30 day no picking challenge


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September 21, 2013

so i haven't picked since 8ish last night, it's is now 10:38 in the morning.. the pimples are currently very red and irritated but nothing to pop, since i already did that yesterday and the day before. i'll be in the healing process probably till this coming wednesday, i look forward to seeing less redness by then. i washed my face with the bacteria face wash and i don't plan on looking in the mirror all day. touching my face will be difficult, i like to feel if the pimples are healing but it's totally uncalled for since it contributes to more clogged pores. i'm really in it to win it, i want a change in my life. i'll post tonight possibly to say if my redness has gone down or not.
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September 22, 2013

woooooooooooooooooooo you go girl im gooing to try the 30 day challenge aswel starting tomorrow morning wish me luck !!!!!!!!!!! xxxxxxx
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September 22, 2013

good luck, i'm sure you'll do great!!! :D
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September 23, 2013

good luck to both of you! Keeping a journal is a great idea!!!
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September 23, 2013

I'm going to take on this challenge also starting today. I'll update here as well. I pick at my legs and they look awful. I am so ashamed :(
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September 21, 2013

it's now 7:35 and my face feels considerably less sore compared to this morning, no other change then that. Haven't picked in 24 hrs.
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September 22, 2013

whether anyone bothers commenting on this or not, i'll proceed to use it as a journal for my skin. i just did my 4 step treatment before going to bed, still didn't pick.. although tempted because i have a white head on my chin. my scabs seem to be healing nicely, although i just picked yesterday. i'm feeling some what hopeful that this will be the break through that i needed for stopping this horrible picking habit. i noticed today, i'm always feeling for something to pick at whether on my body or anything else! completely embarrassing, i'm terminating this habit forever!!! so here to is today 1 of no picking :) i have plans for next weekend and hope my skin recovers fast, so i don't look like a mess.
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September 22, 2013

i'm very curious if anyone has information on once the skin is healed and the scabs are ready to come off, what is the right way to get them off. exfoliating isn't an option for me, (i break out from it) and picking them off i'd just rather find an alternative
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September 30, 2013

I usually just peel them off with my fingernails.
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September 22, 2013

going on day 2 of no picking :) i did my 4 step facial regime this morning. i have 2 new pimples.. one on on my forehead and another above my eyebrow. my pimples are drying up, but are still red. the fact i didn't try to pop the two pimples i woke up with was a big step for me, i don't even want too.
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September 22, 2013

the whitehead i had on my chin yesterday has vanished without picking it as well :) i'll update before i go to bed.
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September 22, 2013

the two pimples i woke up with are totally pop-worthy and it's becoming difficult to resist picking at them, i guess this will show what truly happens to a unpicked pimple BECAUSE im not picking mu face anymore. almost nearing the completion of day 2, looking forward for the days to come.
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September 23, 2013

my face within 2 days has showed remarkable progress without any picking (mainly talking about healing) my pimples i've woken up with are getting smaller, thank god.
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September 23, 2013

my skin is looking so much better than saturday, redness is almost gone. i have A LOT of dry skin but i can't exfoliate it yet, i know if i did the skin underneath wouldn't be completely healed. this is a big step for me because i'm usually very anxious to remove dead skin to brighten my face up. not this time, it usually just aggravates new acne to emerge anyway. i'll wait till wednesday or thursday to see if it's ready then because i don't want reoccurring dry skin/scabs from previous pimples, guhhh.
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September 24, 2013

my skin is looking clearer by the second, i'm really happy. my last face wash was before i went to bed.. removed a lot of the dry skin patches, i have 3 little scabs remaining right now. day three of no picking!
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September 24, 2013

if i can continue not picking and just focus on fading my scars, i look forward to that greatly
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September 25, 2013

so i've completed day four! my skin is looking really awesome, i almost forgot what my skin looked like unpicked. it's heals rather fast, thankfully. i've been very conscious in class regarding not touching my face too.
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September 25, 2013

i'm also a college student and i just wanted to say keep up the good work!! i understand how hard it is to resist the urge but when i am able to go a few days without picking it is so rewarding. you got thissssss
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September 26, 2013

FIVE DAYS I've gone without picking! my skin looks really good, i have a pimple in my eyebrow lol and a small cyst on my chin but i have no urge to pick either of them. If i picked the chin pimple it would take forever to go away, i'm sooo sick of going through the process of picking, then popping, it scabs over and then you have to pop it again because it was never ready to pop in the first place. this is really good, i have festival to go to saturday and i don't need a throbbing infected pimple visible to everyone. can't even see why i picked all these years int he first place, it's dumb.
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September 26, 2013

BTW: longest i've gone without picking i THINK was a week since i hit puberty
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September 27, 2013

Hello! I am so happy to see you are journaling on the skinpick forum! This is exactly what I started doing about a year ago...you can find my journals under the topic "commitment". I am so impressed. Keep up the good journaling. I would like to offer you some words...I want you to know that you can and will get through this! Kudos to you for making it 5 days without picking! What an accomplishment! Keep it up...if you backslide...do not be discouraged. Always remember how far you have come! :) I did some life-coaching with a woman named Annette Pasternak and she Really helped me come a long way. She helped me take control of my picking so it would stop controlling me! If you have any questions...feel free to email me carlypresher@yahoo.com or check out her page http://www.bfrbcoaching.com Have a beautiful day!
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September 27, 2013

hey there. im a college (or uni in australia) student too. i was in the same situation as you and had just had enough of picking and completely stopped. its been maybe 7 weeks since my last pick and my first post on this forum. i couldnt be happier and i know you can do it too! x
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September 30, 2013

my skin broke out very bad on the left side around saturday, slept over my boyfriends apt and forgot my skin care stuff. i used HIS soap and HIS towel, my face got terrible by the end of sunday. i went in the bathroom and picked all my cysts on the left side, they were full of gunk. ugh. when i woke up today i felt so guilty and down in the dumps, my face was raw and lifeless compared to my progress i made. i'm going right back to what i was doing again and starting from square one, i feel very guilty and sad right now. i neglected my routine and did everything the opposite of what i was doing. OHHHHH, im pretty sure my face broke out because i used a new foundation and it immediately was causing havoc on my face. cutting that out, back to what i was doing last week.
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October 01, 2013

I know exactly how you feel. Sometimes I go a few days or even weeks without picking, and I feel so confident and proud of myself and I think, I'm never doing that again. Then I inevitably start again. Relapsing after a long period of time is one of the worst feelings I associate with this. I feel like I've failed myself and everyone else I promised I would stop. But, we can't give up. Just keep trying.
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October 01, 2013

This is my first day without picking. Its only morning. I hope I can last the whole day.
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October 01, 2013

I'm trying to get to three days, and if I make it through today than I'm on day one. Good luck
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October 01, 2013

Thank you. Good luck to you too. There has never been a day since I was 12 or 13 that I have not picked at my skin. I also scratch, very badly. So I can't do either today. I've been awake for an hour. So far no picking or scratching.
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October 01, 2013

Good for you! I'm doing okay today, my fingers are pretty gross though.
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October 02, 2013

tomorrow marks the day i stop picking again, i'm pretty upset about my skin right now. i'm just going to try and not think about how much the cysts hurt. :(
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October 04, 2013

day 2 and no picking. i won't feel accomplished till i hit the week mark
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October 05, 2013

Just wanted to wish you luck and encourage you to hang in there! Also, I did go on Accutane years ago and the results last a long time, even if you only take it for a few months, but ask your dermatologist about that. They have coupons for it too sometimes...
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October 05, 2013

well i picked again, i'm too stressed out that i have can't even hold back.. i feel pathetic. my relationship is going down the gutter and school is wearing me out.
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November 15, 2013

MY SKIN LOOKS THE WORST IT'S EVER BEEN, it's the only thing i think about "how can i cure this" "why me" "i look like shit" I'm sick of thinking of these things.. i've been picking my face steadily for 3 weeks and it's looking really tired/sore/discolored. i have really got to stop, even if my face is breaking out - picking isn't going to help it. i just need to remember i use this as a release for stress, ughk. so here i go again, #nopicking11/15 (picked today, so it's not like a i can start tonight)
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November 15, 2013

also, my usual makeup seems to be breaking me out now which is disappointing and my face wash. maybe it's neither, perhaps it's just all stressed induced :( my cheeks are so clogged with white bumps, ughhhh. blackheads are all over my nose D: cysts are always active, I'm lucky at this point to not have one every 3-4 days. i think it's time for the dermatologist again. 100mg doxy and epiduo might alleviate this nasty disease