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June 22, 2008

I am also a first-time forum writer who has found a discussion worth contributing to after being a skin picker for ten years. I'm 26 and, like you, I have experienced great improvement over the last few years. Four hours in the bathroom in the evenings has, for the most part, turned into fifteen minutes. I would offer the same advice you gave to anyone who is in the heat of battle with this thing. Thank you for articulating it so well! I think I took the most difficult step in my own recovery process when I realised that I needed to nurture, rather than punish, myself back to health. Like most other skin pickers, I tend to be ruthlessly self-critical, so deciding to make lifestyle changes on my own behalf wasn't easy...but it was the best thing I have ever done. Getting better has not come without setbacks and I find that I also struggle mightily once every month. Self-control is hard, if not impossible, to come by when PMS sets in. I think part of it has to do with the fact that women are a lot more emotionally vulnerable when estrogen levels are high, not to mention the fact that skin also becomes more blemish-prone (and, for us, any small imperfection can lead to hours in front of the mirror). Maybe, working together, we can come up with some ways to beat the monthly attacks of impulse. Here are a few things I've been doing that might work for you too: 1. If you're able, schedule a facial or massage once a month on the first or second day of your period. The first time I got a facial, I felt like I was walking naked on a busy street, so I understand completely if it sounds terrifying. Over time, I've come to peace with having someone else see my skin without makeup. (I've also made friends with the woman who works at the salon, which helps a lot.) Knowing that one of my accountability partners is going to see my face usually helps me steer clear of the mirror beforehand and the feeling of fresh skin after makes me relax enough to be able to talk myself out of picking for a while. Even if the facial doesn't sound like a winner for you, I would suggest making some sort of monthly appointment to do something beneficial for yourself to help interrupt your normal thought process during your period. 2. I also "gear up" for that time of the month by covering my large mirror for a few days and only allowing myself to put on makeup when my very sweet and supportive boyfriend is in the room with me. That tactic isn't fool-proof, but it has saved me more than a few times. 3. There are also some natural remedies for balancing emotions and side-effects of PMS that help me stay calm and feel more in control of my own thoughts. I don't remember which supplement it is that I take, but I would be glad to let you know when I get home tonight if natural remedies are of interest to you. I would also be interested to know if hypnotherapy has worked for anyone. I hope those suggestions are helpful. Many congratulations for your successes in beating this! I think every victory should be celebrated, so I celebrate with you today. Cheers!

June 25, 2008

Is there any way possible I can deal with this by myself?