Let's see if I can go the whole (rest!) of February! Join me if you want! :)


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February 06, 2011

I'm in! Let's do thissss :)
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February 15, 2011

Me too! I goin to really try it out , wish me luck!
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February 07, 2011

DAY 1) oh my gosh this is hard but I have managed to go the whole day without picking. Seriously difficult though to the point where I actually had to sit on my hands this morning in a lecture! I have resorted to writing the words "day 1" on my hand very discretely (bad spelling I know) so I can have a reminder staring at me all day. Tonight I'm going to wear hand moisteriser under gloves to soften my skin, so there won't be any of those tempting flaky bits. Hard struggle, but so far so good!!
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February 25, 2011

That's such a good idea for when you're in class! That's my most vulnerable time. I'm going to start tomorrow, you've inspired me.
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February 25, 2011

That's such a good idea for when you're in class! That's my most vulnerable time. I'm going to start tomorrow, you've inspired me.
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February 25, 2011

wow that's so nice of you to say that :) I really appreciate it and wish you the very best of luck!
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February 08, 2011

Day 2) pretty much the same as yesterday although I've had waaaay more close calls today. the moisterising helped although there are a few flaky bits of skin that are really tempting. proud of myself though :)
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February 09, 2011

yay! keep up the good work! i love to see success stories :)
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February 09, 2011

thanks for that :)
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February 09, 2011

Day 3) Things are looking up! I've been quite busy all day today so I havn't had a chance to think about picking which is a great help! I've taken to balling my hands into fists whenever the urge to pick strikes. Also sqeezing my hands together helps in a weird way.
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February 10, 2011

i just found out put gloves over ur hands with lotion in the gloves really feels soothing
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February 10, 2011

dear david,im am a ten year old boy with this symptom.im ebaresed to go out in public.ive been picking for 3 years.will it grow back.it would really help if someone could answer these questions.but it feels good though i really need help
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February 10, 2011

i need all the help i could get
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February 10, 2011

Day 4) Was going quite well today, urge wasnt so strong. I had kind of a crappy evening at work though, mostly due to a bitchy nasty customer, so I was a bit stressed/upset for a while. usually when I feel like this I start picking,which I did a small bit, but I managed to stop myself before any damage was done. Amazing how one's confidence can be shattered in just a few seconds................hopefully day 5 will be better.
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February 11, 2011

Day 5) I think my brain is trying to deny the fact that I'm trying to stop picking. LOTS of close calls today. I think its mostly down to the fact that lots of cuts/hangnails have been healing over the past 5 days. While this is good, its also really REALLY hard because I have loads of teeny scabs that are just soooooo tempting to pick off!! I'm hanging in there though!
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February 13, 2011

Day 6) dam you scabs being soooooo tempting!!! just hurry up and heal!!
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February 13, 2011

Day 7) Yay!!!! I'm after going a whole week without picking! still a long way to go but I'm very very proud of myself!
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February 14, 2011

Day 8) OK, it's the start of a new week. Cuticles are refusing to absorb the moisteriser that i slather onto them under cotton gloves every night. This is really not helpful! I havn't picked them, just been kind of stroking them. Sounds weird I know but it gives me a weird feeling of satisfaction....
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February 16, 2011

Day 9 & 10) scabs dropping off finally!! dry cuticles are the big problem now..
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February 17, 2011

Day 11) Cuticles getting more moist and less tempting yay!! apparently it takes 30 days to break a habit so I have to try and go 19 more days..........*braces self*
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February 18, 2011

Day 12) Not craving it as much today!! ooh progress!!
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February 19, 2011

I was doing so well with this challenge until about last week. My face was finally starting to recover when I went at it again tonight. I now get to spend my weekend inside with bandages covering my face. I'm so tired of this vicious cycle. I'm tired of lying to my friends about why I can't go out. I'm tired of letting this disease win, but as much as I want to conquer it, I can't help but feel like a hopeless case. I just don't know what to do anymore :/
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February 19, 2011

hey! don't get yourself down! I know how you feel, I mean this is like my millionth time trying to stop. Just pick yourself up, dust yourself off and start again as the saying goes. maybe set goals like trying to go 1 week, even just 1 day without picking and then reward yourself at the end, like maybe buying a little treat :) Stay strong, you are not a failure just because of one moment of weakness. you will defeat this eventually!xx
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February 19, 2011

Day 13) was very busy at work today so that helped because i had loads of other stuff to keep myself busy with. Beating a habit whilst earning money. yay!!
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February 20, 2011

Day 14) Yay!!!!!! two weeks down!! take that cuticles!!
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February 21, 2011

Day 15) Halfway there!!!
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February 22, 2011

Day 16) Cuticles are looking sooooo much better. Woo for willpower!
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February 23, 2011

Day 17) didn't even think about it today!!
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February 24, 2011

Day 18) There was a loose bit of skin on my cuticle today but i resisted the urge. Handy enough it fell off :)
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February 25, 2011

Day 19) ooh nearly into the 20's!! i think it's working i barely thought about it today!!
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February 25, 2011

WOW! congratulations! making it to day 19 is huge...making it to minute 19 feels huge a lot of the time! do you have any tricks/tips?
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February 26, 2011

thanks :) well, the big thing that works for me is wearing moisteriser on my hands at night under cotton gloves. This helps to combat the dry skn on my cuticles so it's less tempting for me to pick. On the first few days I wrote "Day 1", etc on my hands (in small writing lol) so when I went to pick I would see it and stop. The rest is pretty much willpower :)
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February 26, 2011

Day 20) I feel so proud of myself that I've made it this far. 10 more days and the habit should be broken according to "experts". If i can make it, then I'm going to work on trying to stop picking the skin under my nails aswell. Hopefully I can beat this thing once and for all! Hows everyone else doing? :D
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February 27, 2011

That's fantastic! I'm so happy for you :) I'm on day 7 and doing extremely well. I think this time I'm actually going to make it!
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February 27, 2011

Thanks! That's great you've gone a whole week! keep up the good work!
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February 27, 2011

Day 21) wow. just wow. 21 days!! I've kept my nails painted during this whole process, which I think has helped-I don't want to destroy it. Might be a good tip for you guys :D
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February 28, 2011

Day 22) I made it the rest of february!!! 8 days and I will have gone a month!
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March 01, 2011

congratulations! that is so wonderful!! definitely something to feel very proud of. keep it up!
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March 02, 2011

thanks I appreciate that :D
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March 02, 2011

Day 23 & 24) oops forgot to update yesterday! but things are going good. I had to push back my cuticles the other day which is a BIG test of willpower for me but I have not picked them :)
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March 03, 2011

Day 25) oh tempting cuticles. I've cut off the extra skin with a cuticle scissors. soooo tempting but I havn't picked!
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March 05, 2011

Congratulations! You are so inspiring! I'm on day 13 and doing really well but it's taking all my self-control to not pick at a couple of spots on my face. But other than that, all is well :)
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March 05, 2011

thats great news!! keep it up you can do it!
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March 05, 2011

Day 26 & 27) Oh for God's sake I forgot to write yesterday again! I must be tired.......anyway all is still good!!
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March 06, 2011

Day 28) Soooo close to the big 3-0!
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March 07, 2011

day 11 yay! I have decided if I get in front of the mirror during downtime that it will only be to put medication on to heal what I have. I'm getting into a more dedicated skin routine, which is easier when I am not self-conscious to take off all my makeup or have to worry that once I do I will pick at what is revealed. Day 21 for me(if I keep things up) will be the day before I go home which was one of my incentives to stop so thats great. I was thinking as a reward if I complete this challenge would be to buy myself the clarisonic mia, or some sort of equivalent because the testimonials always say how great it is but I never wanted one because I knew it would be a waste since I made my own acne and destroyed my face. With clearer skin and without this self-destructive habit I will have the confidence to use it and it will help make my complexion even healthier. So we'll see. Maybe my next reward will be some new make up...I'm religious so not picking will be what I give up for Lent beginning this upcoming week--I can't tell you how many times I said I would do this and think it would be easier to give it up for God. Keep up the good work/posts guys, we can do it!
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March 08, 2011

Well done for making it this far! Keep up the good work!
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March 08, 2011

Words cannot express how miserable so feel right now. After 16 days picking-free, I caved. I went at my face big time and it all started with a single bump on my cheek. I can't live like this anymore. I am actually thinking about suicide right now. I just can't go on like this anymore.
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March 08, 2011

16 days is a major accomplishment and there is no shame in starting over now that you know you can go that far--you just have to convert that frustration into motivation to go 16 then 17 and so on. I have faith, keep checking in!
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March 09, 2011

Thank you, you are so right in there being no shame in starting over. I can and will conquer this once and for all.

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