Award-winning writer, physician, & named by Time Magazine as one of the 140 people to follow on Twitter, James Hamblin, reads from his timely new book, CLEAN
Synopsis: 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 discovers that he is not alone.
Along the way he realizes that most of our standards of cleanliness are less related to health than most people think. Lucid, accessible, and deeply researched, Clean explores the ongoing, radical change in the way we think about our skin, introducing readers to the emerging science that will be at the forefront of health and wellness conversations in coming years.
“A breezy social history with a health angle. . . . the science writing is accessible and articulate—graceful even—and there are some wonderful surprises” Wall Street Journal
“A fascinating, rich mix of science, marketing and culture that will have you questioning everything you think you know about your daily skincare routine.” BookPage
“James Hamblin’s characteristic mix of clarity and levity shine through every single page. You’ll never think about your largest organ the same way again.” David Epstein, author of Range and The Sports Gene