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recently have been really stressed and to avoid picking my face did a few sessions of glycolic peel at the dermatologist. the last session i asked her to remove some capillaries on my cheek which she did with laser. i was so pleased that my skin was becoming a bit more normal looking. unfortunately after the laser my skin went really red and crusted over. i didnt touch it and was so pleased with myself. the crusts then came off and left me with two indented scars which were old previous scars that after many treatments with glycoluc acid had disappeared. i am now so depressed i see these scars and have started picking. first only at these and then all over my face. i have started to notice all of my defects due to years of picking, hypopigmentation, hyperpigmentation, broken capillaries and black heads and it makes me cry and pick and pick and pick. i leave the house just to go to work and at work i cant concentrate because i keep thinking about my ugly ruined skin. i get home and look at my face in the mirror cry and pick again. i dont want to do anything or see anyone, im so ashamed. i just want to go to sleep and not wake up. i have an appioibtment in 11 days time to see my dermatologist. i just pray that she can at least improve these two scars. when i see imprivement i tend to reduce or stop picking. i feel so frustrated i just want to stop and get my life back. why did i do this to myself? why cant i stop? please help me i feel so upset.
February 21, 2014
I'm so sorry you have to deal with this. I would even have to give my mom my eyebrow tweezers because I would pick with them. Here are a few things you can try I also made a youtube video you could watch with clips when I used to skin pick and explaining more of my story with skin picking. My youtube channel name is JulieBeautyOCD A Few Tips... 1.)Getting fake nails (at first they help a lot but over time you can get used to them and learn how to pick with them on) but they are great for the beginning to break the routine because it is a lot harder to pick with fake nails, 2.)Wash your face at night then right after put lotion on...when your skin is smooth the urge to pick is less and when there is lotion on you can't pick because its slippery. 3.) Get a feathered pillow and pull the feathers out when you get the urge to pick. 4.)Get a stress ball or some kind of activity to keep your hands occupied and distract you...I got some coloring books and would color to keep my hands busy haha 5.)Wear some gloves...cant pick with gloves on 6.)This might seem weird, but it has satisfied my urges when i wanted to pick. If you put a little Elmer's Glue on your hands and rub it around and let it dry then pick off the dry glue...I don't know how to explain it but it does help with those really bad urges. You get to pick off the glue and it doest hurt your skin the process. 7.)Breaking up your routine is probably the most important thing. If you pick at a certain time a day or night you should make sure your around people at that time or do a activity or watch tv to distract yourself. I used to put bandaids on my face after picking too. For my chest I recently got a light laser treatment (after 2 rounds) a lot of my scars/pigmentation faded. I wanna do my face next! For my face I try to wash it every night (which is easier said then done) and put lotion and Vaseline on. I have heard that vitamin E does help to fade scars. For makeup I use the Loreal True Match Foundation and Powder and it covers REALLY GOOD! I wish you all the best and if you ever wanna talk or are feeling down I'm here for you...your not alone I know what your going through and I truly believe that you can overcome this! I will be posting more videos soon...make sure to subscribe and stay in touch! xoxo