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charlotte , 25 Oct 2008

I never knew...

Hi everyone, I'm 16 years old and I've been picking the skin on my face for 2 or 3 years. The problem was mild at first and then it got worse, and I didn't know what was wrong with me. I never knew that the disorder had a name or that other people were struggling with it too. This evening I did it again, "zoned out" in front of the mirror, came back to myself 15 minutes later with a war zone on my face, and had to use makeup to cover it up, which I loathe doing. After that I was really upset with myself, came online to look for a solution, and found out that there are other people doing the same thing... I felt like crying with relief... Finally I know that I'm not alone and there are people I can actually talk to about this, instead of trying to cover it up. I've tried to quit so many times before but there is nothing more inspiring than knowing that other people are quitting successfully. In the past I've been on and off, picking really badly for a few days and then stopping and having decent skin for a few days, before blowing it again. I want to stop doing that once and for all, I want to just not have to worry about something as stupid as that, and not feel like I have to hide my face whenever I'm around other people. I'm quitting cold turkey right now. I believe we all can do this.

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