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Lisamarie , 06 Apr 2011

I feel like I found home

Wow..ok I knew I was doing wrong. I have been picking for years. Mostly my head, lower legs and chest. It's terrible. And I can't stop. I try to. But I find myself doing it when I don't realize. My lower legs are such a mess. I spray makeup on when I attempt to wear a dress. It's ok but looks kinda fake...I use bug bite excuses, rashes, falling but I know the truth. Now I'm in a good relationship and my boyfriend does not understand why I wear pj pants with cute nightgowns, why I won't let him see me wrapped in a towel. It's terrible. I need to stop. I'm planning on using some of the ideas I saw here...wearing gloves, neosporin, mederma...I am hoping it helps. I am so glad that I found this site. Please tell me there is hope!
3 Answers
April 06, 2011
There is hope! This is a good place to start. I would recommend taking a while to really think about what picking does for you. You may not even know what it does FOR you until you read some posts on here. Once you figure it out, you can start trying to figure out how to replace the bad habit with a better one. If you do it because you get stressed easily or are a nervous person, you'll learn OTHER ways to comfort yourself that aren't harmful. If you explain your problem and why you think you do it, to your boyfriend, he might be able to offer support and reassurance. It is extremely hard to stop and it will probably take a long time to stop for good, but it is possible and having a supportive boyfriend is a bonus. I have been picking for years but my skin was good enough lately for a stranger to say "you have great skin". Shocking! So yes, it is possible to stop, but you have to give 100% effort. Good luck!
April 07, 2011

In reply to by 40daysfromnow

Thank you so much for your support. It means a lot. I admitted my problem to my closest friend today and I asked her to keep on top if me. I think having him will make me try. But I'm not ready to admit my problem to him yet. I do believe its an anxiety problem. And that I need to keep my hands busy. I was thinking of starting embroidery or something.
April 07, 2011

In reply to by Lisamarie

I recently admitted my CSP to a guy that I have been dating and intimate with for about 2 months now ... and he took it really well. It was a first step for me... I was freaking out about telling him. The reason why I told him was because he didn't understand why I always wanted to have sex in the dark / I wouldn't shower with him etc... when I told him and showed him he didn't act like it was that big of a deal at all and he has actually helped me with it since. You'd be surprised at how understanding people can be when they really care about you. Don't be afraid to tell him... I can guarantee you he will be there to support you and help you and you'll benefit from it.

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