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Can’t stop picking at acne? Here's what you need to do.

Can’t stop picking at acne? Here's what you need to do.

We all know by now that we shouldn't pop pimples or pick at acne, but for some, the urge can often be too strong. If you pick at your skin, there are measures you can take to help your skin heal faster and look better. Keep reading if you can't stop picking at acne.


Why you shouldn't pick at skin

Point blank, picking at acne makes it worse. Take it from the professionals:

"When you pop a pimple, you rupture the stretched and weakened follicle in your skin. This then spills the bacteria, oil and cellular debris underneath your skin, which leads to more breakouts and acne scars." –Teresa Stenzel, Bioelements Director of Education

Popping and picking pimples can turn a temporary skin blemish into a permanent scar or mark, especially if you're prone to hyperpigmentation.  Try as hard as you can to resist touching, picking or popping any acne or blemishes that crop up. Treat them topically with spot treatments like Breakout Control and be sure to use the right daily products for your skin type.

If you accidentally pick at your skin, follow the steps below to minimize the damage.


Your Post-Picking Plan:



By picking, you've introduced more bacteria to your skin than you realize, even if you've washed your hands. This makes cleansing your skin one of the most important steps to prevent infections and speed up healing. Try Sensitive Skin Cleansing Oil to gently melt away bacteria and impurities without irritating the skin.


Strong toners made from alcohol are a thing of the past. Safeguard the skin with a modern, hydrating and protective toner for a speedy recovery. Soothing Reset Mist saturates skin in a soothing, hydrating mist that reduces visible redness, and calms skin.


While you may be tempted to spot treat picked-at skin in the same way you treat a pimple, you need to be more gentle with skin that is raw. Keep the affected area hydrated with an ultra-gentle, yet clinically strengthening moisturizer like Barrier Fix Daily Hydrator.


Step away from the mirror and grab an ice pack. If you don't have an ice pack, just grab an ice cube or two and put them in a plastic bag (never let the ice directly touch your skin) and gently work the ice over the damaged skin to reduce swelling and soothe.


If your skin is taking a long time to heal, book a calming facial to give your skin the extra push it needs.

Wonder how to get rid of acne scars? Read this article about chemical peels for acne.


If you have excessive scarring or wounds from picking at acne, it is time to go to a doctor. They can help heal scars and tackle the problem (whether it's acne or otherwise) at the source.


The single most important step to prevent scarring, wounds, irritation, your acne from spreading, and more is to stop picking at your skin.


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