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I've been obsessively "cleaning" the pores in my face for over 25 years, spending way too much time in front of the mirror and damaging my skin. I am transfixed in front of the mirror in a trance state, my inner fantasy world. It is the trance plus the act of squeezing my pores that is so soothing, and that is why it is so hard to stop. Tonight I allowed myself to pick but I worked very hard to stay in the moment and not let my my mind wander. I told myself exactly what was I was doing, like a play-by-play of my actions. "I'm picking. I'm squeezing blackheads from my nose, and now my chin, etc. My back hurts. I'm stepping away from the mirror to relieve my back pain. I'm aware that my picking is hurting my skin." Within 10 minutes I moved away from the mirror, whereas I usually spend over an hour standing there. I believe the trick to curbing this behavior (and eventually stopping) is to BE IN THE MOMENT AND NOT GO INTO A TRANCE STATE!!!