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I'm 16 and I've been picking for as long as I can remember. When I was little it was mosquito bites and scrapes from falling down that caused my legs to look horrible. I would count how many scabs I had and I would be so upset. I would start picking at something on my face and I would get a huge scab. Usually right on my nose or cheeks and all the other kids made fun of me for it. All the scars on my legs are thankfully gone. I remember looking at my older siblings acne and think to myself that if and when I get acne its going to be horrible. Well now I have acne and blackheads. I can't remember a day when I haven't picked in the last 3 years. Every time I am in the bathroom I pick. I get really close to the mirror and pick at the acne that people can see, blackheads on my nose that people can't see and tiny tiny spots that look like they will become acne but aren't, causing red spots all over my forehead. If the acne becomes a scab I tend to eat it which I haven't told anyone. My family gets so mad at me because I spend so long in the bathroom and I've told them time and time again that it's not like I try to be in there so long, once I pick I can't stop. They don't think of it as a big deal but I do. About two years ago I started picking at my cats acne, which is what I feel the worst about. I realize I'm doing it and that I should stop and I tell myself to but I can't. It's affecting me now more than ever, I have so many scars on my face and I feel so ugly. I also like to go tanning, which doesn't help scars at all and makes them worse. I also tweeze my eyebrows a lot (before I start picking I tweeze my eyebrows) but I don't know if that has anything to do with the picking. Does anyone have similar stories or thoughts?