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I recently have come to terms with the fact that I have a picking problem. I have always picked at my skin and sometimes picked at things that were not even there. I wanted to share about a recent incident I had because I hope it will help someone who is going through the same thing.
I suffer from hormonal acne that sometimes result in those deep pimples that hurt and just wont come to the surface. I did a lot of research online and I came across PRID Drawing Salve. I read all the reviews and spent hours on the internet cross referencing and making sure it was safe to put on your face. Several reviews spoke highly of it helping with the acne and having it clear it over night. So i went on amazon and got myself a tin of it. I did as instructed and went over the pimple with warm to hot water, as to open up the pores. I put a bit of the salve on it over night. When I woke up the next morning the pimple had come to a head and I was able to reduce the size significantly and I was thrilled that i got to avoid all the picking that usually follows one of these massive pimples. But then i started to notice something strange as the day went on. The skin where the salve had been started to look different. It eventually started to turn red and get loose and of course my picking nature, went at it. The skin came off and it wasn't that deep and i felt like it would heal over night if i let it dry. Well, that did not happen and with each day it felt like it kept getting deeper and the skin started to die in the middle and then of course i would pick it off with tweezers!! Horrible idea. I was devastated and it looked like someone took a small spoon and scooped out a part of my cheek. the hole was the size of pea.
I spend hours on the internet researching how to heal it as fast as i could and that's when I stumbled across this website and its forum and I found my MIRACLE!!!! I want to post what i did and say thank you to all of you for being honest and supportive. This site really helped me heal and I want to pay it forward.
HERE IS WHAT YOU DO:
Take Polysporin and a Q-tip and apply it to the wound. Then take a band aide and cover that bad boy up!
That's it. Let time and rest and your body do it's job and heal.
I was fortunate to have a couple days to heal and although I didn't enjoy closing myself in my home for 3 day, it really helped. I left that band aid on all day and all night. Of course change it from time to time. I took it off to shower and when i worked out so the sweat didn't get trapped and cause an infection. I am telling you , On a Friday I had a huge hole and by Sunday it had filled in and i could see it closing up. Wounds heal from the inside out. So if you pick it while its still healing your just starting from square one every time. My only regret was that I didn't start the band aid treatment sooner. When i started the band aid i had already been dealing with it for 2 days. The myth is to dry it up, but after extensive research and the help of everyone on here I am a firm believer that keeping it moist SPEEDS UP HEALING exponentially.
The band aid helps us pickers. Out of sight, out of mind. These type of wounds, especially on our face, cause such high stress and anxiety and all you can do is think of " this is going to be the rest of my life. Up and down journey with my face." But if you just take your mind off of it and leave it alone it really helps. Focus on something else, meditate, do anything else. I know it's easier said than done. I spent hours in the first days of this wound, just sitting in front of the mirror crying and stressed out. Luckily I have an amazing husband who encouraged that all would be well and that if i had to stay home to heal, then so be it. Just remember that these light afflictions are temporary and that it will get better and the next time you have the urge to pick just walk away and occupy your time with something else. I hope to follow my own advice and help myself stay clear and healed.
Thank you again for this support group and I hope this helps someone who is dealing with the same issue. Oh and one more thing DO NOT PUT PRID ON YOUR FACE!!!!
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