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Dust , 25 Jan 2010

Other Terrible Habbits

Hello everybody! I have been picking my face for several years now, and I am in my early teens. I don't know anybody else did this, and I never wanted to admit to myself that it was becoming a serious problem. I have acne, like any other kid. It is not serious acne, either. But I will look in the mirror and see a pimple, and I won't be able to stop myself. I will try to "pop" it. It's disgusting and I hate that I do it, but I can't stop. I will squeeze it until a clear liquid will ooze out, mixed with blood. It leaves behind a horrid red splotch on my face, that takes about a week to heal, if I try very hard to get it to resist picking it further, which hardly ever happens. I will do this to major an minor zits, and my face is always covored in blood red spots, mainly on my forehead, although I currently have a horrid one on my left cheek. I am starting the 40 day challenge tomorrow. (I started now, but day one is tomorrrow.) But I have other habits too, and they are at the same level as my acne picking habits. I will take a small lock of my hair, usually from above my ear, and twirl it until it gets tangled into a tight knot. I don't know why, but I can't stop doing it! My hair will have to be torn out because the knots are so bad. It's painful and not fun. I can't put my hair up in a ponytail, because of the lack of hair around my ears. It looks really bad, and it's embaressing. But I just can't stop. Does anyone else have this? Any advice? I've tried putting Band-Aids on my fingertips, and that helps, until the Band-Aids fall off. Another bad habit I have is that I pick at my lips. With my fingers, I will literally peel the chapped layers of skin off my lips. This will happen at school, home, whenever, even when I'm walking. I notice for my acne and hair habit, I can refrain from doing it in public. My lips always have little blood spots on them, from where I tore away too much skin. Does anyone else do this? I notice that when I am angry or frustrated with something, or stressed out, I will sit in a chair and twirl my hair, or go in the bathroom in front of the mirror and pick at my face. Is there anything else I can do to stop these habits? I have never had a problem with picking my scabs. I also pick zits on my arms when I can and that leads to small red dots all over my upper arm. Please, can you comment and share your views with me? I am so glad that I am not alone in this afterall, and I could use your support. Thank you so much! ~Dust

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