Celebrity Skincare Expert Reveals What Happens When People Pick At Their Acne

Ben Baker

According to a report by The Daily Mail, esthetician Renee Rouleau, who has worked with celebrities on skincare, shared the terrible effects being a "skin picker" has on your appearance.

Rouleau reveals on her personal blog that she has more than 30 years of experience working with people's skin. Having worked with celebrities like Demi Lovato, Chiara Ferrangni, and Mary Elizabeth Winstead, Rouleau knows her stuff when it comes to skin care and maintaining a beautiful appearance.

In the post covered by People, she shared a picture of a middle-aged woman who had the habit of picking at her skin throughout her life and the disastrous results that habit has had on her appearance. The photo shows a woman with her eyes blurred to protect her identity. Her forehead, cheeks, and chin are red and splotchy with pockmarks from where she's been picking at pimples over the years.

Rouleau reveals that she knew exactly what had happened to the woman when she walked in.

"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."

She understands the temptation to remove acne by picking at it, especially if the breakouts occur at a young age, but she advises against it and says having a pimple for the short term is preferable to a lifetime of skin blemishes.

She says there are four types of skin pickers -- mild pickers will only pick at their skin to get rid of a blemish, moderate pickers pick at blemishes and flaky skin, advanced pickers pick at their skin even when there's nothing there to the point that the skin bleeds and creates scabs, and severe pickers are constantly attacking their face and have no control when it comes to stopping.

While the first two are understandable and require a little self-control to stop, the last two are more serious and could potentially require counseling or help from a medical professional, as the picking has become a nervous habit or tic rather than beauty maintenance.

To help people with their skin care, Rouleau gives a six-step process to stop the habit of picking and keep one's skin healthy.

Step one requires learning how to "properly treat" blemishes once they appear and recommends some products.

Step two has the individual keep themselves distracted and, more importantly, their hands busy.

Step three requires creating and singing a "No Picking Contract" that's taped somewhere visible to remind the person to stop.

Step four has the person put reminders in their phone in case they've forgotten throughout the day.

Step five has the person keep themselves accountable through friends or a professional aware of the issue.

The final step is about learning to prevent blemishes in the first place.

She admits it won't be easy for some, but following the six-step plan and being more aware of the long-term effects of skin picking will lead to healthier skin for many people.