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arkag , 19 May 2012

Does anyone want to try to quit together?

I am a 21 year old female, recent university grad. I pick my face and essentially anywhere I shave, I have been for as long as I remember. I do this as a stress release habit I believe. I have been successful in short time frames with quitting but I can never maintain. If anyone wants to work together as a support system to set goals for quitting please let me know. I feel like accountability might be helpful. Also if anyone has any tips on quitting that would be greatly appreciated as well.
23 Answers
May 19, 2012
Hey Arkag, yeah id be interested in some kind of team approach. Im not really talking to anyone about this and I really need encouragement at the moment. I had a good period about a month ago but this last month has been ridiculous. I have a stream of spots and sores on my forehead thats practically crying to be left alone. // Today, I declared WAR ON MIRRORS and have removed or covered all the ones in my room and office, and sat with a hypnotherapy session on repeat. Next week Im going to reward myself for a week of no picking and squeezing by getting my eyebrows done! Stupid, I know, but a necessary incentive, and with the state of my forehead I havent bothered with my eyebrows in weeks. // Im 27 and been doing this for 15 years. I have some good tips for managing your body skin to reduce picking temptations I can share, but Im hopeless with my face. // Lets take this week by week, eh? What goals will you set for yourself this week?
goal orientated
August 13, 2012

In reply to by plansyd

Me too. I think daily goals or morning/evening goals might be a good starting point. Whatever the goals they need to be achievable and realistic, not overly demanding. Otherwise many of us will dig harder on relapse out of frustration that some of us have managed it although we might have 'failed' our hopes.
May 19, 2012
I'm so happy to find you guys to share my problem with. I am female, 26 year old, skin picker for 10 or more... Today I realized I really do have a problem. Today I canceled all my responsibilities - leaving to job and going to friend tonight because of my skin condition. I was typing on google searcs and this is a first site that been given in searc results. I was thinking about finding a friend who I can share problem and start a healinh process with. I am from Serbia (Srbija) and I hoped that I could find someone hwo speaks my language but our problem can be talked about with this much of English knowledge, I hope... I was thinking about sharing a videos couse I think that could be helpfull and could show us improvements day by day, or anything else you think could help. My e-mail is Please write, I do not have anyone to talk about this problem with and I feel like loosing a fight...
May 19, 2012
Hiya, would you mind if I joined in with you? Basically I've had this problem for about 24 years, I'm 34. I don't talk to anyone else about it. My partner knows I pick my lips (I can't really hide them, the state they get in) but he just thinks it's a silly habit. I've always managed to hide my legs from him, can't believe I've managed it for so long. I never wear skirts, lock the bathroom door, lights out getting dressed and undressed. It's exhausting! I joined the group to try to get encouragement from others and also to offer my support and help. I have tried EVERYTHING. I don't know what to do to stop. I've given myself a dead line, that by end July I want to be able to wear my crop trousers and not have to hide the mess on my legs. Any tips would be fantastic!! Maybe if I just come on here everyday and speak to you it will help because then it's making me more concious of my problem.
May 20, 2012
I would love to quit together. I'm 22 and I've been picking for at least 8 years. My picking is quite pervasive, I no longer worry about picking in private and I pick my face, arms, legs and feet. I've tried to quit before but my family and partner aren't supportive and my friends don't seem to realise it's even a problem (I guess it doesn't look like a big deal after the shock of seeing me in the grips of a major depressive episode last year). I'm sick of having blood trickling down my face, it's embarassing, gross and painful.
May 31, 2012
Hi everyone thanks for all of the responses. I will email those of you who posted you emails. Mine is
May 31, 2012
Hi, I am 22 years old and have had this problem for as long as I can remember but only recently went to the doctors where he told me I have dermatillomania. I pick my face , arms/shoulders, back and chest mostly. I have some noticable scars from where I've done this like on my shoulders. Now I know what it is and have told there are ways to stop I want to try and beat it! I have good times and bad times with this, recently I have been really good with my face but my shoulders are such a mess! I never spoken to anyone before about this but would love some help to stop. Its so good to hear other peoples stories/experience. I would love to hear how your doing with stopping and help spure each other on. If you want to message me off here my email is
July 23, 2012
We could help each other. I could really use a friend right now.
July 23, 2012
So, what's your plan? Should we post here daily or something else?

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