Losing the Acne Battle? Try the Dr Perricone Diet for Clear Skin


Are you suffering from teenage or adult-onset acne? Consider adopting the Dr Perricone diet and lifestyle. What you eat is reflected on the inside out. The anti-inflammatory Dr Perricone diet can help keep skin clear from the inside out.

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What to Avoid in the Dr Perricone Diet

Dr Nicholas Perricone tells his clients to think of their skin as their intestines turned inside out. Not a pleasant image, but it makes a good point that your skin is a reflection of what you digest in your diet.

Restore luminous, clear skin by following a yeast-free, sugar-free diet rich in essential fatty acids and protein.

To treat acne, the Dr Perricone diet recommends avoiding the following:

  • White flour (pasta, bread, and muffins)
  • Sugar (cake and cookies)
  • Fruit juices
  • Dried fruits
  • Aged cheese
  • Milk and soy
  • Vinegar
  • Alcohol
  • Mushrooms

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Further, since stress is a significant factor in causing acne, it is important to avoid drinking coffee which raises stress cortisol levels, even in decaf form.

What to Include in the Dr Perricone Diet

The Dr Perricone diet involves including high-quality proteins, starches with a low glycemic index, and good fats.

High-quality proteins

Protein helps treat acne because it repairs skin and supports hormonal balance, a major cause of acne. Include 2-4 ounces per meal.

Best choices:

  • Cold-water, fatty fish like wild Alaskan salmon
  • Chicken and turkey
  • Eggs
  • Greek yogurt
  • Whey protein
  • Grass-fed meats

Low-glycemic carbs

Carbs high on the glycemic index are the big culprits in causing inflammation, and thus, acne.

Fruits and vegetables should be the starch base of your diet.

You can also include 1/2 cup cooked of any of the following per day:

  • Barley
  • Beans and legumes
  • Brown rice
  • Rolled or steel-cut oats
  • Sweet potato
  • Quinoa
  • Buckwheat
  • Amaranth
  • Millet

Good fats

You should incorporate at least 2 tsp of good fats per meal to regulate sebum production.

Good fats are found in:

  • Avocados
  • Raw nuts and seeds
  • Nut butters and tahini
  • Olives and olive oil
  • Ground flaxseeds
  • Raw coconuts and coconut oil
  • Grape seed oil

Finally, eat plenty of foods rich in acne-healing ingredients vitamin A and beta-carotene.

These foods include:

  • Melons
  • Spinach
  • Broccoli

If taking supplements, it is important to note that the derivatives of vitamin A, not the natural form, are important in treating acne. Natural vitamin A is responsible for maintaining normal maturation of skin, so to treat abnormal processes like acne, large doses must be given, which can result in vitamin A toxicity. Vitamin A acid is an example of a derivative.

In addition to making dietary changes, it is helpful to exercise in moderation, get enough beauty sleep, and practice stress relieving and relaxation-inducing techniques, like yoga.

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