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Long recognized as a pioneer in reversing skin damage caused by aging, Nicholas Perricone, M.D. now turns his knowledge and expertise toward acne. Here, Dr. Perricone finally delivers the solutions acne sufferers have been waiting for. A complete program that incorporates his trademark three-tiered approach — anti-inflammatory diet, targeted acne-fighting nutritional ...
Long recognized as a pioneer in reversing skin damage caused by aging, Nicholas Perricone, M.D. now turns his knowledge and expertise toward acne. Here, Dr. Perricone finally delivers the solutions acne sufferers have been waiting for. A complete program that incorporates his trademark three-tiered approach — anti-inflammatory diet, targeted acne-fighting nutritional supplements, and breakthrough anti-inflammatory topical applications — The Acne Prescription will help clear your skin in a matter of days and will tell you what to do to treat the pitting and scarring that often affects adult acne sufferers.
Perricone's breakthrough research dispels common myths regarding the causes and treatment of acne. By following the Perricone Program, you can dramatically reduce the appearance of blemishes and breakouts, and achieve a smoother look within three days.
Read by Robb Webb
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.
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
Posted September 4, 2004
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!Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted January 15, 2004
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.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted January 7, 2004
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.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted September 17, 2003
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.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted September 27, 2003
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.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.