The Anti-Acne Diet: Dr. Perricone’s 3 Day Skin-Clear Jump-Start Program

We’ve all heard the rumors about French fries and chocolate causing acne. And while we’re not quite convinced that those particular foods really cause breakouts (and no scientific studies show a direct connection), you can’t ignore the fact that your skin is your body’s largest organ and that it ultimately reflects (and excretes!) what you put into it.

Ultimately, acne is a type of inflammation (as if those red, inflamed bumps didn’t give that one away!) and, as Dr. Ncholas Perricone explains in his book The Clear Skin Prescription, an anti-inflammatory diet is the best way to treat pimples from the inside out. So, what is an anti-inflammatory diet? Well, as Dr. Perricone tells us, it’s a diet that helps to reduce the levels of cytokines in the fatty acids secreted by our sebaceous glands. Ready to give it a shot?

Dr. Perricone’s 3 Day Skin-Clear Jump-Start Program

Wake Up:

8 oz spring water

Wash your face with the latest in facial cleansers!

Breakfast:

2 egg omelet or a 4-6 oz piece of grilled or boiled salmon
½ cup cooked oatmeal (not instant) topped with 1 Tbsp ground flaxseed
3 inch slice cantaloupe or ¼ cup fresh berries (blueberries are especially good)
8 oz spring water
Green or black tea

Do these exercises in the shower!

Lunch:

4-6 oz grilled salmon or sardines packed in olive oil
2 cups romaine lettuce; dress with extra virgin olive oil and freshly squeezed lemon juice
2 inch slice caltaloup and ¼ cup fresh berries
8 oz spring water

Mid-Afternoon Snack:

Apple
6 oz plain yogurt
¼ cup pumpkin seeds
8 oz spring water

Healthy back to school snack ideas!

Dinner:

4-6 oz grilled salmon
2 cups romaine lettuce; dress with extra virgin olive oil and freshly squeezed lemon juice
½ cup steamed vegetables (especially bright green vegetables, such as asparagus, broccoli, spinach)
2-inch slice cantaloupe
8 oz spring water

Before-Bedtime Snack:

2 oz sliced turkey breast
¼ cup blueberries
3-4 pecans or almonds
8 oz spring water

Want more than just a 3-day fix? Order Dr. Perricone’s The Clear Skin Prescription book!

Banish under eye circles too!

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