So I just recently joined the community and I must say that just venting and talking about this as a legitimate problem and TOTALLY helped. I feel WAY less hopeless and alone now.
Here are some techniques that I have been doing that I thought I would share. Let me know what you think!
1. Putting bandages and neosporin on ones that I would be tempted to pick at-even if they aren't scabby. Just covering them up helps.
2. If i get "itchy hands", or if I feel myself feeling my face for bumps, I'll drop my hands to my sides and clench and unclench my hands and take a couple of deep breaths. It actually does make the urges go away. Or just like shake out your whole body. I'll just start jumping and flailing my arms (I look like an idiot haha) but it totally releases the energy and stress that I'm feeling from holding myself back. Yelling while jumping helps too. ***this one has actually helped me the most. The release of the stress is SO key. I'm able to actually think rationally about what I'm doing.
3. Wear earrings and when you feel the urge to pick or feel your face, just twist the earrings. I have always had really fidgeting and twitchy hands (ever since I can remember) and just giving them something to do really helps.
4. and just try to keep doing things to stay out of the bathroom and away from mirrors!! If i can I try to use the bathroom at work where people are so that the temptation goes away because I'm in public.
One of the biggest things I've found too is to not expect too much out of yourself too fast. I tried quitting cold turkey and the urges almost drove me insane. I found if I let myself have one I'm much more able to leave the rest of my face alone. I'll evaluate too, how big the stress level is with it. If I find that I just CANNOT get rid of the urge, (even after jumping and yelling) I'll let myself have one go at it. I know that I would break under the pressure otherwise.