serene February 17, 2019Log in or register to post commentsWe are seeking a dopamine release. That "aha" moment when you get the plug out, or extract the rest of the pus from a pimple. At that moment your feel good chemicals in the brain are activated and you feel a release from other tensions in your life. Of course with skin picking it doesn't always go so well (certain picking sessions end in disaster and disappointment)...but just like any other addiction you are likely to take the risk. That's why that urge is so strong...you know that you stand the chance of making things worse but you still pick because there is a chance that it will be a clean and pleasant extraction. Of course the symbolism of this act is in purging one's impurities. So we often tend to think that we are cleansing and improving our skin....or maybe that's what we tell ourselves as a justification.