I'll be honest here... Professionals can easily identify skin excoriations (picked skin).
We all have our little habits. For some, picking may be part of an underlying condition called dermatillomania, a condition that’s somewhat similar to obsessive-compulsive disorder; which stress, anxiety, texture-issues, and boredom can exacerbate. I only want to reinforce from a biological perspective the reasons why picking, squeezing, and over-treating is bad for your skin.
Most people find it tempting to pick at their skin, especially when they’re dry, peeling at the edges, have blackheads & breakouts, or scabs which are beginning to fall off. It might seem harmless, but picking can increase your risk of developing a skin infection and scarring.
Scabs might not seem important, but they play a crucial role in protecting wounds against infections. Beneath the scab or pimple, your body is repairing damaged skin and blood vessels. The area underneath it also contains white blood cells, which help to destroy any germs in the wound. They also draw out any old blood and dead skin cells that are still in the wound.
When you pick, you create undue inflammation leaving the wound vulnerable to infection. You also increase the amount of time it’ll take for the wound to completely heal. Repeatedly picking can also result in PIH (post inflammatory hyperpigmentation [common in acne picking]) and long-term scarring.
When skin heals, it lays down a temporary tough form of collagen to knit the tissue asap. Blood vessels and nerves regenerate, new cells called fibroblasts regenerate healthy baby cells, and the baby cells then form healthy tissue. At that point, the temporary 'knitting collagen' is replaced with healthy smooth collagen. When you tear this process off or apart, the body intuitively lays-down a tougher, ropy kind of collagen which may create a scar, change the texture of the skin, and increase the healing time.
Some things to remember: Picking can make your skin vulnerable to infection, pitting & pocking, scarring, and possibly make it more keloid-prone; create hyperpigmented areas, and permanently change the topography of the skin. Squeezing pimples and cysts can result in the same, and distribute the infection to surrounding follicles. You may even blow-out those follicles creating a permanent pit in the tissue.
Sometimes having regular deep cleansing/exfoliation treatments/or peels will lessen the desire to pick at your face. Skinplicity can provide you with products and services to help smooth the texture of the skin, lessening that desire. We also have proven therapies and pharmaceutical-grade skincare treatments to aid healing and prevent inflammation and infection.