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The truth about acne revealed by Dr. Perricone.

* Two-time New York Times best-selling author Dr. Nicholas Perricone recently launched The Acne Prescription: the Perricone program for clear and healthy skin at every age. It is a resource to help manage and understand acne as well as a controversial book on the subject, challenging age-old beliefs and dermatologic teaching.

In The Acne Prescription, Dr. Perricone explains that acne is not simply a teenage problem but an inflammatory disease that can start and persist long after adolescence.

Dr. Perricone also dispels the myth about a link between chocolate and acne. Most topical acne treatments are also tailored to teenagers' oily skin, which can irritate an adult's drier skin and instigate flare-ups.

"Like wrinkles and many signs of aging, acne is a systemic inflammatory disease," Dr. Perricone said. "To treat it, we must adopt strategies proven to reduce inflammation in the body."

He suggests an anti-inflammatory diet (water, lean protein, certain fruits, vegetables, and fats and no high-glycolic carbohydrates); targeted nutritional supplements with anti-inflammatory properties such as vitamin C and anti-inflammatory topical treatments.

Other topics include Acutane, oral contraceptives, stress, hormones and the skin-clearing powers of green tea, yoga and sleep. The book also offers 35 anti-inflammatory recipes from award-winning chef Bernard Guiles. The book is published by Harper Resource and retails in a hardcover for $27.50.
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Date:Oct 1, 2003
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