Posted December 19th, 2009 by Hannahsmom40
I have been skin picking for years. Mostly my arms and face. I squeeze the white oil stuff out of the pores in my arms. Does anyone else do this? I also get what I call, "cysts" deep in my face and they hurt. I had to have the core of one surgically removed. They are worse than a simple on the surface pimple. When I squeeze the pus out of one, it's like a domino effect and I have to get the one next to it, and so on, until I have a huge, embarrassing scab. My husband doesn't believe I have these cysts and my skin picking makes him horribly mad. But I can't stop! He can't stand when I pick my cuticles, either, but he doesn't mind when I twiddle a shoelace in place of picking. So while at church, I keep the shoelace under the Bible on my lap and twiddle it during the service. I have found cross-stitching or crocheting to help--anything to keep my hands busy. But my face always looks horrible and my husband is embarrassed of me. He says, "Why don't you just STOP IT?!" And he chews me out for having no will power. It is very depressing. But it is strangely comforting to know there are others in the same boat. Will this madness ever end?