The Beauty of Dirty Skin: The Surprising Science of Looking and Feeling Radiant from the Inside Out

The Beauty of Dirty Skin: The Surprising Science of Looking and Feeling Radiant from the Inside Out

by Whitney Bowe MD


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Internationally renowned dermatologist and research scientist Dr. Whitney Bowe presents, for the first time, the connection between a healthy gut and radiant, clear skin, with a 21-day program to maximize skin health and beauty.

Every year, nearly 80 million Americans will consult their doctors about their skin. In fact, skin disorders beat out anxiety, depression, back pain, and diabetes as the number one reason Americans see their doctors. Unfortunately, however, the vast majority will receive only a surface-level treatment, leaving the underlying conditions at the root of their skin issues unresolved. Skin doesn't lie; it reflects overall health in unimaginable ways.

In The Beauty of Dirty Skin, internationally renowned dermatologist and scientist Dr. Whitney Bowe shows readers that skin health is much more than skin deep. As a pioneering researcher on the cutting edge of the gut-brain-skin axis, she explains how the spectrum of skin disorders — from stubborn acne and rosacea to psoriasis, eczema, and premature wrinkling — are manifestations of irregularities rooted in the gut. Lasers, scalpels, creams, and prescription pads alone will not guarantee the consistently healthy, glowing skin we all seek.

Instead, Dr. Bowe focuses on the microbiome — where trillions of microbes "speak" to your skin via the brain — and highlights the connection between sleep, stress, diet, gastrointestinal health, and the health of your skin. With simple explanations of the science, do-it-yourself practical skincare strategies, and a life-changing 21-day program, The Beauty of Dirty Skin is your roadmap to great skin from the inside out and the outside in.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780316509824
Publisher: Little, Brown and Company
Publication date: 04/17/2018
Pages: 288
Sales rank: 388,746
Product dimensions: 6.00(w) x 9.50(h) x 1.30(d)

About the Author

Dr. Whitney Bowe is Medical Director of Integrative Dermatology, Aesthetics & Wellness at Advanced Dermatology, P.C., in addition to being a distinguished research scientist and a thought leader in her field. She is one of the most in-demand dermatologists in America, and has lent her expertise to programs like Good Morning AmericaThe Rachael Ray ShowThe Doctors, and Dr. Oz, and publications including The Wall Street Journal, the New York TimesAllureInStyleVogueElleReader's Digest, and O, The Oprah Magazine.

Table of Contents

Introduction: Learning to Love Your Good Bugs 3

Part I A Gut Reaction to Radiant Skin

Chapter 1 Nature's Hidden Secret to Great Skin: Why Getting Clear, Glowing Skin Is an Inside Job 21

Chapter 2 The New Science of Skin: Understanding the Gut-Brain-Skin Connection 48

Chapter 3 Mind over Skin Matters: The Brain's Influence on the Body, Inside and Out 63

Chapter 4 Face Value: What You Know About Skin Care Is Wrong 77

Chapter 5 The Power in Going Pro: Why Probiotics Are the New Antibiotics 91

Part II Glow With Your Gut

Chapter 6 Feed Your Face: Dietary Recommendations for Putting Your Best Face Forward 113

Chapter 7 Take Time to Recover: The Power of Exercise, Meditation, and Sleep 143

Chapter 8 Handle with Care: Reassess Your Regimen and Commit Daily to Proper Skin Care 160

Chapter 9 Supercharge Your Skin: Navigating the Supplements and Probiotics Aisle 185

Part III Putting It All Together

Chapter 10 Three Weeks to Radiant: Your Plan of Action for Smooth, Youthful, Clear Skin 203

Chapter 11 Recipes: Meals and Masks to Get Your Bowe Glow On 234

Acknowledgments 249

Notes 253

Index 267

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