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The Clear Skin Diet Hardcover – September 1, 2007
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This textbook explains very clearly, and with excellent scientific background, exactly how diet and lifestyle influence the inflammatory and hormonal systems in our bodies to aggravate acne. The Western diet and lifestyle that predisposes to acne is also linked to obesity, diabetes and hormone dependent cancers down the road. For the past year, I have been recommending that acne patients avoid sugar and dairy. More recently, I have been recommending this book to all patients and/or their parents who see me about their acne. The endless antibiotics prescribed for acne lead to unfavorable to changes to bacterial flora, increase antibiotic resistant organisms, and may lead to other changes. I have seen firsthand how acne has now become a problem in much earlier and later ages than before. I see children whose acne starts at 9, adults who have acne well into their 50's. Many of these changes are not a result of genetics but of diet and lifestyle, particularly diets that are high in sugar, dairy, and unhealthy fats.Read more ›
The book then goes into foods that prevent acne, mostly centering around those with omega-3 fatty acids. The basis for the argument is omega-3's anti-inflammatory effect.
However, up to this point, it is still information pieced together from various credible sources and made into a sort of "acne theory."
The book then goes into a dietary plan and list of foods for avoiding acne.
To my great dismay and confusion, the book confirmed my worst expectation: this is a general "eat organic, exercise, widen your diet to more exotic food" plan, based on health fads and feelings more than science.
After condemning milk and dairy for half the book, the author then recommends CHEESE as an anti-acne food! He then goes to list all kinds of flavors, with a caveat of "May worsen acne in some people" at the end!
"May worsen acne in some people?" For God's sake, you just spent half the book convincing us that dairy was the Devil's own conspiracy to create acne!
Then, he recommends Olive, Sesame, and Canola oil, all of which are Omega-6 dense, omega-3 scarce oils, which he just spent the last 100 pages trying to convince you were the Devil's second conspiracy!
The rest of the list is made up of common sense fruit and vegetables, with exotic carbohydrates such as hummus and quinoa thrown in for good measure.Read more ›
If you are looking for a superficial book that simply breezes thru what foods to eat and what to avoid, this is not the one. It does provide that, lots of menu plans, recipes etc and an easy to understand plan for diet, but the book is so much more. Lifestyle factors which are also important in acne are well represented. There is lots on the history of why dermatologists turned away talk of, or even consideration of a diet and acne connection. There is a depth to the book not typically found in pop health books. Based on the science and research studies covered in this book, there is full validation for anyone who has ever thought that diet, stress and acne are all interconnected. The book validated my own experiences with acne and provided information on some key nutrients that have helped. The authors write in easy to understand language, even in sometimes complex areas, especially in the area of omega-3 fatty acids and acne. Helpful resources yet no product salesmanship.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
It has some good info, but it has a scientific feel. The book didn't affect me much & I didn't follow the nutritional plan. You can get the same diet info for free elsewhere.Published 21 days ago by ms. mia
this book has great tips. it basically sums up what we all know about acne. We just gotta change our diet in order treat acne. Read morePublished 3 months ago by Amazon Customer
Great Resource. I learned alot from this book and would recommend it. It was very helpful.Published 7 months ago by Heath
While I agree diet plays a role, and that our Western processed diets can compound the problem, I believe one of the biggest factors affecting adult acne is insufficient Vitamin D... Read morePublished 7 months ago by Nancy Zubiri
This was a very informative book. I have been struggling with acne for the last 6 months or so that seemed to just come out of nowhere. Read morePublished 10 months ago by Emily Cargile
It takes a lot of discipline to stick to this diet and do not really know as yet if it works!Published 11 months ago by lyn nj
While the information is useful, I didn't learn any new information from reading the book.Published 12 months ago by egl17
I enjoyed the practicality of the book and was left feeling that I could actually implement the guidelines suggested therein. Very refreshing, it gives one hope.Published 13 months ago by Malia R Calles