Nonfiction Book Reviews

The Internet Writing Journal, December 2003

The Acne Prescription by Nicholas Perricone, M.D.

HarperCollins, September, 2003
Hardcover, 244 pages
ISBN: 0060188782
Ordering information:
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The Acne Prescription
 by Nicholas Perricone, M.D. It is hard to imagine the dapper Dr. Perricone suffering from teenage acne. But apparently he did, and it made him miserable as a young man . Years later, as a practicing dermatologist, Dr. Perricone noticed that most of his acne patients were women in their 30s and 40s. In a nutshell, Dr. Perricone believes that acne is caused by inflammation at the cellular level and that a non-inflammatory diet, paired with topical preparations, nutritional supplements and stress-reduction exercises such as yoga, can relieve the misery of acne. Those who have read The Perricone Prescription will be familiar with his aversion to high glycemic index foods, such as white bread, and his affinity for salmon, blueberries and other foods laden with antioxidants.

Although Dr. Perricone's theories are not universally accepted, his sensible approach to a healthy diet, exercise and stress reduction are all good things, not only for your skin, but for your entire body. The section of the book dealing with the link between stress and skin problems is especially interesting. This is an excellent resource for anyone who suffers from the misery of acne.


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