wounds are HEALING and scars are FADING------> PLEASE READ!!!!!

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March 31, 2012

After reading all the comments about calamine on here I went and bought some today- both the lotion (which is very thin, almost like a toner- like water) and a cream which has glycerol too. Just put it on. Fingers crossed my results are as good as yours :) So pleased your skin is looking so great- must be a fantastic feeling :) Thanks for the advice.
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March 31, 2012

emily1234, I was so happy to read that you are going to give the calamine lotion a try :) The one I use is the HUMCO brand because it has fewer ingredients than other name brands. I've found that products with fewer ingredients don't irritate my skin so I try to be mindful of that. Active Ingredients are 8% Calamine and 8% Zinc Oxide; Inactive Ingredients are Bentonite Magma, Calcium Hydroxide, Glycerin, and Purified Water. I truly hope that it works for you and that you achieve the same results I have - consistency is key!
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March 31, 2012

I wish that worked for lips. :(
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April 03, 2012

Hmmm.... Well, you never know, it might. Put it on before going to bed and then wash it off in the morning. Might help.
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April 14, 2012

Try advanced healing band aides
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June 04, 2012

Calamine lotion does seem to work well for me too; thank you!!!!! When I had a bad day i tried it on my "freshly-picked" spots and the redness disappeared within several hours and did not return :) Who ever thought of using it is a life-saver!!!!!! You're my new hero ;)
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June 04, 2012

heikkilae, thank you so much for posting your comment! It brightened my day knowing that the calamine lotion has worked for you and is continuing to help and work for others as well. I wish you the best of luck on your road to recovery and never give up! XO - newperspective
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June 10, 2012

I put calamine on for the first time yesterday and then proceeded to pick whilst it was on. I am so flipping angry with myself for not leaving it alone. There is one patch beneath my right eye that i have damaged so much i am terrified of what is gonna be left behind. It has healed a few times but because of the brown stain it leaves i just keep picking. Yesterday it was actually looking quite good but when i put the calamine on i flippin attacked it again and i now hate myself. Its looking purple again and i'm feeling desperate. I have reapplied the calamine and manged to leave it alone today but its driving me mad as the compulsion to pick is strong. I will be 39 this year and am terrified that my skin won't heal like it used to do as i have been very lucky really considering the damage i have caused, but this has got to be the worst yet and being older it might not go. I am riddled with fear and have seriously been considering ending my life. I'm sorry for dumping all this on you guys but i don't know what to do. I am currently in therapy AGAIN and being weaned off meds as they stopped working so i'm doing all i can in a practical sense but emotionally i feel a wreck.
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June 16, 2012

please get help immediately life is too precious to lose it to a scab use that same intensity to focus in other hobbies this may sound stupid but it may work /buy a bunch of bubble wrap every time you get the urge to pick start popping away , I have been thinking about that for a long time I will buy bubble wrap tomorrow and see if it works , dont know if you have any religious beliefs but praying has infinite healing power just talk with God straight up he will answer one way or the other I will keep you in mine :)
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June 16, 2012

Thankyou so much sweetie. Am feeling much better. Have found the right products for me and i turn to God daily. Your post has really helped also. Hope things are going well for you.....Godbless xxx
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April 03, 2012

Hmmm.... Well, you never know, it might. Put it on before going to bed and then wash it off in the morning. Might help.
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March 31, 2012

Quick update- my second day of application of calamine. So far so good- this stuff is amazing! The most amazing thing is how it has reduced redness drastically. It also makes the abrasions seem more smooth and kind of 'calm'. Definitely on their way to healing- a couple more applications and I think they'll be practically gone! Thanks so much newperspective :D I recommend anyone to try calamine lotion....it certainly worked for me!
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April 12, 2012

I'm so happy to see that calamine lotion worked for you too! :) I hope others on this site try it out for themselves and see the difference this stuff really does make to the overall redness, swelling, and inflammation of freshly picked wounds, and wounds that are already scabbed over and healing, alike. Calamine lotion truly speeds up the healing process and reduces the appearance of scarring if used consistently! Good luck everyone! My thoughts and prayers are with you all! XO
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April 16, 2012

Another update! It has been over two weeks since I've been using calamine lotion. When I first started using it, I had about five or six wounds on my face from a horrible bout of picking. They are almost completely healed! As in, my skin is pretty much blemish free. Calamine is great- it reduces redness A LOT, and acts as a drying agent without making your skin feel rough or crusty (ergh). It kind of smooths everything out, and feels very calming. I would recommend anyone to try it. Here in the UK mine only cost 88p for a 200ml bottle which is unreal. Won't hurt to try at least! Of course though, as with any product, it won't cure or heal dermatillomania and it's effects. But it will help the healing process a lot, and, importantly for me I know, it helps with the appearance of the wounds which is something that in itself makes me pick. If I have a bad looking wound I will pick it to make it 'flat' so I can put make up on it. I've found that calamine quickens the healing so I don't have to resort to that. It doesn't smell either, at all. Thank you newperspective for the suggestion- it has really helped me and I'll be sure to always have a bottle in my cupboard! Do you use it everyday, even if your skin is clear? I wonder whether it would be useful to put all over the skin in the evening as part of a daily routine. Thanks again- and good luck to anyone giving it a go! As with anything, I'm sure it won't work for everyone but judging by the comments above it seems likely it will! Emily
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April 18, 2012

Thank you so much for your second update emily1234! I'm so happy that the calamine lotion is continuing to work for you. I do use it every night. Before bed, I wash my face and apply a thin layer all over. I do this to prevent future breakouts from surfacing and to lighten the scarring on my face. I've noticed that it really helps my overall complexion when I use it every night and keeps my skin calm and my overall skin tone even and smooth. I hope this helps and thank you again for continuing to post your positive results and feedback for everyone to read! Yours truly, newperspective
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October 09, 2014

Hi, how is ur skin now? After using calamine lotion? I have some blotchy,red,purplish, browning, scars, like sore, burn scars, I picked off some dark scabs, that occurred because i used wart remover/w salicylic 17%, i think if I left it alone it probably wouldn't have scarred? I had a salicylic peel done by an aesthician, and that never occurred, even though they say to not pick off scabs, anyways, I started using calamine just to cover the mess, can't stand looking @ it ugh! So , I thought this might be good for acne, but now scarring? So, how long do u think it will be for results to be seen? It has been about a week since, I did this, also, I tried turmeric powder, they say this is good for acne n scars? I am also lathering up on tretinion gel. Have you tried that? Do you think using the both will get rid of these ugly scars n acne? Let me know, Signed, scrappyface
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April 03, 2012

Hey, so i have this huge thing above my lip like a crater mark from picking :( obviously i made sucha tiny pimple worse how embaressing. its very red also do you think calamine would help me also ?:) & also does it really help fade scars i have alot im very pale which sucks it shows more :(
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April 03, 2012

It's definitely worth a shot! Calamine lotion is SUPER cheap, so there's really no harm in trying it. Anytime I've picked on or around my lip area, Carmex moisrurizing lip balm has always worked for me. YES!!!! Calamine lotion really DOES help fade acne scars!!! :) Please give it a try - I've said this before, consistency is key. I've been using it every night for over a month now and I've seen a drastic change in the lightening of my scars. So, if you're willing to try it, just be sure to use it on a daily or nightly basis to see the results you're looking for. You need to give it at least 30 days of continual use before you start seeing changes in the lightening and overall evening out of your skin tone. Let us know if you should decide to try it and whether or not it works for you. :)
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April 03, 2012

Thank you il be on my way to cvs buying some today :)
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April 12, 2012

Hi There, After reading your post I decided to join this site and go buy some calamine lotion. My going away party for work is tomorrow and I have scabs on my face. I know they won't be gone, but I hope they will be better. (My coworkers are somewhat used to seeing me this way, nobody says anything, but they know) . I am so glad that your skin is better, and I hope the same for myself and everyone on this site. Thank you for your kind advice.
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April 12, 2012

Welcome to the site SpottyFace! It's been a long road to get where I'm at and I'm STILL not 100% better. I've been picking at the skin on my face for 8 years and discovered that this was an actual disorder a little more than a year ago. In the past year, I've come a long way and don't pick nearly as often as I used to. I can go weeks without picking, whereas before, I could barely last a day without picking at any and every small imperfection. Finding great products that work for me has helped tremendously on my road to recovery. The calamine lotion has been an absolute Godsend. I'm so happy you went out and purchased a bottle! I'm anxious to hear about how it works for you. Please keep me updated on your progress and I hope you have an amazing time at your going away party! - newperspective
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April 14, 2012

Hey Newperspective! The calamine lotion really did help! Thank you so much for caring about others and for posting your advice! My going away party was really great, and I wasn't too self-conscious. My skin wasn't perfect but I've looked a lot worse before. Have a wonderful weekend and thank you for your support.
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April 14, 2012

That's wonderful! I was thinking about you today and was so happy to read that the calamine lotion helped you too :) I'm sure you looked beautiful at your going away party and I can't tell you enough how happy I am that you didn't feel too self-conscious and that you were able to fully enjoy yourself. Afterall, that's what life is all about - living. I hope you have a great weekend and I hope to speak soon! XO
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April 15, 2012

Hi newperspective. I've been really inspired by reading your comments on calamine lotion so much so that if i can face going out tomorrow (got really bad sore on chin at the moment from picking) i will be buying some. Thanks for the advice xx
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April 18, 2012

Hi!!! I am so relieved to know that I am not the only person that suffers from this. I really thought I was a freak until today. I had no idea this "whateveritis" had a name!!! I don't really have a specific area of picking, just in gerneral , all over my body. I guess the main areas would be arms, back, and stomach. Thank you for your suggestion of Calamine!! I am definitely going to try it.
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April 18, 2012

Welcome to the site completelyashamed! I'm so happy that you are willing to give the calamine lotion a try! Please keep us posted on whether or not it works for you too! I sincerely hope it does! Best of luck to you and I hope you achieve the same results I have using the calamine lotion. XO
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April 21, 2012

Hey newperspective. Like you I am a big believer in finding the right products, which is one half of the dual pronged approach (the other is adjusting habits/mentality). I have a few products that are always on my shelf to reduce spots and heal skin, but the scars are something I havent found a solution for so I have just today bought some dirt cheap calomine and applied., with the hope it will help with both light and dark scarring over time. Can I ask, what is the reason you use a zinc based moisturiser?
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April 22, 2012

Hi there AngelSkin! I use a zinc-based moisturizer not only for the UVA/UVB sun protection, but also for its great healing properties. I always make sure I wear it so that my hyperpigmentation and scarring don't become darker and more noticeable due to the sun's UV rays (especially here in Colorado, which is where I live.) One of the main ingredients in the calamine lotion is zinc. I just figured I'd use a daily moisturizer that will continually treat and heal my skin, even when I'm not using the calamine lotion. I hope this answers your question and I'm anxious to hear how the calamine lotion works for you. Please keep us posted with your results (good OR bad.) Once you start using it, continue to apply it daily (at night is best because then you can just sleep with it on) and remain consistent and you should HOPEFULLY obtain the same results I have. Good luck and thank you so much for your comments! :)
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April 21, 2012

hi im a 16 year old girl fair white skin i suffer from scars from left over marks i had picked at :( i used differin made me brake out terribly burnt my skin and just did nothing good went right in the trash. anyways i dont really brake out on my forehead my highschool yearbook photos will be taken on wednesday and ofcourse something bad happened :( had a little pimple on forehead picked at it now its a indent not too deep tho to be an ulcer or something it hurts to the touch feels swollen a little very tiny bit was way worse before. its quarter size circle right in the middle of the forehead kinda yellowish white you know like a almost gooey scab forming im sure you know bleh.. lol how embarssing but yeah and the surrounding is red pinkish fresh skin guess it peeled off from so much picking.squeezed it so many times im pretty sure there is no puss when i squeeze it just hurts like hel and clear liquid comes out any help pleaseeeeeeee i cry myself to sleep everynight especially if i look in the mirror :(.. i have noone else to talk to any idea if calamine will get rid of my excisting scars ? if so how long ? will it help heal this embarssing thing on my forehead ? how long ? any creams recomendations ? and especially do you have tips on how to stop picking ?:(
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April 22, 2012

Hi there! The calamine lotion will definitely help with your forehead - I promise! Just give it a try (the sooner the better.) I'm going to assume you plan on staying in while the wound on your forehead is healing, and if so, that's perfect. Apply the calamine lotion all over your face, like a mask, and put an especially thick layer on the wounded area. If you do this for the next few days, the scab should dry out and roll off in the shower, making the area smooth and easier to cover with make-up. Calamine lotion has definitely helped with the scarring on my face. I would have to say it has now lightened a good 50-60% and I've been using it every night for the past month and a half. After washing my face at night, I apply a thin layer all over my face and leave it on overnight. In the morning I wash it off with my facial cleanser and apply my moisturizer and makeup. If you use it consistenly like I have, you'll definitely see a difference in the lightening of scars. It has also helped a lot with keeping my skin clear and I haven't really experienced any new, major acne breakouts. I really hope this helps and if you plan on applying the calamine lotion to your face during the day, let it dry and reapply another layer. But don't put anymore than 3-5 layers on the wounded area. and do only 1-3 layers on the surrounding areas that you want to treat for scarring. I hope this helps! Please let me know if you have any other questions - I'll be happy to assist in any way I can! :)
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April 22, 2012

My father just picked it up from the store thankyou soooooooo much !!!!!<3 il tell you how it works out il be putting this on tonight ! Fingers crossed it helps :)
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April 22, 2012

That's great! I'll keep my fingers crossed for you too! I sincerely hope it helps! Have a goodnight and try not to stress. Hopefully tomorrow morning will look a lot brighter! XO
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April 22, 2012

Just woke up washed face with my cetaphil and still got some left over calamine rubbed on the mark lmao but now the color instead of being yelowish white is getting a almost dirty color ew is that good ? and its still red also :(
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April 22, 2012

Whatever you do, do not rub at it.... just wash what you can of the calamine lotion off of the wound gently, pat dry, then reapply. It's a dirty color because it has formed a scab (that's a good thing.) Be sure to reapply it now that you've washed your face. You want it to form a progressively healed scab before it can be rubbed off in the shower. A good indicator for me that my scabs are ready to be rolled off is when the surrounding skin around my scab becomes dry and flaky and looks like I could just pull the whole scab off if I tried. Be sure your face is completely dry before reapplying the calamine lotion. The redness will subside, you just have to be patient and gentle when washing around that area Let me know how it goes and I'll try to assist you in any way I can. :)
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April 23, 2012

i cant put into words how thankful i am that you told me all this !!! just got out the shower and hour ago and guess what ? SCAB FELL OFF FRESH NEW SKIN !!!!!!!!!! <3 still pink of course cause it is fresh but its gone doesnt even hurt thankyou !!!!!!!!!!! sooooooooo much !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! i cryed i was so happy to see it just fell off and its only been one night and day with calamine !!!!!!!! truly amazing i now just have aquaphor to help new skin form thank you soooooo much once again <3
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April 23, 2012

You are so welcome!!! I can't even express to you how happy I am that the calamine lotion helped and that the scab is GONE!!! That's truly wonderful, AND just in time for your senior pictures on Wednesday (you're going to look beautiful!) XO
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April 23, 2012

also since it is now fresh skin should i keep applying calamine ? :)
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April 23, 2012

YES!!! Absolutely! Continued application of the calamine lotion will help to prevent scarring and promote healing. :)
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April 23, 2012

hey first of all you are not alone as you've discovered from this site. I have suffered from skin picking for a few years now but it gets out of controle when i'm stressed and in particular during hormonal changes which can make me very irritable. I find the calamine lotion has realy helped with helping my skin wounds dry out and lightened the look of scars. I have also found taking fish oil capsules regularly have helped hugely with the texture of my skin and also my anxiety and stress levels. MOREPA are the best fish oils i've found they realy do make a difference. I totaly understand your anxiety as i too have marked my face badly over the years and have isolated myself away from the world. I just want to send you strength and that although you may feel lost you're not take a deep breath and remind yourself of the amazing strong person you are. When the urge comes to pick get up and do something maybe do some drawing or get on you lap top and chat on here anything to keep your hands busy I realy do know how hard this can be. Sending you all the best of luck and love, YOU'RE NOT ALONE.:)XX
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April 23, 2012

thankyou so much for your support <3 i appreciate so much im pushing thru ! :) glad i have people who understand :)
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April 22, 2012

wanted to thank you for your advice on calamine lotion my skin is in dire state at the moment on my legs arms and now face as i'm trying soooo hard to improve my condition. I started using calamine lotion 2day and i also have bandaged my legs to prevent me going at them so fingers crossed.:)
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April 22, 2012

Hi liz! Thank you for your comment - I'm so happy that you are giving the calamine lotion a try! You'll have to update us and let us know how it works for you. Fingers crossed that you have positive and successful results! - newperspective
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April 24, 2012

Thank you so much, I will try this as soon as I get the lotion. I pick severely at my arms and I was doing amazing they were almost healed (right as it was getting hot out!) it was just a coupole scabs and bumbs left (I was using acne wash for those) But I had a relapse last night. I'm young so this really hurts my self esteem especially after having low self esteem for the longest time. I have been picking since grade 4. I cried for more 9 hours total (the hours from last night and tonight added) So thank you, this will help so much!
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April 26, 2012

Welcome HighschoolNobody! I'm so sorry to hear that you relapsed but so happy to hear that instead of dwelling, you're being proactive and doing something about it by giving the calamine lotion a try - that's so admirable! I relapsed about a week ago (badly) and have been using the calamine lotion everyday religiously! The wounds are healing and are virtually unnoticeable under makeup. All I can say is thank God for calamine lotion! I hope the calamine lotion works for you too and I look forward to reading your feedback! Lots of love and well-wishes! XO - newperspective
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May 06, 2012

You are so welcome! Please keep us posted on your results, good OR bad!
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April 28, 2012

Calamine Lotion? Really? That simple?! I'm shocked and super excited to try it now. In the past two days, I have purchased bio-oil and mederma, thinking they would help heal and lighten my scar marks. Shamefully the past two weeks I have anihilated my face again. :-( I am leaving work today and immediately buying some Calamine. I have a really important trip that I am leaving for on Thursday morning and hope it can clear things up a little before then. Thank you so much for the tip!!!
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April 28, 2012

I am new here, and have been skin picking, especially on my face for over 15 years...I have one scar that I still pick at occasionally on my forehead that has been there for over 7 years...any chance this might help? Has anyone used calamine on a really old scar?? I have thought about laser resurfacing as an option, but afraid I would just mess myself up again and it costs a LOT....thanks for the tip - this stuff is so cheap - it is worth a try!!! Thanks!!! :)
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April 28, 2012

Omg! im so excited to try this! i just called my mom up to get me some! lol well thank you so much for this advice, ill let you know how it works. I have alot of scars on my upper arms from picking... and it just drives me crazy! I would do anything to be able to wear a tanktop or shortsleeves! it so hard to deal with. I accually preformed for a whole week about two weeks ago and my costume was short sleeve and every night before the show i was so scared to go out just cause of my arms. I used a ton of cover up. But i just want it to go away. Thank you again.. :)
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May 20, 2012

I have a mark picking mark whitish yellow inside with red surrounding hot and swollen Help please fast other than calamine anyway to heal it fast ?
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May 20, 2012

Hi Poorsadgirl01! I have found that my wounds heal up the fastest with Neosporin or a similar product. Other than that, vitamin E seems to work well. My advice is simply to leave it alone for a few days and apply either or both of the products that I mentioned. It will heal up in no time! Best of luck. :)

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