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Online Test For Skin Picking Disorder

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July 14, 2009

great idea, but many great tips and tricks are already in the forums and senior members are reluctant to re-post the same thing over and over. If you want to make a super list, may i suggest copy and pasting various tips and tricks from other threads to this one large thread; thereby eliminating commentary and making it more streamlined. stay strong
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July 14, 2009

Well, I never have had a problem with the mirror before going in the shower, but if I keep my hands busy then I can't pick. I usually do things like crafts or play games on the computer, even reading helps a bit or typing. I've also been suggested that wearing gloves may help, but when I wore gloves I found it to not help. My mom always tells me to sit on my hands, but then I can't do anything.
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July 19, 2009

I think if I can figure out why I do it, why it feels so good and what it stems from that I will be able to work on stopping it. My picking is hard though because I dont do it as a reaction to something, I do it all the time for the affect of release/smooth/getting bad stuff out. I am going to start therapy this week for this only and anything I learn that works I will post! In the meantime, for my lips - nothing works to stop me. For acne, i bought proactive to reduce the amount of zits. It works OK but it doesnt get them all. I try not to touch my face. I try to blot it with a tissue throughout the day to hopefully take off some oil that might start a zit. If I am trying really hard not to pick a zit I will cover it with the proactive mask before bead and hope it shrinks. I rarely wear skin makeup (Im convinced it just sits in my pores and makes zits). Im very careful about what I put on my face and washing it off completely. I also need to get rid of my magnifying mirror in the bathroom-that is a BAD thing to have when you pick-BAD BAD BAD. I could also change the lighting in the bathroom so that its difficult to see? I have also experienced shame and embarrassment from the times I really went to town and left a lot of marks on my face. I NEVER want to feel that shame and embarrassment again. When I start to pick I try to think about how bad i felt and how long I had to walk around looking like a crack addict - everyone notices that stuff. Thinking it through helps. I might try to get facials (when I have the money) on a regular basis so that I feel like at least someone is watching the zit growth and removing them in a clinical setting. I am also saving up to have that treatment that takes a layer of skin off your face. That will remove some scars, help with acne and also supposed to remove wrinkles. Its expensive but worth it if it does all that. I also use proactive on my shoulders since I get zits there too - I dont put lotion on my shoulders either.