Pimples are a common and embarrassing problem that most people suffer from at some point in their lives. Although pimples may be caused by various factors, including allergies, they are most commonly a form of mild acne. Acne is caused by bacteria that live in the pores of the skin, and is often associated with adolescence, although many adults suffer from acne and pimples as well. If you're wondering how to reduce pimples, read on and we'll look at a few simple suggestions that can help to make your skin look better.

1. One thing you can do is to take a close look in your diet. In many people, pimples are caused by common foods such as sugar, dairy products and wheat gluten. Many people today eat diets that are composed mostly of processed foods, including junky ready meals and snacks which contain lots of additives but little nutritional value. Foods of this type are often responsible for skin problems (as well as a whole host of other diseases), and simply cleaning up your diet can often have a dramatic effect on skin health.

So if you eat a lot of processed food, try replacing it with natural wholesome alternatives such as fruits, vegetables, nuts and seeds, and whole grains. Also, try eliminating the common trigger foods such as sugar and dairy one by one, to see if this has an effect.

2. You've probably heard this one before, but you should also drink plenty of water - at least 2 litres a day, and more if the weather is hot or you're especially active. Many people will find their pimples clear up when they increase their water intake, as it has a cleansing effect on the body. Cutting out junky drinks such as sodas, alcohol tea and coffee could also help to get rid of pimples – replace these with pure water and herbal teas.

3. A third tip for reducing pimples is to make an effort not to touch your face. It can be easy to unconsciously run your fingers over your face to check for new blemishes or to pick at existing ones, but doing so is likely to make your skin worse by spreading bacteria and inflaming existing spots. If you have a habit of picking at your skin, it may take a little while to break, especially if you don't realise you're doing it. If you have long hair that touches your face, it can also help to keep it tied back out of the way.

Put these simple tips into practice, and you might be surprised at how effective they can be at clearing up pimples naturally.