Breaking a habit I've had for most of my life
Posted September 18th, 2012 by unpicker
I've been picking my skin now for most of my life. It started in the third grade when, at a very young age, I hit puberty. My face started to erupt with bumps, and pimples. It was my mom who first introduced me to the concept of picking my pimples. Since I had no other solution in dealing with this new and traumatic occurrence, I started to pick vigorously and still do to this day. I am now twenty years old and have tried EVERYTHING to quit. For a little while my mom tried paying me every day I didn't pick. I've also tried diets, exercise, expensive skin products and treatments, peals, affirmations, resolutions, covering all the mirrors in the house, friend support... the list goes on. Yet, I always give in to the powerful addiction. I am posting here because I want to try once again to give up this habit. This time I want to find a community of people who understand and will support me in the process. I want to keep a journal and try and notice what compels me to pick, what I am thinking when I start to do it. I want to think of something to take it's place. Something my hands can do to keep them engaged with something other than my pimples. I know this will be hard. The habit is deeply ingrained. But, I feel like if I could give up picking, then I could do anything. So starting now, I am going to to give it my all. I will be back to report my progress and experience. My resolution is to not pick for three days. If I can get through three days, then I will aim for a week. I hope to keep expanding my goal, but for now I need to start with something realistic and within my grasp. So here it goes...! If there is any advice people have, please share! I need all the help I can get.