How To Stop Picking At Acne


picking at acneWe get it—when a pesky blemish is staring back at you in the mirror, your first inclination is to pick or squeeze, right?. As addicting as this habit is, it’s one of the worst things you can do to your skin and can cause long-term hyperpigmentation while making the pimple look even worse than before.

How can you put a halt to this oddly tempting habit? 

Replace it with a positive act: Eyebrows need grooming? Get out the tweezers!

Acknowledge that picking at acne and/or squeezing will not actually help your skin.

Put it in writing. Many mental health professionals claim that writing down a goal that one plans to accomplish will increase the chances of fulfilling that goal.

Instead of picking, touching, or squeezing, spot treat the blemish accordingly. For whiteheads, dab Drying Lotion on it. For cystic acne, spot-treat with our Buffering Lotion, and for any other type of pimple, apply our Drying Cream on it.

Do your skin a favor and kick your picking habit to the curb!


Author: Lee Ann

I am a Licensed Esthetician and Freelance Professional Makeup Artist based in the Princeton, New Jersey area. My passions are all things beauty and I have an unhealthy obsession for anti-aging. When I'm not writing a plethora of articles, I enjoy indulging in shopping, music, fine dining and catching up on the latest celebrity gossip from the E channel to People Magazine. Email me if you have questions [email protected] Feel free to visit my Google+ page.


  1. I don’t have bad acne. I get one or two pimples at a time. Since I have so few, I pick at them in the hopes that they will go away, but they only get worse. It doesn’t help that I use a magnifying mirror to see every little flaw in my face. I pick at every little flaw and they get red and don’t heal for weeks. One of my goals for this year is to stop picking at my face. I spot treat my face at night and white heads are generally never gone by the next morning. I can’t walk out of the house knowing there is a white head on my face and everyone can see it. How do I fix that without squeezing that sucker out?

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