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72 hour challenge
So it's Friday morning. I've not picked since Thursday morning. I'm going to try and go 72hours pick free so what's left on my face can try to heal. No picking at all until Sunday! No idea how I'll go since I've been picking daily but I'm going to try and keep myself busy all weekend and also avoid mirrors!
If anyone has any other useful tips to keep me away from picking please let me know. And also post here if u wanna join me in a 72hour challenge. I think it's a good place to start because loads of healing can take place but it sounds do-able coz it's hours, not days or weeks! Good luck everyone.
Hey Vix sorry I missed the beginning of your challenge! Just now saw it tonight' Friday night at midnight. What a great idea! I'm still going to join you in trying not to pick until sunday. It will be an accomplishment for me because I pick almost everyday! I hope you are victorious so your face can heal and you can get back to where you were before you lost your footing awhile back and had your relapse! One small tip that does help me some: If your bathroom mirror is your biggest pitfall (mine is) and it's not a huge mirror, cover it with something like a hand towel. And don't move it unless you're getting ready to go out or something and need to see in it to get ready. Your partner will be able to move it if necessary. For me when I see the towel I feel myself exhale, kinda like it helps take the pressure off me. Hope that makes sense. Shoot I remember before, having a special small mirror that only I used to pick in that was attached to my bath cabinet door and finally I got so ticked that I covered it indefinitely with construction paper! It helped cut back on trips to the mirror by golly! ;) good luck I will report back on how my 24hr challenge goes. Let us know how you do. Now I'm gonna go ask Jesus for a miraculous healing of your face!
48hours for me so far! Skin is in that itchy, dry healing phase so I'm desperate to pick at it but just keeping busy phoning all my friends and family and reading magazines to keep distracted! I have a small hand held mirror that I mostly use to stare at my face for hours and do a lot of picking. I'm really considering going and throwing it in the bin but I can't quite bring myself to do it even though u know I should. I'm now panicking about how I would manage without it and what I'd do with all my time if I wasn't sitting around staring in that tiny mirror! It sounds really stupid as I type it. Maybe seeing it written down here will help me see how silly I'm being and I'll just go throw it out now. Good luck in your weekend of no picking. I think it's best to set small manageable goals and when we prove to ourselves we can do it we can go longer and longer!
Good deal on the 48 hours! It would be great if you could bring yourself to part with your little mirror! Baby steps seems to help like you said. As for me, I can't say I've made it without picking. But I wouldn't call it a total loss. I got 2 white heads on my face and had to pick them because I CANNOT go out in public with that on my face. But I was successful at not revisiting all the usual picking spots. That's an accomplishment for me.
I am going to challenge myself starting tonight.
In my personal opinion, you will only be able to stop for good if you stop all together. You need to convince your brain that you are DONE. Keep telling yourself that you are free. Convince yourself. I have stopped picking my skin entirely, and I want you to know from experience, that once it starts to clear up, and you mess with it again, you feel even worse. Find your strength. And find something you love to do. Something healthy. Doing something you love will not hurt you. You can hurt yourself, and other people can hurt you, but doing what you love does not hurt you.