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rosebud123 , 14 Nov 2011

i'm 20 and I can't stop picking my face

I'm 20 years old and i've been picking my skin since I was 14 but recently its gottenalot worse. I can't stop. I pick at the littlest things on my face that norma people wouldn't even notice or care about. I sit in front of the mirror for hours. Sometimes I even use a needle to poke all over my face trying to release the infection I believe to be there but I only end up squeezing out blood. I'm a wreck I won't leave the house without makeup I've lost friends because i've flaked on them so many times because I don't wanna leave my house with all these nasty scabs on my face. I won't go the gym cuz i don't want my makeup to sweat off and people to see what I really look like. I put off seeing my boyfriend for Weeks and finally just broke up with him cuz I couldn't risk him seeing how ugly I was. Its ruining my life. I need he lp and support! Does anyone else have these problems???
2 Answers
November 18, 2011
I have the exact same problem, I've been doing it since my teens and I'm in my 40's now and I'm having a major flare up. I can't seem to stop picking my zits or whatever is on my face, and I get into the cycle of scabs and then not wanting to leave the house unless I have make-up on. Even then I'm head tripping worrying if the make-up is cracking over the scabby/raw areas and leaking. So I try to pick the scabs before I put the make-up on, but then they never heal. I can get lost in the mirror for hours picking at my face, and now I'm starting in on my scalp, too. I didn't go to class @ college last night due to my face being scabbed up and now I want to call in for work tomorrow, too. I don't have any answers, I sought help with a dermatologist who tried me on Doxepin but it made me feel like a zombie, so I stopped taking it. I hope it's getting better for you. Glad I found this site, the fact that there's no one to talk to about it makes it so much worse for me.
November 18, 2011
I know exactly how you feel. I quit almost a year ago. I remember that I hadn't quit by my 21st birthday b/c I stayed locked up in my apartment all day because I was so embarassed of my face. I would order pizza/china delivery all the time because i refused to leave my apartment. I basically ended up getting kicked out of school, having no friends, and having ugly skin.. so yeah I quit and I started getting fit. You just have to stop looking in the mirror, I know its hard but with enough will power you can stop. Turn your focus to doing things that make you feel pretty like doing your hair or painting your nails instead. Or even washing your face. You'll be amazed how much your skin will clear up after 2 weeks. ps: you dont want scars. I quit picking but i stil have scars and I actually had some laser resurfacing done today so hopefully it works and I'll finally have beautiful skin. Good luck

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