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lilaxlion , 10 Jan 2011

young and ashamed

hi, im 16 years old and im a really bad compulisve skin picker. i feel really pathetic at this point because i cant even go one day without taring my face or breasts up. i try to stop but then my face peels because its healing and the dead skin drives me nuts so i tell myself i'll just get the dead skin off but it always turns into me picking again. its hard to walk by a bathroom marror and not do it. i have a wonderful family and friends and even a boyfriend that cares alot for me. they all worry about me but i really cant stop. can anyone relate to me?
6 Answers
January 10, 2011
I completely relate to you. That is how it starts with me is trying to get the dead skin off that's peeling, but it's just not ready yet to come off, so I end up creating a bigger sore. I wish there was a quick fix or answer to this :(
January 10, 2011

In reply to by Shorty999

idk about you but by the end i feel and look like a monster. my boyfriend disagrees and says im beautiful no matter what but at the end of the day no matter what he says i feel vile and often cry over what ive done. i want to stop so bad i just....cant.
January 11, 2011
I feel the exact thing that you're feeling. I know, we suffer for something that we just do to our ows bodies. I's strange. I hate when people look at my with difficult because I'm different. I hate when they ask me: Oh, what is that in your arms? Almost they don't want to touch me there. Or in my legs. In'm not so ashamed of my face. I always tried to not picking there. Just for me. But I'm ashamed of change close in front of my classmates when we have to, or and more simple, go to the beach or pool. I just start to cry or run away. But I know, from my psychiatrist, that it will pass with time. Until I wait, I just can say that you're not alone. You'll never be. If your parents don't believe you, show them this. So they can see how many people have this problem. And you can have all my support (: I have the same. Sorry about my english... maybe is not so good as it should be :$ Please, smile (:
January 12, 2011

In reply to by lilaxlion

Of course you're not alone (: Everything will be just fine. I started when I was 7 or 8 years old. I don't know exactly why but I guess it was because of my family. My grandmother has Alzheimer and it is really hard fo me to see the evolution of her disease... And actually, for her, nothing can save her life. And you when did you started?
January 12, 2011
I totally identify with what you're saying. The only thing I can say is that I think it's great that you're aware of what you're doing and you've found this forum at such a young age. I'm 27 and only realised there was a name for what I do about 3 years ago. I've wanted to stop for so so long and like you cried over it plenty of times. But now I'm absolutely determined to stop. It's great if you've got family and a boyfriend who could support you - maybe they could look through this site and learn a bit more about it in order to help you recover. I think some tough love is sometimes the answer - I wish I had someone who could phisically remove me from the mirror every time I start picking, or tell me when they see me doing it unconciously! I honestly believe I'd have found it easier to stop when I was younger - I think it's easier to change patterns of thinking the younger you are. So I think you've got a great change of stopping. Maybe consider counselling. I have just started seeing a counsellor about another issue and it's been really helpful. I'm going to discuss my picking with her and see if she can help.

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