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alex56 , 05 Nov 2011

Cant stop picking at hole on face

ive had this zit on my cheek for the past 7 weeks.. at this point i cant call it a zit, its just a huge hole. it hasnt even been filling up but everytime the scab heals i feel the urge to just pick it and when i do it wont be bleeding but the hole just wont fill up.. and i keep on picking at it thinking theres something there but there never is anymore. i just feel like the hole has gotten so big to the point its not gunna close up like at all. i already have big deep scars on my face from picking but never has a hole been this big so idk how this is gunna heal. getting very frustrated with my habit!
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November 05, 2011
I have had a LOT of luck with the amino acid N-acetyl cysteine, which is sometimes sold as N-acetyl L-cysteine, for my 11-year-old daughter who severely picks her skin (arms and legs). I'm hoping that everyone on this group will check it out. We started out at 1200mg each day, 600mg in the morning and 600mg in the evening. Then we worked up to 2400mg, 1200 mg in the morning and 1200 mg in the evening, within about 3 or 4 weeks. The study that was done in 2009 showed the best results were after 9 weeks of continuous treatment with this amino acid, also just known as NAC. We saw great results after 6 weeks. Please consider trying it. I am not a doctor, so please weigh out the risks for yourself. It has truly been a godsend. My daughter used to pick to the point of staph infections. She has scars all over her body. It works by regulating the URGE to pick. You can download the summary text of the 2009 study on this website - The study was for hair-pulling, but skin-picking and nail-biting result from similar sets of urges.

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