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September 02, 2019

Hello, I am new here. I found this forum and your topic on the internet and I'am glad to have the chance to try to talk about dermatillomania. I've also recently found out about this and I understand now that I'm dealing with this for a long time ! I thought I had bad skin like everyone could rationally think but...no, it's more profound and I feel so ashamed to even try to talk to someone. I've done so research about the origin of dermatillomania and most of the time it has to do with stress, anxiety, the desire of perfection in everything, low self-esteem, shame, guilt, repressed anger, loneliness, etc. In my country dermatillomania is not very well known yet, but a few professional pointed it out and they made a profil of people who suffer from it and it's about those feelings. I can totally recognize myself and in this profile (and again, I still recognize me in it), it is also said that in majority, a person with dermatillomania has strong difficulties to confide, express feelings, ask for help, or just talk. That's why I'm here trying to share my feelings with people who can understand and that I won't fear to tell everything about this because they're living it too. Sorry for this introduction to respond to your message ! I don't think I have THE solution to help you yet because I am struggling myself but maybe we can share tips about things that can help to avoid the skin picking. This week, I'm going to hide my mirrors at home ^^ I may be less tempting to see imperfections (even if I don't have one!) and prevent me from slaughter my face ! I'll also try to do at least 5 minutes of meditation per day, it's not a lot but it can help gradually with stress (and as stress is really increasing the problem I think that dealing with stress is a great way to avoid the strange trance that you can experience while piking your skin). Let me know if you have other ideas to deal with it ! I wish you good luck, we're not alone :)
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September 14, 2019

I've been using calamine lotion on my arms and legs ... It helps with not wanting to pick...my face on the other hand is a battle... I've been using tea tree oil and those moisturizing face masks to help refrain from picking...calamine on my face always seems to end up worse sometimes depending on the lesions and sores I've made from picking.....