Nearly 6 months ago (I think) I posted from home, sobbing, on my floor. I'd destroyed my face.
I've been picking for nearly 6 years, and I can confidently say that I am very close to having beat this thing once and for all.
Yesterday, I went out-to three separate stores-without makeup. Before, I couldn't leave my house or show my parents my skin. Today, I came back because I remember feeling like this was impossible.
It's not guys. I swear, it's not. I got therapy for my skin picking and I found solutions. For the first time in 6 years, I'm able to look in the mirror and be happy. I can go swimming again. I can take off my makeup in front of people.
So let me just say-there's hope. It's possible. I used to pick 4+ hours a night. There's so much hope and it CAN happen. You're not alone, this isn't a trap you have to stay in. I used to think that it was hopeless-I'd literally given up. Don't do it. Ask your parents for help, save your money or pay for it yourself, find a support group-just DON'T STAY SILENT. You are NOT ALONE.
Big, big hugs to everyone. I'm not going to say it's easy. I'm not going to say that this won't still occasionally be a problem....but there's a light at the end of the tunnel. This doesn't have to be your own private hell. You can get help, and you CAN survive.
*Note: I know I sound like I might be toting some kind of ad in this because my tone sounds "testimonial." I'm not promoting a product or anything.