April 20, 2015

How To Stop Picking Your Skin

Skin picking, by all means, is a particular type of an act that most of us have indulged in. The whole process of picking at your skin starts quite naively. You first see the boil or a pimple starting to occur in certain spots of your skin, so you feel like giving a little scrub to it.

girl picking at her pimple
Scrubbing the spot eventually becomes your habit and your whole focus of attention shifts to those zits for longer period of times. Dr. Josie Howard, an American based psychologist and psycho dermatologist shares his views on skin picking, “there is the disorder and the syndrome. The latter is less intense, less problematic form of the disorder”.

The good news is that there is treatment available to stop skin picking.

Let’s find out how to stop picking at your skin!

See a psychologists/therapist
It is advisable for an early intervention of a trained therapist or a psychologist specialized in cognitive-behavioral therapy that addresses the patient’s thought processes and behaviors.
These professionals are qualified to prescribe medications that would help to stop picking at your skin or at least help in reducing the urge to pick.
See the qualified experts, if needed.

Avoid the triggers
Another peculiar way of to stop picking at your skin is by avoiding those things that trigger your skin picking behavior. Some of the things include tweezers and extractors.

Understand the cause
It is, of course, a lot easier said than done but still worth doing. The causes of skin picking issue may differ from person to person. What will be the cause for person A may not be the cause for person B. So, you’re job is to identify what is your underlying cause for this issue.

The skin picking issue could be a very well learned behavior due to other disorder such as panic disorder or obsessive compulsive disorder. Generally, the skin picking act is associated with nervousness or some kind of fear. You need to what you’re fear is and learn how to overcome them.

So, it is imperative for you to identify and treat the root cause behind skin picking behavior and treat them accordingly. Many techniques such as meditating, performing some yoga asana, talking to a friend or exercising can help in shutting up the mind.

Stop over thinking
You need to stop worrying about how your skin looks and stop expecting it to be flawless. Learn to accept your skin the way it is. The more number of hours you spend thinking on improving your skin, the more skin picking behavior will happen.

So, start focusing on other much important issues of your life than skin. Change of focus is inevitable for overall state of wellbeing.

Did you know that around 17 million Americans over the age of 18 suffer from acne? As per the latest studies approximately 4% of college students and 2% of patients go to a dermatologist to find a cure for this suffering. You are certainly not the only one!

Learn to love your skin because it’s just beautiful the way it is.

Author Bio: Emma Brown is a skin expert by profession. She loves to share her knowledge and experience with people. She regularly contributes her write ups to health or skin care related websites. You can follow her on Twitter @EmmaBrownSpeaks


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