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How to Heal Skin After Picking Acne

9 Ways to Remedy an Overpicked Face

How to Heal Skin After Picking Acne
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Remember what we said about acne bacteria spreading all over the place when you touch it, even in the smallest spots? Your hands and nails are some of the dirtiest parts of your body since they're most exposed to germs and bacteria and everything you touch. If you keep touching your face, you keep putting the bacteria and oils on it, which leads to more acne, explains Karen Machia, esthetician at The Spa at Stowe Mountain Lodge in Stowe, Vermont.

To change the behavior of picking, Dr. Heather Woolery-Lloyd, MD, a dermatologist and skin pigmentation expert in Miami, says stop as soon as (or before!) you start, and then apply an acne medication or moisturizer on the area to serve as a reminder not to pick.

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