Perricone 3-Day Diet: Get a Face Lift…in Your Kitchen?

A healthy, anti-inflammatory diet aids in the elimination of puffiness and increases contours and firmness. Dr.Perricone recommends getting some immediate benefits by following an antioxidant-rich diet for 3 days. The foundation of this diet is salmon, eaten twice a day. Wild Alaskan Salmon is beneficial to skin because it contains DMAE, astaxanthin, and essential fatty acids that increase skin’s radiance, glow, and firmness.

Read on to learn about the benefits of these components and for a menu of this breakthrough, wrinkle-free diet:


DMAE is an anti-inflammatory nutritional substance and is also important in the production of the neurotransmitter acetylcholine. Acetylcholine is essential to communication between nerves and muscles. For muscles to contract, acetylcholine must send the message from the nerves. Because of this, DMAE combats sagging that is associated with aging.


Astaxanthin is a powerful antioxidant found in marine plants, algae, and seafood. It protects cell membrane components from oxidative stress and inflammation, thereby diminishing wrinkles and providing a wealth of other benefits.

Fatty acids

Fatty acids help the body absorb nutrients from fruits and vegetables and keep cells supple. They improve memory and mood and keep skin glowing and wrinkle-free.

Example Menu

3 egg omelet and/or 4-6 oz. grilled salmon.
½ cup cooked oatmeal (not instant)
2” wedge of cantaloupe or 1/3 cup fresh berries
8 – 12 oz. spring water

4-6 oz. grilled salmon.
2 cups green salad (Romaine lettuce or other dark leafy greens with extra virgin olive oil and fresh squeezed lemon)
1 kiwi fruit or cantaloupe and berries
8 – 12 oz. spring water

1 apple
2 oz. slice of turkey breast or 6 oz. plain yogurt
Small handful of hazelnuts, walnuts or almonds

4-6 oz. grilled salmon
2 cups green salad
½ cup steamed veggies. (Asparagus, broccoli, spinach, etc. No root vegetables, such as potatoes, carrots, or beets.)
Cantaloupe and berries
8 – 12 oz. spring water

Before Bedtime Snack
1 pear or apple
2 oz. slice chicken or turkey breast or 6 oz. plain yogurt
Small handful of hazelnuts, walnuts or almonds

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  1. Three words – ACNE, ACNE, ACNE. I am embarrassed in pictures. I have large pores, red skin and oil (oh, so much oil) and I don’t want to be on birth control the rest of my life to control it. I have been through product after product and my dermatolgist says nothing helps but birth control. I am healthy otherwise-I excercise often, teach my kids to eat right, and I am at a good weight. I just have acne all OVER and just want an even redless skin tone to reveal the real me.
    Thank you.

  2. Excellent ideas for a complete and delicious sample menu.
    My skin seems to be improving especially with the 4 gm of Krill oil I have been taking plus some of Dr Perricone’s beauty aids.
    At 62 I appear to be in my 40′s!

  3. love to be a tester.Does not seem to matter what I do I always have puffiness in my face.I take fish oil capsules, I am always on some kind of cleanse.I paid $500 dollars for juvaderm and am not happy with the results, very frustrating.Would love to be a tester as paying top $$$$ for product and always on to the next because they dont do what they promise,cant afford to keep paying and trialing.A person gets to the point of giving up.

  4. [...] to address these issues head on.  Using skincare that has proven results, in conjunction with the 3 day diet, greatly enhances your skins overall vitality and [...]

  5. Intend starting the 3 day diet. Can’t seem to shed the extra kilos since turning 55. My skill sags and is pasty with large pores. I feel that my body is inflamed and heading for a crisis. Please may I join your testing group1

  6. Please pick me, I need help

  7. I started the 3 day diet today. I have had hypertension since I was 20, now 36. I weigh about 182, have battled acne all my life. So looking to this diet for healthy eating and helping clear up acne. I think I may have sabatoge my start, because I purchased Atlantic Salmon. Does this make a difference in the diet? – Mike

  8. I’m going to do the 3 day diet again after many years. Dr. Perricone has the most effective products and I would very much like to be a tester.

  9. I recommend the diet to everyone ! Not only for the appearance of your skin but for it’s overall health benefits. It’s nutritionally sound, keeps your weight in check and energy level up. Can’t say enough about it!!

  10. I’m 43 years old and have done Dr.Perricone’s 3 day diet. I get a lot of compliments about how I don’t show my age or have no wrinkles on my face. I cannot afford his products but I would love to become a tester, thank you.

  11. looking forward to ttrying the 3-day diet!

  12. I have Dr. Perricone’s book, “The Perricone Weight -Loss Diet,” published in 2005. It helped me a lot when I tried it back then but I’ve gone back to bad habits and managed to gain everything back. I also feel lthat my body is in a severe inflammatory state. Not sure if I should return to the book that I already have or get a newer one but I thought I’d start with looking on the website. The 3-Day Diet looks like a good place to start – I’m 55 and don’t want to waste any more time. Seems like it would be a good motivator and a way to turn things around quickly. I have a couple questions though…is it ok to use frozen wild-caught salmon filets or burgers and a frozen berry combo instead of fresh? (I live in a rural area without a grocery store but can get to big box club stores every couple of weeks.) I would also be interested in being a product tester.

  13. I used to have people ask me if i was a model or beauty queen in my 20′s….now i rarely get a compliment, I will turn fourty next year, and although happy with my body and face features, my skin needs perricone creams, I have tried them before and loved them but couldnt afford to buy them all the time, so of course would love to be a tester!

  14. Just about to turn 40 and I feel my body changing. I want to work on it from the inside out. I am highly interested in the anti inflammatory diet and anything to help bring back dewy freshness to my skin.

  15. I have Polycystic ovaries and this three day plan has worked wonders.My hair is shinier and thicker. l have more energy and have dropped four pounds in weight. l think l have finally found a healthy eating plan after suffering for over 20years and being unhappy with Polycystic.

  16. I am interested in becoming a tester. I don’t see any comments here regarding ethnic skin and I know there are different issues. I also have issues with Hidradenitis suppurativam and wonder if this lifestyle change would help me to overcome this issue permanently.

  17. My skin is the texture of oatmeal along me cheeks and jaw and is ruddy. Im only 34. I’d LOVE to be a tester and get some self-esteem back.

  18. This is the best diet for weight loss and for incredible skin. My husband who is an automotive technician works with gasoline and solvents, and after doing this diet his skin looked incredible!! We are both going back on the diet this week and can’t wait to see the results.

  19. I’m wondering if cooked & raw oatmeal offer the same benefit, or if cooking release nutrients that aren’t available in raw oats? (I like to mix raw oats with plain yogurt, blueberries & walnuts)

    I’d love to be a Perricone tester!

  20. I read Dr. Perricone’s book and like his no nonsense and simplistic attitude. With his diet, the foods require very little preparation and no excuse for not having sufficient time.
    I would love to become a Perricone tester, especially as my face tone is going slightly, I am 54, so cannot hold off forever, but with Dr. Perricone’s help, I know it can definitely improve. Thank you so much!

  21. I have just started the 3 day diet and do have the 28 day lifestyle book.
    I want to try No Concealer Concealer and any other products you are testing.
    Thank You.
    Sue Game.

  22. I just saw a friend yesterday whose skin was absolutely
    GLOWING! I asked her what she had done, thinking it was makeup, and she said she had been following the Perricone diet. I have a trio of products that I have been using for about a year now, but the food will be a new thing. I would absolutely love to be a tester.

  23. I LOVE my Perricone products and diet. Absolutely can’t leave my house without it!

  24. I have tried every diet out there, I am looking for the one that works..

  25. I have been using dr pericone’s products for over 4 years now. I think No Foundation Foundation should be in all women’s beauty bags!

    I tried the 3 day diet and it worked great! So good in fact that i am now moving on to the longer one. Thank you thank you dr perricone!!!

  26. I would love, love, love to be a Perricone tester!!! I am starting to notice the ill-effects of sun damage on my very fair, dry, sensitive skin. I am currently reading The Wrinkle Cure- fantastic book. I am very excited to drastically improve my skin, inside and out!

  27. I am interested in anti inflamation diet.

  28. Just finishing this diet today. As a person who definitely enjoys diet coke, salt, and wine (all the things this plan wouldn’t let me have), I expected to be relatively miserable, but it really wasn’t difficult. Certainly, I was never hungry. In fact, I couldn’t get both the eggs AND oatmeal down in the mornings without being stuffed. I didn’t try it in order to lose weight. I just wanted my skin to look better, and to feel better. That said, I lost 5 lbs, which must be water weight, despite all of the water I have been drinking. My skin does seem brighter, and my face seems far less bloated, with more definition along the jaw line. Even my middle son (who tells me not to wear skirts because my knees are too wrinkly) said that I looked younger. High praise indeed. I am 45, and will now try to incorporate more fruits and yogurt into my diet. Really pretty remarkable results for a 3 day plan. Just hope they last after I crack open a diet coke tomorrow!

  29. I’m in

  30. Is the Menu the same for the 3 days?

  31. I read your book The perricone secret I have been a hudge fan every since

  32. I am a 70 year old male and my body is in good shape from a life of fighting and weightlifting.when I work out a wear a hoodie that covers my silver hair and some of my face. Most people guess my age as being late 40s. I was sitting at a party a few weeks ago when some people were asked to guess my age, most of them said late 70s. I was stunned and upset. I went home and looked in the miror; I looked old. My wife has used Perricone products for years and looks great. I would never subject myself to cosmetic surgey and so took my wife’s advice and tried the Perricond 3 day diet and perricone products. In only 3 days the improvement in very noticable…I love it.I may stay on the program forever Sure I would like to be a tester, men as well as women don’t want to look old

  33. Desperate to find an alternative to chemical topicals to treat my teenage daughter’s acne. We will do it together! I’ll take before photos, follow to the letter, and report the results. Thanks for the “hope.”

  34. I would love, love, love to be a product tester! I am a dedicated user of the Neuropeptide Facial Contour Cream–can’t live without!

  35. I would really love to be a product tester. But not sure I would be accepted as I reside in the UK.

  36. At 65, any improvement is fabulous! Will start the diet this weekend.

  37. Been a fan of your teachings for years!

  38. Would like to be a product tester, tried so many different poducts with very little or no results.I eat a pretty healthy diet but deceided to try the 3-Day to see how much of a difference it will make….

  39. Tried the diet. Great results!

  40. I would love to a Perricone tester . I am always interested in new products…

  41. Would love to try skin products.

  42. Would like to test products

  43. I learned about the 3 day diet from watching HLN this morning. I’m going to try it, even though I’m not a big fan of salmon. Would also love to be a product tester.

  44. Would love to be a product tester – I am 64 years “young” and I need help with age lines and wrinkles. I just saw the 3 day diet facelift on CNN and am going to give it a try. The diet on CNN differs slightly from the above diet – I don’t believe the CNN diet listed oatmeal and only 8 glasses of water a day – not 8 for each meal. Thank you in advance for consideration to be a project tester

  45. I want to be a tester for products that help with puffiness and wrinkles under the eyes.

  46. At 50 something I really need to find anti aging products that work!!

  47. I would love to try all products but the only way I would become a “TESTER” and promote product would be if the product was free.

  48. Especially interested in being a tester of anti-aging treatments, treating lines and wrinkles.

  49. I would love to try out some new perricone products. I would be a terrific product tester. I am very detail oriented, and I already document results when I use new skin care. I do this so I know what products work, how well they work, products benefits, what products they compliment, what order to use them in, etc… This way I always buy the best products for my skin, and I ensure I always get the best results. Please consider me!!

  50. I am on the 3rd day of the perricone 3 day facelift diet. I feel great. My skin is glowing, my fine lines are noticeably reduced, and I lost 2 pounds. In addition, I had a small acne cluster on my cheek and the redness and inflammation has been reduced. AND THIS ALL HAPPENED AFTER 3 DAYS! I was a skeptic, but now I am sold! I am going to follow with the 28 day wrinkle cure diet. My BFFs and roommates are all starting the 3 day diet because they are so impressed with my quick results. I will update all of you as I see changes in the next 28 days. Its too bad I cant post pictures. I took a before picture and I can definitely see a difference. Everyone should give this a try. After all its only 3 days and it is amazing. DR Perricone is a genius.