Ask most dermatologists what you should eat to help improve your skin and you'll probably get a vague answer about a balanced diet and plenty of water. "Doctors have been taught to be very skeptical about nutritional approaches to health, because past advice wasn't based on hard science," says dermatologist Valori Treloar, M.D., coauthor of The Clear Skin Diet. But their skepticism is fading as more patients sing the praises of food's skin-morphing powers, and newer research backs them up. Take teens with acne: They swear that chocolate makes breakouts worse, and (vindication!) a preliminary study of 18- to 35-year-olds presented at this year's American Academy of Dermatology conference suggests they're right.
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My after-school snack was a sacred ritual. I sat on the carpet in my parents' bedroom at a low table, the television turned to "I Dream of Jeannie," and ate a peanut butter and honey sandwich cut into neat squares. I wasn't fussy about crusts. I just loved the sticky pairing of creamy peanut butter with syrupy golden sweetness drizzled from a honey bear in diagonals across the soft white bread. Nothing else--save for maybe apples and peanut butter in a pinch--could have made for as sweet an