A small recap on my key findings/steps that are helping me on my "road to recovery".
I started officially a treatment in this website - with a therapist - sept. 30th... hopefully this is helpful to others...!
- Admitted to have a problem. And actually want very hard to change... Support from family (in my case, my husband) is important
- To look for professional help (in my case... skinpick.com)
- The minute I decided seeking for professional help... I focused too much on my skin, so tended to pick too much some days. It only made my skin worse and I got sad and depressed
- My husband even offered me "a massage" (...which I love!) if I ever get through at least 1 day of 0 picking on my diary... for the past first weeks, this was impossible :(. I reached 5-6 hours a day the first week! Getting lower now
- Started though analyzing my urges, triggers, etc... getting to understand it from a more rational view
- Researched new techniques and products on skinpick.com forum from users that share the same problems! Thank you guys :)
- Ordered/bought and tested tea tree oil and hydrocolloid bandaids (which work pretty well). Used bandaids as a reminder "not to pick" and leave the area "protected"... smart/genius thing. Trying also Mederma for scarring at night
- Important to realize what helps my skin "look better", so I don't pay too much attention to it and can move forward. The more it breaks, the more I obsess... I have mild ocd (and an exaggerated sense of perfectionism)
- Convincing myself on a daily basis that my skin will never be perfect, period. And thay I need to be ok with it. I don't have to be flawless, and I have many other qualities
- Learning how to do my make "very well" (and in a natural way). I subscribed to some "talented youtubers" for updated techniques/tutorials. I was actually quite outdated! I am even getting compliments from friends and in the streets :). A great thing for my self-steem
- Changing my beauty routine: I now wash my face with a small sponge (so I don't feel my skin with the tips of my fingers), then moisturize, prime (pore minimizing), put foundation (with a wet sponge for a natural look), concealer, blush, and a light eye-make-up on (do my brows, some light eyeshadow and mascara). I the. spray a product with a "natural mist/glow" on my face in the end so it looks fresh and natural...!
- I found it much easier to put on my make-up foundation when my skin is free of scabs... so I actually feel encouraged not to touch it...! It still shows some scarring, but I still look well presented and chic. And having such a long nice make-up done, it helps since I don't feel like "ruining" it
- Picking has diminished already - a couple of minutes per day, mostly only mild urges or dry skin peeling off...
I don't think this is anything definitive - too soon... but I want to give myself these 2 months of trial - with this program - to see how it goes.