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sarahSMILESx03 , 28 Jan 2012

I'm so ashamed.

I'm 16 years old, and I've been picking for as long as I can remember. Everyone always told me I should stop because I'd have scars, and now I have scars (and scabs) all over my body. During certain times in my life I have had very few scabs, but I can't remember the last time I had no scabs whatsoever. I am so ashamed and embarassed of my picking... I really care about the way I look and I feel like I could be so much prettier if I didn't have all these disgusting scabs. Recently, I started seeing a counselor about my skin-picking (and for other things as well), but it hasn't helped much so far. I'm really busy right now with school, homework, and rehearsal for the various plays & music groups I'm involved in. I feel super stressed out and anxious all the time, which results in me picking almost all day long. It's worst when I come home from school -- I just sit in my bedroom and pick almost every scab I have. I want them all to heal so badly. Every time I pick I feel so much guilt and shame; I just feel disgusted with myself. Recently, it's gotten so bad that I started bringing neosporin to school and applying it whenever I feel the need to pick, but it doesn't help as much as I thought it would. I want to stop more than anything in the world but I don't know how. I can't imagine how much better my life would be if I didn't have to worry about picking. Please help! Any advice would be much appreciated(:
3 Answers
January 28, 2012
The first and important step is to throw/hide the mirrors away. The next step is to stop the hands from trying to touch the skin, I mean fysically. Put the gloves on when you are at home. The next important step is to deal with the feelings that come up and not run from them. Feel the feelings!!!
January 31, 2012

In reply to by Basta

Your right, I have to hide my tweezers, magnifying mirrors etc. Today is my day to throw them away and start make up in the bath mirror where you cant see all that close up. Good Luck to all. I know we can do this, right?

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