Acne excoriee is a very common condition in which someone picks at their acne. It is not unusual for someone to pop a pimple from time to time (though we don’t recommend it!), but those people who regularly pick at their acne require special care to treat their acne excoriee. Dr. Schweiger notes that, “Acne excoriee requires a multifaceted approach, in order to treat both the causes of acne and decrease the subconscious desire to pick at your skin.”
The acne specialists at the Clear Clinic recommend a broad approach to tackling acne excoriee. In-office treatments, such as Photodynamic Therapy and Red and Blue LED Light Therapy have shown promise in the treatment of acne for patients with acne excoriee. Additionally, the Clear Clinic has a licensed psychologist, who meets with our patients to devise ways to avoid picking at their skin.
Picking at acne is undesirable, because it leads to increased inflammation on the skin and possibly an increased risk of scarring. Additionally, picking at acne lesions causes the acne to stick around on the skin much longer than it otherwise would, making nearly all of our patients wish that they hadn’t picked at their acne in the first place.
Acne excoriee requires an experienced acne specialist to treat, as it requires numerous treatments to properly treat. However, even patients with acne excoriee can have clear, radiant skin and we encourage those with acne excoriee to seek treatment as soon as possible.