Acne excorie is a term used to describe scratched or picked pimples. It may also be spelled the French way, acné excoriée.
Most people squeeze or pick some of their spots; in general this is not a good idea because it usually makes the acne look worse. It may become secondarily infected and may also cause scarring. Some individuals excessively pick their spots. When their skin is examined, they have no active acne spots, only scratch marks, sores and scars. All the inflammatory lesions and comedones have been removed by picking or squeezing. This appearance is called acne excorie.
Acne excorie is more common in females than males, and can be a sign of stress or depression. Sometimes it is just a bad habit that's hard to break; the acne may not actually be all that severe.
However, acne excorie can be very upsetting and embarrassing.
Occasionally patients may also require psychiatric help. Antidepressant medication is sometimes useful.