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Lb , 02 Sep 2020

morning/night routine

Hello I'm a skinpicker (I essentially pick at my face) and I'm trying to build a morning routine in such a way that I wouldn't be able to skin pick. I'm at university and I have my own room, so what happens is I wake up early determined to start a productive day, and then when I get to shower or wear makeup I just can't resist...I end up being late, missing out on classes. It would be so much easier if I could not pick at my skin in the morning. So for now, I planed on on waking up and having a little mirror in my room and to have my makeup in my room as well, so I don't have to go to my bathroom in the morning. The problem is that I'm able to skin pick even with a small mirror, and then skipping the bathroom means I can't shower or wash my face. Ive got the same issue with my night routine, I touch my face for hours before eventually going to bed. How do you do for your morning/night routine? Any advice?

Thanks a lot =))

2 Answers
September 29, 2020

I think it really ultimately depends on your skin type but I have found a couple things that helped me streamline my routines to lessen the opportunities to pick and over a period of time, lessened the focus on my skin altogether. First I shower at night as much as possible and wash my face in the shower thoroughly using cerave gentle foaming cleanser to take off sunscreen and makeup and then a benzoyl peroxide wash to wash to treat my skin. It helps to not be looking in the mirror while washing. When I get out of the shower I gently pat dry my face and there’s no concern about redness etc because I’m off to bed. If I do have spots that are bothering me I immediately cover with hydrocolloid bandages because they speed healing and protect my skin from my fingers until morning! I like simple brand rich moisturizer if my face feels dry. In the morning I can often get away with not washing my face. The less I have to do in the morning the calmer my skin and the better it is to move quickly. I use two types of sunscreen daily both of which are easy to apply and decrease redness : dr. Jart cicipair cream with spf or neutrogena sensitive skin face sunscreen (mineral formula). These would be easy to roll out of bed and apply in a mirror in your room first thing!

December 29, 2020

Mirrors can be SO HARD! Sometimes I’ll turn lights off in bathroom. Use candle. It helps when it’s darker! I always get tempted when I have to shower or do make up too. And it doesn’t help that i have a big window in my bathroom! So a lot of times I have to go on pure will power and it sucks.. I typically don’t win. :(

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