Lets all stop together!!!


Online Test For Skin Picking Disorder

Find Out The Severity of Your Symptoms With This Free Online Diagnostic Tool

avatar

June 09, 2011

Good idea, Kamir! I will join you! Starting a day late, but oh well :) I've tried going cold turkey in the past. Of course, it didn't work. But after years in therapy, I feel like it's now up to me...I have the tools I need to quit! How are you doing so far? You're on Day 2!
avatar

June 09, 2011

Thank you purplefrog11 for joining me as well!! I just replied to Kaddinx message but that message is for you too! How is day 1 going for you??
avatar

June 10, 2011

Day 1 was alright. I did pick a few times, but not nearly as bad as usual, so it's a step in the right direction! Isn't it amazing how hard it is to stop something that you know is so destructive to your body? I'm glad I joined this site...you really can't understand it unless you've gone through it (because it makes no sense to other people!) Good luck to everyone!
avatar

June 10, 2011

Hi purplefrog11, It baffles me too that I have been picking for 16 years now and how much grief it's caused me and I'm still doing it!! I don't think non pickers can truly understand how hard it is to stop. I don't think any of us will just be able to stop cold turkey but if we consciously try on a daily basis to do our best, I think there's hope. Minimizing your picking is a start in the right direction! I'm striving everyday to not pick at all but I have picked day 1 and day 2 but very minimally so I should be happy about that.
avatar

June 10, 2011

Good for you! I saw a suggestion on another post that I thought was a good idea. She says she takes pictures of her problem areas on a daily basis, so she can see her progress. I've started doing this, and although it feels really weird taking pictures of my face and legs (my 2 biggest problem areas) it forces me to see the damage I've done, and also how it's healing. This is not an easy process, but like you said...we CAN do it!
avatar

June 11, 2011

That is a great idea! Good for you for being proactive and trying something new! How did you do today? I picked a little bit at the sores that I've been covering with bandaids but still nothing major. I can't wait until my skin heals up so that I can start looking for a job and I've decided I'm going to start swimming for exercise.
avatar

June 11, 2011

I didn't do quite as well today. Nothing horrible, just gave in a little. Exercise is a good thing for us, because it gives us a way to let out whatever is causing us to do this in the first place (anxiety, etc.) I keep it light and go on walks most days. I find that trying to exercise hard core just makes me more anxious and completely defeats the purpose of de-stressing haha. Swimming is definitely a good way to get some exercise. Keep up the good work!
avatar

June 11, 2011

Agreed! Yesterday was my first day to stop and I found that excercise was a huge part of my success. It makes me feel better about my body and, hence, less anxious and less wanting to attack my skin. I starting applying ointments (vit E to scars, polysporin to sores, and a spot acne tretment to any acne).Already- in only 24 hrs- I woke up and there was far less redness. I graduate on wednesday and Im confident I will look better. Gloves have been helping, and having a tea while I work, so that when I go to pick, I grab at something else. weird, but it worked for me! I also limited my mirror time. Day 2 and Im not feeling as strong but hoping I will pull through!
avatar

June 12, 2011

Good for you! And you will pull through. But even if you have an off day here and there, don't give up. No one can expect to just stop completely and not make any mistakes at all. The goal is to notice when you are doing it and consciously make yourself stop, rather than beating yourself up about it. It's hard...reallllllly hard. But hang in there :)
avatar

June 15, 2011

After reading this site, I am more aware of when I pick and I have been putting lotion on my heels which makes me not want to pick them and when I start picking my fingers I have to consciously stop doing it. It hurts and I try to put lotion on them too or I try to get up and do other things. I find when I feel nervous with other people talking to me, I unconsciously pick my fingers. I know I can stop this habit which it is and I want to feel good about my hands and feet. I wish the best for all those who have this habit too. It takes time and there are options and the ability to get support and stop picking. Any habit that causes shame, being self-conscious, etc., can be kicked to the curb. Thank you.
avatar

June 09, 2011

I think that's a good idea, too. Today is the 9th and it's almost 11 pm, but I will join you tomorrow. Maybe that helps me to stop =/ (picking got inceadibly worse while my weekend-trip last friday, so it needs at least to get less) Yes, so I'll join you two on the 10th :) We can do this ! (sorry if I made some strange mistakes here.. english isn't my first language) ;)
avatar

June 09, 2011

Okay that's great!! Kaddiinx, thank you for joining me :). Today is June 9th so you must be a day ahead of me. It's supposed to be my second day but I did pick at a few of my sores last night so I'm back to day one and so far so good. My goal is to not pick at all cause once I start, I can't stop. I have to retrain my brain that it's okay to have blackheads, clogged pores, and bumps. I put bandaids on my sores so that i can't see them or touch them. How is day 1 going for you?? Just remember that there is someone else out there who is struggling today with the urges to not pick. We CAN do this!!!!! We HAVE to stop!!!
avatar

June 10, 2011

I'm in! I tried to stop on June 1, did OK (very minor picking each day) until Tuesday, which was day one on my business trip. For some reason when I get in a hotel room alone, I tend to find myself analyzing the texture of my skin. And then we all know what happens next. Tuesday night was minor (only 7-8 pinches). Last night was bad. Tonight so far only minor (10-15 pinches). The hardest part - once you start to quite picking, the bumps come to the surface and are much easier to extract. For me the picking begins long before my hands touch my face. So I am trying to avoid the 'recon' situation all together. No looking closely in the mirror and no touching to feel the bumps. Any how, I am happy that you started this post and I agree a support system will help a lot! Good Luck!
avatar

June 10, 2011

Hi diane634!! I'm so glad you're up for the challenge too!! The more the merrier :). I agree with how you said that after you haven't picked in a while, it's easier to extract. The day I started this post, I had a picking session the night before. I was being very gentle and everything was coming out very easily and I thought i would be okay, but when I woke up the next day. I had some very red sores. I think all the years that I've been doing this has really damaged my skin and has caused it to become alot more sensitive. So point of the story is that i can't think that being gentle won't cause sores. I'm very glad you didn't have a bad night tonight. I took off the bandaids and picked a bit at some of my sores but like you nothing major. Let's try again tomorrow!!
avatar

June 10, 2011

I'm in! This is going to be very difficult. Today's the 10th but at least I'll be a part of it! I've noticed too that summer brings on a seasonal picking habit: skin peeling from sunburns. The bottom of my feet have suffered too recently since they're the least exposed to other people. How is it going so far with you, and everyone else? It must be 9 or 10 days now!
avatar

June 10, 2011

Hi indigominds! Thanks for joining! It's day 2 for me. I have picked on day 1 and day 2 but not too badly. Let me know how you do tomorrow :)
avatar

June 10, 2011

I'm in. This condition has taken over my life and I want it back. Finding this site has really shown me how serious this is and how many people it affects. I no longer feel alone. We are stronger than this and can take back control of our lives. I try everyday and will now try even harder. Let do this together!!
avatar

June 11, 2011

Hi blondie87! I can totally relate when you said this has taken over your life. I have missed out on sooo many opportunities because of this. A lot of the time I won't be able to leave my house for weeks at a time cause I'm too embarrassed to be seen. I feel like I'm in jail! But I'm feeling more hopeful. I'm on day 3 and have picked very little so far. How did you do today?
avatar

June 11, 2011

Today I have not been picking at all but generally I am able to stop for 2-3 days and then I do it again really badly. Its my birthday on Monday and I am going out tomorrow night so I want to look good and that is enough motivation for me to stop for a couple of days at least. I'm so happy I have found this site. Its really encouraging to talk to others who have the same problem. I cried so much last night reading through everyones comments in the forums. Its was like reading my own thoughts. I hope so much that everyone with this issue is able to overcome it!!!
avatar

June 10, 2011

Hey... so day 1 is over and I'm not really happy with me. I caught myself biting my cheeks and lips and picking my thumbs =/ I didn't really pick, but I found myself starting to. And again I'm a little bit impressed of how unaware I am about it when I pick. But hey.. let's hope the best for day 2 ;)
avatar

June 10, 2011

I have been dealing with biting finger nails and biting/picking finger tip skin as well as biting inner mouth for about 27 years. Managed to cease biting my nails about 5 years ago. Still dealing with biting/picking finger tip skin and inner mouth. At point in my life where I am ready to let go of these as well. I have tried on several occasions in the past. I just came across this site yesterday and came to the realization that these actions are OCD based and not just the "bad habits" that a thought they merely were all these years. Somehow just learning of the OCD connection has flicked a switch in my brain and highly motivated me to cease the damage I have been doing to myself. Somehow just being made aware of the cause seems to have made it easier to put the actions to rest. Kamir, the timing of your call to quit together couldn't be better so I would like to join you. I'm on day 2 myself and have chewed/picked very little. I'm hoping this time I can do it and we can all help each other through the process. Best of luck to all of you!
avatar

June 10, 2011

hey.. finally there's someone else who does that.. biting the inner mouth. Do you have any idea how to stop that? Because my only solution was to wear my retainer and since I don't need it anymore the biting got worse. Good luck for the challenge :)
avatar

June 11, 2011

Hi Sunbear and Kaddinx, I also have dealt with biting my inner mouth for as long as I can remember...literally. It is such a bad habit! I will just chew it up until it bleeds and then my mouth hurts so bad the next day. Right now, I'm just concentrating on not picking. I think that, for me at least, if I try to quit two habits at once I'll end up failing at both. The picking is the most visibly destructive, and what better time to quit than shorts season! Your comment about OCD is interesting. I've often wondered if that could be behind all this....
avatar

June 10, 2011

hey, dont leave me out. diane643,me and you getting ready to begin our journey this week-end,today. we can do this annnnnnnd i found another site that is very help.www.stoppickingonme.com. its a book you read online and is based on 12step program. i also went to s.t.a bka scar treatment association. they will and can direct you to helpful medications that will assist in fading,healing,and treating the skin. i ordered some medliten that was suggested by scartreatassociation. so i'm in and we will be successful. of course this is a behavior that is induced long before the picking starts. just stay plugged in to suggestions and we will combat and overcome this monster. love ya, we can,i can't.
avatar

June 10, 2011

So.. my post from 6 hours ago is already out of date. When I sat in our living room watching TV I caused a major damage on my right thumb :( don't get why I do this... the reason I picked was boredom (/concentration on the TV screen). It doesn't make any sense >.< The skin there is very week now and it feels strange when I move my thumb. Ahh... I'm so angry with myself >.<
avatar

June 11, 2011

Hi Kaddinx. Sorry to hear you didn't have a good day but please don't get discouraged and don't be hard on yourself. I've heard that there are some people who aren't aware when they pick. That would definitely make it harder to stop. Do you think wearing gloves while you watch t.v. would help?
avatar

June 11, 2011

I'm totally in on this one! I know I'm 2 days late but oh well... better late than never! It's almost midnight here so I will start counting at midnight, not that I'm planning on picking before then!! Haha. June 11, 2011 - Day 1 I will try to visit the forum everyday to update everyone on how I'm doing... good luck to everyone else! :)
avatar

June 11, 2011

Count me in. Today when I woke up I just picked at or popped the stuff with pus/infection in it from getting "stuck" last night (I know its SUPER gross but i think many of you know what im talking about) So today at midnight I complete day 1!!! YAY! love you guys wish u luck- KAT
avatar

June 11, 2011

Oh man, popping the sores with pus/infection in them is my weakness! It's almost common sense: you have to get all that nasty pus stuff out to that it can heal, right?? But of course I end up squeezing at them over and over again and then it's just a bigger infected mess the next day...
avatar

June 11, 2011

I love that we can write this stuff and know that everyone knows what we're talking about :) That's definitely my weakness too. Seriously, the ones that are healing are the WORST because it's soooo tempting to get out all that nasty stuff!
avatar

June 11, 2011

10 hours later and I haven't picked yet. Probably because I slept for 8 hours of the time, haha. Still, I was tempted to when I woke up this morning but I remembered our no-picking-pact and it helped me resist... for now. Thanks for just being there everyone!
avatar

June 12, 2011

That's awesome!! I'm glad it's helping!! I think it's helping for me too : ).
avatar

June 12, 2011

It's day 4 and still doing alright. I woke up this morning and removed my bandaids on my face to see how it was healing. Picked a little bit at the sores but still haven't created any new ones. I find what helps is when I see my blackheads and bumps to say to myself it's okay to have those on my face.
avatar

June 12, 2011

alrite kidz, i fell alittle short...got out the shower skin fresh/soft, easy to rub off. not my face though, my right hand/forearm..dang!!! just when i was so gungho about group effort... justifying and minimizing my shortcomings--oh you didnt pick face but you rubbed scab off arm/hand,duh!! well i still do plan to take on journey stick it in stick it out. cause i am gettn better. no picking tonite,already washed make-up off face,rubbed on bleaching cream on facial scars and other scars on hands/legs/ankle. tonite start a new tomorrow which i know minutes grow to hours, and hours grow into days. hey anybody check that other site out that i mentioned? www.STOPPICKINGONME.com or www.SCARTREATMENTASSOCIATION.com? I can't, We can!!! Love ya!
avatar

June 12, 2011

1 1/2 days in and I've only picked a teensy bit. A couple of light squeezes this morning, not creating new sores. I wasn't expecting myself to go completely cold turkey, so I'm excited for the good start! Hope everyone else is doing well! :)
avatar

June 13, 2011

So 3 days in, doing OK. Minor picking. I forced myself to throw away my concealer on Friday morning. (I threw it away in my hotel room before checking out, so there was no turning back). I think I have done well because I have been super busy. Still not a single day without picking, but I am really going for it tomorrow. I don't have any major scabs or bumps right now. Just the normal little white bumps everywhere. Good luck to everyone!
avatar

June 13, 2011

I'm on day 5 and I picked a little bit this morning at the sores. Same as the other days. My sores are healing nicely and pretty soon I'll be able to have a life again. If I ever manage to stop, I'm going to treat myself to laser surgery to remove all my scars. It will be expensive but it's something I can look forward to. Has anyone else tried it?? Congratulations to all who is really trying and doing well!!!
avatar

June 13, 2011

Tomorrow is Day 5 for me. I'm definitely doing better than I was a week ago, but I'm still not where I want to be (of course, where I want to be is not picking at all!) I really need to remember to be patient with myself. I read everyone else's comments and have confidence that you will all reach your goals, but I don't quite have that confidence in myself yet. I really am trying, so I have to pat myself on the back for that. It's summertime, and I really want to wear shorts, so I need my legs to heal up. Trust me, wearing jeans every day when it's 102 degrees outside is NOT fun! Keep up the good work everyone!
avatar

June 13, 2011

I just found this site and I am so glad because this weekend I picked my heels so badly that I can hardly walk today. I had to put bandages on them so it wouldn't hurt so badly. I see it is a stress reliever and a very bad habit. I didn't do it for a while but this weekend was really bad. I do my fingers too and thought it was because I was nervous but I really hurt myself there too sometimes. I'm glad I can get support here and ideas to not do this to my body anymore. It is very shameful and also very damaging. When my husband tells me to stop I get mad and tell him to leave me alone. I guess I feel in control but really hate that I am doing it. Thank you.
avatar

June 14, 2011

Day 4 went OK. I picked a little first thing in the morning (why, I don't know). But before I got too far, I remembered that I threw away my concealer and immediately stopped. I developed a bump on my cheek throughout the day and picked it this afternoon. Luckily it was one of those that pops and goes away. Those are the kind that make it harder to stop, because they go exactly how you planned. Anyhow a total of 4-5 mess ups today. All in all, a pretty good day. Still waiting to have one full day with zero picking or recon. I'm happy to see everyone else is doing pretty good too. Stay strong and good luck.
avatar

June 15, 2011

Hi everyone! I'm going to jump on the train here. I am a 24 year old female, and I've been picking my face for a little over a year. I've visited this site in the past, but I'm finally ready to quit for real, starting now. I hope that writing publicly about this experience will be the motivation I need to stop the constant picking. I'm looking forward to reading success stories from other people! Tomorrow is Day 1 for me.
avatar

June 15, 2011

Hello everybody!! It's day 7 and I picked very minimally again this morning. My skin is looking sooo much better thank god!! I think I'm finally ready to quit. I was very tempted this morning to pick more but I managed not to. Keep up the good work everyone!
avatar

June 15, 2011

Day 5 - Getting really excited about how my arms are starting to look. I haven't QUIT picking, but it's so minimal and light now that it doesn't really matter. Not only do I look a lot better, I feel better about myself. YAY! I proudly showed off my arms to my boyfriend and he congratulated me :) No fancy skin cream or procedure could have given me the results I got or the pride I feel from just not picking... Thank you everybody for all the support, I truly believe that there is strength in numbers as I have not been able to resist for this long, before.
avatar

June 16, 2011

Okay day 8 unfortunately did not go so well for me. I ended up picking at my entire face for like 3 hours. I had so many blackheads and clogged pores. I think I need to stop using this facial scrub well not use it everyday cause i think it's helping to clog my pores. I like it cause it helps heal my sores. I wish I could find a facial wash that doesn't do that. They either clog my pores or irritate my skin too much. Note to self DON'T WASH FACE WITH FACIAL SCRUB EVERYDAY. Hopefully I haven't created any new sores. Oh well I'm not going to give up. I'll try again tomorrow
avatar

June 16, 2011

Hello all! It's Day 8 for me. These past few days haven't been particularly good, or particularly bad. I pick some every day, but it's definitely less than before! I will admit I haven't been keeping up with tracking my progress as well as I should, but that will change. The 4th of July is coming up, and I'd like to be able to wear shorts without getting weird looks and questions like, "What's wrong with your legs??" Good luck everyone!
avatar

June 17, 2011

Hi, I know I'm a little late in joining this, but I really really want to stop. Managed once, for 10 days, and then blew it. Would love to reach that sort of target again, and try and stick with it. However, since then my motivation has reduced a bit and I want it back. I know it's a random place to start (on a friday in the middle of the month) but if I wait till monday I'll have probably done all sorts of damage by then, so I'm stopping NOW! Would like to think of a lovely treat to keep myself focused if I make it to 10 days. Any ideas? Heard that a charm bracelet is a good idea, as you can add to it as you reach goals, but they seem quite expensive!!
avatar

June 22, 2011

Great idea! Rewarding yourself is a good motivation to keep going. My suggestion would be to do something that you normally wouldn't do because of embarrassment from picking. For example, you could treat yourself to a massage (a little pricey, but totally worth it when you reach your goals!). I've had a massage a few times, and I'm always so self-conscious about all the marks all over my skin. BUT, the important thing to remember is that you don't have to go cold-turkey and stop completely in order to reach your goals. Just because you have a slip-up now and then doesn't mean you've ruined it and have to start the 10 days all over again. The goal is to notice when you're picking and consciously stop. Because if you try to go cold-turkey and then have one little slip-up, you'll think, "oh, I've ruined it. Might as well keep picking". Wanting to stop is the first big step, so good for you! Good luck to you!!
avatar

June 18, 2011

I will start in the morning. I want to have nice skin and fingers for the summer and have my fingers not hurt from the water! I have tried sooooooooo manny times to stop but it never lasted long at all. Ill do my best! :) good luckk to everyone! :D
avatar

June 18, 2011

Today is Day 8. Negative: I picked my arms a bit a few days ago, which created little sores, but luckily I never picked them a second time so they calmed down right away. Have one sore on my forearm that I can't seem to stop picking (oh well, maybe I can channel all of my picking energy into that one spot?) Positive: My arms are looking even better, there are only old scabs and scars left. I know the kp bumps will return once I've stopped picking for a while, and I hope that I can resist touching them then. Will probably start using a cream or something to reduce the kp bumps once my arms are fully healed. In the end, I'm glad that this is happening during summer vacation. With work keeping me busy, and biking/running/skating letting me exert my energy, I'm not feeling the stress of university, which I know would make it very hard to stop picking. Fingers crossed that I can keep it up throughout the school year!! And to everyone using this forum, I just wanted to say thanks! I couldn't do it without you!
avatar

June 20, 2011

Well I think i'm on day three now. It's not going too badly. Still find I pick at the skin on my face unconciously if I'm not careful. And I haven't been perfect, I've picked a few tiny spots in the mirror before I've stopped myself, but on the whole I think I'm doing ok, and I'm quite pleased with myself. The big sores on my face are healing really nicely and I am reaching the point where I don't have a panic attack on the way to work because I suddenly worry I've forgotten my make up bag, so that's a big relief. Just got to keep up the momentum. Trying to stay very concious of where my hands are. If they reach my face, i'm in trouble because I start feeling all the little bumps there, but if I stop them before that, I'm ok.

Pages