All it takes to get rid of acne is to keep your hands to yourself! A 7 day experiment that really made its point

Acne is one of the most annoying and common skin diseases faced by so many people around the world. And turns out that one of the simplest remedies to get rid of acne is nothing but to simply stop picking at it! Find out more.


1 Tell me a bit more about acne

Acne Vulgaris, commonly called as acne is a long-term skin disease that occurs when the hair follicles get clogged with dead skin cells or oil from the skin. Blackheads, whiteheads, pimples, greasy skin are all signs that indicate that one has acne. Acne may also result in scarring. Results of acne include a highly blemished face, which in turn leads to anxiety and reduced self-esteem. In worst case scenarios, it even leads to depression and suicidal tendencies.

Acne occurs most commonly during adolescence, affecting an estimated 80–90% of teenagers in the west. Lower rates are reported in some rural societies. In 2010, acne was estimated to affect 650 million people globally, making it the 8th most common disease worldwide.

Tell me a bit more about acne

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2 Why do we resort to picking our skin?

It’s one of the biggest acne treatment mistakes – picking our skin. Agreed, once we set your eyes upon any abnormality on our faces, the first thing we’d all want to do is get rid of it. And some of us would do just about anything to get rid of any such thing that makes our countenance look a little less appealing.

Compulsive skin picking can even be termed as a kind of Obsessive Compulsive Disorder and has a name of its own – dermatillomania. What people must understand is that picking your skin is going to get you nowhere, but only worsen your condition.

Why do we resort to picking our skin?

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Often when you pop a pimple, you’re pushing back the pus into your body. This may close up one pimple, but will give way for another. Picking at a pimple or a scab can cause you an infection from the dirt on your fingers.

3 The 7-day-no-picking experiment

A young woman tried to get rid of acne by not picking at it for one complete week. This is what happened.

Day 1 – No major changes. The redness still prevailed though.

Day 2 – No major changes either, but it was easier to keep her hands off of her face on the second day compared to the first day.

Day 3 – Slight increase in number of pimples. Still not much improvement. Had to use foundation to conceal

The 7-day-no-picking experiment

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Day 4 – Pores still clogged, yet slim improvement in skin quality was seen.

Day 5 – 5 days into the experiment and she didn’t require foundation to hide any marks. Good improvement was detected.

Day 6 – Not only marks, but after 6 days, even the redness and the irritation reduced.


Day 7 – The final day of her experiment, and these were the results she obtained – clearer complexion, fewer pimples (quite unnoticeable), and no redness or irritation.

Although this experiment didn’t give her perfect skin to flaunt, it definitely made a significant difference. If just seven days gave way for so much improvement, then if you throw away the habit of picking your skin all together, it’s bound to rid you of acne, gradually.

4 How do I stop picking acne?

It’s simple! It’s all in your head. Exercise some self-restraint! Make it clear to yourself that if you want better skin and get rid of acne, then you need to keep your hands off your face. If you can’t do it, ask a friend to nag you until you quit. Get someone to police you everytime you get the urge to take your picking tools out. Throw away your magnifying mirror, tweezers, everything! Stick coloured post-its on your wall with messages like ‘Don’t Pick at it!’, ‘Stop touching your face!’ etc. It may sound silly but hey, it’s worth a shot!

How do I stop picking acne?

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