Skip Nav
Emma Watson
All the Times Emma Watson Was the Belle of the Beauty and the Beast Tour
Beauty Tips
An Expert Debunks This Myth About Your Pores
Beauty Tips
Why Your Face-Picking Could Be a Deeper Psychological Issue

How to Stop Picking Your Face

How to Beat the Bad Habit That's Causing Acne

We've all done it. You get in the bathroom, start inspecting your skin, and suddenly, pores be damned! You're not leaving this mirror until every blackhead, every whitehead, and everything in between is thoroughly removed from said pores. No prisoners here.

I had done just that before I went in for my facial at Arcona Studio. Allison Marks, the spa director and an esthetician at the studio, let me in on a little secret. Well, it's not so secret, but it's a tip we all choose to ignore time and time again: stop picking your skin. It causes irritation, scars, and usually more acne than what you started with. You think you're extracting what's in the pore, but really, you're just spreading the bacteria. Allison explains the science behind it all, plus gives useful tips for reducing breakouts in general.

On Kirbie: Rachel Zoe dress

Join The Conversation
Turmeric Beauty Benefits
Victoria's Secret Model Hair How-To
Selena Gomez-Inspired Makeup Tutorials
Holographic Highlighter Look | Laura Sanchez Video
Herbal Oil Guarantees Thicker Hair, Stopping Hair Loss
How to Wear Chanel Lip Crayons
How to Keep Lipstick on All Day

POPSUGAR, the #1 independent media and technology company for women. Where more than 75 million women go for original, inspirational content that feeds their passions and interests.

From Our Partners
Latest Beauty
All the Latest From Ryan Reynolds