6 Easy Tips to Stop Yourself from Picking Your Skin

6 Easy Tips to Stop Yourself from Picking Your Skin

Many people have the habit of picking their skin, and working at Neu Look gave us the experience all those people and witness the consequence of their behavior.  At Neu Look Med Spa we treat all types of acne and other skin conditions. We have a large variety of skin treatments that target anything from cystic acne to hyperpigmentaiton. In 2019 we are putting a focus on educating our current and new patients about skin health and how to prevent further impurities.

According to Psychology Today, “Excoriation disorder, or compulsive skin picking, dermatillomania is a psychological condition that manifests in the form of repetitive touching, scratchingpicking, and digging at one’s own skin.” We are all guilty of this compulsive action at some point or another, but unfortunately it may cause deep scaring that will be difficult and expensive to correct many years later. Medical News Today warns us against crater scaring in an article explaining, “Pockmarks are deep scars on the skin that do not usually go away on their own. They are often caused by severe acne but can also be the result of skin infections or chickenpox.” In some cases scaring is inevitable but in most, the majority can be prevented by simply using the correct skin regimen proscribed by your provider and keeping your hands off your face!

Another factor in scaring is your skin type according to the Fitzpatrick Scale. It is a way to estimate how your skin tone or type can tolerate sun exposure and trauma. It is proven that darker skin tones (types 3-6) are more prone to a darkening of pigment rather than lighter skin tones (types 1-2) due to the excess of melanin in the skin. That being said, it is harder to safely laser skin types 3-6 if scaring occurs which limits your treatment options. The laser concentrates on darker pigmentation so the laser can focus on the blemish directly on people with a lighter skin tone. Gita (NP) at Neu Look Med Spa can always meet with you for a consultation to distinguish if your skin can be “prepped” with a brightening agent before your laser appointment if you are a darker skin type.

If you are a “picker” it is never too late to stop! Here are some tips on how to distract yourself from touching or picking a blemish:

  • Do not over-examine yourself in the mirror and do not use the extra strength mirrors that show every impurity. If you cannot see it with the naked eye, neither can anyone else!
  • If you catch yourself touching a blemish, stop immediately.
  • If you feel as if you need to touch your face, if possible, try to cleanse or moisturize! Make it a productive touch instead or a harmful one.
  • Have a friend or family member that you can tell when you feel the urge to hold you accountable whether it is with a phone call or in person.
  • Keep a sticky note that says “Do not pick” on your mirror to remind you. It sounds silly but it works.
  • Get regular skin treatments to improve your skin so there will not be as many impurities to tempt you!

Call Neu Look Med Spa at 858-538-5665 to ask about our free consultations or schedule one today. We also respond to emails at info@neulookskin.com to assist you.

Edited By Gita Izadi, Nurse Practitioner

Education

Getting the Best Youthful Skin for You!



I have been working in skin care for thirteen years and I understand how important it is to educate people on taking care of their skin, besides going on www.neulookskin.com, many people who come to my spa are unaware of what options they have to achieve great skin.

Here are six easy changes to your lifestyle that can get you closer to your desired skin, and prolong your beauty:



1) Give yourself a dry brush exfoliation, twice a week.

2) Stimulate your digestive system by working out and eating healthy food. People with skin conditions such as acne often suffer from constipation. Try drinking water and eating fresh fruit such as plums, oranges and green vegetables. You can even juice 5-10 different kinds of vegetables and fruits, and drink it a few times a week.

3) Energize your blood circulation. One of the best things for your skin and your overall health is exercise. Inactivity can affect your skin, by promoting potential bloating, puffiness, acne, cellulite and a loss of muscle tone. A minimum of 30-45 minutes of exercise, 3-5 times a week prolongs your health.*

4) Avoid excess sugar. Excess sugar is considered one of the main causes of premature aging (go to about.com.)

5) Eat some good fats; essential fatty acids are fats that our body cannot live without. Essential fats are thought to keep your heart healthy, fight inflammation and possibly prevent cancer. Therefore, they are good for people with inflammatory conditions such as eczema, acne and dry skin.*

6) Protect your skin everyday with sunscreen. Reapply every 2-3 hours. More than 80% of skin problems are from the sun. I have noticed in the last few years at Neu Look Med Spa & Skin Center that the left side of the face is more damaged than the right side due to driving and exposure to the sun. Make sure to apply sunscreen 10-15 minutes prior to exposure to the sun. You need to protect your skin with sunscreen even on cloudy days.

7) Visit Neu Look Med Spa for a free consultation to receive advice on how to achieve the best skin you can. I tried to search for the best skin on Google. When the results came up, there were 2-3 pages about how to protect your iPhone skin. In our society people care about their materials more than their body and skin. Women (including myself) spend more money on our purses, shoes, clothes, cars and all our household items than our skin. Our face is the only investment that is going to be with us all the time. You can’t replace it or cover it up or morph it into something else. Please visit different pages on our website where we have affordable skin care tips. Please email us at gita@neulookskin.com with any questions that you might have about your skin. We would love to help you achieve the skin you desire.

Gita Izadi,RN
Founder of Neu Look Med Spa & Skin Center

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