The Acne Anser by Marie Veronique Nadeau

The Acne Answer was a nicely designed but ultimately very frustrating read. In an exercise of form over function, I really didn’t get any of the answers I was looking for within the book. In trying to be everything to everyone (as well as brief and amusing), the book quickly becomes confusing and ineffective. It’s a 20 minute read – most of which is spent scavenger hunting for relevant tips.

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It’s an odd mixture of technical terms and homeopathy; the author attempts to downplay the big words by making amusing presentations of them – either graphically or with various forms such as Q&A, testimonials, etc). Accompanying diagrams are somewhat helpful but tended to be informative rather than instructive. There’s even a whole section written like a stage play of two women talking about their acne. It’s just a mess, to be honest.

I was looking for solutions to gently combat my 13 year old daughter’s budding acne. She doesn’t have it miserable but it would be nice to begin a routine to last her to her adult years to help mitigate the problem. But author Nadeau gives very general tips and directions – and without enough information to follow up on the recommendations. E.g., we are recommended to apply oils rich in omega 3 and 6s. Anyone have an idea where I can find these particular oils in my store or online? I’m just as likely to end up with cooking oil than face oil.

The specifics I wanted to find (teen girl acne) were scarce – most of the book instead dealt with male acne, adult acne, and skin conditions such as rosacea (which I’m not sure why that is in the book since rosacea sufferers likely wouldn’t be looking in an acne book and would already know their problem isn’t acne related?). The rest of the book was background information.

What would have been helpful is a list of resources and actual product names – both homeopathic and over the counter. In the age of online shops, having specific choices would have gone a long way toward helping us quickly and efficiently finding what we need. As it stands, I got absolutely nothing out of the book – certainly not step-by-step guides that were useful. It was just too generic and artsy – and not direct enough. Reviewed from an advance reader copy provided by the publisher.

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