New Year’s Skin Resolution #3: Don’t Pick At Your Skin

There are generally two reason why people will pick at their skin.

1. Nervous Habit. Many people don’t even realize they are picking at their skin.  For example, while driving in the car or talking on the phone, they just scratch and pick at anything and just can’t keep their hands off their face.

Solution: Keep your hands occupied. Get any kind of toy or gadget that you can play with in your hands at times when you are most likely to be touching your skin. This will help tremendously. The No Picking Twisty Toy is great and fun to fidget with to keep your hands busy.

2. Picking at a blemish in an attempt to make it go away faster. You have to realize that although you can’t always control breakouts from appearing, you CAN control what happens when you get the breakout. The truth of the matter is, a blemish usually lasts 5-7 days, but the red or dark scar from picking at the blemish, can linger for weeks— or even months…

Solution: Your first step in your picking recovery is to thoroughly understand this concept. Do you want to have a spot that you have to cover up for only week or two— or a few months? The answer is obvious, but now you must recite that in your head when the urge comes to pick. That’s truly how I got over my own picking habit. When I would head to the mirror to start squeezing at a blemish, I would literally say to myself, “Renée, you’re only going to make it worse and scar up your skin. Have some self control and keep your hands off.” And that’s really how I got over my picking! I talked myself out of it and then I started to see the result of how much less scarred my skin was and how much less I had to hide under makeup. You have the control and power—are you willing to practice self control for the sake of clearer skin?
Remember: A closed bump from a blemish is a lot easier to conceal (and less noticeable) with makeup than a red, oozy, scabbing wound. The choice is yours.

The best way to avoid picking at a blemish is to get it to go away fast! Try Renée Rouleau Night Time Spot Lotion.

Note: Has your picking become compulsive and uncontrollable? Compulsive skin picking is a condition called Dermatillomania and can lead to severe skin scarring. In my 20+ years of giving facials and working with skin, I’ve definitely seen my share of compulsive pickers. Generally it starts because someone has blemishes so they actually have something to pick at. But then as they outgrow the blemishes and no longer can pick at those, they scratch at their skin and then pick the scabs. I consider it an obsessive compulsive disorder and should be taken seriously. Picking at the skin can be normal. It’s not recommended, but we’re all human and have our moments of weakness. But if you are someone who just can’t keep your hands off your face or body, it may be Dermatillomania and you should consult a doctor.

Do you have any special tricks that help you not to pick at your skin? Please share! How To Heal Acne Breakouts—Fast! Learn the different types of breakouts and how to treat them.

Read: How Can I Fade My Acne Scars?


New Year’s Skin Resolution #1: Wash Your Skin Nightly
New Year’s Skin Resolution #2: Get Your Beauty Sleep
New Year’s Skin Resolution #4: Wear Sunscreen 365 Days A Year
New Year’s Skin Resolution #5: Only Use Products Suited For Your Skin Type

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