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107 of 112 people found the following review helpful
on May 16, 2005
Actually, all of Dr. Perricone's books should have a 5 star rating, but please, don't waste your money buying all of his books like I did. I liked the first one so well that I bought all of his other books. I thought there'd be some updated info, maybe some new recipes. They are all basically the same book, some word for word, with different titles. One book is definitel worth the money though. You feel better and look better in as little as 3 or 4 days just by following the diet without the supplements. I'm a bit leery of the expensive supplements. His supplements seem overpriced. Maybe there really is a difference in quality, I don't know. If I'm going to shell out hundreds of dollars a month for supplements, they'd better make a BIG difference, and one that I can see and feel right away.
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70 of 72 people found the following review helpful
on January 7, 2005
I picked up a copy of this book just before Christmas. No I cannot afford the Facial products he sells but I went to my local health food store and spotted items with similar ingredients.

No I have not used the recipes either, but he lays out a good explanation of what supplements are needed, why, what foods contain them, what they do, etc.

He also gives a list of inflammatory and inflammatory foods. And something I have found with this diet, I can find things to eat that are tasty!

A lot of salmon, eggs, brocolli, spinach, avocados, pomegranite juice, almonds, green salads, olive oil, oatmeal, green tea....

You get the idea, he has given me some great stepping stones to get going. I have not altered my diet 100% but have added most of the foods, I did buy his supplements for skin to try for one month(the shipping is free) but you can go out and buy all of your own and he does list each supplement needed in the book.

Okay so progress? I have to tell you, applying Vitamin A to my acne has worked WONDERS, my skin is already so much better, it looks clear on my face and almost glowy!

And Im in my early 30s and had acne since I was a teen.

The recipes are not practical either for my situation, but you can be creative with many of the things he does list.
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86 of 92 people found the following review helpful
on May 3, 2005
I have never had serious skin problems- just the occassional outbreaks that I thought were normal for a woman my age with eczema. Now I know that my diet contributed to my skin problems. How do I know this? I can see the difference on my entire body.

I did not go on the day by day prescribed diet he offers. Instead I read what was good and not so good and modified my diet and many of my favorite old recipes accordingly. Not only have I lost weight, but my cellulite (which I even had at 100lbs) is all but gone! My face looks clearer and I have stopped using foundation because I actually like the way my complexion looks naturally now.

Maybe, as one person said, there isn't a plethora of studies to back his theories up but the "experts" haven't been able to agree for a long time what is good for you. This diet advice actually makes sense, which is nice for a change. My body doesn't care if this has been conclusively proven or not and frankly, neither do I. I sleep better, I feel better and I look as good as I feel. That's good enough for me.

If you've tried other things without much success, you might as well try this one too. The food tastes great, you never feel deprived, and you just might get the same results as lots of other satisfied customers.
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63 of 73 people found the following review helpful
on December 30, 2004
Dr. Nicholas Perricone has masterfully changed the way we look at skin and beauty for the better. Years ago, you'd have to twist someone's arm to convince them that diet plays a huge role in clear skin. Though the diet/acne subject remains heated even among dermatologists I am relieved that Dr. Perricone sets forth the connection between diet and clear skin.

Nutrition is a complex and personal subject. Dr. Perricone takes on a monumental task in helping people achieve clear skin through diet. The inclusion of Dr. Perricone's anti-inflammatory diet is admirable because one of the thousands of possible causes of acne includes dietary irritation.

A diet that causes inflammation weakens the immune system. Once the immune system is weaken, the skin is more sensitive to irritants both internal (antibodies resulting from food allergies) and external (toxins in the air and arriving from surface contact).

Along with the anti-inflammatory diet, Dr. Perricone educates the reader about the importance of vitamins and minerals to relieving acne. Once you know how a diet impacts your visage, you are more likely to abide by a beautifying diet, regardless of its daunting appearance.

It may seem cumbersome to alter you diet as Dr. Perricone suggests. But I have spoken with individuals who have used portions of Dr. Perricone's advice with pleasing results.

In terms of context, The Clean Skin Prescription is almost identical to the Acne Prescription. I would recommend this book to all skin care professionals largely because I have entered spas where the estheticians did not think diet had anything to do with acne. Additionally, if you are suffering with acne, Dr. Perricone's book is an empowering and practical guide for attaining clear skin. Lastly, I suggest Dr. Perricone's material to the individual who questions the link between a balanced diet and beautifully radiant skin.
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39 of 47 people found the following review helpful
on January 12, 2005
Think of all the $$ you've spent over the years trying to get your skin to clear up and most of the time, it just made it worse. For the cost of one skin care product that will probably do the same, you could buy this book. With just a quick skim you will get advice worth far more. The bulk of the text is more about biology/chemistry than "skin care". My favorite aspect is the detailed explanations of how diet, excercise and supplements affect your cells. If you're interested in beginning yoga, it's got an entire detailed/illustrated chapter about that too. I've only tried two suggestions so far (drinking green tea and taking alpha lipoic acid) and my skin looks much better already! Contrary to popular belief you do not need to cut out caffine OR coffee. I still have my morning coffee but replace a few cups a day with green tea, which contains plenty of caffine!
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19 of 22 people found the following review helpful
on April 30, 2009
I read this book when I was 22 years old, and it really opened my eyes to how much your diet effects your skin! I had used Accutane about 3 years earlier, and that cleared up the big, cystic acne I had gotten frequently since early adolescence. But I still got plenty of surface breakouts, and my skin was rather dull, even though parts of it was oily. I also had a problem with getting HUGE puffy eyes in the morning (even without drinking alcohol, and with getting plenty of sleep).

Basically, I read the book, tried the 3 day diet, and saw an AMAZING transformation in my skin. I didn't have deep wrinkles to eliminate or anything, but the skin around my eyes REALLY started looking beautiful, my cheekbones became accentuated, I was glowing, and I had no breakouts. WOW! It really exceeded my expectations!

I enjoyed reading this book for the scientific background it gives about eliminating the foods from your diet that cause inflammation. (That will also prevent some illnesses!). HOWEVER, I found that the skin care products and supplements Dr. Perricone recommends are very expensive. ALSO, he provides a lot of recipes in this book, but they are all very gourmet and involve expensive, exotic ingredients (not to mention a lot of time). I never made any of the recipes for this reason. Luckily he provides lists of good/bad foods, so I could create my own meals from the lists.

If you want to try the 3-day diet without investing in the book, just google it! The 3-day diet is online! But all the great background for why it works (and which foods to avoid or add to your diet in the long term) is in the book.
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9 of 10 people found the following review helpful
on March 2, 2012
Firstly, I would like to mention that Im a Nurse, so clinically Dr. Perricone's research makes total sense. Ive had acne forever, on my face, on my back and neck too! I tried birth control, tons of face washes, proactiv, dermatologists gave me topical antibiotic as well as pills. Nothing worked! EXCEPT this diet plan. When I was in my 20's I tried the diet for 3 weeks and saw very visible results. Pimples were popping up less and my face looked like it was healing. Even my uncle (who was visiting) asked me why my face looked like it was glowing-and asked if I had just got a facial done. If he noticed it, my mom, plus me I think its enough validation. Im 30 now, and didnt keep up the diet, went back into my bad dietary habits (no fruits, no veggies) and acne is back and eczema. Eczema is an inflammatory response - so I think I will go back on the diet and see how it goes.
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10 of 12 people found the following review helpful
on May 1, 2012
I read this book when it first came out. I thought I had tried everything: over the counter, prescription, etc. I even went on Accutane. The Accutane worked (other than the fact that for the first couple of months it made the acne even worse). But a year later, the blemishes were back. Then I found this book. Let me just tell you... it works! Well, it worked for me. Give it a month and see what happens. It was a miracle. Don't believe any doctor who tells you that diet doesn't matter for your skin. I am living proof that it does. (Oh, and it has been well over 7 years since I tried this and my skin is still clear.) Thanks Dr. Perricone!
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful
on October 29, 2013
I had done two years of food experimentation on my own and basically figured out most-but-not-all-of my skin issues before I stumbled across this book. It confirmed and clarified the things I'd figured out for myself (keeping my blood sugar really even via food choices, drinking lots of water) and answered many more questions I had (I knew coffee, even decaf, made my skin break out, but didn't know why. Also, why is my skin breaking out when I've been eating bananas? Isn't all fruit good?).

His basic premise is that skin issues are caused by inflammation at a cellular level. The various foods we eat cause or alleviate inflammation by a) containing vitamins/minerals that are pro- or anti-inflammatory and b) spike blood-sugar, which causes inflammation. The supplements and topical products are similarly targeted towards decreasing inflammation.

He's not a brilliant writer -- some of the science explanations get a little muddled. But what's important is that he's got it there if you want it and he sums it up if you don't. You also don't need to buy his (expensive!) products or follow the specific meal plan -- he gives you the product INGREDIENTS to look for in topical products and gives you meals as examples but stresses that they are mix-and-match. This way, you are able to follow the diet without being overwhelmed by the food prep and purchase products that are in your price range.

I highly recommend this book, having tested it BEFORE I even found it, and getting even better results after following it for three weeks. (90% dark chocolate and greek yogurt with a little dash of pomegranate juice and stevia are excellent and perfectly acceptable desserts for the girl who has struggled to quit sugar for two years! Exchanging bananas and mangoes for apples and cantaloupe is do-able! Desperately NEED/WANT bread or rice? Eat a little oatmeal or barley instead!)
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10 of 13 people found the following review helpful
on April 23, 2008
After seeing a dermatologist, an allergist, and two estheticians for my "adult onset acne" and spending way too much money but getting no results, I bought this book. The three day plan noticeably cleared up my skin and I'm continuing with a modified version with fantastic results. I'm a believer in the diet-skin connection and so happy I purchased this book! Plus, I'm feeling healthier and more confident, all the way around. :)
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