“Excoriate” means to scratch or
abrade the skin. When a person spends hours in front of a mirror
squeezing and picking at every blemish, the condition is termed
“excoriated acne.” All of this picking and squeezing often causes
red marks where the skin becomes irritated and usually leads to
Excoriated acne usually appears to
others as a mild form of acne, without
nodules. To the person with the
acne, however, it may be intolerable for a variety of reasons.
People with excoriated acne often wish that they could stop all that
picking and squeezing, but an uncontrollable desire to get rid of
their lesions compels them. This compelling urge to pick and squeeze
at every blemish regardless of size is a medically recognized
condition that should be discussed with a dermatologist.
Occasionally giving in to a temptation
to squeeze a blackhead is not excoriated acne.
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