I was diagnosed with psychogenic excoriation (chronic skin picking) when I was 12 years old, and now, at 22, I have decided that a decade of hiding my face has got to end. I have tried every treatment available, from hypnosis to presciption medications to psychotherapy, but I have been unsuccessful. My boyfriend and I had a huge fight about my condition a few weeks ago, and for the first time I truly realized how much my picking effects other people. My parents were always supportive and understanding and tried their hardest to help, and I know that I hurt them with my picking--they didn't want to see their beatiful little girl hurt herself. But when I saw my boyfriend cry the other week, I knew I had to stop. I did a research paper on my condition as a senior in high school, and I remembered coming to this site and reading the blogs. They were very encouraging, so I have decided to join.
Today I am stopping face picking cold turkey. Nothing else has seemed to work for me, and I believe my will-power and support stystem are strong enough to get me through this. I have taken the tweezers out of my purse, and I am going to stop. I have done this a few times before, and I was even successful for about 3 months at one point, so I know I can do this.
My 19-year old little sister was diagnosed with Lymphoma last month, and she is so inspring. Despite her condition, she is training for a triathlon to raise money for the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society. She is living every day to the fullest, and I know that that is what I need to do. Picking my face and then hiding at home or behind tons of makeup is no longer going to define me. I am going to stop picking. There are so many things in my life that I am grateful for, and so many things yet to come that I know I will enjoy more if I don't have to hide.
From this day on, I am no longer going to be a skin-picker, and I encourage anyone out there who is ready to stop to follow this blog and share your opinions. I could use your support, and I will be here to support those who are ready to stop as well.