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IWantToStop , 02 Jan 2013

I Want to End it!

I have been a picker since I was about 12 years old, I am now 22 years old. It's started out with my mother picking at my imperfections (she is also a picker). I pick at my scalp, my face, my lip, my arms, my breasts, my legs, my cuticles, my nose.. Pretty much everything. I just recently started to look into the issue as I am hoping to do some corrective skin therapy to help with the scarring, but I want the issue resolved before spending all this money on a good dermatologist.. I pick when I'm bored, when I'm nervous, when I'm stressed or when I feel it is needed (white heads, nose ring adjustments, etc). I'm so happy I'm not the only one who does this stuff.. It's so humiliating! I have even begun to follow my picking pattern while I sleep! :( Mostly my nose and lips. Is there anyone else with this severity of picking?! Can you help? Which step do I take first? I feel so overwhelmed at the thought of trying to quit because it has consumed so much of my daily routine. I feel like writing it down or tracking it would be impossible and completely impractical. The rubber band thing is absurd.. Any other suggestions?! Thank you so much..
4 Answers
January 03, 2013
Something I've done in the past is wearing false nails, they're too fat to let you pick so it helps stop you, then keep them on for as long as you need, (it takes 6 weeks to break a habit) slather yourself in body creams, lip balms, anything you think may help your skin restore itself as well before the nails come off. Hope this helps.
January 09, 2013

In reply to by Runaway_1

I've set an alarm on my phone to remind me to moisturize 3 times per day.. So far it's been working pretty good. I'm don't moisturize all three times, but I usually get around to it at least once a day. And I'm noticing an improvement.. False nails won't work because they ruin my nails. And they pretty go against everything I stand for. (Natural beauty)
January 07, 2013
I also pick at pretty much everything imaginable from the time I wake up until I go to sleep. Fake nails briefly worked for me because I couldn't really grip any skin and they were too dull to pick scabs. Then I started getting more aggressive and leaving worse sores than ever .. I just wish I felt that I could talk to someone about it but even thinking about it is embarrassing. Very helpless feeling
January 09, 2013

In reply to by OCDPicker

I know what you mean! To be honest, I think talking about it with close friends and relatives can be even more helpful. I've recently talked about my condition with close friends (girls and guys) and they have been really supportive and understanding! It's actually really helpful to be around others who are aware. They'll point out that I'm picking when I don't even notice I'm doing it! Some of them even admitted that THEY also pick. One of the things I've been doing lately is following an 'A' picking routine. After doing some research, I found that there are three kinds of skin pickers: An “A” is something that almost “anyone” would pick. This could be a piece of dry skin hanging off your arm, a pus-filled whitehead on your chin that pops at your mere touch, or a scab that’s barely hanging on which you easily detach. A “B” is a “bump”, pimple, scab, etc. that only a skin picker would pick. This is something that would either become an “A” over time or go away on its own if left alone. But, a skin picker will frequently start picking at it and make it significantly worse. It may then bleed, ooze, scab, and possibly become infected. This in turn will cause two additional problems – it will cause the picker significant distress, and it will give him or her something new to pick at later. In my experience, I have found that clients with CSP classify at least 50% of their picking as “B’s”. “C” stands for “Create”, meaning the individual with CSP is not picking at anything objectively “real”, but in the process of picking at her skin, he or she “creates” something such as a blemish, scratch or scab. A “C” is something that only someone with Dermatillomania would pick. There is often nothing apparent on the skin, but the picker starts picking or scratching, and in the process creates a wound. I'm a B/C skin picker. So, I told myself that I would only pick something if it were an 'A'. Not completely telling myself to stop, but controlling the things I pick. So, basically white heads. If it doesn't look like something that ANYONE would pick at, I don't touch it. Hopefully this helps you! If you'd like, we can always chat via email or something for ongoing support?

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