Clean: The New Science of Skin
ISBN: 0525538313
EAN13: 9780525538318
Language: English
Release Date: Jul 21, 2020
Pages: 288
Dimensions: 1.1" H x 8.4" L x 6.1" W
Weight: 0.8509843 lbs.
Format: Hardcover
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Named a Best Book of 2020 by NPR and Vanity Fair

One of Smithsonian's Ten Best Science Books of 2020

A searching and vital explication of germ theory, social norms, and what the modern era is really doing to our bodies and our psyches. --Vanity Fair

A preventative medicine physician and staff writer for The Atlantic explains the surprising and unintended effects of our hygiene practices in this informative and entertaining introduction to the new science of skin microbes and probiotics.

Keeping skin healthy is a booming industry, and yet it seems like almost no one agrees on what actually works. Confusing messages from health authorities and ineffective treatments have left many people desperate for reliable solutions. An enormous alternative industry is filling the void, selling products that are often of questionable safety and totally unknown effectiveness.

In Clean, doctor and journalist James Hamblin explores how we got here, examining the science and culture of how we care for our skin today. He talks to dermatologists, microbiologists, allergists, immunologists, aestheticians, bar-soap enthusiasts, venture capitalists, Amish people, theologians, and straight-up scam artists, trying to figure out what it really means to be clean. He even experiments with giving up showers entirely, and Read More chevron_right

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