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How To Get Clear Skin: A Complete Guide for Clear, Radiant, Youthful Skin

How To Get Clear Skin: A Complete Guide for Clear, Radiant, Youthful Skin

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How To Get Clear Skin: A Complete Guide for Clear, Radiant, Youthful Skin

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Sep 20, 2019


As a medical doctor and daughter of a skin-cancer survivor, Dr. Jacqueline Schaffer has created a unique guide to the complicated world of Skincare. This book provides valuable insight into how the skincare regimen you adhere to, the products you choose,your diet and nutrition, and fitness routine affects your skin. Written to provide help to ALL skin types, How to Get Clear Skin includes recipes, how to guides, skincare product and makeup recommendations based on YOUR specific skin type - giving you a step-by-step manual to look and feel your very best.
Sep 20, 2019

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How To Get Clear Skin - Jacqueline Schaffer MD

"The people who make it to the top—whether they’re musicians, or great chefs, or corporate honchos—are addicted to their calling. They’re the ones who’d be doing whatever it is they love, even if they weren’t being paid. One of those people is Dr. Jacqueline Schaffer. She is the real deal. I have been so impressed by her passion and drive to help all women be their most beautiful. How To Get Clear Skin is destined to be a runaway bestseller because of her genuine desire to serve."

Quincy Jones

27-time Grammy Award-winning producer, composer, and musician

Jacqueline Schaffer is your skin’s new best friend- open to any page and get the sound advice of a doctor simplified and explained in the voice of a girlfriend. This book is a treasure – and a must read for anyone looking to understand skincare.

Hillary Clark

18 Year Beauty Veteran, Former West Coast Beauty Editor for

"Jacqueline Schaffer has created an indispensable guide with How to Get Clear Skin – this is a must read for anyone wanting to learn more about skincare, and how to look and feel their very best!"

Margarita Arriagada

Strategic Advisor at TSC: Top Shelf Consulting, FormerChief Merchant at Sephora

"Finally - a complete guide to skincare with the tools, tips and tricks of the trade, and real usable advice to women trying to navigate the process of Skincare. Jacqueline nailed it."

Rayo Cole

TEDx Speaker, Entrepreneur, Recording Artist, Owner of Rayo Cole Hair celebrity wig line for TV and Film, and Founder of My Song organization that helps children with illnesses and challenging circumstances fulfill their dream of becoming recording artists.

You know what’s sexier than smooth, healthy, glowing skin? Girlfriends who educate you about how to get it and have it forever. Thank you, Dr. Jacqueline Schaffer, for sharing your secrets to being truly irresistible—inside and out!

Jeannie Mai

Television personality and style expert

            "Jacqueline Schaffer, MD has written an honest and breakthrough must read about the truths of skin vitality. ‘How To Get Clear Skin’ is one of the most accessible skincare books for women, (and men ) - sharing both scientific and pragmatic knowledge; educating us on how to care for our skin and keep it looking it’s best at every age."

Barbara Lazaroff

Co-owner of Wolfgang Puck

The anti-aging beauty bible has arrived.

Sarah DeAnna

Author of SuperModel You

Finally! A book that helps you understand your skin and what to do to make it glowing and radiant from the inside and out!

Dr. Zelana Montminy

Author of 21 Days to Resilience and Doctor of Psychology

Copyright © 2019 by Dr. Jacqueline Schaffer

Cover Photo by Jake Isham.

Cover design by Scott Willis.

Illustrations by Deanna First.

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Print Edition ISBN: 978-0-578-57292-5

Ebook ISBN: 978-1-7923-1877-1

Library of Congress Control Number:2019913373

First Trade Paperback Printing - September, 2019.

First Electronic Editions - September 2019.

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Los Angeles, California 90064

Authors Note:

This book, How To Get Clear Skin, is not designed to and does not provide medical advice, professional diagnosis, opinion, treatment, or services to you or to any other individual. Through this book and any and all media pertaining to the information distributed through this book, How To Get Clear Skin provides general information for educational purposes only. The information provided in this book, or through any media related to this book, is not a substitute for medical or professional care, and you should not use the information in place of a visit, call consultation, or the advice of your physician or other healthcare provider. How To Get Clear Skin and/or its author, Dr. Jacqueline Schaffer, are not liable or responsible for any advice, course of treatment, diagnosis, or any other information, services, or product you obtain through this book.


If you believe you have any other health problem, or if you have any questions regarding your health or a medical condition, you should promptly consult your physician or other healthcare provider. Never disregard medical or professional advice, or delay seeking it, because of something you read in this book or through its related media.

Never rely on information in this book in place of seeking professional medical advice. You should also ask your physician or other healthcare provider to assist you in interpreting any information in this book or in the related media, or in applying the information to your individual case.

Medical information changes constantly and evolves rapidly. Therefore, the information in this book or the related media should not be considered current, complete, or exhaustive, nor should you rely on such information to recommend a course of treatment for you or any other individual. Reliance on any information provided in this book or any of its related media is solely at your own risk.

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Discover Your Skin Type - Learn How To Get Clear Skin

Be the Clear Skin Girl

Part One

Oily/Acne-Prone Skin

Chapter 1: The Simple Science behind Oily/Acne-Prone Skin

How Does Acne Form?

The Hidden Causes of Acne

How Diet Affects Pore Blockage

How Diet Affects Oil Overproduction

How Diet Affects Inflammation

Chapter 2: Your 28-Day Meal and Fitness Plan For Oily/Acne-Prone Skin

Nutritional Basics for Clear Skin

A Word About Dairy Products

Your 28-Day Oily/Acne-Prone Skin Meal Plan

Your Fitness Plan for Oily/Acne-Prone Skin

Chapter 3: Taking Care of Your Oily/Acne-Prone Skin

The Best Skin Care Products for Acne-Prone Skin

Your Skin Care Routine Through the Seasons

DIY Recipes

Chapter 4: Beauty Tips and Tricks for Clear Oily/Acne-Prone Skin

When You Need A Plan B

Your Custom Beauty Tip for Oily/Acne-Prone Skin: Foundation

Chapter 5: The How To Get Clear Skin Guide For Oily/Acne-Prone Skin

Part Two

Dry and Sensitive Skin

Chapter 6: The Simple Science behind Dry and Sensitive Skin

Types of Dry and Sensitive Skin

The Hidden Causes of Dry and Sensitive Skin

Chapter 7: Your 28-Day Meal and Fitness Plan for Dry and Sensitive Skin

Eat 80 Percent Alkaline-Forming Foods and 20 Percent Acid-Forming Foods

Practice Digestion-Friendly Food Combinations

Avoid Foods that Overtax Your Digestion and Detoxification Systems

Eat Foods in Season and According to Your Ancestral Heritage

Your 28-Day Meal Plan for Dry and Sensitive Skin

Your 28-Day Fitness Plan for Dry and Sensitive Skin

Chapter 8: Taking Care of Your Dry and Sensitive Skin

The Best Skin Care Products for Dry and Sensitive Skin

Your Skin Care Routine Through the Seasons

DIY Recipes

Chapter 9: Beauty Tips and Tricks for Clear Dry and Sensitive Skin

When You Need A Plan B

Your Custom Beauty Tip for Dry and Sensitive Skin: Moisturizing

At The Spa

Chapter 10: The How To Get Clear Skin Care Guide for Dry and Sensitive Skin

Part Three

Anti-Aging Skin

Chapter 11: The Simple Science behind Anti-Aging Skin

The Hidden Causes of Dry and Sensitive Skin

Chapter 12: Your 28-Day Meal and Fitness Plan for Anti-Aging Skin

How Alkaline Foods Keep You Young

Your Three-Day Anti-Aging Juice and Smoothie Detox

A Quick Nutrition Review

Your 28-Day Anti-Aging Skin Meal Plan

Your 28-Day Anti-Aging Skin Fitness Plan

Chapter 13: Taking Care of Your Anti-Aging Skin

The Best Anti-Aging Active Ingredients

The Best Skin Care Products for Anti-Aging Skin

DIY Recipes

Chapter 14: Beauty Tips and Tricks for Clear Anti-Aging Skin

When You Need A Plan B

Your Custom Anti-Aging Beauty Tip: Eyes

At The Spa

Chapter 15: The How To Get Clear Skin Care Guide for Anti-Aging Skin

Ages 18 to 26

Ages 27 to 36

Ages 37 to 46

Ages 47 to 56

Ages 57 and up




About Dr. Jacqueline Schaffer M.D


To all the enduring women of the world, who have been torturing themselves daily to simply touch up or enhance their beauty. I hope this book provides some insight, reduces your stress, and maybe makes it just a little bit easier to be the most beautiful, healthy version of yourself.


I don’t know about you, but I always thought staying healthy would be easy. I was one of those girls who pored over Seventeen, admiring the gorgeous, confident models. I loved experimenting with beauty products and keeping up with all the cool trends. And I was a competitive runner in high school and college; my team won the Junior Olympics two years in a row, and as a high schooler I competed at the college level in long distance running. Taking care of myself was fun—there was nothing else I’d rather do!

I also come from a family of medical doctors. So when the time came to choose a career, I knew I wanted to go to medical school. When I was accepted at Semmelweis Medical School in Budapest, Hungary, I took it very seriously. I kept my hair back. I wore no makeup. I was on a mission, and I did not want to fail.

As the work and pressure mounted, exercise was the first thing to fall away. Then the healthy diet (because in a country where I didn’t speak the language, I was lucky to be able to buy food at all!). Then the sleep. Before I knew it, I was using hair extensions to camouflage my thinning, lifeless hair and tons of cover-up over my regular, stress-induced breakouts.

My turning point came during a really ordinary moment. I was sitting in my microbiology class and I found myself looking at one of my good friends. Her hair looked so beautiful, so healthy, and so strong, and mine looked so … old. It was fried, lifeless, and thin. And then it just hit me. I thought, Oh my God, I’m 23. You’re the same age. I should be at the peak of health. What am I doing wrong?

Of course, I knew exactly what I was doing wrong. With all the stress of med school, regularly missing sleep to study, gallons of coffee, and lack of exercise, I just wasn’t taking care of myself. And from my studies, I knew exactly how my actions were causing the inflammation that was fueling my breakouts and sapping my skin’s vitality.

That day, I realized no one was going to own my health but me. I decided to take action. I cut out all sugars and switched from coffee to green tea. I cut out all chemical products and camouflage and used only effective, natural products for my skin. I even had fun making my own. From my dermatology classes, I knew which chemicals were harmful and which were essential active ingredients that made the products work.

In short, I cut out the foods that were harming my skin and ate more of the foods that nourished it, got back to exercise that energized me, and used skin care products that kept my skin clean and soft and restored what was missing. It was as simple as that!

After about two months, the confidence and clarity I felt were amazing. It wasn’t just that my skin had completely healed (which it had—although my hair would still take almost another two years). It was that I had decided to own my health, and I could feel my natural beauty radiating from the inside. I felt so happy!

For example, I’ve always had dry and sensitive skin, so my skin suffered terribly in the cold Hungarian winters. I learned that I needed to use emollient creams multiple times a day to replenish my naturally weak stratum corneum (the outer layer of skin that keeps moisture in and irritants out—you’ll learn much more about that later!). Urea cream, for instance, works magic on extremely dry skin.

Of course, the best products for you have to do with your skin type: Urea cream on oily or acne-prone skin would clog pores and create a disaster! This is an obvious example, but so many women are using products that do more harm than good for their skin because they aren’t right for their skin type. Here’s the point: I had every advantage in staying healthy—I was a competitive athlete, my mother always cooked healthy food for us growing up, and I was naturally interested in looking beautiful. I even modeled while I was in medical school, as I was learning all the science behind how our bodies (particularly our skin) stay healthy! So if I had trouble taking care of myself as early as age 23, how much harder is it for women who don’t have those advantages? We’re all overwhelmed by too much information about health and beauty, and most of it comes from companies that don’t care about us—they just want our money.

But what really turned my interest in skin care into my driving mission in life was seeing my mother go through skin cancer not once, but twice. I don’t want any woman to have to experience that kind of fear and pain—or any daughter to have to witness it. Beauty is not just skin deep; it can be a matter of life and death.

Today, whenever I pass a salon, I can’t help but glance inside. It’s always more or less full. Women are coming every six weeks, touching up this and that, harming themselves with dyes and bleach. It breaks my heart, because it’s just not necessary. If you start with managing your stress, cutting out inflammatory foods, cutting out chemicals, and getting the right balance of activity and rest, you’ll stop so many problems before they start. Knowledge about skin care isn’t just power; it’s clarity and freedom, and I want to share this knowledge with every woman I meet! It might even save your life.

Discover Your Skin Type - Learn How To Get Clear Skin

First of all, we’ve never known more about how connected the systems of our body are. A healthy body—meaning a healthy digestive system, a healthy immune system, a healthy respiratory system, and a healthy mind, all working together in harmony—produce healthy skin. If something goes wrong under the surface, it’s going to show up in your skin. Your skin reveals what’s going on internally.

Think of your skin like a flower. Okay, I admit I’m not a gardener, but I do know this much: When you see a beautiful rose growing in a garden, you know that the rose you see now is a result of a complex process that began long ago. First, someone had to plant a rose seed in that soil. That seed had to receive enough water and sun at the right time. If it did, the seed produced roots, which stretched out into the soil to get the nutrients it needed. If it received enough nutrients, and enough water and sun, a green sprout broke through the soil. And if that sprout kept receiving what it needed to grow—and it was protected from running children and hungry animals— it bloomed into a rose. If anything went wrong in that process, you might see a drooping, dehydrated rose, or diseased leaves, or a plant with no blooms, or no plant at all.

Your skin works the same way. It just can’t keep a secret; it’s the first to reveal how you’ve really been treating your body, even before full-blown health problems start. When you see sunspots on someone’s skin, you know they’ve spent too much time in the sun. When you see yellowish skin and dark circles under someone’s eyes, those might be signs of a smoking habit: High levels of nicotine keep you from sleeping well (which causes the dark circles) and clogs arteries (which leads to poor circulation and yellowish skin).

At the same time, when you see radiant, beautiful, fit people, it’s usually a direct result of what they’re putting in their body and how they’re

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