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THE WRINKLE CURE Hardcover – April 22, 2000

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"Plastic surgery isn't the only way to keep the aging process at bay. With the proper care you can have fabulous skin in your forties, fifties, sixties and beyond," promises author Nicholas Perricone, M.D., assistant clinical professor of dermatology at Yale University School of Medicine. In his opening chapters, Perricone explains why skin wrinkles and sags--a combination of factors including the passage of time, stress, poor nutrition, excess alcohol consumption, sleep deprivation, and exposure to cigarette smoke, sunlight, and pollution. Ultimately, however, it all boils down to damage caused by those renegade free radicals.

The bulk of his book is then devoted to a clearly presented skin care regimen that involves oral and topical antioxidant therapy. On the oral front, he emphasizes eating antioxidant foods, such as cantaloupe and dark green leafy vegetables, and avoiding "bad carbohydrates" (high in the glycemic index) such as pasta, sugar, and pancakes. And if you want to look good for a big event within a few days he suggests eating "fish, fish and more fish."

On the topical level, he recommends nutritional skin products such as his DMAE (dimethylaminoethanol) cream ("an instant anti-aging face-lift"), a product that can only be purchased at specific places, such as selected Nordstrom stores or Perricone's tie-in with his personal line of "cosmeceuticals" makes the book feel a tad self-serving. (He even includes an index of where to buy his products.) However, most of his advice is based on solid research and common sense, which gives this celebrity doctor credibility as well as a huge following. --Gail Hudson


“Working on some of the most beautiful faces and bodies in the world demands that I keep up with any and all important scientific findings. I'm a big fan of Dr. Perricone's skin care technology-- it's the most profound and effective breakthrough that I've seen.” ―Matthew Van Leeuwen, celebrity makeup artist

“Dr. Perricone's years of clinical and laboratory research have resulted in technological breakthroughs. Powerful antioxidants are actually proving to rejuvenate wrinkled skin.” ―Harry G. Preuss, M.D., professor of medicine, Georgetown University

“Dr. Perricone brings science to the art of beauty. His breakthrough treatments are pivotal to the success of my artistry.” ―Maria Verel, celebrity makeup artist


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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 192 pages
  • Publisher: Rodale Books; 1st edition (April 1, 2000)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1579542379
  • ISBN-13: 978-1579542375
  • Product Dimensions: 6.1 x 0.9 x 9.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.2 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 3.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (99 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,482,250 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Nicholas Perricone, MD, FACN, is a board certified clinical and research dermatologist. 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 Ageing. He is the author of the New York Times bestseller The Wrinkle Cure which reached # 1 on both the New York Times and the Los Angeles Times bestseller lists in 2002 with sales of one million copies. 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 the recipient of the 2002 Eli Whitney Award, awarded annually to an outstanding individual for significant contribution to science.

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608 of 630 people found the following review helpful By Mary on August 7, 2001
Format: Hardcover
This is the first time I've ever been persuaded to alter my diet or to try such costly skin care products. Lack of persistence and consistency is a weakness of mine and the claims sound like implausible hyperbole, until you actually try it.
I breezed through the book the first night I bought it, bought two of his products soon thereafter (one product to firm around the eyes and another to firm the face), and didn't bother with the nutritional supplements (I thought the list was too long and there was no way I was going to figure out which ones were more helpful and the right amount of each to take, and when to take them throughout the day). Instead of rigorously following the diet, I just loosely tried to take his advice, drinking more water so I don't dry up and look like a prune, eating more fruit and veggies, eating more fish (especially salmon), and less red meat (though still stopping in McDonalds every now and then).
Two weeks later I was out with a fellow I had dated a few times and he said I looked particularly attractive that evening. I told him I had had my teeth whitened. He said, no, it's not that, it's my skin, something is beautiful and different about it, he didn't know what. Then I told him I had been trying something new and that it must work, though he was the first person to say anything. The following weekend, my mother told me I looked nice, contented - perhaps it was something else? Last week I took two days off from work and the first day a guy flirted with me in the bookstore and gave me his business card, then the next day I was hanging out in the park and a guy introduced himself to me and kept hanging around me 'til I made it clear I was going my own way, without him. That kind of attention in two days hadn't happened in a long time.
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269 of 277 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on September 8, 2000
Format: Hardcover
I saw Dr. Perricone on Good Morning America. Several volunteers agreed to go on his "three day skin diet." They were instructed on which foods were best for healthy skin. They used no special products, just followed the food plan. In three days they returned to the show and their skin was AMAZING. Diminished lines, smoother texture, just younger looking in general. Diane Sawyer said he was a dermatologist from Yale University. With those credentials and the really stunning results I bought the book. I've been following the program and taking some of the nutritional supplements he suggests, and I love the difference in my skin. I highly recommend The Wrinkle Cure.
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142 of 149 people found the following review helpful By dot c on July 22, 2000
Format: Hardcover
I paid too much for The Wrinkle Cure because I didn't buy it here. But it was worth every penny. The last chapter in the book evaluates all kinds of products, some a lot cheaper than Dr. P's formulas. The fact that Dr. P recommends the competition's products in many cases tells me the book is quite objective and not self-serving at all. Many of the recommended products are readily available at supermarkets and very inexpensive. Anyone who claims Dr. P is marketing his own stuff must not have finished the book. An easy read, tho some chapters discuss too much about what skin is. I don't care. I just want mine to look good and this book tells how. Also some superbly valuable info on what vitamins and minerals might also help with memory problems, etc. I highly recommend this book. I sought it out after asking a friend what she was doing to her skin, which was positively radiant almost overnight. She is following the diet recommended in The Wrinkle Cure.
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72 of 74 people found the following review helpful By JB on August 1, 2002
Format: Paperback
I am tickled by the negative reviews. This man advises that if you follow his suggestions, you will have much more beautiful skin than you presently have. He did not promise to change an ugly duckling into a beautiful princess. For that, you would have to look to another book, or maybe to God. This method will NOT give you high cheek bones if you were not born with them!!! Come on people.
That said. If one follows the instructions given regarding dietary changes and paying special attention to the food groups that are emphasize in one's diet, you will see the results. Drink plenty of water. Use the supplements suggested; use sun screen and exercise -- It works. Be consistent, be persistent, and give it some time - a little patience.
My only gripe is that one might be intimidated into thinking that one must use Perricone's products, which are outrageously expensive. That is why I gave 4 stars instead of 5. However, I have found that with a little research, many of the products he talks about are offered by other manufactures for a fraction of Perricone's price. So, for example, Vitamin C Ester, DMAE and Alpha Lipoic Acid can be bought at fairly reasonable prices, certainly more reasonable than those offered by Perricone. And guess what? You can find substitutes in some of the same outlets that carry Perricone's products.
Further, there is no cost involved in cutting sugar out of your diet - and water is available in abundance to everyone. Just drink it. Exercise is cheep - go walk around the block a couple of time - or the park if you are near one. Meditate - enjoy your life and your joy will also be reflected in your skin. In all my years I never had had beautiful skin. I DO NOW - ask my friends who are all asking me how I did it. To some I try to explain - to the more skeptical ones I say, "read 'The Wrinkle Cure.'"
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