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how to heal open wounds


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March 07, 2009

Hi Wendy --- thank you for your love and your openness. I'm sending some right back at you! So I've been a picker for a good dozen years now and have scarred lots too... just 2 weeks ago I found a pimple on my cheek (that of course wasn't ready yet, but I thought I could still get it out!) and I picked it soooo badly that I had a huge dark brown scab by the morning, absolutely mortified to leave the house, and even to see my family at a family dinner the next day... I knew everyone would wonder what the heck I did to my face! Anyhow, I understand your shame and frustration with this, as I've picked absolutely everything on my body for every reason under the sun. But I've really got things under control now, and that's soooo awesome that you're feeling so strong about stopping picking! So anyways, back to my ugly scab! I've tried everything for picking wounds, and I've finally figured out what I have to do when I pick! Of course, wash your face in the morning and at night to keep everything clean, and moisturize, and then I apply a bit of Polysporin to the area and gently rub it in, both at morning and before bed. The biggest thing though is that after you picked the spot once and realize the damage you've probably just caused, do not touch it again!!! Because think that everytime you touch it your're spreading infection and hurting the skin cells by picking. Also, I don't use bandaids or anything because you want it to breath still. It's good if the scab is nice and hard b/c it protects the new skin that's growing underneath. Do not pull the scab off! It'll start falling off when it's ready to. And I managed to keep my hands off my face and scab and the GIANT scab came off in 3-4 days and there was pretty skin -- a little pink though -- underneath. So everytime you touch a scab or pimple after you've already picked it, you're causing so much more trouble! So if you picked it once, just let it be! My new philosophy is that if I have a big scar or scab, I'm going to rock it out! That way people around me will see me, not the poor little sad girl with marks. And it's true, it works! And Wendy, your body's natural course is towards well being, and your scars will fade and all your skin will heal. It really doesn't take too long. You just can't touch it. And when you wake up each day you'll feel more and more beautiful!
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March 08, 2009

Rosie,Thankyou so much for your advice and encouragement.I never learned how to type so everyone please forgive me. I have deep scarring on my nose and chin,I wonder if the deep peeling will ever stop and will my skin ever look a little smooth. Maybe there is something I can do later after I heal.Is there anything I can do for you Rosie?I believe we are cocreaters in life and I question why I am not healing or creating new with my mind and thoughts.Has anyone found a spirit mind practice that has caused healing or change?LOVE to everyone!!
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July 07, 2011

Hi Wendy, I wanted to share a few products that have really helped me get through some of the hardest times- the scars the big huge red scabs, the pigmented skin, the peeling, the everything. I have had spots as big as nickels too and oh my god, it is the most miserable feeling and sight ever. I used to re-pick all scabs that would form thinking it helps. I actually am currently healing from skin picking. I rarely pick at my skin anymore and my skin has never looked better. I still have some episodes that happen and I kind of jolt myself back into my old mindset and behaviours but I am finally doing pretty well and have a grasp on things. If you go to www.suuthe.com they have AMAZING products. They use shea butter and emu oil products and they do not clog your pores and they will heal spots and will help even out your skin tone over time. Also, Living Libations at www.livinglibations.com has a product called Best Skin Ever: Seabucktorn and that is what I currently use to wash and moisturize my face. I never have thought that I had glowing skin until I found this product. Another thing that really helps me is doing raw honey masks. Yes, honey, the sticky lovely stuff. It may sound nuts but it helps SO much. It is naturally anti-bacterial and will help heal and moisturize your skin. Make sure it is RAW honey though. Anything treated with heat will destroy the structure and effects. I normally now don't put anything on my skin that I can't eat. Your skin does repair itself overnight, so if you have it in you, try to find the strength to really trust your skin to heal itself with the help of some products. Trust me, me getting to a week in my 30 day challenge of no picking was the most amazing feeling in the world. Believe in yourself, you can do it. Also, if you haven't referenced www.stoppickingonme.com- please please go to the website! This really helped me get started. Many Blessing to you all.
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March 02, 2012

I love the raw honey idea!
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July 29, 2010

Thank You for those words, although not meant for me, Lol, they really helped when I needed it, which is now. I am an opiate addict in recovery. I stopped using drugs & now I tweezed my eyebrows until they all disappeared. Ive been doing this for a few years. I look like a cancer patient (that coming from my sister, nice, Huh?). As soon as I see one start to grow or even see a spot underneath my skin, I'll dig it out, no matter how deep or how bloody it gets. I now have like 8 scabs on my skin where my eyebrows used to be. So I needed to hear what to do. I did give up my tweezers, the $30 pair, only to go back out & buy another. This has happened twice already. I'm so tired of looking this way & feeling ashamed of myself. I'm going to take your advice! Also, I've found that MAKE UP 4 EVER, has a waterproof liquid eyebrow tube, you put it on with an angled brow brush. That helps when you need to make realistic eyebrows where there are none. And I use primer, foundation, concealer, & then finishing or setting power to complete the process. BENEFIT has a great concealer called ERASE PASTE, it's a miracle worker to cover scabs/damage. okay, I'm babbling, Take Care & Good Luck to Everyone. I'm going to try & apply the 12 steps of NA, to my picking/tweezin as well. It's worked for the pills, so...............Let's HOPE!!!! Deig123
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November 27, 2009

Hey, I have the same problems like you too I thought if I pick it, then everything would be ok, but i was wrong. Now i have scars all over my face, i hate it. I would cry in front of the mirror, looking at myself. I dnt know what i should do. I just hope one day i can look at myself and smile. I hope you will too. Beauty is within, but the outside does matter too!
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November 28, 2009

Your skin needs the scabs for healing. If there are no scabs forming even if you don't touch your skin you should see a doctor. If you feel ashamed about the scabs, allow yourself to stay at home while the wounds are healing. Please don't remove the scabs, because they are essential. No product can replace your own body's mechanisms for healing. Your face is a sensitive area. Well, it's easy to say this, isn't it? I too go digging into open wounds with tweezers, so please don't think I follow these rules eighter! But, it is very important that we understand the risk of it! One day it might be too late, and the results can be worse than only cosmetical.
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July 27, 2010

Hi! It has been a while since i picked my face as badly as i have this time. my face is so sore and red. I have alot of pick marksright now but three large oozing ones that concealer wont adhere to. Anyway im actually writing not to complain but to help my fellow pickers. I picked my face due to lack of sleep and too many cafeine pills. Anxiety and stimulants lead to disaster when left alone with a mirror! The good news is this is a very rare occurance these days! i have been through hell and back due to this issue and i wanted to share some information as to how to prevent picking and how to heal when prevention didnt work and lastly i want to let everyone know there is a permenant solution to scaring from facial picking!! Prevention- Medication is a wonderful thing. Seeking psychiatric tretment can really help! the right medication can do wonders in relieving the obsessions and stopping the compulsion. SSRI's seem to work for many people who battle this disorder. Prozac in particular saved my life. In conjunction with medication are tricks to stay away from picking. !. Do not have tweezers, pins, sewing needles ect. available!! Get them out of your house! Get your eyebrows done out of the home. limit mirrors! One mirror is all a home needs. Limit checking. If you wake up with a killer pimple that you want to literally rip off your face. Go to the bathroom only when mandatory and leave the door open. Privacy only allows us to get lost in the mirror and begin dig and sqeeze fest. Close your eyes and walk past the mirror. Avoid any opportunity to have prolonged mirror visit. Put make up on in front of someone holding a small nonmagnifying mirror far from your face. Apply it only 1 time. Move on. Make a concios effrot to keep your day moving forward. Dystractors are great. Avoid anxiety provoking situations. Don't have this be the day you are going to apply for jobs! If you have an under the skin pimple that yu know will not go away on its ownschedule an emergancy dermatologist visit for a cortizone injection. Make sure the injection is diluted so that it doesnt leave an indentation. Also remeber too much of anything is never a good thing. Therefore when washing your face be quick and gentle There is no need for washclothes astringant, acne pads ect. less is more! What to do if you did pick. Don't panic whats done is done and nothing is permanent! Breathe. Wash the area with either dove soap or cetaphil gentle cleanser. then gently pat dry. Apply topical that drys out oozing or weing wounds let area dry out a bit then apply concealer with mirror far away and do it quickly! Move on! The less you fuss with the wound the faster it will heal!! Lastly if you did "permanent" damage and have created poc marks ect. Make an appointment with a plastic surgeon (Dr. andrew miller) and get a syringe of silicone.filler. Depending on the size and depth of area he will fill the holes with this permanent filler in seconds. your skin will plump back up and you will look as if you never picked a day in your life.. The results are permanent/ Sometimes another round or two of injections is needed depends on damage u created. This filler is not crazy expensive and is forever. It is done using the microdropl techniqu. and the area will not overfill. It saved my face and it aved my life!! Good Luck!
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July 06, 2011

Hi all, I don't know if the people on here still need help with their skin but....for scar or wound healing or ANY skin irritations use miracell oil. It's a really small bottle like 14ml and depending on where you get it from, can be expensive sometimes, I paid $30.00. I'm not sure where you can purchase it from as I got it from a small herbal store. Here is a link though that might help ... http://www.completehealth.com.au/Products/Miracell__14.7ml_oil.aspx It helped me clear some of the most disguisting scars. HOPE THAT HELPS!!
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August 23, 2011

Hi there...I found out something very interesting. It took a freak accident to discover this too. I use to pick, and have over come that habit, and gotten laser resurfacing, and almost was back to the way my skin use to be, and than go figure I had to take this nasty fall and hit my cheek on a bed frame and take a chunk out of my cheek. It was awful. There was a big indentation. I read to keep the wound from scabbing, scabs hinder cell growth and skin repair and tempt us to pick, and the scabs leave scars. The trick is to wash with mild soap and water 3 times a day, cake on neosporin or vaseline and a bandaid and change the ointment and bandaid 3 times a day. Do not let the wound or cut hit the air for too long. By doing this, the moist environment promotes skin growth and the skin fuses back together 100 percent. I watched my wound go from looking like a spoon scooped out a piece of my cheek, to better every day until 15 days later it was almost completely level with the rest of my skin. It's almost there, and I can hardly tell it happened. Every day it's closer to back to normal. I recommend this healing process for any one with hope :) Keep a positive attitude and be patient with your skin. The bandaid helps so much because it helps you pretend it's not there and you don't have to look at it constantly, and every day it's a nice surprise to peel it off and see the healing results. So remember, no scab, no scar :) and remember NOT to use oils like Bio Oil, or Vitamin E until AFTER the skin has closed up and no longer open or weeping. These products hinder cell fusion and growth when a wound is open, but work Very well to heal a wound the rest of the way, after it's closed and light pink.
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November 12, 2012

Wow thank you for this info! Actually I was looking for confirmation with what *I think* works for me and this is it. I also found out by accident. Before bed I put some liquid bandage over my chin where the picked-at spots were looking like they were going to scab over (it stung for a minute) and in the morning they were so much better. Then when I peeled off the liquid bandage the skin was pink but looked good. It works the same as a regular bandaid, keeps the air out. Much better than putting up with scabs for days.
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August 23, 2011

Use Vitamin E oil (I use Jamieson) on your wounds, I notice improvement after a day (well not like "omg my skin is perfect now" more like it aids the healing process, and the sticky oil feels so amazing on my skin). It also prevents you to pick since it stays on for 8 hours and absorbs into ur skin -try putting a little on before you sleep, in the morning you will feel so much better about yourself.
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October 12, 2011

Don't worry I feel all your pain. Whenever I see a scab I have to pick at it. When I was in first grade I hit my head on the coffe table and I had a giant scar on my forehead. I wanted to pick at it so bad but if I did I would need stitches. And of couse it was picture day and I had a huge bandaid on my forehead. Now I have a perminent indent on my forehead. So all I have to say is be confident. Even if you have an ugly little scab, don't let it get you down. If you have true friends they will still love you. I use to have really bad eczama. I had scabs big and small every where. On my fingers, the inside of my elow, feet, my ears, and the back and side of my knees. I never wanted to wear shorts during the summer or go swimming with friends. I finally just said to myself "you know what, I am me. No one can change me. If you don't like me, you can get over it." Thats what makes you beautiful. Self courage. I always wore bandaids as a second skin. They always wondered why. I was honest and told them instead of making up excuses. I told them I had eczama. They helped me through it. I still have two friends to this day that get mad at me when I scratch and itch. They remember all the spots I had eczama in. So when ever I scratch one of those spots they tell me to stop. They hold onto my hand and say stop. All my friends helped me through it. But it was my two best friends that helped me the most. I had eczama since I was 4. I am now 14 and no longer have any eczama. It was all because of my friends. So what I am trying to say is don't be ashamed. Nobody's perfect. We all have problems. And in our eyes they are serious. But in someone else's its so small. So tell your friends. They will not judge you. If they do well that just means that you are awsome and they want to look cool and they are not true friends. So just remember you are awsome. P.S. don't pick at your scabs. I know its hard but just think whenever you look in the mirror say to yourself "I am beautiful and hey the scabs will be gone in a few days and I will not have to worry about them for a while." I believe in all of you. <3 <3 <3
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October 19, 2011

I do the exact same thing. With holes all over my chest and face. The Band Aids, I adore are the advanced healing. You leave them on for 3 days are majority of scabs will be healed. I used them all over my body, only problem is that they are a little noticeable. So you may have to cover them
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February 13, 2012

I am only 10 and I have the same trouble! I have big marks all over my face because mine were once spots!!! I use Savlon gel and I only got it a few days ago and I have seen a MASSIVE improvement. You could probably get it in... a pharamacy as I live in the UK and got it from superdrug!
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March 01, 2012

Hi Everyone, I just want to say how grateful I am to have found this site. I did not know so many people suffered from the same problem. It is very comforting to know you are not alone and that there actually are people who understand you and relate to the way you feel. It is embarrassing to say but I am turning 40 years old this week & I have done this on and off my entire life but I never knew it is a real disorder. I just thought I was crazy, compulsive & obsessed. It has been pretty bad for me the past couple of weeks. Literally spending hours in the bathroom with the tweezers. The worst part about it is due to my age my skin is thinning and breaks very easily, also the scars are much worse and harder to get rid of. So I just want to thank everyone on this site. You have inspired me that I am able to overcome this, you have given great advice and comfort. Most importantly you let me know I am not alone and I am not the "Ugly Monster" that I see myself as when I look in the mirror. Love, Gratitude, Peace & Strenght to all of you. Thank you for being here!
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April 23, 2012

A face mask is a great way to relax and pamper your skin. These masks are to be made at home and applied, left on for a minimum of a quarter hour and then washed off. It is always best to follow a facial mask with a round of cleansing and a light layer of moisturizer. Another important thing that you have to remember is that you have to be completely relaxed when you are putting on your mask.  http://www.facemaskbliss.com/
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June 06, 2012

Father's Day has passed and <a href="http://www.lovewayz.com/facebook-status/fathers-day-facebook-status.php">Fathers day facebook status</a> you have done your job by overindulging the manhood in your action for a little while, the time has come for you to pay a shred of notification to yourselves.
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June 06, 2012

thank you for posting this. i'm really happy i found this site. i'm almost 16 and i've tried to stop many many times but i haven't been successful yet : / the worst is my forehead and back. i keep my bangs long to cover it and every morning i have to find a shirt that covers my entire back so no one will see it. i have many scars and i hope to overcome this soon. its ruining a lot for me.
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June 19, 2012

There is nothing worse then resolving not to pick & then finding yourself in front of the mirror digging into your skin.. I've been picking for 4 years. Recently, I had a breakdown and decided to change things. Well, as we all know, that is SO much easier said then done. Coming from someone who has had at least 3 huge marks on her face for the last 4 years, what I have been doing the last two weeks has me down to clear skin & 1 mark. First what I am doing is having a weekly goal. I am in a long distance (4 hour) relationship & my goal will be something like, "I see my boyfriend this Saturday, why not surprise him with clear skin!" or "I'm playing sports on Saturday with a big group. If my skin was clear, I wouldn't have to self-consciously apply caked makeup every 10 minutes to feel comfortable." (we all know the feeling). I've found that if I have a small goal to reach for, I can control my impulses a LOT better. Another thing I've done is start exercising. I hated running, but I've been doing the Couch-to-5k program & it has really helped with my impulse control. I have so many "happy hormones" (seratonin, etc.) from feeling accomplished about exercise, that I'm able to think, "Hey! You're awesome! Don't damage this moment with an impulsive pick!" You don't even have to push yourself really hard to get the hormones & adrenaline flowing! Finally, for those moments when I accidentally cave (I caved last night), I have a routine. I get over it, mentally (because if you're anything like me, you're left staring at your new wound in the mirror SO down on yourself, "why did i DO that?!"). Don't dwell on it. It happened, now focus on positive thoughts (I have anywhere from 5-10 positive quotes on post-it notes on my mirrors or beside my computer). Then, after I've dropped the dwelling, I apply a repair lotion (proactiv has one & so does Murad, I'm sure there are cheaper alternatives as well) followed by a bandaid. I know everyone says to keep it open & dry, but what I've found is that if I'm tempted to pick, I apply repair lotion & a bandaid for the night after I'm home from work (blocks anxious, picking fingers & heals all in one!). Example: Last night, I had one of those pulsating monsters on my chin. You know, the kind so deep that you feel your heartbeat in your chin.. As if the beast will start talking to you if you don't get rid of it! Well, unfortunately I gave into temptation after 2 weeks of doing good, and opened up a big, dime-sized sore on my chin (result: nothing even came out of it). Well, I got over it. Put my repair lotion & bandaid on it. (I use the bandaids that don't leave residue) I fell asleep with my bandaid & when I woke up in the morning, that HUGE spot was a flat, MUCH smaller red spot. Sure, it's still there, but waking up to a small red spot on my chin instead of a giant brown scab definitely helps me fight temptation. Good luck! :)
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June 20, 2012

omg :'( I completely understand what you`re going through! I`m so glad I`ve found this site...I`m concerned I might have body dysmorphic disorder...it`s so terrible having to isolate yourself from the ones you love because of picking..I feel so guilty afterwards and then just crawl in bed...I`ve tried the bandaid thing...and it`s always embarrasing having people ask you what happened to your head and saying something stupid like "oh this? na nothing pff i just fell off my bed" ye..right they give me this look and I completely feel the beads of sweat coming from my face...:'( sometimes feels like there`s no hope...i also use the tweezers to pull off the skin, in hopes of it helping which it never honestly does..just wake up with even more scabs...good luck love, i feel your pain
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June 21, 2012

I understand how difficult this is for you. I am sending you hugs!! I just turned 40 this year and have been picking for about 30 years now. It's gotten better, I think, but I have also learned to accept it and not be so mortified by it anymore. I used to get so freaked out by it whenever the doctor or anybody would ask me about the scars on my arms or legs and now I just tell them right up front, "I am a picker, I have been for 30 years, and I am working on it." So basically, I tell them to leave me alone. It's amazing the difference how having a little more confidence and not being so ashamed of myself made me feel. It feels wonderful. I want you to feel that, too. As for how to get scabs to heal better, faster, I would recommend using a little bit of silver (I think it's silver nitrate?) that a dermatologist would recommend. It comes in a strip or square and should not be left open to the air. It needs to be kept in a ziplock or something like that. It is available in Canada through home care nursing clinics at no cost, but I am not sure about availability anywhere else. It would be something that you would need to see your doctor or nurse about, though. I know when I had an abdominal wound that was about the size of a quarter and a nickel set side by side, it healed it up in about 6 weeks, with twice weekly changes. Of course, that was with me not touching the waterproof bandage that covered it. Unfortunately, about a week after it healed, I had the wound back open again, as there was a bit of a tag there for me to pull on...total bummer. Anyway, I wish you the absolute best of luck with your scabs and I hope you find the courage to go out there and say screw it, I can do this! To heck with anybody out there that doesn't like it. You are beautiful, inside and out.
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June 21, 2012

sending all my love and support your way, i know how depressing and embarassing this habit can be. my only advice for healing wounds is to moisturize. i put so much freaking lotion on my face before i go to bed at night because it seriously helps me heal. 2 or 3 or even 4 times faster than if i just washed my face and didnt moisturize at all. also, i know some people dont think that diet has much to do with it, but vitamin a, internally, does so much for me. if i have a particularly bad picking session one day, i eat a BUNCH of carrots. that probably sounds stupid, but it really helps me. good luck. you can beat this
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August 10, 2012

I'm 74, sorry but we revert to old habits when stressed, and I am a picker. In the past 10 years when deep, old white heads arose I, with too much retirement time on my hands, started digging at my face to "get rid" of them. At the same time I concentrated on reducing the excessive oil on my skin that I still have. The result was tiny white painful specks within open sores which would not heal until the spots were removed. If I could get all of them out of one sore at one time the sore would heal over and no longer hurt but would leave indentations and scars. However, as I realize now, the actions or inactions that I was taking were actually creating these white specks and prolonging the problem and the pain these little spots produced. As I have always had skin problems due, I thought from excess oil , I have worked diligently to remove the oil from my skin which undoubtedly encouraged more oil production. At the same time I not only didn't drink enough water daily but withheld any lotion from my skin as I was always afraid of contributing any possible oily substance to my skin problems. What I believe has happened is this; the little painful white specks which I would extract with tweezers after much digging were hair shafts or follicles which had solidified due to a lack of moisture but were still attached to nerve endings. During this period I went to a young and beautiful dermatologist's physician's assistant who gave me Clindomycin [sp], told me to cut my nails and "stop picking". All the while looking at me with disdain. I had explained about the white things which she totally ignored. Even when I asked her to debride whiteheads etc, she said yes, she could - but never did. This is when I found out about estheticians and I started treatments. She does what my old dermatologists used to do, clean out bad tissue, debridement. I listened to her explain about peeling, softening, misting, moisturizing, etc. but it took months for me to really hear her and apply it to what I was actually doing myself. It was when she was trying very hard to remove a couple of the deepest "white specks" and couldn't, that this final conclusion started developing. I had been and continued reducing oil and hydration to my skin to the point that I had made "concrete" out of some hair follicles but the nerves were still attached and screaming! And I was feeling the pain. In addition I was using hot packs on my skin to try to increase the blood supply to clear out toxins and was inadvertently burning the skin to which had recent antibiotic or benzoyl peroxide applications. I had a few days of severe pain before I finally put it all together. I was using Bazooka tactics when I should have been using cotton balls! So now, I'm using oil-free moisturizer immediately after cleaning my skin with warm water and mild Dove, using vaseline to protect and moisturize under bandage squares and paper tape to protect my cheeks from "ME" after dinner til morning [ when I'm at home ]. I expect to have this under control and surprise my esthetician and my GP with relatively clear skin in a short time. I will reduce the oil production with Spironolactone oral meds, hydrate, hydrate, hydrate and moisturize til my facial skin will be as soft as a baby's bum. Bottom Line: Re-assess your concepts with an esthetician completely candidly and take appropriate action. We are probably encouraging the very things we want to avoid. Protect yourself from yourself even if it is just bandaging your skin while at home. Try to resolve the anxieties that are driving the "picking", keep your skin as soft as you can to keep dry flakes from drawing your fingers to them, and let's be kind to ourselves. You can learn something new every day even into old age! Here's to pain-free, soft skin!! PS: Megansmom means Megan is my beautiful Malamute canine companion and my chief anxiety makers are my own children.
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August 14, 2012

I have KP and tend to pick anywhere. I also have a problem with dermaphagia. I Do the band-aid thing with triple antibiotic cream. Keep the bathroom lights off, or very very dim. No see, no pick.
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August 26, 2012

i am 14 and well i hate to admite it but i am a picker. for me it is like facing the devil when i pick my cuts. i realy want to stop, everyone tells me i am a very pretty girl but the always say that i need to stop my picking and i would be even more prettier. i have been doing this now for about 8 years now and i have alot of scars all over my body. when i tan that is when u can really see them i want to get rid of the too but my mom will not bye the crem untill i stop my picking. my so called dad pickes too so idk if i got it frm him or not, and my childhood relly hasnt been my happest years. so i also tink it is from stress and me being a likkle bit senticive over every thing. for me when i seen the cut i insantly start to pick it. plz help he wiit this if u have and trick to stop or something else plz tell mu thank u.!!!!!!!!!!!
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October 20, 2012

Check my post from August 10th. I've been dealing with white spots or cores within open wounds for "several years". Have just been diagnosed with iron deficient anemia AGAIN. The last time was coincidentally "several years" ago. I have taken triple doses of IRON and am no longer anemic. MY OPEN SORES ARE NOW HEALING. Check with your doctor about having a Ferritin test done. Your iron levels might be a contributing factor. Too much iron is dangerous so don't start loading up on iron without consulting your doctor. I'm 74 and I live alone, my appetite is not great and I don't like to cook. I believe my anemia is due to poor nutrition which is quite common with the elderly. If poor nutrition could be your problem check for good sources of iron. Cream of wheat is cheap, I fix mine with milk; with butter, salt and pepper it's like mashed potatoes. Oatmeal is also inexpensive and a good source. Red meats, chicken, liver are all good sources. You are on the Internet so do a search for "iron rich foods". Sunflower seeds for snacks, Vitamin C enhances the use of iron so oranges, juice and frozen fruits bars are good. My skin will be clear soon, I will continue with my doctor and esthetician and hopefully I will have nothing to pick and wean myself from the addiction. Check your IRON level!
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November 12, 2012

Hello, my name is Jackie! I have been picking since 2007-it is when I closed my business as a single mom, and everything went downhill financially from there. That was my trigger. I pick daily. I pick out white long things like hair follicles and hairs. I am 46 years old. My open wounds won't heal. I need help. I have tried every home remedy and four dermatologists! No help. I mix mustard (pure) and some water and it rids dermedox mites. If you have animals this is great treatment. I have over 16 scars HUGE on my face. It has ruined my life. All I do is work and go home, no NO socializing at all! It is 2012-and I am on anti depressants too! ANY HELP????? My open wounds won't heal????
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December 12, 2012

If you wish to know how to treat open wounds faster, you have to check out your state of health. If you aren't usually healthy, how do you expect your body to work effectively?
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January 12, 2013

I am 26 years old, and have been a picker for 11yrs. Unfortunately, even knowing the outcome of my picking "episode" .. The embarrassing, obvious open wounds that I am constantly trying to cake makeup over.. I can't seem to make myself stop. I worked for a dermatologist and cosmetic surgeon for 3yrs. Which honestly made me focus even more on the little "imperfections" on my skin, making me pick EVEN MORE. Luckily with the knowledge I gained from that specialty, I do have some advice for anyone who is in that desperate situation of healing those "picking-pox" ASAP: 1.) when at home and trying to heal the open skin, wash your face with a good cleanser(not picky.. Just suggest hypo-allergenic and comedogenic-not acne causing) 2. An OTC face mask left on for 20min or so. Wash of with hot water and wet rag, without scrubbing too hard so skin doesn't open more. 3. Keep area moist with either something OTC like ICHTHAMMOL ointment "drawing salve/helps soothe skin" and cover with a bandaid or use a non-stick telfa pad and paper tape to keep it covered and moist. ** If you have insurance coverage or can afford to see a doctor and request a prescription called "BIAFINE emulsion".. this is a cream that actually helps skin to produce new granulation tissue(new skin to form). This cream has saved me from MANY picking scars.** keep the area clean and covered as much as possible, and even by the next dy you will notice your skin starting to look more normal. :) good luck. And I feel the pain.. But it's cool to kno that others are out there to share their stories and find support! xOx
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February 07, 2013

I am 62 and this is the first time in my life that I have admitted to picking my face. My spouse knows but I have never told another person. I have done this on and off since I was a teenager. I use Dove soap on my skin. I pick mostly when I am stressed. At this point the pores on my nose and right side of my face fill up with dirt and my skin is always flaky after I shower (using Dove soap). I use a tweezer now to pick off the flaky skin. Then apply Clinique moisturizer. I tried washing my face every other day but my pores fill up and my skin feels and looks dirty. I am so ashamed. I just want to know if anyone can recommend a soap, cleanser, moisturizer or anything else that will heal my skin. I am desperate and decided to google my problem and this site came up. Thanks for reading. Please feel free to email me at emegan1@aol.com
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March 13, 2013

Hi there, I pick my face till there is so much blood I have no more grip to do so. At the moment my face looks pretty normal except for one Huge piece of skin missing from my eye brows which I couldn't stop picking tonight. But I'm writing in regards to what to help heal your skin. Get organic rosehip oil. It does wonders. After your face is moist after washing take 2 to 3 drops, rub your hands together and pay your face. In one week I could see a difference and just a few days the flakiness of my face was gone. Hope this helps.
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February 27, 2013

Do not be ashamed! Try and remember that it could always be worse. I have been picking my skin for YEARS..and on top of that I get so stressed out about it that I get cold sore outbreaks. I have tried EVERYTHING!! Honey, lemon, warm compress, cold compress, pills, creams...I have honestly tried it all. GONE IN ONE WEEK: keep the picked skin VERY clean. Make up, dead skin, any other kind of particle only makes it worse. Apply any kind of moist, concealment ointment- neosporin or aquaphor. Keeping the area moist is VERY important. Scabs clog up the area, delaying healing. When the skin is moist it makes it easier for new skin cells to move around and regenerate. DO NOT PICK! I understand its hard and you always tell yourself not to...but then you do. REMEMBER every time you pick you add on 2 - 3 more days of healing. Avoid mirrors and tweezers! Lastly, take biotin and vitamin A. Both of these vitamins have skin healing agents that will speed up healing! It is very important to remember that NO ONE looks at your face as closely as you do. When you are looking in the mirror...you are on zoom view. On average, people generally do not look at each others faces. We make eye contact, then look away. If someone is going to judge you because of a scab, zit, or hair follicle on your face...screw them! Life is too short to be worried about judgmental people.
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March 06, 2013

Cannot stop! I hate what I've done to my face. I don't want to see friends or family or even leAve my house because I know that they will be thinking imsome kind of crazy freak or a dope addict. I just want to be able to take a shower & not have to put makeup on. I want to go swimming & put my head under water. I want to think about something else besides my damn face all day! I just can't stop & I don't know why!?
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March 12, 2013

I am so happy I found this forum! I'm in university and I have picked at my face for years, but never with any serious repercussions-- that is, until a couple of days ago. I don't know what happened, but I now have three (what I call) craters on my face, one on my cheek and two between my eyes. They have literally stopped my life. I am so embarrassed of them I haven't gone to class, I avoid my friends, I don't volunteer like usual, I just hide in my room, under the covers. I hate myself for it because I feel so shallow for letting my skin interfere with my life. I have tried desperately to speed up the healing process. Right now I am coating the craters with Polysporin enriched with vitamin E and covering them with Band-Aids. Praying that this helps! I wear make-up like a second skin, but make-up just accentuates the problem even more, which is why I haven't left my house. I can't give anyone any helpful advice because I am only dealing with this for the first time now, but I appreciate reading others' stories so much that I thought I'd share my own. Even if the immediate problem has not gone away, it feels amazing to know I'm not alone, so thank you to everyone who shared!
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May 10, 2013

hello, i am almost 30 with 20 years or more of picking. it all started when i was a little girl and i got chicken pox. i picked my scabs then and still to this day have a very light remnent of the chicken pox scars. well, i have for years picked my arms and legs. in HS i could not wear shorts when i was in marching band in the summer camp. i suffered heavy scrutiny and social pain with this. i met my husband when i was in mid college. i told him about my picking and he was the first person to accept me as is. he told my i am beautiful. i still deal with heavy anxiety and i pick at the acne on my face. i don't have heavy acne, but i get those under the skin ones that hurt, so i try and pop then i pick the damaged skin off creating a wound. well off and on i have had ugly scars on my face, makeup cannot cover it. i have meltdowns due to this. i can't enjoy summer because i am ashamed to walk in a bathing suit. having two kids in the hospital with bad scars on my face mad me enjoy less of the new baby experience. i do not want my daughter to see me like this nor my son. my mom is also a picker, but won't admit it. i get my anxiety from her. i have a routine that helps with the healing process and helps my acne go away the next day. ACNE OVERNIGHT TREATMENT: when i get a zit, i pop it, wash my face then apply tea tree oil to the site(this only works for white head acne). i apply a zit zapper(Avon Blemish treatment) then cover it with a Fast Healing bandaid. when i wake up, depending on how severe the white head was, it is gone. then there are ones that can't be popped, but i still do it. the under the skin ones are awful...WEEK LONG TREATMENT OF OPEN WOUND SKIN PICKED PIMPLE> i have these once in a while where i make more damage than i should, that is when my anxiety kicked in...i wash my face, apply neosporin to the site(a small amount to make a dome shaped seal over the wound) i leave it for an hour. then i clean it with tea tree oil, then i start my scar removing system, it works! i make a mixture of neosporin, bio oil and scar treatment. then i use a bandaid(silicone fast healing). i place the bandaid on the mixture that has absorbed in my scar. then i heal it for about a week repeating the process. before i know it. as if nothing bad was ever there. before it is a scar i apply a AMBI oily skin fade cream to life the scar tissue. i use tweezers to peel the scar tissue off. this helps until it cannot be lifted anymore, then i start the process of scar fading. i hope this helps. as of now i have a slow healing wound on my cheek. i am doing my regiman and it has not healed yet. i will keep doing this and avoid picking it to see what happens. best of luck and God Bless you all
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May 17, 2013

Hi, you say you use Bio Oil and scar treatment. What scar treatment do you use? I thought Bio Oil was scar treatment. Are the silicone band aids actually Band Aid brand? Thanks
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May 22, 2013

Be careful with the tweezers because you are only 30 yrs old your skin heals faster. I am 58 now and tweezers leave scars now. Just say NO to Tweezers ;-)
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May 22, 2013

Be careful with the tweezers because you are only 30 yrs old your skin heals faster. I am 58 now and tweezers leave scars now. Just say NO to Tweezers ;-)
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May 22, 2013

For Wendyg, I know it is hard to see yourself and feel that way about your face but we all see ourselves worse than others see us. I use Aveno lotion or if I think it might get infected I use an antibiotic ointment like Bacitracin or Neosporin. I think it takes about 2 weeks of leaving the scab alone before it completely heals up. There are things to try to take your mind off of the picking like the elastic band on the wrist, or to talk to yourself internally about how you don't want to pick anymore and you want to stop and you're not going to do this now because you want your face to heal and not get infected. Some people pray, others try to distract themselves with enjoyable things: reading, swimming, going to a movie, shopping, getting a massage, dancing etc.... I hope that you will try to be kind to yourself and not pick for 1 day or a few hours whatever time limit you want to start with...that's what I try to do. No one is perfect. We each have our own issues to try and overcome. Best of luck...and write again
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May 23, 2013

hi. i am like you. i picked badly at myself and now i have about three awful scabs, including 1 on my lip.. i don't use tweezers anymore but it is seriously affecting me in the way i look so much that i want to avoid seeing anyone just so they can't see me. i've stayed at home (in my room) for the last 5 days completely,, not went out i'm all here and watching when i can ocasionally go out to the kitchen as i don't even want the people who live in this house seeing me :( it is making me depressed and lonely as i am isolating myself. i want to know too how to heal the wounds nothing i've found so far that helps me :'(
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May 24, 2013

I use the caladryl lotion as many others have suggested and I can honestly say for me it was like a small overnight miracle! My wounds have begun to close up and look significantly better than they did !!! I would definitely suggest this. I used the pink lotion as a face mask overnight and put the clear lotion under my make up during the day.
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August 05, 2013

I have been using Caladryl Lotion for 2 days now on my 4 dime sized open wounds/scabs on my chin. It has helped a lot but still not looking to good I am going to try the raw honey and neosporin idea now. I know I am only 14 years old right now but having to go to school in 2 weeks is like nerve wrecking and we are getting a lot of new students well for my school at least and it will be my first year in high school, I don't want people to remember me as the girl with open wounds on her chin but It is nice to hear all of your guy's stories because I needed to be reminded I'm not the only one out there without perfect skin also I am finding it impossible to stop picking I have my whole family on alert to tell me to stop picking because I do it unconsciously now, but I just cut off all my fingernails and every time I realize I am picking I am going to put band-aids on the ends of my fingers starting with my pointers and then when I stop my self from picking I will allow myself to take off a band-aid It has actually worked a lot since I don't want to leave my room anymore but I sill do all because of my sister who is allergic to something we haven't figured out yet and has red dots ALL over her face but she gives me courage to go through my house but out in public not much but Thank-you for sharing also if you just have regular zits "On-the-Spot" acne treatment from Neutrogena i felt helps a lot!
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August 23, 2013

I had great skin in high school and my early twenties. I am 28 now and my skin was bad during college when I didn't sleep nearly enough or eat enough due to being a full time student and single mom. I figured it was because of stress. My skin cleard up when I was pregnant with my daughter so I never had anything to pick at. My daughter is 10 months old and and for the past 6 months I have broken out with horrible acne.. What makes it worse is that I will go to the mirror and pick at them on and off during the day and they end I Up blistering or my nail slips and scrapes my skin off where it becomes a wound.. I have many times felt so ugly and disgusted with myself for causing such damage to my body. I get ingrown hairs on my eyebrows which causes a blister type bump and I can't leave it alone I want to dig that hair out so the bump doesn't get bigger. But it yet again turns into an abrasion and looks worse. I don't want to go anywhere or see anyone be cause I am terrified of people thinking I am a meth user. I am definitely not a meth user or anything like that but when I have scabs on my face I feel like the people on the meth billboards with band aids on their face. What helps take redness away?
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October 22, 2013

I know. I am not using meth or opiods now and i still do it. When i was young i was a meth user and it really took off. The urge is overpowering and i feel so bad after.
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September 07, 2013

Hi everyone, I have been having this issue as well. I have read it is somewhat related to OCD, which makes sense to me as I have always shown other OCD-type symptoms as well. I have been picking for over 10 years, with the trigger being binge-eating or any kind of "loss of control" in my life, such as a breakup or poor grades at university. For the past couple months though, things have gotten out of control. I pick every single night, and usually multiple times in the day, resulting in a perma-reddened face and scarring everywhere. I am currently writing a diary of how I feel after I pick and I hope that works. Some products I have found to work are: -Avene sensitive skincare line (especially the very-dry sensitive cleansing milk) -Sudocrem (used for diaper rash, contains zinc to heal fast and keep moist) -Bio-oil - works ok, but I would prefer Sudocrem if it wasn't so white in colour. -Tanda luxe red and blue light therapy (basically makes skin scab fast and closes pores so products can be applied without as much inflammation) -calamine lotion (I apply at night as a toner after Avene cleansing milk) -Tamanu oil (safe for all skin types, apply at night, heals fast and lightens scarring) -20-60%lactic acid (as a peel when your skin has healed to hydrate and reduce scarring) I've never had bad acne, but I created it by damaging my pores. The pores on my nose are now always dark because they are so scarred over, and the scarring on my face is very visible from a couple feet away in certain lighting. Lactic acid peels have helped, but of course only until I pick again. For the past year I have been going to monthly laser-resurfacing appointments and oxygen facials. I thought if I spent enough on my skin, I would be less-likely to pick. For the first time, I got compliments from everyone of how great my skin looked, and I spent over $6000 on this, but as soon as I stopped going, I went straight back to picking. I know this can be beat, I used to pull at my hair, pick ingrowns, over-tweeze, and bite my nails until they were completely gone, but somehow I stopped all of those habits, so there MUST be a way to stop this. I am so ashamed of how I look and am wasting my life inside because I refuse to wear makeup and leave the house. Good luck to everyone.
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October 15, 2013

OK, I'm gonna make this a quickie as I have just typed most of my comment and lost it...most of my picking now is on my thighs,all my arms,shoulders,bottom, belly and chest...in a desperate attempt to heal the sores I have found some things that have been very successful in healing them ( of course right up to the point I tear into myself as soon as any are healed...sigh) OK...initially I was making a very strong epsom salt solution and wiping it over any sores, this cleared lots up, but obviously dried my skin out...now I have a better regime and it is healing stuff usually within 4 of 5 days if I keel my hands off...in Arkansas at Walgreens drug store they carry in the baby section..." anti monkey butt cream...it is very thick and water resistant so I only apply it at note...this cream combines zinc AND calamine as well as calendula and other natural stuff....it has the benefit of not melting your skin off like if feels like gold bond does! when I wake up everyday I shower, usually takes two soaping to cut thru the lotion and remove it...I then apply Epsom salt lotion to only areas with sores( had never seen this product til a couple of weeks ago)...bedtime I rinse salt off and repeat monkey butt...i can't tell its doing anything for the scars but I'm gonna try some of your suggestions for that...while I knew other people were probably picking some, I never really knew it wasn't just me in my head! I'm looking forward to being in this group!
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October 21, 2013

I have recently discovered I have an actual disorder and OCD compulsions and NOT acne. I just turned 30 and am constantly making a mess of my face. It's embarrassing to go out of my house, and I feel like a freak in front of my own family. Just as soon as my face heals and I start thinking about taking pictures again, I tear it up all over again. Need suggestions on what works for reducing the redness primarily. Thanks
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October 22, 2013

I have just realized that I've had this disorder since childhood. This picking has taken over my life. I rarely go anywhere, except for work.My co-workers know about this. I am very ashamed and depressed after I do this.
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December 13, 2013

Im sixteen and I've picked for about two years now. i have really nice skin when I'm not picking. I rarely have acne thats red, its usually just white heads but I turn them into big red wounds and then i pick the scabs. i either use visine eye drops or makeup to cover the red spots but whether they're covered or not, it torments me that they're there. I feel like I can't fully live my life or live in the moment when I have marks on my face. It's beyond annoying. My family knows about it and maybe one or two of my friends back home. Im at boarding school and its gotten better since I've been here because I'm always around people and rarely on my own in the bathroom. But I still do it, especially when I'm stressed. I picked last week then again last night, then picked my scabs from last nights picking today. I'm glad to have a place where I can just talk about this stuff without people judging me. I don't have it nearly as bad as a lot of people but I still hate it so much and I just want it to go away. What do you guys do after you pick until it heals?? Just wear makeup and wait for it to heal? Do you pick the scabs? thats a big thing for me, i can't not pick my scabs so it always takes a while to heal. and do you get those sort of dark discolorated dead skin thats like a thinner scab? are you suppose to pick those?

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