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May 07, 2012

Day 1 scored about a 3 out of 10. Significant damage was caused. I'm now at the end of Day 2. Day 2 was slightly better, deserving of about a 5. Only a mini-session tonight. I seem to be a night picker.
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May 08, 2012

Day 3 - a slightly better day. I'd give myself a 7. I wasn't at home much today which probably helped. And I left the light off when I went into the bathroom to brush my teeth tonight. It was too dark for me to really make out my reflection in the mirror, but just light enough to be able to put the toothpaste on the brush. It worked - ill try to keep doing it. I was also feeling happier and healthier in general today. That makes a big difference. Still, 7 is my best score yet so I'm happy about that.
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May 09, 2012

Day 4 - I did well today. Really well. 9 out of 10. Once again it helped that I kept busy, outdoors and surrounded myself with people as much as possible. I have learned, however, that it is just after these good days that things often take a turn for the worse. I'm going to try hard not to let that happen.
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May 10, 2012

Day 5 - good. 8/10. I had a couple of setbacks today but still did well. Kept busy and was in the company of others all day. I hope I can keep being strong.
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May 11, 2012

Day 6 - not quite so strong today. Managed to exercise enough restraint to avoid causing too much damage even though the urge was ever present today. I wasn't perfect by any means, but I was pretty disciplined at times. I'm happy with how I went on the whole. 6 out of 10.
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May 12, 2012

I am so proud of you! making progress. KEEP IT UP!
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May 12, 2012

Thanks so much Toomuchpressure!! I appreciate the words of encouragement!
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May 12, 2012

Day 7 - a better day than yesterday. 9 out of 10. Went out tonight and actually felt happy with how my skin looked. As a result, I was in a good mood all night! Unfortunately, I didn't wash or cleanse my face when I got home. Too tired - went straight to bed. At least that kept me away from bathroom mirrors!
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May 13, 2012

Day 8 - very good. I'm feeling more confident in public. I need to try to keep being strong. It's worth it. Today's score: 9 out of 10.
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May 14, 2012

Middle of the night session when I was unable to sleep. Apart from that, not bad. Still pretty happy with how I'm looking. 7/10
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May 14, 2012

I used to be a night-picker also! What's really helped me are over-the-counter sleeping pills. I purchase Target's Up&Up brand - the non-habit forming gel capsules (just the regular sleeping pills, not the ones with pain killers in them.) I found that they make me too sleepy to want to pick at night and I end up just going to sleep instead of picking. Also, Wal-Mart's Equate Original Clean Facial Cleansing Towelettes are great for taking your make-up off at night and cleaning your face with. I use these INSTEAD of washing my face at the bathroom sink (in front of the mirror) at night. This has also helped to prevent night-time picking for me. I hope these tips help and I just wanted to let you know that you are doing FANTASTIC!!! Keep up the great work and we're all rooting for you! XO - newperspective
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May 15, 2012

Thanks newperspective! Such great tips! I actually live in Australia so I think the brands of sleeping tablets and face wipes might be different here. Anyway, I can see how both would work well at night time and I will see what I can find at the shops. All the best to you, and thanks for your support :)
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May 15, 2012

Day 10 - not great. 6/10. There were a few things playing on my mind today. The heightened anxiety levels brought about a couple of mini sessions. It could've been worse. I'm determined to have a better day tomorrow.
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May 16, 2012

Very good today. Felt happier and as a result, the urge was much weaker. 9 out of 10.
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May 17, 2012

Did well today considering I had a little bit of anxiety. I just stayed out of the house as much as possible. It's better for me not to be alone when I'm feeling down - even if I'm only in the company of strangers. I feel like I'm getting a bit stronger because I've said "no" a few times. Hope I can keep this up. 9 out of 10.
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May 18, 2012

Day 13 - 6 out of 10. I know I will do better tomorrow.
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May 19, 2012

Day 14 - 7/10. Still room for improvement. Will tomorrow be my first 10/10 day? I think it will be.
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May 20, 2012

Day 15 - not perfect, but pretty good. 9 out of 10.
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May 22, 2012

Day 16 - very good, 9 out of 10
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May 23, 2012

Day 18 - 10/10 but I've done away with the meds. They're not for me. I'll just have to go it alone.
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May 24, 2012

Day 19 - 10/10 need to keep being strong.
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May 23, 2012

Day 17 - 10/10 Started medication. They do help, but the side effects are horrible.
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May 12, 2012

good job! keeping busy is so important occupy your time and focus your energy always!
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May 12, 2012

you should cover your mirrors it really helps and get a smaller mirror for your bedroom!!!!! Doing well!!!! I am so proud of you!!!
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May 12, 2012

I am also a night picker! when you get home at night try to really focus on getting ready for bed and not wasting time looking in the mirror!
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May 25, 2012

Day 20 - 10/10 - Gotta keep it up
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May 26, 2012

Day 21 - relapse :( 5 out of 10. Not in front of the mirror - just lying in bed. Such a shame. Tomorrow is a new day.
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May 27, 2012

tomorrow is a new day ! but, when you have a relapse, even the next minute is a new minute. the second you can pick yourself back up is the second in which you should realize that youve won this round, and you will win the whole war eventually. it may take time, but we are going to get through this (:
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May 27, 2012

Thanks so much skreed. That really is a great bit of advice. Yes, we'll conquer this!!
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May 27, 2012

Day 22 - 10/10 busy all day - that's the best defence.
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May 28, 2012

im proud of you !!!
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May 28, 2012

Day 23 - 10/10 stayed happy and positive today. Tried to channel my thoughts, time and energy into other people. I think this helped to take the focus away from me and my skin.
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May 29, 2012

Day 24 - 3/10 bad bad bad. Embarrassed and ashamed. I can't let this beat me.
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May 29, 2012

Don't let it beat u. U have had a minor set back and whilst I know it feels like the end of the world when it happens things can and will get better. Stay positive and be proud of how well u did before and know that u can do it again. Don't despair, we've all been there and we know it's tough but u can beat this and we are all here to support u.
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May 30, 2012

Thank you so much vix! Such kind and thoughtful words :) your comment really lifted my spirits. Wishing you lots of strength and positivity.
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May 30, 2012

Day 25 - 8/10 huge improvement on yesterday :)
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May 30, 2012

great to hear ! keep it up (: