1. Lip picking leads to flaky and cracked lips, which can be painful and unsightly.
Flaky and chapped lips lead to the desire to pick the lips even more.
2. Lip picking increases the risk of infection, as the constant picking and scratching can introduce bacteria into the open wounds on the lips.
This prolongs the healing time of the wounds on the lips and even leads to the entry of dangerous bacteria into the body, endangering health.
3. Lip picking causes hyperpigmentation, which is an overproduction of melanin in the skin, resulting in dark patches on the lips.
Lip picking also can disrupt the natural balance of the skin on the lips, causing inflammation and irritation, which in turn can trigger hyperpigmentation and dark patches.
4. Lip picking leads to scarring, which can be difficult to conceal and can be permanent.
Continued lip picking can cause repeated damage to the skin on the lips, making it harder for the skin to heal properly and increasing the likelihood of developing noticeable scars.
5. Lip picking causes emotional distress, as it can be difficult to stop the habit and can affect one's self-esteem and confidence.
Additionally, individuals who struggle with lip picking may experience feelings of shame or embarrassment due to the appearance of their lips, leading to social anxiety and isolation.