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June 08, 2018

So the day went great! I honestly forgot about my picking and moved forward with my day confidently. I managed to do pretty well tonight. In this stage I struggle a bit with the “no touching at all” concept because at times the spots I picked are ready to get more deeper stuff out and I feel like it does help to finish what I started. I have 4 bandaids on the worse spots. Hoping for the best and not picking tonight so it can only get better from here!! The most noticable thing I see in my recovery is this ability to move forward and be postitve and let things go and not do, do, do just let my face be!
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June 11, 2018

Let-it-be, I am curious--have you ever considered taking down your mirror? I noticed you said mirror up above, it sounds like the grand and all powerful tool you use to pick.
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June 11, 2018

How would a woman put on her makeup without a useful mirror? Or how would a woman be able to blow dry and style her hair without a mirror? It seems unrealistic.
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June 11, 2018

Good questions. Well, I say getting rid of the mirror is about making a sacrifice, but hopefully for the greater good. Does a person really need a mirror to blow dry their hair? Maybe. Does a person need a mirror to apply makeup? Probably... What about downgrading your mirror to be very small, and put a dresser in front of it, this can limiting how close you can get to it to pick you skin. A dim light overhead will also limit your viability, but give you just enough if you can't take down the mirror and go all the way. Alternatively, take down all your mirrors, and only use your car's mirror when about to go into public... Do these ideas sit with you a little better?
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June 13, 2018

To the point of the mirror...I see how that would be very helpful but my husband needs the one in our bathroom for shaving etc and that’s the only one we really have that I use. I have mirrors in my car and at work as well so for me it probably isn’t reasonable because there are too many mirrors I can’t take down or cover that I deal with daily. To Serene’s point...doing your hair and using makeup are important steps for some with putting focus on something other than skin and feeling confident. In my case timers ans nighhtlights are better tools because I have to use the mirror only for a certain time for what I need then timer goes off and reminds me not to get distracted. Then I can turn off lights and use nightlight when I am done with mirror for hair or makeup etc. In regards to what I was suggesting in this post, it worked well! I had a great weekend with very clear skin. My skin seems to be healing faster and faster and I credit it to a growing strength in letting it heal if I do mess up as well as shifting focus in my life overall from skin to everything else. It’s like a weight is lifting and a fog is clearing that I have been in for years. Something in my mind is truly letting go of the obsession. And I’m not just referring to the obsession with picking things but with my skin and facial apparence overall. It was a package deal...like I had to let go of the whole focus not just the picking. Still a work in progress but as I have mentioned before, there are notable changes in my life to do with less focus on skin and buying skincare and healing and tanning and fixing and makeup etc etc etc etc
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June 13, 2018

Sounds good, Let-it-be! Very good to hear you're starting to beat this thing! Personally, I don't pick in the mirrors at work or in semi-private places like the car--it's just not comfortable enough for the dark side of this addiction to settle in and to lose myself in the moment. Still, you're husband should understand your problem, it's serious enough, so I still encourage to take down the mirror. I imagine it like a pack of cigarettes sitting in the room next door for someone trying to quite. Maybe he can pull out a stand mirror out when he shaves that he hides somewhere nearby. I also encourage making sure you can't get too close to the mirror if you decide to keep one to boost you feeling confident; a radius of a few feet should do! Keep at it! Be well, Sam.
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June 13, 2018

Thank you Sam! Yes being aware of how close you lean...and for me when I am absent mindedly searching for something to pick standing there...helps. I tend to create my own imperfections probably like most of us here. Things you can only see zooooomed way into the mirror haha. Don’t get me wrong I actually don’t pick in public places either but in my job I am often alone around mirrors in scenarios where I know I would be able to not only pick but also have time to recover with makeup without being noticed. The biggest battle is in my mind over whether or not to give these concerns to scan and “fix” the time of day! Like I said...I am learning it is possible for me and hopefully others to retrain my brain! I don’t think we are doomed to this cycle! Take care!
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June 14, 2018

:) Yes! Very uplifting! We are certainty not doomed to this cycle! It can be broken!
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June 15, 2018

Let it be. In order to reduce picking Did you do the online program on this website?
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June 16, 2018

Hi Lisalistens, no I have not tired this sites online program