6 Researched Dietary Tips to Reduce Pimples- Dermatocare’s lifestyle fitness tips

Written By Dr Surbhi, MD Skin

Last updated: 19/09/18

“Doctor, How to reduce pimples by eating right? Are there any researched dietary tips to reduce pimples?" Yes there are many studies that provide evidence about linkage between diet and acne. I have referred to around 50 such studies to compile these 6 researched dietary tips to reduce pimples:

Tip 1 Substitute food with high Glycemic Index(GI) with food with low GI or high protein:

It has been proved in various studies that food with high Glycemic Index(GI) increase acne and on the other hand diet with low GI helps in decreasing acne. The glycemic index depends on how quickly the sugars and carbohydrates from foods are absorbed into your blood stream. Food with higher glycemic index (GI) leads to high amounts of insulin that helps in absorbing all the free sugar. Check out this article from Livestrong.com on List of Low-Glycemic & High-Protein Snack Food. Below is list of high GI foods that can be reduced or eliminated:


GI Score (1-100)

Soft Drinks


White Bread / Rice


Potatoes (Excluding Sweet Potatoes)






Commercial Cereals



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Tip 2 Restrict intake of milk and dairy products:

Milk especially fat-free milk might increase pimples; we have taken this topic separately in article Diet To Reduce Pimples - Should I Stop Drinking Milk To Resolve Acne Breakout?

Tip 3 Say goodbye to chocolates:

Though, initial studies did not show any association between chocolates and acne; but subsequently, it is postulated that chocolates might trigger acne breakouts because of high Glycemic Index, milk content and also because they have bioactive molecules that increase secretion of insulin similar to milk.

Tip 4 Consume diet rich omega-3 fatty acids:

Though there is no correlation between fat intake or overweight with pimples, but a diet rich in omega-3 fatty acid might help in reducing acne. Canola and soybean oil, ghee, ground flax seed and walnuts are some good sources of omega-3 fatty acid in the vegetarian diet. 

Tip 5 Zincify your diet:

Food rich in Zinc can help in resolving acne breakouts wheat, spinach, pumpkin and squash seeds, cashew nuts, beans and mushroom are some good source of zinc in the vegetarian diet.

Tip 6 Take diet rich in Vitamin A:

Sweet potato, carrots, dark leafy green veggies, dried apricots, cantaloupe melon, sweet red peppers are some foods rich in Vitamin A that can help in reducing acne.


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