The Clear Skin Prescription, by Nicholas Perricone, M.D.
I often recommend this book to my acneic clients because it provides the best explanation for why we break out and what we can do internally and topically to achieve both quick and long lasting improvements. Dr. Perricone is well known for his work with anti-inflammatories in skin care and diet. If we already know that acne is a systemic, bacterial “disease” then we can also assume that what goes into our body is just as important in treating breakouts as what we put on our skin. Perricone makes an excellent argument for the relationship between acne and inflammation. He goes further to explain the relationship between inflammation and diet. The diet changes he recommends are very strict – so they are not for the faint of stomach…but they WORK. He has the before-and-after photos in this book to prove it, and I have the clients who can vouch for it as well!