Skin picking is a hard habit to break that many who suffer from acne have to deal with. It’s called Excoriation disorder, dermatillomania, or chronic skin picking and it impacts as many as 1 in 20 people.
Sometimes there are no specific causes for skin picking. It can develop over years or become a habit when you are bored, anxious, or simply unaware (such as when you are simply touching your face while watching TV or studying.)
While there are many reasons why you may start picking, here are some of the most common reasons:
Feeling anxious or being deep in concentration can make you yearn for a sense of control. Picking a pimple can bring a sense of satisfaction when you spot a bump or have an itchy pimple and decide to pop it on your own. Then this can lead to infection, more pimples, and scarring. It’s common to pick your skin when you are stressed out, which causes your skin to break out, which leads to more picking. Truly a vicious cycle.
The biggest reason for picking is the sense of urgency in wanting clear, smooth skin. Perhaps you feel like your skin looks better when the pimples are picked and slightly flatter (better for pictures and wearing makeup, right?)
But this can end up creating excessive scar tissue in and around the pore, hyperpigmentation, and scars that can’t be broken down by procedures and products. Picking your skin usually doubles the time it takes to clear the infection from that particular pore because the scar tissues has to be broken down first before the rest of the zit can be professionally extracted.
Tips on how to stop picking at your skin
- Use extra skin care as an excuse
You can’t pick your skin if you have a mask on! Not only will using a refreshing, clarifying face mask keep you from picking at zits, but it will help rejuvenate and cleanse your skin to prevent future breakouts and help soothe the ones you may already have. Check out our amazing masks here for any skin or acne type.
- You can get professional extractions instead
Skintherapy offers professional extractions for when you have a breakout or even just one pimple. This is a breath of relief for when you need to bring smoothness back to your skin but don’t want to spread infection and pus to other pores on your face. Preventing scars and the build up of scar tissue and extra pigmentation can help you feel better about the health of the look of your skin instead of potentially making it worse.
- Avoid the mirror
It’s too easy to get caught up in the close inspection of your face for pimples. Sooner or later the temptation gets to be too great and your end up picking one and then maybe another. Eventually you realize your face is a mess of now bloodied zits. The best way to avoid this cycle is to avoid the mirror. If you catch yourself starting the cycle of inspecting and examining your skin, take a deep breath and step away from the mirror.
Avoid making the problem worse by taking preventative and proactive measures to help make your skin look and feel better in the long run.
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