From womb to tomb: acne can affect infants prenatally; King Tut, who died as a teen-ager, was put to rest with medications for his skin problems--these plus many other, more useful facts can be found here. Using comfortably informal parlance (""zits""), the authors elucidate the action of the skin as an organ. While helping young people laugh at themselves with expressions like ""microbe menagerie,"" their message is serious: the roles of hormones, sweat glands, cleanliness, and diet, and an up-to-the-minute comparison of over-the-counter medications with dermatologist-prescribed treatments. A section enabling readers to understand what triggers their own eruptions is especially useful. Little, if anything, else is available on this high-interest topic. Glossary; index.