Does anyone want to join me in my 2 week challenge - NO PICKING


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April 07, 2011

also, if anyone knows some strategies to avoid picking (e.g. covering mirror etc) please feel free to share :)
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April 07, 2011

DAY 3!!! I actually just started a "No Picking for 1 week" Challenge on Tuesday. So far I am on Day 3 of no picking... and man it's been tough. I would try the 2 week challenge but I'd rather get through week 1 then commit to the 2nd week so I don't feel like a complete failure if I cave. Some tips for toilet pickers! The time I do it the most is on the toilet on my legs, then it will progress to arms. A couple of things that I have found helpful the past couple of days is to either hold my hands together when I'm on the thrown, clip my nails instead of picking, or even just use the potty in the dark. So far it's worked. You can track my progress at www.csperfection.wordpress.org I'll be checking back here daily to see how everyone else is doing. Good Luck everyone! We can do this!
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April 09, 2011

before you go to the bathroom you should say to yourself "ok i am about to go to the bathroom and i am going to be as quick at possible!!" be like.. i have to be out in 20 seconds!!! unless u are doing a number 2 thats different hehe.
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April 09, 2011

ugh i have to star over. i feel like a failure. ah ok. today is technically my day one now. i have to make it two weeks i have to
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April 07, 2011

also, if anyone knows some strategies to avoid picking (e.g. covering mirror etc) please feel free to share :)
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April 07, 2011

I would love to join your challenge! I'm coming up on a week free of picking and hope to continue in a positive direction. I'll keep you posted! Good luck to everyone :)
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April 07, 2011

I'm on day 11 of my 30 day challenge so good luck to you all, I know you can do it! Here are some tips that have worked well for me: Don't just cover up your mirror with blank paper, sit down and make a list of all the positive things that will come of you not picking and all the negative things that happen because you pick and then put that on your mirror so you have to look at that and read it to remind yourself why you want to stop every time you start to go to the mirror. I also took some pictures after particularly bad picking sessions and put those on my mirror to remind myself that no matter how good the picking feels at that moment it's not worth the long term consequences. My other tip is to take a picture of yourself at the end of everyday, you may not notice how much better your skin is doing until you compare how you started off, this also keeps you a little more accountable to yourself because if you cheat you there will be evidence of it. For me being able to go back and look at my pictures makes me feel proud of myself and reminds me of my accomplishments. Lastly I think doing it with someone else or at least posting on here is a great idea, i've got a thread going myself for keeping track of how I do each day and just have something that keeps me accountable to other people and not just myself has been what has really made the difference for me this time around
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April 07, 2011

i actually read your forum thats why i decided to do my own challenge!!!!! hope it is going well!! i always pick at my skin terribly when i am on family holidays too :( i went to italy for a month with my family and ruined the trip for myself because i picked at my skin almost every day and by the end i was a wreck!
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April 08, 2011

Its good to know that my challenge has inspired others to try and stop too, the hardest part is the first few days when you've got more on your skin to pick at but for me once I got past day 5 most of my large nasty acne was gone and it made it so much easier to sticking to it when you can see all the positive results so keep with it, no matter how hard it may seem or how badly you want to pick it is 100% worth it to not do it. The biggest thing I've gained besides confidence is freedom, I don't have to worry about how i look or skip out on social engagements because my face is covered in blemishes from picking, so stick with it I know you guys can do it!
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April 07, 2011

Thanks guys!!!!!! i will start DAY 1 tomorrow!! hopefully i wont pick tonight because i know i wont be able to for two weeks... definitely covering the mirror tonight!!!!!
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April 07, 2011

hey, i'm in. i'm just coming out of a horrible horrible picking session. i've stayed indoors for three says straight, totally bailing on everything I was supposed to do, and commitments I had made. this has got to stop. it makes me so sad to miss out on the spring weather, too, after such a long winter. I've been dealing with my picking problem officially for almost a year (but been picking for almost 10). it's been a long road..but i'm still on track to getting better. today is day one (again). I've made it outside and ran a few errands (like going to grocery store because i was low on food!) i've actually physically taken down all mirrors in my apartment, although i still have access to one that's not up during the day, to put on a bit of powder (although it does little to cover the scabs). I've found the best things to stop my seriously powerful thought reel for picking is deep breaths (like putting your head between your legs deep breaths), wearing glovers when reading, watching TV, and talking a walk around the block at the time when you feel yourself gravitating towards the mirror. for me, specific times of day, like before dinner, and before bed are particularly bad. also, stretching!!! get your endorphins elsewhere, do some jumping jacks, touch you toes, do some sun salutes, whatever.picking is addictive because for most of us, it's an endorphin and adrenaline rush (for me, i definitely feel the rush of a a picking 'mission' and have told myself i'm only 'cleaning out' my face). my brain gets a real 'hit' when I pick, which is part of the destructive 'trance' most of us experience. anyway, i'm really trying to train myself to be strong and get my kicks somewhere else! :) Here's to two weeks! I know my skin will heal if i let it. i already feel like just getting out of the house has helping my scabs heal. stress is a powerful thing, and it stops your body/brain from working properly.
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April 08, 2011

Well good timing lets start today! except I am not sure what time zone you are in :| The reason I started this was because I had a REALLY bad picking session too.. for about 2 hours.. i was literally up til about 3am picking at my skin after coming home from seeing my boyfriend. And I know exactly how you feel about bailing on all commitments and not doing anything you had planned to do. I think that when i am stressed, anxious, or even excited about something i am more likely to pick at my skin. And then I can never understand why I made my skin so bad, when it was fine a few hours ago! I definitely need to find a habit to replace picking. I am just about to go and get my nails done and get them gel covered which will hopefully make it physically harder to pick! Anyway my Day 1 is not over yet it is only 3pm but lets do this!!!!
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April 08, 2011

i would love to join this challenge. i really need to do this and two weeks seems like a perfect length of time for a challenge because it's not overwhelmingly long and not too short. i'm going to try and think of some type of small "reward" to give myself if i complete this, for a little extra motivation, i dont know if it will help, if anyone else has tried the "reward" thing i'd love to hear if it worked for you. i just found this site and am blown away, i didnt know this was something anyone else suffered from. i wish no one else did but i'm relieved that i'm not alone because it really does feel lonely dealing with this and not knowing anybody else who does. i just have gotten so bad with my picking. hours upon hours in the bathroom and my face looks like i ate asphalt on my bike or got into a fight with a pack of cats. my self-esteem is shot. i go weeks at a time where i will not allow myself to even step outside, all for those few moments of "comfort" or satisfaction or control i get that aren't even real anyways. i still don't understand this problem and am so frustrated by it but i hope i find the support i need on here to get through this and i hope i can give support as well. gosh two weeks from now it would really just be nice to leave my house, maybe that will be my reward. anyways great idea. thanks alot. good luck to everybody, i know we can all do it!
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April 08, 2011

I think to go for a whole month straight out is just setting yourself up for failure! its way too long! sometimes its hard to even go for a day or two let alone a whole month! so yeah I think 2 weeks is perfect :) I have thought of using 'rewards' as motivation but to be honest I can never think of anything and if I do I will probably just reward myself all of the time anyway. I think it is probably easier to punish yourself if you pick but obviously this could be bad... I might start wearing an elastic band and flicking it on my wrist every time I pick but previously i tried this and it didnt really work, but i probably just didnt stick with it for long enough. We have to be realistic and know that it is going to take a REALLY REALLY long time to break this habit since we have been suffering from it for YEARS. so we better start trying now! harder than ever!
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April 08, 2011

DAY ONE - i didnt pick at all!! YAY!! but i was busy and around people all day until right now when i am about to go to bed... but still an achievement!!
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April 09, 2011

I'm in! I just joined this site. I didn't know how common of a problem this was. I'm definately not at the worst I have ever been, but I am at the point where I'm completely fed up and want to stop completely. I say this every year before summer, but this year hopefully I can do it.
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April 09, 2011

i only joined the site a few days ago too. i am so fed up aswell. DAY 2 i only squeezed one pimple.. is this a failure?? i dont know i am going to say it is a success because i was not infront of the mirror for hours - just one pimple.
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April 10, 2011

Yeah I would say thats a success! It's hard to stop ith just one. I don't really pick my face anymore. I used to alot when I had really bad acne, but I don't anymore. I pick my legs mostly and it's mostly just when I'm in the shower. I managed not to do it today so this is day 1. Also for acne I highly recomend "acne free terminator severe". It's only 5$ and I had pretty bad acne and its been pretty much gone for months since I started using it, so that really helped with my face picking. Only use it at night tho and during the day I use cortizone 10 plus, cuz cortizone helps acne and because the terminator stuff is drying and the cortizone is moisterizing. I don't recomend the whole acne free severe kit tho! It's to strong. I tryed it and it pretty much burned my face.
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April 10, 2011

I'm in. Not a bit of pressure until April 23rd.... and hopefully longer. If I can do 2 weeks, I can do 2 months. Maybe..?
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April 10, 2011

Last night was good. DIdn't touch my skin. This morning I have a new spot but I'm trying not to touch it...
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April 10, 2011

SAME i do it all the time and i am going to start my 2 weeks from today! I am going to have a shower and just not look in the mirror at all (hopefully it will fog up!!!) such a good goal lea and good motivation!
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April 11, 2011

Day 2! Did pretty well! It was harder than yesterday, but I think the more days that go by the the better it will get as things heal and there is less to pick at!
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April 11, 2011

I just joined today, i have been reading this websites for the past couple of days , and today i promised my husband to stop picking for at least the next two weeks, because we will be taking maternity pictures and i want my face to clear up. i am 31 weeks along in my pregnancy and my hormones are causing me to break out all over my face, on top of this i have excema on my arms and i pick at that also, along with ingrown hairs on my legs. it feels very weird to talk about my picking because i have never really opened up about it completely. since meeting my husband i have started picking less back in high school, it was so bad that i would actually take pointed tweezers and safety pins, and would dig at my skin. i have improved greatly since then, but have not completely stopped. after reading threw the website, i have realized that some of it could be genetic, because my mother picks, and my father has OCD. my over all goal for my self is to eventually quit completely, before my children are old enough to realize what i am doing, so they don't do it to. Feel free to comment on my situation, with tips of what worked for you, i would really appreciate. i am very glad to have found a forum for this topic, and love being able to read up on every ones achievements, it gives me hope that i will be able to stop one day.
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April 11, 2011

I would love to join the 2 week challenge! But I know myself way too well. The longest I have ever gone without picking my face was 12 days and that was over 2 years ago. Those two weeks were like the best and worst of my entire life. I have been really picking my face since I was seventeen. I always thought I would be able to just stop, or at least grow out of the habit. But every year a new promise was made, and then broken. The only people who really know is my immediate family. I am so tired of hiding behind my makeup and my problem. I can't date, or look at some in the eye. I am so worried that they will see my handy-work. I hate myself for it. I just want to stop having the urge. When I feel the urge, I can't even stop myself, my brain and my hands just don't listen. I have tried steroid cremes, every moisturizer creme, thousands of dollars on soap, tones, facials, medication. I even tried hypnosis. Nothing has really worked. I also removed all mirrors in the house, hoping that I will not get the urge to pick at my face. The strange thing is I really have great skin, when I was a teenager I didn't have acne like other girls. But now that I am constantly touching my face, it always feels dirty and I have to pick at all the white heads and black heads, or at the scabs. It has to feel smooth in order for me to "stop picking" I want to try to stop, maybe this challenge will finally be the key. Honestly I can't believe how many people on this site sound exactly like me. Its nice to know that we are not alone. So today, so far I have not really touched my face. Let the Challenge begin!
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April 12, 2011

Day 2 of this Challenge, and I already failed. I was so excited that this just might work, and I did so well all day long. But last night after going to bed, I could not sleep. I was so worried that I would start picking at my face that I began to mess with my skin from the sheer stress of it. Needless to say I have to start over this challenge, I knew this was going to happen! Maybe today I will do better.... Maybe going "cold turkey" is a bit much. But I have to try, I can't keep living like this.
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April 12, 2011

IM ALL IN. I seriously will comment everyday, psyched.
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April 12, 2011

Day 3: Going pretty good! I'm not gonna say I didn't pick at all, but nothing major and my legs are already looking and feeling, so much better. I pick at other things too, but I'm mainly focusing on my legs cuz, they are the only part of my body I completely destroy. I never noticed how much I actually pick until I try to stop. I guess I do it subconscously. Any one else pick at their legs mainly? I used to pick my face really bad. I would stand in front of the mirror for like an hour every night just picking till it was destroyed and then I caked on make-up the next morning, but as my acne gradually cleared up and eventually went away I felt so much better about how I looked that I just stopped. I still use a ton of make-up tho out of habit. I wish I could do that with my legs, but I think because it's not something that is seen in public everyday I don't have the same motivation to stop. It's easily hidden most of the time without any effort. Until the summer. I also pick at my scalp alot. I pick at everything, but nothing major or noticable except for my legs, which are covered in tiny round scars.
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April 12, 2011

Well, it's back to day one for me :( I had gone about 9 days and my face was looking so great, but I let my guard down for 1 second last night and completely destroyed it. I can't go on like this anymore. This same vicious cycle, week after week. This time I am stopping once and for all. I know I have it in me. I WILL CONQUER THIS.
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April 12, 2011

I believe in you! you can do it!
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April 12, 2011

Thank you! Just having one person tell me that gives me so much confidence! Good luck to you too! :)
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April 13, 2011

I feel for you! It's the same for me. Usually I manage to do good for some days so my skin heals and looks so much better... then I destroy it once again. :( Over and over and over, like a neverending loop. 2 days ago I hit rock bottom again and felt desperate. Now it's going better, I'm not picking and trying to beat this again. Be brave, we will beat skin picking!
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April 14, 2011

Thanks Yuuki! Isn't it so comforting to know that were not alone in this battle? It sounds like we have the same problem but this time we will be able to deny the urges to pick and break the cycle for good! I feel like keeping a positive attitude is extremely important if we ever want to achieve success, so stay positive and don't give up! :)
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April 14, 2011

Thank you, lisa2324! :) It's really conforting, yeah. Thanks god I found this site and you people!!! I was doing fine, I managed to stay picking-free for a couple of days and my skin was healing nicely. But I picked again a few hours ago and created 2 wounds. I didn't touch anything else though. I'm pretty upset with myself because NO ONE would've EVER gonna notice the teeny-tiny blemishes if I hadn't picked at them. Now instead they're almost impossible to hide, and I have to meet some friends on sunday! Damn!! What's done is done, I can't change the past. -_- Tomorrow is day 1, I'm determined not to be depressed and try to stay focus and positive!! I'll never give up on this!
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April 16, 2011

That's fantastic that you were able to contain your picking and not lose control!! I know exactly how you feel though-that sinking feeling that follows a picking session is the worst feeling ever. But from the sounds of it you didn't do too much damage. And remember, any progress is worth celebrating! We can do this! Just take one step at a time :)
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April 12, 2011

first day, but its only 5:30 and I usually get urges at night, Ill update tomorrow.
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April 14, 2011

completed an entire day without picking my acne, onto day two so far I haven't picked yet...best of luck to everyone, don't give up.
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April 13, 2011

Day 3, so I only picked my face for a little bit. Finally didn't destroy it. I hope I can keep this up for the rest of the day. I find that the urge to pick my healing skin is right after my shower in the morning and right before I go to bed. I have GOT to find a cure. Something that will distract me long enough so that I can remember Not to pick my skin. Sometimes I think that maybe I should just get rid of all my makeup. I know that would work, but I would never leave this house. Just a thought though.
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April 13, 2011

I am in! I am so happy that I have found this forum. I've been in therapy for a couple of years, but I haven't been able to stop picking. All mirrors are removed from the house, I have used patches to cover up things I wanted to pick at to keep from doing it, I have written notes to myself every day about why I shouldn't pick, and how much it hurts me, but nothing has really worked. I had never considered the support available on line, but when I googled skin picking last night, I found so many other people suffering from this. And for some reason it was at once painful and comforting. When I saw this challenge, I felt enough motivation for me to be hopeful. And today has been such an amazing day, because i have not made a singe wound. It has been extremely hard, and now I am so happy that I managed, even though I have been home alone all day. I really hope that this time I will succeed. It helped me very much today to think about all of you, and to consider this a joined battle. I wish you all the best of luck.
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April 13, 2011

Im trying to realise-it doesnt look as bad as it 'feels' if that makes sense. Skins healing well, stil a bit worried about some areas. Gna try and keep it all off my mind for a few days-makes me feel worse just thinking and looking at skin lol!
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April 14, 2011

that is so true, when you feel a pimple it seems like it's a gigantic thing sticking out of your face but then if you look at it in the mirror from a reasonable distance most of the time you can barely even see them
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April 15, 2011

I am on day three, and so far it is a lot more challenging than day 1 and 2! I am home alone sick with the flu, and finding it hard to keep the motivation. I still haven't touched my face or tried to reach my make up with mirrors, which have been put up on a shelf where I can't reach it, but after my shower I allowed myself to pick a little at my shoulders and my shins. These aren't my serious problem areas, but I am still disappointed that I didn't stick to no picking AT ALL! at least it was only a couple of minutes and not hours, which it probably would have been, if I hadn't had this forum. Tomorrow I am going on vacation for a week and I will be with my husband twentyfourseven, so it should be easier for me to meet the challenge. i am so grateful that he is committed to helping me with this. Years ago he would yell at me and tell me to stop, if he had a feeling I was picking in another room, but now he really understands that this is a serious illness and that he needs to be supportive and sympathetic if he wants to help me, because making me feel guilty about it only makes it worse. I showed him the clip with Angela hartlin, and he was so moved to hear some one explain the disease exactly like I have been explaining it to him for years... she is so very brave.
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April 16, 2011

Awesome idea! Very inspiring comments! I have psoriasis which makes picking a lot easier as "skin thingies" manifest themselves without picking... However, picking makes it a lot worse. Knees, elbows, scalp. I once got REALLY SICK AND TIRED of the whole thing, and decided to heal my skin. I was angry and very determined. I did the whole regimen the dermatologist prescribed to do three times a day to clear up the sores first, besides of course not picking. I could not believe the results. My skin and my scalp which was the tougher thing to deal with cleared up completely in one month! I had to show it to my dermatologist as I did not know then that it really is a different issue. Since it was November, high time for bad skin going worse, she expected me to complain. When she saw me, she could not believe her eyes. No scars, no scabs, clear, smooth skin all over! (From the amount of lotion I applied 3 times a day AND no picking at all it was better be...) However, all good things come to an end. This happened a few years ago, and I am back - my skin and scalp is worse than ever. I realized I need constant support and inspiration from people who know it's not as simple as "just stop it, it's not good for you." SO I'm in, April 16, day one. Good night.