By Danielle Zoellner and Charlie Lankston for DailyMail.com
A shocking image shared by the famous beautician Renee Rouleau has revealed the horrible long-term consequences of plucking your skin – including severe discoloration and scars.
The beautician, who works with A-list clients such as Lili Reinhart and Demi Lovato, recently shared a photo of a 40-year-old client revealing the shocking impact her skin picking habits have on her skin over the years. had.
"Every expert will tell you that plucking your skin is a habit you must stop, but most people don't necessarily see the damage in it," Renee revealed to her blog.
Renee explained that she can immediately see if a customer has plucked their skin because of the overall appearance, which happened when this nameless customer walked into her office.
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& # 39; She first came to me with visible scabs on her forehead, cheeks and chin, along with deeply pigmented, spotty and uneven looking skin, & # 39; wrote Renee.
& # 39; That combination made it clear to me what had happened and after a thorough consultation my assumptions were correct. & # 39;
Renee further said that the customer's skin picking was no longer even done to tackle stains, but simply because it had become a compulsive habit over the years.
& # 39; (The client) had acne in her younger years, giving rise to the desire and necessity to peck at her spots, & # 39; she explained. & # 39; When she was in her thirties there were few outbreaks, but her electoral habits were stalled. & # 39;
Although the woman's skin might recover in her younger years, as she grew older, plucking began to have a more serious effect on her complexion.
& # 39; In her forties, when pigment cells came to the surface, the trauma and subsequent damage by tampering with her skin began to appear in the form of discoloration, & # 39; Renee noted, revealing that this is why her client's skin seemed so damaged, although she had minimal acne and blemishes.
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She added that there are three main causes of skin discoloration: acne, aging and then a combination of all three, which is usually the most serious.
& # 39; For those who have caused constant skin damage due to chronic picking, they may have an increased melanin activity that looks very blotchy, & # 39; she explained.
& # 39; This was clear with my (unnamed) customer. I've seen so many people over the years, and they never even realize it's because of plucking their skin. & # 39;
As she further explained how she tackles a skin-picking habit, Renee revealed that the most important step is to understand and accept that the problem exists at all – and also to determine what kind of picker you are.
Renee described four types of pickers that she will see from her practice: mild, moderate, advanced and serious.
The first type, the mild picker, is someone who only picks his skin when he has a mild stain. But otherwise the mild picker keeps his hands off his face.
Then the second type of person is someone who notices that he is plucking his skin, even if there is no lack of it. Instead they choose because there is also flaky skin or raised bumps.
The third type, Renee described, was the & # 39; advanced picker & # 39 ;.
She wrote: & # 39; You pluck your skin time and time again, even if nothing is present. Your fingers are often looking on your face for something to scratch, pick and mess with.
& # 39; You choose so aggressively that you bleed and scab your skin. & # 39;
Although any type of plucking can damage the skin, the advanced picker is when permanent problems can occur to someone.
Shocking: although the unnamed woman now suffers from minimal pimples, her tooth habit has caused serious damage and discoloration to her skin
Her fourth and final category of skin pickers is the & # 39; serious picker & # 39 ;, and so she categorized the woman whose photo was shared.
This is described as someone whose fingers constantly scratch their face and pluck the skin, even if the skin is healthy.
& # 39; You pick crusts and never give them the chance to heal, & # 39; wrote Renee when describing the person.
& # 39; You have no control. Picking your skin causes a lot of emotional stress and problems with work, social or other daily activities. You may have a condition called dermatillomania that is classified as an impulse control disorder. & # 39;
If someone has this condition, Renee has advised to seek help from a health professional or a medical professional to address the condition.
The skin care expert also noted that there are usually two main reasons why someone chooses to choose their skin: nervous habit, or as a kind of do-it-yourself treatment for a stain to make it disappear faster.
If you are someone who falls into the first category, Renee suggests finding something that will otherwise keep your hands occupied, preventing you from plucking your skin without even realizing that you are doing it.
Those who are more inclined to choose to lose a place must ask themselves whether picking is really worth the months-long mark left behind after touching and scratching their skin.
& # 39; Do you want a place that you only have to hide for a week or two – or a few months? & # 39; she asked, before pointing out: & # 39; The answer is obvious, but now you have to recite that in your head when the urge to choose comes. & # 39;
Regarding breaking a skin-picking habit, Renee has six important tips to help you make it once and for all.
First, if you are a person who plucks their skin to get rid of pimples, she notes that you need to understand the & # 39; s life cycle of a blemish so that you can treat it well & # 39 ;.
What kind of skin selector are you?
- mild: You only choose when there is a spot that needs attention
- Mediocre: You pluck your skin when you feel something up, from an impure to flaky skin
- advanced: You choose over and over, even when there is nothing, and you can bleed your face and make scabs
- Severe: Your fingers constantly pluck at something on your face and you have no control over the compulsion to pick and scratch
Then learn to keep your hands busy. Renee actually sells a No Picking! Twisty Toy ($ 5.50) that is designed to keep your fingers busy and away from your face. The skin pro has also drawn up a No Picking contract, which encourages skin-picking customers to sign to hold them accountable.
& # 39; I recommend that you stick it on your bathroom mirror so that it can stare at you at any time of temptation, & # 39; she suggested.
Other useful preventative measures include setting reminders on your phone for every moment that you are likely to choose, and asking a friend or professional to keep you accountable, and to continue supporting and reminding you of your no-picking promise.
The last piece of the puzzle without pecking? Preventing a blemish from appearing in the first place.
& # 39; Easier said than done & # 39 ;, Renee admits. & # 39; However, it is important to know that you are fighting a lost battle if you only focus on treating a stain as it appears.
& # 39; It is essential to prevent them and with the right types of antibacterial, pore-cleansing products you can certainly reduce the degradation activity. Can you imagine that you had nothing to choose? & # 39;
Her last word of warning is to accept that breaking every habit – including a skin-related one – requires time, energy and, above all, patience.
& # 39; Because you are used to plucking your skin, it is important to know that it just takes time to break, & # 39; she explained.
& # 39; It's like a muscle and it has a memory, so you have to train the muscle in a new way so that it will come naturally over time. Willpower, together with keeping an eye on the price (clearer, scar-free skin) is what it takes to overcome this.
& # 39; As soon as you begin to see the improvement in your skin, this should give you the power and encouragement to continue, so that this habit of plucking stays behind you – once and for all. & # 39;
Tips to help you stop picking your skin
- Learn how to properly treat a stain
- Keep your hands busy with something else
- Sign a contract without picking
- Put reminders on your phone
- Ask a friend or professional to hold you responsible
- Learn how to prevent stains
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