When you get a spot on your face, you might be tempted to give it a squeeze.
But it’s really important that you try and keep your fingers away from it if you want to save yourself from causing long-term damage to your skin.
Skin care expert and esthetician, Renee Rouleau has recently shared a shocking photo of one of her clients, who she calls Eve.
The photo, which was shared on a blog post, reveals the extent of the damage picking at your spots causes later in life.
Eve suffered with acne in her younger years, and as a result often found herself picking at her blemishes.
Now, in her 40s, her face is covered in scars, and the skin has discoloured.
Renee said: "When I see someone who has been a chronic skin picker for years, it’s so obvious to me. Case in point, my client in the picture who I’ll call Eve.
"She first came to me with visible scabs on her forehead, cheeks and chin, along with deeply pigmented, spotty and uneven-looking skin.
"That combination made it obvious to me what had happened and after a thorough consultation, my assumptions were correct.
"Eve had acne in her younger years which triggered the desire and need to pick at her blemishes. As she got into her 30s, her breakouts were few and far between, but her picking habit had stuck.
"In her 40, when pigmented cells rise to the surface, the trauma and subsequent damage from messing with her skin started showing up in the form of discolouration."
Renee, who has worked with various celebrity clients including Demi Lovato, then went on to share some advice for those who often pick at their face.
She recommends people first try to understand their motivations for picking at the skin, because if it’s to get rid of the spot quick, then you’re actually making things worse for yourself.
"It’s a fact that picking at a blemish creates a bleeding, oozing scab which then leads to a post-breakout dark scar that lingers for months," explains Renee.
So she suggests doing everything you can to stop from picking, including keeping your hands busy by playing with some kind of toy.
She’s also created a ‘no picking skin’ contract, which you sign yourself.
For those who have already been picking their skin for years and have caused trauma to the skin, she has further advice.
Speaking to Mirror Online, she said the goal is to now reduce the amount of visible pigment on the skin’s surface.
In order to do this, she recommends using skincare products that contain ingredients such as Vitamin C, Retinol, Exfoliating acids such as glycolic and salicylic and sunscreen.
She also says you should consider getting a chemical peel or intense pulsed light treatment (IPL).
Renee added: "In many cases, at-home creams and serums will only do so much and a professional procedure is needed to get the skin looking clear faster.
"My favourite treatments for this condition are Bio Braision combined with a chemical peel.
"Peels are very powerful for removing deeper pigment but of course, the type of peel needed for each type of skin may vary.
"If you do decide to seek the help of a professional, be sure to get a good referral and seek out someone with a lot of experience performing these types of procedures."
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