Acne Prescription: The Perricone Program for Clear and Healthy Skin at Every Age

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From the #1 New York Times best–selling author of The Perricone Prescription.

The Acne Prescription delivers a complete program that incorporates Dr. Perricone's trademark three–tiered approach (anti–inflammatory diet, targeted acne–fighting nutritional supplements, and breakthrough topical applications) that will help you clear your skin in a matter of days. Not only will you see impossible–to–ignore improvement in your skin, the program will help improve your body's overall ...

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Overview

From the #1 New York Times best–selling author of The Perricone Prescription.

The Acne Prescription delivers a complete program that incorporates Dr. Perricone's trademark three–tiered approach (anti–inflammatory diet, targeted acne–fighting nutritional supplements, and breakthrough topical applications) that will help you clear your skin in a matter of days. Not only will you see impossible–to–ignore improvement in your skin, the program will help improve your body's overall health and appearance. And, Dr. Perricone will tell you what to do to treat the pitting and scarring that often affects adult acne sufferers.

The Acne Prescription features dramatic before–and–after photos, rock–solid scientific background explications, and a day–by–day program of meals and exercises. And, Dr Perricone will dispel common medical myths regarding the causes and treatment of acne. By following the Perricone Program of diet, vitamins, topical applications, and exercise, you can dramatically reduce the appearance of blemishes and breakouts, and achieve a smoother look within three days You will look and feel better than you ever thought possible. Good health and beautiful skin – an unbeatable combination.

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The bestselling skin guru, famous for reversing the aging process through diet and nutritional supplements, now focuses his attention and expertise on acne. Once considered an exclusively "teenage" problem, acne in fact affects many adults. Dr. Perricone comes to their rescue with his three-tiered system to clear up skin: an anti-inflammatory diet, acne-fighting vitamins and supplements, and revolutionary topical products that control redness and swelling on the outside. Equipped with recipes and exercise to reduce stress (acne loves stress!), Dr. Perricone's prescription is a sure thing.
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Perricone, adjunct professor of dermatology at Michigan State University and author of both The Wrinkle Cure and The Perricone Prescription, bases his work on a simple premise: aging skin, and other dermatological conditions are the result of inflammation at the cellular level. To offset this inflammation, Perricone recommends a specific diet. Readers who follow Perricone's prescription diet are advised to avoid starchy foods and any foods that are high in carbohydrates (including many fruits and cereals). The focus is on fish, omega 3 fatty acids, protein and antioxidants, which will effectively reduce the level of cellular inflammation and produce more radiant skin. This new book reiterates this information, but uses the research and findings to assist readers of all ages, specifically adolescents and young adults with acne. A 28-day diet program, glossary of yoga exercises, and discussion of nutritional supplements is included to guide the reader toward better skin. For the most part, readers will find little here that isn't printed in one of Perricone's earlier books. But for new readers, this book may be of interest. Though his theories may still be considered contentious in dermatological circles, one can hardly argue against a regimen that dictates a healthy diet, regular exercise, and good hygiene. (Sept.) Copyright 2003 Reed Business Information.
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  • ISBN-13: 9780060188788
  • Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers
  • Publication date: 8/27/2003
  • Edition description: 1ST
  • Pages: 256
  • Product dimensions: 7.37 (w) x 9.25 (h) x 0.95 (d)

Meet the Author

Nicholas Perricone, MD, FACN, is a board certified clinical and research dermatologist. A brilliant scholar, Dr. Perricone completed medical school in just 2 1/2 years, graduating at the head of his class. He completed his internship in Pediatrics at Yale Medical School and his Dermatology Residency at Ford Medical Center. Dr. Perricone is regarded as the father of the Inflammation Theory of Aging. He is the author of the New York Times bestseller The Wrinkle Cure (Rodale Reach May 2000). Warner Books published the trade paper edition in May of 2001. It reached # 1 on both the New York Times and the Los Angeles Times bestseller lists March 24, 2002 and remained there for four weeks. Close to one million copies are in print. His PBS-TV special of the same name is one of the top fundraisers for Public Television.

Dr. Perricone is certified by the American Board of Dermatology, is a Fellow of the New York Academy of Sciences and a Fellow of the American College of Nutrition. He is also a Fellow of the American Academy of Dermatology and the Society of Investigative Dermatology. He is the recipient of the 2002 Eli Whitney Award, awarded annually to an outstanding individual for significant contribution to science.

Prior recipients include National Medal of Science recipient, Igor Sikorsky, (founder of Sikorsky aircraft) inventor of the first practical helicopter, which established the bedrock upon which today's helicopter industry rests, and Buckminster Fuller, inventor of the geodesic dome — the lightest, strongest, and most cost-effective structure ever devised.

Dr. Perricone holds dozens of US and international patents for the treatment of skin and systemic disease, and for the use of topical anti-inflammatories for reversing and preventing damage to skin caused by age, the sun, the environment, hormonal changes, etc. He is the author of numerous scientific articles documenting the results of his research and is a contributing editor to the peer-reviewed medical journal Skin and Aging and is a member of the editorial board of Archives of Gerontology & Geriatrics. He is Chairman of the International Symposium on Aging Skin, an annual meeting in which researchers come together from around the world to share their latest scientific breakthroughs in the prevention of aging and aging skin.

Vogue magazine has named Dr. Perricone one of the top four dermatologists in the United States.

His latest book The Perricone Prescription, A Physician’s 28-Day Program for Total Body and Face Rejuvenation, is being published by HarperCollins to coincide with the premier of his second television special for PBS-TV, the leading national educational television network, in September of 2002.

Biography

Nicholas Perricone, M.D., FACN, is a board certified clinical and research dermatologist. A brilliant scholar, Dr. Perricone completed medical school in just 2 1/2 years, graduating at the head of his class. He completed his internship in pediatrics at Yale Medical School and his dermatology residency at Ford Medical Center. Dr. Perricone is regarded as the father of the inflammation theory of aging. He is the author of the New York Times bestseller The Wrinkle Cure (Rodale Reach, May 2000). Warner Books published the trade paper edition in May of 2001. It reached No. 1 on both the New York Times and the Los Angeles Times bestseller lists on March 24, 2002, and remained there for four weeks. Close to one million copies are in print. His PBS-TV special of the same name is one of the top fundraisers for public television.

Dr. Perricone is certified by the American Board of Dermatology, is a fellow of the New York Academy of Sciences and a fellow of the American College of Nutrition. He is also a fellow of the American Academy of Dermatology and the Society of Investigative Dermatology. He is the recipient of the 2002 Eli Whitney Award, awarded annually to an outstanding individual for significant contribution to science.

Prior recipients include National Medal of Science recipient, Igor Sikorsky, (founder of Sikorsky aircraft) inventor of the first practical helicopter, which established the bedrock upon which today's helicopter industry rests, and Buckminster Fuller, inventor of the geodesic dome -- the lightest, strongest, and most cost-effective structure ever devised.

Dr. Perricone holds dozens of U.S. and international patents for the treatment of skin and systemic disease, and for the use of topical anti-inflammatories for reversing and preventing damage to skin caused by age, the sun, the environment, hormonal changes, etc. He is the author of numerous scientific articles documenting the results of his research and is a contributing editor to the peer-reviewed medical journal Skin and Aging and is a member of the editorial board of Archives of Gerontology & Geriatrics. He is chairman of the International Symposium on Aging Skin, an annual meeting in which researchers come together from around the world to share their latest scientific breakthroughs in the prevention of aging and aging skin.

Vogue magazine has named Dr. Perricone one of the top four dermatologists in the United States.

His book The Perricone Prescription, A Physician's 28-Day Program for Total Body and Face Rejuvenation, was published by HarperCollins to coincide with the premiere of his second television special for PBS-TV, the leading national educational television network, in September 2002.

Author biography courtesy of HarperCollins.

Good To Know

When Kim Cattrall had a skin emergency while filming HBO's Sex and the City, Perricone was summoned to the set to deliver a vitamin-enriched moisturizer that saved the day.

According to Dr. Perricone, the two best things you can add to your diet are salmon and berries.

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    1. Hometown:
      Connecticut
    1. Education:
      Michigan State University

First Chapter

The Acne Prescription
The Perricone Program for Clear and Healthy Skin at Every Age

Chapter One

The ABCs of Acne

1986 was a banner year for me. After many years spent undergoing rigorous medical training and testing, I was about to begin my private dermatological practice. I had received my medical degree from Michigan State University College of Human Medicine, followed by a one-year internship in pediatrics at Yale New Haven Hospital. I then completed a three-year residency at the Ford Medical Center in my specialty, dermatology, and was now ready and eager to begin seeing and treating patients. Dermatology -- the diagnosis and treatment of the skin and its diseases -- is one of those specialties that has patients of every age -- from infancy to old age, and every point in between.

It is interesting to note that in my dermatological residency we spent very little time studying the causes and treatment of acne -- one of the most prevalent yet difficult skin diseases to successfully treat. In addition to the physical disfigurement caused by the blemishes, acne can also leave deep scars on the psyche. Despite these facts, close to two thirds of our time was spent learning how to diagnose and treat other skin diseases. A full one third of the residency was spent learning how to perform dermatological surgery.

As a newly graduated dermatology resident with board certification, I opened a solo practice in Connecticut -- where I quickly discovered that a large portion of my patients suffered from acne. I was comfortable treating my adolescent acne patients, as I myself had suffered from fairly severe acne that began around the time I turned fourteen and continued to plague me throughout my early and mid-twenties. I could empathize with the teenagers who came seeking my help; I had been there.

My Story

When I developed acne in my teens, I lacked the financial means to seek professional medical advice or treatment for it. I haunted the corner drugstore searching the shelves for remedies. About the best I could find were products that contained active ingredients such as sulfur in a tinted base -- over-the-counter medicated cover-up creams. They helped a little at first but soon lost their effectiveness. By the time I reached college I finally began seeing a dermatologist. I was treated with a range of things -- from ultraviolet radiation and oral antibiotics (such as tetracycline), to topical abrasive scrubs containing tiny bits of sand, followed by tinted hydrocortisone-based lotions. The doctor also performed what I called acne surgery. He used an instrument to actually unplug the affected pores. We continued these treatments for approximately six months, after which I felt that there was not enough improvement to justify the time, expense, and discomfort.

Following college graduation, I entered the army, where I had severe acne flare-ups during both basic and advanced training. The army, however, did not consider acne a disease worth treating, so there were no options open to me other than to endure the condition and bide my time.

After suffering an arm injury, I spent a few months in an army hospital. I finally had the opportunity to speak to a physician about my acne but was too embarrassed to bring it up. This was a tertiary care hospital; all around me were patients in need of acute or critical care. In the bed to the right of me lay a soldier who had been hit by AK-47 fire and whose arm bones had been shattered. To my left was a man with both arms in casts, suffering from severe burns and fractures sustained from enemy fire on his helicopter. Although my right arm was in a cast, what I was most concerned about was my acne!

After I was discharged from active army duty, I was once again employed (although I'd not yet decided to enter medicine). I immediately sought help from a dermatologist. I went through a number of treatments, none of which seemed to bring any relief, leaving me depressed and discouraged.

Vitamin A for Acne Relief

One lucky day, a friend of mine told me about Dr. Sidney Hurwitz, one of the first pediatric dermatologists in the country. Dr. Hurwitz was a true innovator who kept up with the latest dermatological developments and treatments. He was achieving greater results than just about anyone in dermatology at that time. Dr. Hurwitz had been a board-certified practicing pediatrician who had decided to enter a three-year dermatological residency program to become a dermatologist. Now that his specialties were both dermatology and pediatrics, he limited his practice to patients no older than sixteen. Although I was well over that age, I was determined to see him. I called Dr. Hurwitz, explained my situation, and asked if he would make an exception in my case. Much to my delight, he said yes.

During my first office visit I was very impressed with Dr. Hurwitz, both as a man and as a physician. He was brimming with incredible enthusiasm for his work, and I could see that he loved taking care of his patients. For the first time in more than a decade, I felt a genuine sense of hope and renewed optimism. After examining my face and cataloging the long list of my previous treatments, he asked me an intriguing question: "Have you tried vitamin A to treat your acne?"

In my ongoing search for a cure I had read about vitamin A and taken large self-prescribed doses of the supplement, but had not seen any effects. "I am referring to a new form of vitamin A that is applied topically -- directly to the skin," he explained. "The University of Pennsylvania has been conducting extensive research utilizing vitamin A acid and has a product in early clinical trials." He then told me that Johnson & Johnson had licensed the technology. I was ready and willing to be a guinea pig, and I eagerly agreed to participate in the study. Dr. Hurwitz used this new product on me in combination with other topical and oral medications, and over a period of a few months, my face completely cleared.

This book is written as a source of information only. The information contained in this book should by no means be considered a substitute for the advice of a qualified medical professional, who should always be consulted before beginning any new diet, exercise or other health program.

All efforts have been made to ensure the accuracy of information contained in this book as of the date published. The author and the publisher expressly disclaim responsibility for any adverse effects arising from the use or application of the information contained herein.

The Acne Prescription
The Perricone Program for Clear and Healthy Skin at Every Age
. Copyright © by Nicholas Perricone. Reprinted by permission of HarperCollins Publishers, Inc. All rights reserved. Available now wherever books are sold.
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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 4, 2004

    A Bust

    I bought this book in conjunction with The Acne Cure by Dr. Dubrow. The Acne Cure helped. This did not. The only part that was at all useful was the section on vitamins and supplements. The book doesn't provide any real solution. It tells you to change your diet (rather unrealistically) but the nutritional advice is nothing that you haven't already heard. It's basically a disguised low-carb diet. It tells you to do yoga. And, it tells you to buy lots of his products, which by the way, are ridiculously overpriced. The Acne Cure presented statistics when needed. Perricone tells little personal accounts that are pretty much useless. The Acne Cure laid out a daily regime. Perricone's advice is all over the map. I didn't even try to implement it. Instead I went with the regime presented in the Acne Cure and have since cleared up!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 15, 2004

    Great information for the inflammatory idea of acne, but...

    I am one who is studying natural health and found Dr. Perricone very interesting for indicating the American diet as the source of acne. The control of the glucose metabolism does have a connection. I believe what he says concerning inflammatory foods we eat in the American diet are a support of acne break-outs, but the 28 day acne-free program has been unrealistic for my son. It's been three months into the program and going (that's how long ago I bought the book and have applied the applications) and though it has considerably controlled the severe acne, it has not totally erradicated it as of yet. The gormet recipes are not that well liked by my family. I have to ab lib the structures of it for our tastes. Yoga is not the answer for a rambunctious boy for controlling the acne. It's very unappealing to him. We did drop the antibiotic my son was on because as Dr. Perricone stated in his book, it doesn't always help and is not really a good idea in promoting health. The topical antibiotics don't help him either, though the topicals with vitamins and anti-oxidants are excellent that he suggests. He even has a web page where you can order his own brewed topical creams, though a little pricey. We are using his suggestions, but I make our own from many different companies but it's still not the cure-all for my son. I also believe in most of his experience with the treatments for acne. It has been my experience for myself in the past and now for my son in the present. The pictures of his patients do not look that bad for acne, though most are of them have rosacea rather than any with severe acne. My son pointed that out to me immediately. His face has been most severe compared to these supposedly exemplary cases of acne. The supplements are excellent for the case of anti-oxidants to help with the deficiency found in our foods these days grown under the 'hurry-up/fast food' mentality' of the big farming conglomerates. We do take the advice on all the food groups he suggests, buying organically grown, and have eliminated the ones he has found were inflammatory to the human body at the microscopic level. If you look on this bookstore's resources for acne, it's a short-order for helping acne. It's not that easy for severe cases of acne to be cured, even at the dermatologist's office. The book is interesting, but it has not been the 28-day cure as indicated. Dr. Perricone is very personal about acne and understands the heartache. Therefore, do not think this book will heal you in 28 days as suggested. It is taking us a long time of eating this type of diet with the supplements, though we are on the path to healing. I do recommend it if you have been stuck in the 'acne-syndrome-tried-everything' mentality. It's just another weapon in one's arsenal in the fight against the scourge of acne.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 7, 2004

    This book is good - worth reading

    This is a good book. It is filled with information that is helpful for everyone. Even though it is apparently targeted to acne sufferers, it contains a wealth of information about improving the appearance of the skin at any age and it sets you on the right path to achieving great health overall. The author's style is simple and straightforward. The program he outlines is excellent and within a few days of following his advice on diet, I had already noticed dramatic improvements in my skin. While the book may not be a thrill to read like many other novels or reading material you enjoy, it lives up to its claims quite elegantly. I recommend this book to anyone interested in improving the appearance of her/his skin and overall health.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 17, 2003

    Disappointment

    I didn't like that this book was just like his other books. I also didn't find the information incredibly helpful - instead it was stories about the author and about his patients. You seem to need either his personal help and/or products to see a change. The recipes are too hard and strange. There are too many vitamins recommended. There are quite a few things that didn't match up with other parts of the book. You could get the same information hearing him talk on PBS or any TV show. I found no new ideas and thought it was a colossal waste of time.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 27, 2003

    surprised by the first review

    i skimmed this book and followed the suggestions immediately. i was terrified as it required a TOTAL overhaul of my diet however i can't argue with the results. they are noticable in just a few days. yes, he requires specific foods and eliminating some common favorites. yes, he requires supplements and topical treatments. what did you expect?? if you do what you've always done, you will get what you always got. is it a fabulous read?? not really but in terms of conveying the information it purports to convey, it does and that's the only reason i bought it.

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