Hi. I'm a 25 year old female and I have been picking my skin since I have been little. However, it got really bad within the last 2 years when I dumped my childhood sweetheart (boyfriend whom was abusive). I stay away from my face and places you can see and usually pick my buttocks, back and thighs. I have terrible pitted spots and since I have olive skin, they are dark spots that people often mistake for bruises. I am scarring my beautiful, otherwise clear and flawless skin. I now have a new boyfriend and I am scared he is going to see the marks and think I'm a wacko.
I tend to pick when I am understimulated - watching television, or even bored in class. I try to cover them with band-aids but that will only work for a day or 2 and as soon as the band-aid comes off, I pick again. I can spend hours doing it. I think the fact I can't see what I am doing, causes me not to care at the moment how much damage I am doing. Of course, I have picked my face on occasion but since I can see what I am doing and how ugly I am getting, I will stop and it will heal.
I need to know replacement strategies. I keep telling myself I have to stop because I want my body flawless for my boyfriend (and me, too obviously). Please help. Thanks.