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I've always picked at my face, chest and back, probably since the age of 12 when I first started getting pimples. I get such oily skin, that of course I'm going to get breakouts and of course I'm going to pick at them. I'm 21, almost 22, and I don't really know how it started or why but I can't stop.I remember being about 11 when my Mum first popped a pimple on my face and later on my back and I guess it sort of started from there and slowly progressed. At first it was only my face, then I started on my back and my chest, and now I just can't stop myself. I also have been through stages of pulling out the hairs that frame my face and my forehead, plucking my leg hairs and even scratching and picking at my scalp. I was teased in school and called a pizza face, which briefly stopped my picking, and pulling and I've tried so many different products to clear up my skin and prevent break outs yet they keep coming back. I do realise my picking is a major contributor to this, but I am just so tired of feeling ugly and like my whole face is just one big pimple and it is SO HARD TO STOP. I can't explain to anyone - my boyfriend, my friends, my family how I just can't control it, it's not even an urge, I just see my face in the mirror or in a reflection and see my imperfections and pick. It is sickening. I feel almost a thousand times worse than I did with the small bumps on my face, but there is something that feels so disgustingly good about picking at them. I've found it somewhat therapeutic to read through other peoples posts and I feel comforted that I'm not alone in doing this to myself, but I'm also sad that so many other people do it too and that there is no real help or encouragement for us to stop, just yet. I plan on seeing a Skin Clinic/Dermatologist in the next week and working out some kind of treatment for my face and see where I can go from there about my picking problems. Hopefully the future is looking a lot clearer and brighter for myself... and for fellow skin pickers out there. We are beautiful, no matter what.