How to Stop Picking your Face

by Contributor ; Updated September 28, 2017

Picking your face can worsen your acne.

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Picking your face can be a deeper problem than just a simple zit or blackhead getting on your nerves. Just like many things, some people are addicted to picking at their faces. They are sometimes so bad that they have hopes of getting acne or a big pimple, just so they can give it a big squeeze. This can cause big ugly sores, scarring and infections. It's time to break the habit.

Treat acne, pimples and blackheads. Keep your face clean. Fewer breakouts will give you less of a battlefield for your fingers to pinch and squeeze.

Practice using self control. Bad habits take time to break. Every time you get the urge to pick your face, immediately do something else for at least 10 minutes to let the feeling pass.

Throw away all of your magnifying mirrors. If it takes a mirror of that caliber to see your acne, bumps or blackheads, guess what? No one else can see the blemish either. Stop examining your face up close, even in a regular mirror, especially under bright or florescent lighting.

Cut your fingernails as short as possible. It's better to have short fingernails for awhile than big ugly, infected sores and scars on the face from picking at acne.

Keep some bubble wrap on hand. When you can't fight the habit, see if popping and pinching the bubble wrap helps you overcome the urge. Another option is negative reinforcement. Wear a rubber band around your wrist and snap it every time you feel like picking.


  • Be aware of whether this is a symptom of a deeper problem, such as stress and nerves. If so, consult a doctor. You might need professional help managing your stress or anxiety.

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