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New Skin Picking Addict - Tips/Tricks I Use to Heal My Skin and Stop.
I'm a 22 year old female and I've been picking my skin for a few years now but it's become progressively worse this past year. I don't have bad skin, bad acne, or anything like that. I get the occasional pimple here and there or whitehead and I do have blackheads on my nose, but who doesn't? I am the one who makes a mess out of my own skin. If it wasn't for my picking my skin would be fine. After I wash my makeup off at night is when I do my picking. All of my pores just seem to look clogged and I squeeze and squeeze, I can spend an hour in the bathroom squeezing and picking at my skin without even knowing an hour went by. I never seem to fail to turn a little zit into a huge piece of raw skin. Worse than that is when the skin heals over I'll leave it alone for a few days and pick the piece of skin that healed over it, off, causing it to be raw and the whole process to start again. I do have clinical depression and anxiety and I'm not sure if this has anything to do with it, I guess I feel like I'm taking my problems out on my skin. Right now the right side of my face is clear along with my chin, and forehead. However, on my left cheek I have an open sore about half the size of a fingernail on my cheek that won't cover with makeup. I'm going to try the calamine lotion trick tonight and hopefully that will help. Some things that also help me are moisturizers with zinc in them, they seem to heal my spots and scars faster, along with topical vitamin c which I apply in the morning and mix in with my moisturizer, it helps to fight and fade discolorations. As for makeup, I use makeup that has ZERO pore clogging ingredients so this won't create more clogged pores for me to pick. I use the dermablend smooth indulgence concealer, which also helps lighten dark marks, NARS sheer glow foundation, MAC studio finish concealer, Bare Essentials Matte loose foundation powder, and tarte park ave princess for my bronzer. These products will NOT break you out. First I apply my moisturizer, then I apply the dermablend on any spots, then the NARS foundation, then MAC studio finish concealer over the spots, then I set it with a LIGHT dusting of the bare essentials, and apply my bronzer. It sounds like a lot but I use light layers of the products/use them sparingly so it doesn't look heavy at all. Also, when I wash my face at night I make sure the light in the bathroom is extremely dim, just light enough so I can see what I'm doing but not light enough where I will see every imperfection to pick. This works well for me. Once this spot on my cheek heals I hope I will be done picking. I'm going to try my best not to. Always try to remember that you are more than your skin and how it looks.
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