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October 14, 2011

I'll join in :) my skin picking improved so much over the past few months. But now I am pregnant and stressed and sick and moody and its started to get bad again! I want to stop before I go back to how I was before so I'll definitely give it a go:)
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October 15, 2011

Great! Lets do it!
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October 18, 2011

If you can find the strength to quit picking while you're stressed/sick/moody from your pregnancy, then imagine what control you'll have afterwards! Power to you!
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October 15, 2011

I am also a sufferer of picking. I would love to join you in a 30 day challenge! I have recently done a 30 day challenge for beginning to excercize by running and doing plyometric workouts every morning at 4am. I have passed the 30 day mark and coming up on 2 months! It feels so great to be able to reach those goals. I have been a picker since I was 13 years old and am now 33. So for 20 years I have been mutilating my body and I am ready to stop it! I mostly just tear up my legs, but the arms do get involved sometimes too. I have heard and read from many credible sources that it takes 21 days to create or break a habit. Lets do this. My name is Suzi out of Florida! Good luck to you. I will check in to tell about my progress and hear about yours as well.
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October 15, 2011

Yes! Lets do it. I'm starting tomorrow.
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October 15, 2011

I'm new here and I'll give it a shot. I have a bad infection in my right inner ear from my constant picking and I've been scratching and digging at the back of my thigh for a couple years now, it's gotten so bad that Ive discolored my skin, I now have a dark patch back there. Not to mention peeling and biting my finger and toe nails down to the numbs and also the skin around the nails and picking at acne. I need help, I hope this works.
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October 18, 2011

I find that even if you can't hold off from picking forever, joining in on a challenge gives you the strength to stop for a while, and the inspiration to try again! Just knowing that others are thinking the same thoughts and feeling the same feelings as you at the same time is very powerful :) Good luck, and keep us updated!
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October 15, 2011

hi i joined this forum at the start of the summer around june/july and i have been doin pretty well. reduced picking big time by covering mirrors but recently i seem to be checkin skin more often and losing motivation to stop. so i going to join you, not just for 30 days but try to go as long as i can to break this horrible habit. last nite i lost it and picked loads at my face then i went to bed and cried and dreaded wakening up to look in the mirror this morning. so here i go i am going to hang up a calendar and tick it every nite. it is so nice knowing that there are other people trying to stop picking skin too. it doesnt make me feel as alienated as i used too. thanks for listening. x
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October 16, 2011

Just a little word of advice (I just learned this in my psych class yesterday). It's best to set a definite goal, usually a small one at first, and work your way up to longer periods of time. Most of the time, if someone attempts to quit doing something and fails, they beat themselves up (mentally and emotionally usually) and are less likely to try again.
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October 16, 2011

thanks for the advice thats good to know! hopefully it'll take just 30 days to break the habit then so!! doing ok so far thankfully i keeping my nails short and da inflammation went down quickly enough so now i just need keep away from the scabs that have formed!!!
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October 16, 2011

Great idea, I'm going to use my calendar and tick it everyday. Don't give up! It takes a lot of perseverance and together we can do this.
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October 18, 2011

I agree, the calendar idea is great. I will try that too. As I mentioned to a newcomer to the forum, I find that even if you can't hold off from picking forever, joining in on a challenge gives you the strength to stop for a while, and the inspiration to try again! Together, we can do this :) Good luck!
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October 16, 2011

Hi, I've been a picker since elementary school - and now I'm a high school senior! I'm tired of picking as well and am definitely going to try this out with everyone here. I just can't stand having to worry about scabs all over my face, shoulders, and upper legs anymore. I actually draw blood a lot, and I end up with loads of huge scars everywhere. It's time to get over this!
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October 18, 2011

There are loads of people on this forum who have been pickers for decades, so don't feel alone! We're all in the same boat, and we can take strength in numbers to quit picking for good! Keep us updated :)
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October 16, 2011

Wow! I just signed in! I take your challenge! I've been picking for almost 10 years. I have been talking about it and seeking support from friends but having this group on the web of people living the same difficulties as me it's great. I believe it will make a difference. I once succeeded for two weeks of absolutely no piking when I was super motivated, but I was completely alone in this. I am not alone anymore. So I started a minute ago already and I am going to last 30 days until November 15th. This is great. Everybody, join in and let's share our small everyday victories. Let's keep in touch! We can do this!!!
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October 16, 2011

I pick my cuticles until they bleed and I really want to stop! I'm joining in :-)
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October 17, 2011

It's hard to cope with the excess of anxiety I'm feeling at the moment I would like to pick. I haven't picked at my skin but I feel electrified, like I have too much stress and no way to release it. Plus I have the frustration that comes when I stop the movement of my hand towards my skin. I take deep breaths and relax, but it's frustrating and my ability to focus on whatever i'm doing seems diminished. Let's persevere through the difficulties.
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October 17, 2011

I would like to try as well...I pick my face, neck, scalp, back,etc. I think it would take less time to list where I DON'T pick lol. In the recent past, I have been able to either stop or significantly reduce my picking, but my problem is that someone will notice and comment on how good my skin looks; for me, that is a trigger and I get anxious and within ten minutes, I'm back to square one :(
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October 17, 2011

It's good that you could reduce your picking. How about you go deep in how it makes you feel when someone compliment your skin? There is something there about what you believe for yourself that might give you answers on how to break that cycle.
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October 17, 2011

I kinda know what it is...I'm afraid to look good. As crazy as that sounds, it's affected more than just my skin. I'm overweight; several times I have lost significantly only to put it back on because I was starting to get attention from men, which can be quite scary. I have several disorders in addition to OCD (severe depression, PTSD, BPD, issues with compulsive eating, etc.). I think in my next life, I wish to be buried in an Almond Joy...at least the person eating it will expect to encounter a nut or two!!!
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October 17, 2011

It's hard that challenge, but it gives me energy in my day. I have been avoiding mirrors successfully. I use now only fresh natural products that makes my skin breath. I also use a Tea tree oil gel to put on pimples if they itch too much or I happen to see them. It soothes the itch, make me proud that I took an action, and heals my skin faster. Good day to you all! Perseverance is the key!
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October 18, 2011

Just keep in mind that there's strength in numbers, and we're all in this together. I am very impressed that you're able to get the tea tree oil onto your pimples before you pick at them (I always squeeze them before I have the chance to put anything on them.) So, you should be proud! Good luck to you, keep us updated!
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October 18, 2011

Where does one find a tea tree gel? I can only find the liquid
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October 18, 2011

A company named Lush have one, I love it!
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October 21, 2011

Tea tree oil is stronger than the gel, so that's probably your best bet if you're trying to get rid of single acne pimples. If you want to slather it on an area, then the gel might be a better idea. (Just remember that it could severely dry out your skin and promote acne in other areas, so be careful.) I know that the Body Shop sells tea tree oil, as well as tea tree gel with small "lip gloss" type applicators.
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October 18, 2011

Hi everyone, I was able to go 2 days straight without picking at all. I picked today but only one of my scabs on my legs. I will be starting again tomorrow. I have found that acrylic fingernails really help to avoid picking at your skin as they are a little thicker and harder to get the scabs off. For me, it just made me aware that I was doing it and allowed me the chance to stop myself from tearing them off. Vitamin e oil has really helped me to do as well as I have. I keep a bottle near me at all times and when I feel the urge, I put the lotion on. I feel bad that I picked today, but I will start over fresh in the morning and strive for a week at a time. This has made me so much more aware of what I am doing with my hands throughout the day! Thank you for the challenge!
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October 18, 2011

Making yourself aware of what you're doing is the best thing to help you stop! I'm sure we can all agree that half the time we don't even notice ourselves picking, and that's when we go overboard. So good on ya with the acrylic fingernails! (Wish I could use that trick but fake nails wouldn't mesh with my job.) Just to let you know, I was a newcomer not too long ago and I joined a 30 day challenge, and found that reading others' stories and sharing my own helped me so much (even just for that period of time) that I wanted to start one myself, to potentially help other people quit picking! So good luck, keep us updated! "Be inspired, and inspire others."
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October 18, 2011

I am starting tomorrow! There's no way I'm touching my skin until November. 6! Hold me to it:) and I will keep everyone posted on how I do!
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October 18, 2011

That's great! We can't wait to hear from you!
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October 18, 2011

I used to pick my face whenever i feel a bump or just to remove blackheads randomly..at one point it became worse - i remember that i used to apply a serum to dissolve the black heads and whiteheads when i was 21, I finally remembered what it was , bought it and in 14 days ... my face was clear from bumps and black heads.. Scars started to lighten. Thats when i started pulling my hair and picking my scalp :-( I cant stop and i only started doing all these picking when i moved to Japan 6 months ago. I dont know if its anxiety , but now i noticed that im starting to pick on my toe nails!!! I will try not to pick for 30 days!! will keep you guys posted
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October 18, 2011

Ouf, picking the scalp is so addictive :( No one can see underneath your hair so you tend to pick like crazy! (At least I do!) Hopefully you can release some of your anxiety by reading/sharing on the forum! Btw, what is the serum called that you used? It sounds really great.
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October 18, 2011

All right, I had a relapse yesterday evening and picked badly my skin while in class. Today is a new day and I'm gonna do it. I putted on a bracelet that reminds me of my challenge, (I piked this trick on this forum) but I'm gonna get a very bright one, so I wont miss it. I also play with a kind of stress ball when I am at my computer so my hands are occupied when I am not typing. I'll keep you posted if these tricks worked.
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October 18, 2011

So today I am studying for long periods in front of a computer. This is usually a situation where I pick extensively. I have been using a kind of stress ball (it's actually a rubber ring) and every time my hand so much as slightly touched my skin, I grabbed the ring and played with it until I had satisfaction and the urge was gone. It worked, no picking today.
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October 18, 2011

Awesome! Sounds like you're on the right track :) Is it possible to bring a stress ball to use during class, too?
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October 19, 2011

Hola chica! We're the same age and I can relate to your posts entirely! I've been trying to motivate myself the past few days to quit to no avail, I keep caving. >:o this has been going on for nearly 3 years now and it's only getting worse and worse. From my face to shoulders, arms, thighs, chest, legs and starting back in may, my scalp. Of course not all at once, I bounce between areas. Except my scalp because I always feel as if it's unnoticeable....when now it's getting so bad you can't miss it! Not to mention doing it in public... This condition has seriously affected my self esteem and self worth which shouldn't be the case because I know that I am not an unattractive or bad person (atleast gotta tell myself that!)..... Anyways, I'm sick of going down this slippery slope and am ready to start loving myself again. Trying to start a new page. Once I love myself, I'll not want to continue with this one bit. So I'm in!! Strength in numbers, guys! I am glad i can relate to other people because i thought i was solo nut job. If I can hit 30 days I'm not going back! By the way, research says it only takes 14 consecutive days to kill a bad habit, so 30 days will kill this skin picking and send it to hell too :)
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October 21, 2011

We sound so alike, I'm going to pick your brain for a sec (no pun intended... seriously.) Do you almost always feel down about picking? Or do you just have those really bad days once in a while where everything feels hopeless? I'm not asking about those "picking binges" we all go on, I'm asking about your feelings towards your picking. Because it sounds like you always have negative feelings towards yourself. Personally, I'm not always thinking about it, I don't always feel bad about myself, etc. I just have bad days where I feel ugly and out of control and kinda like I'm going crazy.
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October 20, 2011

It's great and I'm amazed by it, I continue touching my skin, but I don't actually pick and damage it. I touch delicately my skin and it does not trigger the desire to pick. I want a beautiful skin and I desire to take care of it so badly. I'll continue being connected to this strong desire to take care of myself and be gentle to my skin. What I can recommend that worked for me for others stuff and seems to have an impact now is writing for yourself strong motivations for doing this challenge, an inspiring vision of yourself as if it was today you were free of this compulsion and precise small goals that are accessible to you. Let's go everyone! Let's get free of this damned compulsion together!
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October 21, 2011

How inspiring :) You're doing great, don't give in!
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October 21, 2011

Lately, I have noticed myself picking a little. Not going overboard, but squeezing a spot here and there. I have been trying to convince myself that I am still ok for the challenge since I haven't been doing any damage, but today I'm admitting to myself that I failed. I know that I must completely stop picking for this to work. So, I will restart my personal 30 day challenge today, October 20th, at 11:00pm. This time I will quit. Everyone, please continue to share your stories!
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October 21, 2011

I don't know if it's such a good idea to start from zero again. I'd try learning from your small relapse and promise yourself to try a little harder or with new strategies for the days to come. It's a little discouraging to start again every time you fail only for one moment. Why not take this 30 day as a time where you put extra attention to your picking and habits, and make every effort to stop it. Relapse happens and we can learn from them and get closer to our goals by doing so instead of feeling guilty about them and getting further away from our goal. What do you think? Is there anything you could learn from your relapse? Is there anything you could do differently next time a similar situation happens that would prevent you from picking?
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October 22, 2011

You may be right, but I'm the kind of person who has to do everything "perfectly". So if I made it to 30 days just picking a bit every second day, I would feel like I hadn't really accomplished my goal. That would disappoint me more than re-starting and trying harder. And if I allow myself to pick a bit, what's stopping me from going overboard? Not a whole lot. Thank you for the advice, I know many people could benefit from it :) But I know what type of personality I have, and by starting again fresh I actually feel even more determined to quit.
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October 22, 2011

Good on you for being so persevering and determined. Good quality you have there! Really I can feel the determinism, and we all need this. Make sure that this perfectionism of yours don't go overboard in your challenge though. It's a fine line. It must not demotivate you. Remember your greater goal, it's that one day, you'll stop this habit. It's hard to believe that we can do it perfectly today, otherwise, we would not need to do this challenge. It's just a thought though, you go on with your decision, just keep observing your motivation. You'll need some rewards or achievements one day. Make sure you have those along the way.
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October 21, 2011

Here's a trick I discovered today that works for me; I pick a lot around my neck, chin and jaw line, so I wear a scarf and play a lot with it and instead of putting my hand on my face, I put it on the scarf, it's actually nice to feel my hand on my face without the urge to pick. And I always have something close to play with if I find I have the urge to do so.
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October 21, 2011

I'm 59 years old, wish I could say I've licked this...but when I stopped picking my arms and legs at about age 25, I started to pick and eat my cuticles. The only thing that stops me is acrylic nails..for some reason, I will leave them alone. I wear gloves when I drive, out of site out of mind! I have the ugliest pointer fingers. I leave the rest of my fingers alone. I worry at my job that I appear weak and neurotic. I notice other co workers do the same thing. I don't really feel stressed out but I must be.
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October 22, 2011

It's funny, one of my best friends in high school used to pick at her fingers/cuticles (still does, maybe) but I never really knew why and I didn't want to embarrass her by asking. Not that she would have had an answer, but at the time I never thought to connect it to my own picking. So you managed to quit picking your arms and legs... good on ya! It may have transferred on to your fingers, but that gives me an idea. Could you transfer your "compulsion" (or whatever you want to call it) to something else more healthy/productive? Maybe pick up a stress ball whenever you want to pick (like someone mentioned on this thread) or exercise everyday to relieve tension? I don't have a lot of ideas but if you integrate something else into your life to slowly replace the picking, theoretically you could quit!
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October 23, 2011

Hi Everyone! I'm new to this group...its really nice to be able to have someone to talk to about this problem. I'm 28 years old and I've been suffering with obsessive skin picking since I was 10!! :o( It hasn't always been a serious problem. I used to pick at my legs and somehow (I have NOOO idea how), but somehow I just stopped picking at them, so my legs completly cleared up and they're perfect with no scars or anything. However, for the past 10 years or so, I've been obsessed with picking my arms and back. I've been going to a cosmetic dermatologist for the past 3-4 years because I get acne on my back. I've spent sooo much money on medication, but it really hasn't improved much, because I can't stop picking the scabs and even the healthy skin. I'm horribly embarassed by this problem, so I've never shared it with my family, friends or dermatologist. I went to a therapist 2 years ago because I had performance anxiety with school and she diagnosed me with severe anxiety and ADD/ADHD. I take Adderal when I'm studying or going to class, so I can focus. I also have Xanax, but I only take a very small dose, on rare occassions (i.e., taking a test or making a presentation, so I'm more calm). I never even told my therapist about my skin picking, because I'm so ashamed by it. I'm going to join this 30-Day Challenge and hope that I can make it. It's pretty hard, because alot of times, I dont realize that I'm picking (i.e., it may start by just rubbing my back after a long day and then I unconsciously search for a scab to pick at). God, I sound like a psycho! :o( I hate this sooooooo much!! I hate having to hide my arms and back!! I hate not being able to wear sexy strappy clothes like other girls!! I'm an attractive girl, but I often have low self-confidence because the skin picking makes me feel like a monster. And people never understand WHY I have low self-confidence because they dont know that I pick my skin (my family knows but they dont know the extent of it). :o( Anyways, I'd reallyyy appreciate it if someone would respond to my post, so I dont feel like I wrote all of this out for nothing. And if anyone has any advice, I'd love to hear it!! Good Luck to everyone taking this challenge on!! I know I'll need some help and support on my side, so hopefully we can all be there for each other!
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October 24, 2011

My first piece of advice for you is to read through this feed and check out all the others, and I'm sure you'll learn something! You sound A LOT like me, (I guess we all sound like each other :P) especially the part about spending so much time/effort/money on getting rid of the acne but nothing works because you can't stop picking. Quitting is always the first step, and the hardest one, but as soon as you stop picking your skin immediately begins to improve, acne or no acne. Also about not telling ppl about it. Everyone thinks Oh, she has really bad, inflamed acne on her face/back/chest/wherever, and that sucks. When in reality, it's the compulsive picking that makes the acne look 10 times worse than it is. For most of my life I hid my problem (I didn't really understand it but I still felt embarrassed enough to hide it). I recently told my boyfriend of 2 years about it, and he has been very supportive of me. He grabs my hands when I start picking in front of him, and he compliments me when I do well. I feel so much better now that I feel like I don't have to hide, even if it's just from one person. And obviously, this site is a great way to connect with other ppl who are going through the exact same thing! What else... oh yes, we all have the problem of unconscious picking! Even before you can stop picking, you must make it a conscious thing. That way, you can physically stop yourself from doing it. Just try to be aware of your hands at all times, and when you feel them moving towards your skin, do something else! Grab a stress ball or brush your hair or rip paper or doodle, whatever! And even if you don't catch yourself picking every time, take your hands away and purposefully stop, as soon as you do (no matter how much you want to keep going!) That is the point of this feed, it's a goal for everyone to try and achieve! So good luck, keep us updated :)
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October 23, 2011

Hi to all! I just found this site and literally cannot believe how MANY other people have this same soul-destroying, time consuming and day ruining problem! I almost feel like I want to cry because I'm not alone in this after all. I have suffered from this since I was about 11 and started to get the normal few spots - 22 now and over that time I've moved on to my upper arms, breasts, shoulders and, hate to say it, genitals. I cannot cope anymore with the shame and disgust I feel after I've picked or eaten, I really thought I must be a real freak. I don't go as far and don't get the infections I used to - so the very small voice of optimism in my head is telling me that I must be gradually getting better. But I can't trust to that to make this end, and right now, that's all I want - but I know that just one tired evening or morning, the 'correction' of just one spot can so easily lead to the demolition of all my problem areas, undoing all the hard work id've achieved in days or weeks of abstinence in a stupid, senseless half an hour. I need something like this to talk to other people who KNOW what this is like - the fact that you cant simply 'just not do it'. I have only started to admit (or try to explain) my problem to close friends and my mum in the last couple of months, but I really can't expect them to understand because they don't have it - it's an addiction! Even when I finally tried to talk to the GP again about it, she didn't really seem to get it and looked at me like I was a wierdo. If youre doing this 30 day challenge, well then I am going to try my very best to be motivated with all of you and do it too. Knowing that other people are out there trying as hard as I am to resist this stupid stupid thing is going to help, I know it! Some of the posts I've read here have really affected me - I know that 22 is not very old but I refuse to let this dominate my life any longer. I can't describe how bitter I feel when I see a cool T shirt or lovely dress that I know I cant wear even with my arms slathered in foundation, or when friends or even people on TV complain about how their issues with their normal-skinned bodies are affecting their relationships with all those gorgeous guys, I want to just scream 'You have NO idea!!!' I'm lonely but I havent been able to go near a bloke since I was 18 and actually dread the idea of meeting someone because of the thought of showing my skin. I struggle to maintain a healthy weight, but I can honestly say I'd gladly be two stone heavier and swap it out for good skin I don't feel drawn to every time I look at it. Thankyou so much to everyone who's posted about what they're going through on this site. I cant let this continue to dictate what I can and can't do in my adult life. so you're on, this is day 1 of 30!
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October 25, 2011

This is day 1 of 30 for me also. I'm 30 and have been picking for ten years now, but for the first four I didn't even realize it was a problem, I just thought I had pimples. For the past six I've been trying unsuccessfully to stop, sometimes I can go a few days, but then, of course, I just have to scratch off something on my face and then I end up sitting in front of a mirror demolishing every pore in sight. My face right now is just embarrassing, and I feel ashamed just to get out in public. BUT, for the good news, I AM going to beat this and my husband has gotten on board to help support me. He actually took down the bathroom mirror so I wouldn't pick, put the full length mirror in the hallway and taped the lights in the off position (so I can see my outfit but not have enough light to pick), he is going to watch me any time I wash my face since that's when I pick the most, especially when I wash my face in the shower, I spend half an hour just going over the surface of my skin with my fingernails and scratching ANYTHING that's raised whatsoever off, and I have plastic gloves sitting next to the bed that I will put on as soon as I wake up and only take off if I'm in public (even in the car I'll wear them, because I scratch in the car), and take them off when I go to bed. I know this might seem drastic, but really, I'm SO sick of picking and feeling so guilty and ugly, and I know that nothing else has worked, so I'm just being honest with myself and acknowledging that only drastic measures will work at this point and I'm willing to do it since I don't think anything else will work. I know you're young and believe me, you don't want to be 30 and still dealing with this, so just deciding to stop sometimes isn't good enough because your brain is constantly sending signals out to pick. Try wearing gloves as much as you can and cover mirrors. Oh yeah, a neurologist told me that I need to look in a mirror and go over my face with my fingers but NOT pick, so I'm going to have my husband watch me while I do this, because God knows I would pick if he weren't there watching me. Doing that kind of retrains your brain to touch what it is you've been touching and picking but without the picking. So, anyway, I'll check in with you and see how you're doing, and you can do it!

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