When You Can’t Stop Picking at Your Skin

The health of your mind and body are closely related. If your body is suffering in any way, it is bound to impact your mental health. Conversely, if you are living with anxiety, depression, or any other mental health issues, those issues will often manifest themselves in a physical way. One example of this is excoriation disorder, which is a compulsion to pick at the skin. What do you do when you can’t stop picking at your skin?

Many of us have found ourselves giving way more attention to a scab or hangnail than was warranted, but excoriation disorder goes far beyond that. Alternately called dermatillomania or chronic skin-picking, Mental Health America defines this disorder as “a mental illness related to obsessive-compulsive disorder… characterized by repeated picking at one’s own skin which results in skin lesions and causes significant disruption in one’s life.”

When You Can’t Stop Picking at Your Skin

Recently, television personality Dr. Phil McGraw decided to shine a light on this affliction. A guest on his program confessed that she had been obsessively picking at her own skin for four years, beginning when she was 17 years old. A great deal of damage had already been done to her once-pristine complexion, but she was determined to stop and finally ready to ask for help.

This is a crucial first step: reaching out for help. If you think that you or someone you know is dealing with excoriation disorder, there are resources available to you, including the TLC Foundation for Body-Focused Repetitive Behaviors.

Smart Cover Cosmetics has always been dedicated to helping individuals with all kinds of skin concerns. If there is something you want to cover, our Concealing Crème will restore a smooth, clear appearance to your skin (as long as skin is not open). To wash the day away, we are proud to offer Smart Cover Makeup Remover & Cleanser. Most importantly, Smart Cover is here to remind you that you are not alone.

Do You Have Scars?

heatherA scar can leave an emotional mark as well a visible, physical one. Some people have scars caused by serious injuries, major surgery or even chronic diseases such as lupus. Scars can serve as a daily reminder of a traumatic event. In some cases, the presence of the scar itself is distressing.

Writes psychologist Patricia Price: “Society places a great deal of importance on how we look. While scars are considered desirable in some societies and may even be inflicted deliberately, in the majority of cultures this is not the case.”

Some people prefer to bare their scars proudly, as symbolic badges of courage representing challenges they’ve overcome. That kind of self-acceptance is truly admirable; it’s a beautiful thing to see people feeling comfortable in their own skin. As Kitty Dimbleby explains for the Daily Mail, “My battle wounds show the world what I have survived…”

For those who want to retain the option to conceal their scars, Smart Cover has the tools for complete coverage, so everyone can feel confident. Smart Cover’s Concealing Crème provides opaque, long-lasting coverage with a natural-looking matte finish. It’s waterproof, so even if you go for a swim in the ocean, the Concealing Crème will stay on until you’re ready for it to come off.

Living with scars looks different for everybody, whether it’s how you got your scar to how you feel about letting the world see it. What we all have in common is the universal desire to feel like our true selves, and not to be defined by one superficial trait. We all deserve to feel beautiful and we are all entitled to find our own path to get there.

If concealing a scar (or any other skin imperfection) makes you feel like your best you, Smart Cover has exactly what you’re looking for!

Bruises and Other Effects of Bullying

Actress Tara Reid has taken on the emotionally charged subject of bullying in her most recent project.

Worthless, the film Reid is currently filming in New Jersey, is about a girl who wishes for popularity and acceptance but is instead ridiculed and ostracized because of a prominent scar on her face.

Reid has made headlines in the last few days for posting photos of herself online in which she appeared to be battered and bruised, causing her fans a great deal of alarm. She later clarified that the bruises were not real; she was in special makeup for the movie. If the intention of the film is to continue the very important conversation about bullying and abuse, then Reid’s tactics have proved effective.

According to the American Justice Department, 25% of young people will be bullied at some point during their adolescence. The trauma of these experiences can last for a lifetime, as illustrated to an extreme degree in Reid’s new movie.  While there are still an alarming number of instances in which bullies resort to physical violence, cyberbullying is on the rise as well.

If you are a young person in this situation, the best thing you can do is to tell a trusted adult. You may feel that your situation is unsolvable, but the adults in your life are equipped to help you, so don’t be afraid to reach out.  If you are a parent or teacher, it is crucial to check in regularly with your child or student and be on the lookout for signs of bullying, because as many as 58% of young people will never tell an adult that they’ve been a victim.

Smart Cover has been dedicated to helping people hide bruises, scars and other skin flaws for over 35 years with our Concealing Crème and other products. While camouflage cosmetics can go a long way toward improving your appearance and increasing your confidence, bullying is a serious issue and there is help available to those who need it. To learn more about this important topic, or to find out how you or someone you love can receive help, log onto stopbullying.gov.

Chemical Peel Appeal

Chemical Peels offer a non-surgical approach to help with aging skin. Commonly used peels are Glycolic Acid based which is a natural product derived from sugar cane and is great for exfoliation and moisturizing the skin, while stimulating new cells.

These new cells reveal smoother, brighter, younger looking skin. Peels can help reduce fine lines under the eyes, around the mouth, and help with wrinkles caused by sun damage. Peels also help improve mild scars, reduce age spots, freckles, and dark patches (melasma) due to pregnancy or taking birth control pills.

Age SpotsOur customer Deana recently called from Florida telling us how she has been getting Chemical Peels periodically to keep her 50+ skin looking younger. However, her aesthetician suggested they increase the peel to 70% and it was too strong for her skin type and she had a negative reaction. She raved about how Smart Cover’s Camouflage Make up helped cover the severe red spots and sent us this before and after photo. She was so grateful for her best concealer so that she could return to work without worrying that people were staring at her forehead.

We asked Aesthetician Andrea Neubart, who has been a professional in the skin care field for over 20 years for some helpful tips.

Andrea says, ” I always begin with a consultation with my clients to learn more about their goals, lifestyle and skin condition.  Does she have time to follow up with more peels and follow close attention to home care? Is the skin thin or thick? What about sensitivity and will they stay out of the sun and wear higher sunblock? All depending on these answers it’s best to start with a low Glycolic %.”

How many treatments does one need?

According to Andrea, “Sometimes one peel is all you need depending on the goals and what type of peel treatment are they looking for.  We now have peels with a mix of ingredients to help with several issues such as lightening, firming, and wrinkle reduction. For more information, you can research some of the most popular peels now out on the professional markets: Obagi, VIP peels, Mediderma Peels by Sesderma Laboratories that are sold to medical offices.”