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Joker , 26 Apr 2012

Can't stop picking!

I've had this habit, ever since I was a toddler to keep picking at every bump that appears on my face. Even if it bleeds, there was no stopping me. I now have lots of scabs on my neck, nose, upper lip, and ears. I cannot stop picking at them no matter how many times my family and friends try to get me to stop. My mother makes me put band-aids on all the scabs, but my fingers always seem to somehow find a way to get to the scab. Sometimes I don't even know I'm picking. I don't know why I pick at these scabs! I just enjoy the feel of my face feeling smooth, or some other reason. These scabs are so embarrassing and people always ask me what happened to my face. I don't want to get scars, but I can't stop picking! Help me!!
4 Answers
April 30, 2012
You might think that this sounds a little ridiculous but have you tried wearing gloves? I know that you can't wear them all the time (ie outside in the summer) but I found that I was picking at my face a lot when I was sleeping or lying in bed... wearing gloves was the easiest way to keep my hands from causing any damage that I wasn't cognizant of. If you find you're hands are on your face during the day I think that your first step might be trying to figure out if there is an actual trigger for your habit - I have two very specific ones, sitting at my computer, and getting ready for work in the morning in my bathroom mirror. Trust me, it took me 15 years to figure this out so it might not be an overnight transformation and it might not work for you because I've come to realize that everyone is different. Perhaps once you figure out what your triggers are, you can find a 'conveniently placed distraction' to make yourself aware. I believe that everyone has their own method that works for them, and I don't think that every method is effective all the time. However, you have a support system here from people who understand what it is you're going through and the best thing to know is that you're not alone and everyone here is wishing you well.
June 08, 2012
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June 08, 2012
kcantwell I would like you to read my blog posted earlier this week: Possible cure. It is designed specifically for people like you who really want to stop their compulsion. The blog describes a mental exercise that has been successful in curing picking compulsions for most of those who participate. And may I ask you to e-mail me if you would like to try. I will work with you to facilitate the process, answer your questions (there are frequently many), and tell you of the experience of others.
June 06, 2014
My mother makes me put band-aids on all the scabs, but my fingers always seem to somehow find a way to get to the scab.

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