ever since on her website.I WAS an OSPW and now because of this book and how easy and simple it is to follow a LOW cost skin regimen , my skin is even toned and ready to take on anything age has to give. Great Gift Idea for any of your friends . I cant wait to read the updates !Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted August 27, 2007
After I read all these reviews, I was excited & eager to buy this book. However, I checked out the book from the public library in my town. I'm so glad that I DIDN'T buy this book. First of all, skin type questions are very general and choosing answers could be bias or no answer is there for you at all. My Original skin condition: I have occasionally 2 or 3 acne on my chin area and very minimum small red bumps on my forehead. My nose area and cheeks are completely clean with no ance or no red bumps. Overall, my skin is not that bad acutally. When I read the reviews, I was hoping this book could help me clean up those minimum acne on my chin. So I started reading. I took all the tests twice so that it can be sure. According to this book, my skin turned out being OSPW which means oily, sensitive, pigmented and wrinkle prone skin. So I read carefully the section that I was being related to. Some of application rules are confusing and un-consistent. For example, first, she said lightener should be the first to apply after cleaning and toning. In next 2 or 3 pages, she said acne treatment should be the fist one to apply after cleaning and toning and before all of the other applications. She also said OSPW skin needs both lightner and acne treatment. I got confused. But I followed carefully her recommendations and directions for skin care. I bought whole bunch of skin care lotions and cleanser that she recommended. I gave it a try up to 3 weeks. The thing is now, I have all the red bumps all over my face. Yup, it includes my once-clear checks and nose area. I have more red bumps on my forehead. Her recommended skin lightener and ance treatment don't work at all. I don't recommend this book to anyone. If you want to give it a try, don't buy the book. Try to check out at your nearby public library or borrow from the friend who recommends it to you. Overall, it may gives you slight ideas of what you should avoid for your skin care routine. Besides that it's not that great and she is not that helpful after all. It may even make your skin worse than before.
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Posted March 11, 2007
After years of problems with dry, sensitive skin, I finally found a book that addresses my issues. The skin test is easy and quick, and really helps target specific problems. Not only that, but she offers brand recommendations in every price range, from drugstore to department store products. My husband and I both took the test and were able to make changes to our skin care routine that helped a great deal, and all the products were purchased at the drugstore. I had been using the wrong combination of ingredients for so long. Such a help!Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted February 4, 2007
Posted July 21, 2006
For the insight of labeling skin types the way she does, Dr. Baumann deserves plaudits. Her questionnaire is thorough and easy to complete, the book reads well, and you really only need to read the section that applies to your skin type (one of 16 types, derived from your answers to the questionnaire that is based on four parameters, oily vs. dry, sensitive vs. resistant, pigmented vs. nonpigmented, and wrinkled vs. tight). Brilliant - and very helpful, in terms of matching skin product recommendations to the appropriate skin type.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted May 5, 2006
Posted April 21, 2006
I have always had problems with my skin. Acne was a huge issue with me and I'm in my 20s! But after reading this book my whole outlook on skincare changed! Now I have beautiful skin that I love! My acne hardly appears anymore. If you have issues with your skin, this book should help out alot!Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted March 29, 2006
As a man, most skin care books written for women don't speak very loudly to me. This one, however, shed light on a chronic, irritating, and often embarassing health issue. I won't be using all the products Dr. Bauman mentions, but the principle of skin typing has given me fresh insight into why my skin has always been difficult to take care of (I've got one of the most troublesome types) and what I can do about it. I recommend this book highly.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted March 27, 2006
This superlative book arrived in my life just when I needed it. At forty, I live with the unsettling awareness that my normally clear skin has the ability to erupt into angry, red, blistering allergic rashes at seemingly little provocation. Once, for example, a walk on a windy, cool day caused me to experience a facial rash in the form of dermatitis which lasted for weeks. Another time, a mineral facial powder was to blame. Although I have tried to follow the dictates of sensitive skin care articles, manuals and web sites, little things will still set me off. Ultimately, I have felt in the dark about how to prevent allergic reactions. The more I read and researched, the more confused I became. Trying new skin care products felt a bit like conducting science experiments with unknown outcomes. When I found Dr. Baumann's book, I was in the grips of another painful allergic reaction, and feeling pretty hopeless. I bought the book that afternoon, and by evening, I had pinpointed my 'skin type' (dry/sensitive/non-pigmented/tight). By the following day, I was armed with reassuring solutions and a new awarness of which skin care ingredients to avoid, which to seek out, how to shop for gentle products, and what holistic changes to make (including tips about flying which were new to me). It may seem vain to fret over one's skin, but as a part of the whole of who we are, our skin's condition is capable of contributing or detracting from our quality of life. This is particularly true when our skin is out of balance: conditions such as allergies, eczema, and dermatitis can be painful, embarrassing and unnerving. Dr. Baumann's book, to my thinking, has a rightful place next to other soundly researched health-care books. It need not be viewed simply as a vanity item, but rather, as another piece in the puzzle of how to live healthy and harmonious lives. Thank you, Dr. Baumann, for allowing me the peace of mind to turn my attention away from all of the skin research that I had been doing, and toward some of the other things that matter to me.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted March 30, 2006
I have slightly dry, very hyper-senstive skin. I cannot tolerate 95% of cosmetics on the market. This book finally gave me a little advice on what I can do to help alleviate it, and what I might be able to use. Everyone is different, so each description may not exactly fit everyone. But it does give good information and recommends products that won't harm your skin. Some are difficult to find in stores, but she has a website that will direct you to a place you can find most of what she recommends. It's refreshing to see that we are moving out of the dry-oily-combo-sensitive ideal into one that can combine more than one skin type, especially since I'm dry AND sensitive. I can attest, her advice has reduced some of my redness and irritation.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted March 15, 2006
I find that all this book does is give one a more complicated version of oily/dry/mature skin types. After taking the test and being honest I came out DRPW, when reading the desciption of this skin type I felt like it didn't describe my skin at all, I have 'mature' skin with fine lines but not anything like it sounds like from her description. I went back and retook the W part of the test and still came a W. (5 questions pertain to whether your parents/grandparents looked their age,not all of us have them around to know, and what has that got to do with what I look like today!) I have used enough skincare products to know that most of what she recommends might work fine for some 30/40 year old but not for a person with mature skin. After reading the DRPT section I fall more into that category, however might be a cross between the 2! In other words even though it seems that she has typed your skin in more detail than what has been the norm,she hasn't. Some of the questions are too general and some none of the answers fit. What really made me realize that I wasted my money on this book, was when I saw she recommended Max Factor Pan Stick makeup for DRPW skin! I didn't even know they still made the stuff! I have read many books out there pertaining to skin care none of them worth mentioning and I am beginning to think that some Dermatolgists instead of being doctors are trying to cash in on the money making Cosmetic industry!!Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.