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I am 28 years old and have been picking at my skin for a long time. Until today I thought I was relatively alone and too ashamed to talk to anyone about it. But today I googled "skin picking habit" after opening up to my husband... This week I have begun a crusade to improve who I am, and I know where to begin. I have been picking my skin for a long as I can remember. It started in my early adolescence, my face wore the brunt of it. I remember picking a scab on my forehead until it bled and was about the size of an Australian 10c piece. I also remember another time where I had an issue with making sure my shampoo was completely rinsed my shampoo and conditioner out of my hair, acne ensued, and so I went on a picking frenzy. Later on in my youth I started with my neck, my chest, my belly... And by the time I went to university, I had started on my shoulders. My shoulders got really bad. In second year, I was diagnosed with depression and that was probably the worst they got. I picked at them until I had great scratches, sores, some pussy, and I would pick them too. I honestly don't ever remember feeling too much pain from it. I suppose in my case, it was a little self-harm tendency manifesting itself. When I was about 24 I started on my areolas. One night in the shower, I gave my nipple a little squeeze and I got a 'really good one'. Having been given the encouragement I needed, I couldn't stop. I kept squeezing that one little gland, but eventually tried the next one, and the next. And now I'm a mother to a 9 month old baby and I'm breastfeeding. Breastfeeding has not been my friend. Having my boobs in my face all day and having little to do while I'm feeding means I'm at them all the time. They are pretty bad. My right nipple isn't so bad, but my left is terrible. I have sores all over them, and as soon as I see a little white or black head, I'm at it again. I can't stop. I understand I'm not doing myself any favours, and in my quest to have my skin completely clean, I'm actually doing the opposite. I'm encouraged to know I'm not alone, so please, let's talk and try to get over this, because I don't know about you, but I don't want this to rule me anymore than it already has.