I have been realizing more and more that I am on a trajectory heading up and consistently further away from my worse picking days. I wanted to jot down some tips that I notice I am doing I’m contrast to how things used to play out when I do have a slip up! I think they may be helpful to others.
Recently I had my skin almost back at square one. It was refreshing to see that I haven’t done noticeable permanent damage.
I did pick a few spots last night and this morning. Which is unfortunate. But I didn not panic. I used to panic and that is when the spiral began. I would throw at my skin every healing product and then remove impulsively picking more and then trying something else. I was in a craze to actively heal my skin and my body wasn’t being allowed the space to do what it knew how to already. I would often (if able to) chase whatever sun I could find trying to tan off the damage somehow. Living where I do fortunately that wasn’t often an option but still...
So in the end I was damaging my skin further and further while wasting money and time on products only to slow the process in reality while tricking myself that I was helping.
Today I: came home from my first half of my work day and washed my face with my gentle wash I have been using for a long time.
I bandaged the worse spots and went to rest, listening to my body say it was tired, and also getting away from the mirror.
After hours away from the mirror I mixed up a tried and true healing Aztec clay mask with acv and cleaned the house. I knew this would also help decrease my anxiety especially at night when I come home. This mask is amazing and simple ingredients make a huge difference in redness and swelling as well as drawing any infection out and speeding healing. It doesn’t hurt that when you apply to your whole face you are preventing breakouts which is the last thing you need when you are trying not to pick more!!
Next, I did my nails because sometimes focusing on something else helps boost your mood.
I chugged a bottle of water.
I got a shower and GENTLY removed the mask and washed my face GENTLY and dried it...GENTLY when I got out of the shower.
I applied my tired and true moisturizer with drops of tea tree and spot treated a few spots with hydrocortisone cream to further reduce redness. Then I while I let all that sink in I made myself eat healthy lunch because I know that if I didn’t I ran the risk of being starving later and grabbing something unhealthy or being more anxious and tired later because I didn’t fuel my body. These things sound silly but they are important to your overall health and healing and decreasing anxiety. And when you are anxious ans in a bad picking spell it’s easy to forget the basics.
After all this it was really easy to cover the spots with minimal concealer and no foundation. I played up my eyes and did my hair to focus on other things.
I even laid out everything I would need for my nighttime routine and turned on the nightlight in the bathroom for an easy transition when I get home. I feel calm and under control and so much better than if I had been in a tizzy all day “healing” things. :/