So today I’ve discovered that what I do is actually a thing and that 1 in 25 people have it. Skin picking disorder. I pick my face. I have eczema and I’m not pulling up skin to pick it off, it’s already flaking off. That’s no excuse however. Today, I’m starting my journey to stop harming myself. What I’m doing is self-harm. I am harming my face- I’m going to scar myself- if I haven’t already. I’m constantly scanning my face with my hands to pick off any flakes that are present. It’s become an obsession. Sometimes, I’ll get my tweezers and stand by my mirror for ages just picking off the flakes, just for the satisfaction of it. I cause skin lesions. It interrupts my daily life. I haven’t even been able to get through writing this without going to itch my face, then my hands hover around for longer than needed, to feel for any flakes that need to be picked off. I need to stop this.
If you have any tips to help me get through this, that would be most appreciated. I’m glad to have discovered this page and realise I’m not the only one suffering through this. xx