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April 15, 2009

Pickarella This is my first time on this site. I was surfing the web and decided to type in "Skin Picking"...Now, I never dreamed in a million years that anyone else in this entire world had this same problem I have. Is it really true, am I not the weirdo I thought for many, many years. I could not understand "WHY"...Why I pick my face the way I do, and why I can't stop despite verbally saying to those closest to me...."I'm going to stop, this is the last time!" Wow, how many times have I said that (and I'm no just referring to face picking:). I have picking my face (really badly) for over 15 years. I am almost 30 (June) and this the worst my face has ever looking my life time. I have over 25 scabs all over my face right now. The funny part is they started out as little black heads. My big kick out of picking is watching and hearing a pimple pop. 90% of mine DON'T do that, so I squeeze and squeeze and squeeze......and all I get is a lot of blood and then a scab. Well, I don't stop there, it's off to destroy my face more, by picking at the scab. I can't stop. Now, I have been addicted to "many" different things in my lifetime (that's for another website), but never have I had the difficult task of stopping this compulsion. I came to this site seeking wisdom, experience, tips, support and advise. I'm so glad to hear there are others out there with my same problem. It is so bad at this point that I don't want to leave the house because I am so embarressed. I see my shrink next week. Since I never knew that this had a name and doctors have acknowledged it as a real OCD that has multiple treatment options. I never mentioned it to him before, because I thought he would just say, keep your hands off your face and you will be just fine. Ever heard that one before? Well, I'm glad I'm hear, and I hope that I can watch and learn from all you.