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I've been squeezing and scratching blackheads on my face and upper back for about the last 5 or 6 years and have had a clear, cut free face for probably under 20 days during this time, the longest I've gone without squeezing is between 2 and 3 days.
It's a pain though because makeup doesn't hide it completely and I'm now at uni, so in shared accommodation, and I can't leave my room without makeup (ridiculous layers of foundation and concealer). However, I don't feel particularly anxious before I start and I don't spend too much time doing it (say 15 mins every night, plus during the day whilst I'm doing other things).
When I'm doing it firstly my mind goes completely blank, like I'm not thinking of anything at all, and when I 'come to' I feel like doing it will help/ clear my skin, even though later I know that's not true.
I still feel like I could just stop, but clearly I can't, because I have tried.
Sorry for that stupidly long post, basically what I'm asking is:
a) is this just a habit? b) any idea how to break it?
It's just scared me seeing people on here picking for 10, 20 years.