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I have picked for as long as I can remember. I can't remember a time I didn't pick, it started with acne in my teen years & over the past 10 years progressed to arms, chest... Anywhere there was an imperfection. My husband couldn't understand why I couldn't stop & neither could I, because I didn't know why I was doing it or what was wrong with me. It was only when I went on the Internet & found this site that I finally realised I'm not alone, & that there is a reason for it. Reading this site I now realise I have an obsessive compulsive personality & my desire for flawless skin (something I've always wanted but never had due to teen acne) is my reason. I've realised that OCD tendencies have assisted & I'm now at the point where I can't do it anymore, I can't take my husbands disappointment in me, I can't take wasting time picking when all I'm left with is self hatred, scarred skin & sadness that I cant wear sleeveless or low cut tops. I love fitness & would love to look like a fitness model but how can I when I'm ashamed to get my skin out? Well ENOUGH IS ENOUGH!!! I don't want to spend another year ashamed of my holiday photos. So. finally feeling like I know why I do it I'm hoping I can stop it! I decided yesterday was my DAY 1. It was only when I was conscious of it I realised how I would subconsciously just put my hands to my face or arms to pick, I didn't even realise I was doing it half the time. I realised everytime I went past a mirror I would stop & pick so I made an effort to not look in any mirrors other than when I needed to! The result I went a WHOLE day with NO picking whatsoever & when j went to bed I told my husband what a monumental thing it was. I can't remember the last time that ever happened. I opened up to him & told him to not let me pick him (something I loved to do before) because although it's not me it's still duelling the habit. So here I am on Day 2 ready to do it all again. It's not easy but I feel now I know the reasons behind it ( stress, OCD feelings) I can finally for once in my life control it & not let it control me. It's gonna take me much less time to get ready in the mornings now.... Thank you all of you for sharing your stories & helping me get through this! I know it won't be easy & I'll face struggles but I'm hoping once I start seeing my skin improve that will be all the motivation I need. Thanks for listening.