• Paperback: 304 pages
• Publisher: Penguin Canada (May 15, 2018)
In this surprising and remarkably practical book, Dr. Skotnicki reveals the harmful effects of modern skincare habits and provides a step-by-step guide to preserve the microbiome, fight aging and develop beautiful, problem-free skin.
Women, men and children are having more skin problems today than ever before. Sensitive skin prevalence has skyrocketed, and the number of people reacting to cosmetics is climbing. Why? Dermatologist Sandy Skotnicki argues that the cause is a key element of our contemporary lifestyle: the grooming and beauty habits that the advertising and personal-care product industries have encouraged us to pursue. Those miraculous cleansers, creams and balms we’re buying to protect our outer layer may actually end up harming the body’s largest organ.
In Beyond Soap, Dr. Skotnicki argues that the best state for normal skin is the natural state—the one that avoids disturbing the skin’s protective barrier and the bacteria that accompanied the body throughout its evolution. A combination of diagnosis and prescription, Dr. Skotnicki explains the problem with society’s current cleansing and beauty habits, then provides a practical guide on how to fix things with a 3-step product-elimination diet that will help you remove unnecessary and potentially harmful ingredients from your beauty and skincare regime, returning the skin to the condition nature intended. Beyond Soap also includes indispensable advice on how to wash and care for the skin of adults, babies and children, followed by a common-sense beauty regimen intended to stave off aging, reduce skin problems and return the face and body to its natural glow.
About Dr. Sandy Skotnicki
As the owner and medical director of the Bay Dermatology Centre, Dr. Skotnicki opened the clinic in 2006 with a goal to provide full-service dermatology that was focused on patients over procedures. Widely regarded as the “go-to” Dermatologist in Canada for skin safety, Dr. Skotnicki regularly provides commentary and contributes to medical journals, media outlets and speaks on skin reactions as they relate to the skincare industry. She is the author of many peer reviewed articles as well as the upcoming book, Beyond Soap (Penguin Random House), an evidence-based roadmap towards improving skin health. Dr. Sandy Skotnicki is Assistant Professor at the University of Toronto, Department of Medicine in the Divisions of Dermatology and Occupational and Environmental Health.
Dr. Skotnicki is a consultant Dermatologist at St. Michael’s Hospital in Toronto, contributing regularly to medical journals and media outlets on the topic of skin allergies. Active in research and education, Dr. Skotnicki has taught Dermatology, Allergy and Family Medicine residents since 1999 and is a consultant for the Workplace Safety Insurance Board. She is also a member of the Centre for Research Expertise in Occupational Disease and has published numerous, peer-reviewed articles.
Dr. Skotnicki received her Bachelor of Science degree in microbiology and immunology from the University of Toronto, followed by her medical degree, graduating with highest honors. Dr. Skotnicki completed her dermatology training at the University of Ottawa and was awarded her fellowship in Dermatology by the Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Canada in 1997. She is also a Diplomat of the American Board of Dermatology.