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Hair plucking... anyone have any similar experiences?
Like many of you, I also pick and pop zits. But my main problem is that I spend hours every day plucking out tiny hairs from my chin area. I think about doing it when I am at work and am unable to pluck. I feel like people are looking at my chin all day. When I get home, the first thing I do is lean over the bathroom sink searching for them, plucking and digging them out of my skin. I make myself bleed on a regular basis because I dig with tweezers or pins to get to the hairs. I make several trips back to the bathroom every night... trying to find any hairs I might have missed. I used to convince myself that what I was doing was just normal grooming. Like, what female wants to have hair on her face? It's embarrassing. But logically I know that it is not "normal" to sit in front of the mirror and totally lose track of time because you are plucking out hairs. I also started noticing that I plucked and picked more when I was upset or stressed. I did some Google-ing and came across both Chronic Skin Picking and Trichotillomania. Sometimes I think I have some kind of hybrid... most of the time I just think I'm totally nuts.
In reply to Hi Smash, I too pluck and by Bathsheba
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I am so glad I found this thread. I’m currently a level 10 plucker and seriously needing help with how to stop! I spend about two hours each night after washing my face with about three ineffective tweezers, a bright light pointed at my chin, and a ten times mirror so I can see the black suckers that are under the skin. The ones on top crop up all day. If I pluck just the top ones in the morning there are new ones by bedtime! The real issue is with my digging! I see the hair lying under the skin in this weird angle, knowing it’s going to cause a bump eventually so I feel justified in digging it out right now! Sometimes it’s easy breezy and I’m able to make a little prick and pluck it out. Other times and more commonly, I will do whatever it takes to get that little fecker! Even if it costs me a three day lockdown with aquaphor slathered on my chin! I hate hate hate that my chin constantly feels rough and prickly so the touching is triggering me. Then the fact that I can see the black dots of growth underneath is also what gets me. I can’t let it rest. I have to pin prick them out and then pluck. You’d think I’d get a two day reprieve for my efforts? No sir! By morning there is new growth just waiting to ruin my effing day. The aquaphor is essential bc it heals without letting a scab form. This is how I avoid scars. But my hubby is sick of looking at my greased out chin from my own hand! He’s telling me to go and get the laser already but the fact you can’t pluck during treatment is all the discouragement I need! Hell no if I’m going to go three days without plucking. The rest of my facial skin is very clear and blemish free and then I have all this crap from digging on my chin that I have to cover with makeup very poorly, I might add, as you cannot hide lunar potholes with paint!!! How has anyone effectively gotten over this ocd-like issue? It makes me grumpy and irritated on top of it which isn’t fair to the family. I need to get a grip. But I’m not sure how.
I'm new; first time on this site so I haven't taken the quiz or anything. I was googling for reasons why a female wouldn't be able to pluck chin hairs at root (mine seem to be elastic, like a rubber band and break when I try to pluck them). I have polyocystic ovaries, so thick, unwanted facial hair is expected. However, when I read through everyone's posts, I felt they were talking about me!
First, I read smash's post, and the whole time I'm trying to understand, "where lies the problem?" You see, smash was describing me. Then she spelled it out, it's not normal to lose track of time, plucking facial hair for hours.
So, okay, I got that. But in my mind I'm still thinking, "but it's a physical or biological problem, not a mental health issue. Right? I mean, wouldn't any sane female, who had thick, dark facial hair that grew in under the skin sideways, but shallow enough that you can see that dark, thick facial hair, take a tweezer and dig until the hair was exposed so it could be plucked? And I'm assuming that she, nor I, are imagining these hairs. So, how is this a mental health issue?
Then I read Bathsheba's comment...and I began to sob.
Whether this unnatural facial hair growth is a physical problem or not, it has completely turned me into someone I don't even know. I used to be a social butterfly. I was confident and outgoing. In the past year or so, since this happened to me, whatever it is, I hardly leave my house, maybe once every other month. I no longer interact with society, I don't work and I don't even contact friends anymore. I've isolated myself because I'm too embarrased to see anyone and...just like Bathsheba, I'm waiting for my skin to heal. My depression cycles are becoming more and more frequent. (I suffer from bipolar I disorder. Oh...my manic phases definitely intensify my focus on facial hair.)
I could go on and on pointing out my reflection in each comment, but I'm thinking, most who join this site can do that too. So I would like to end with a thank you to everyone who commented and a special thank you to Smash for initiating this thread. Without it, I wouldn't have recognized what I'm doing is not normal and not okay and I also would not have known that I'm not alone.
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