Everyone dealing with compulsive skin picking faces huge challenges of constantly picking their skin. For most dealing with compulsive skin picking, the primary trigger is stress. Stress at work, stress at home – whenever you feel anxiety, fear or worry, you’re more likely to indulge in the compulsive behaviour. Unfortunately, skin picking does nothing to relieve the stress and ultimately just adds to it. A big part of skin picking treatment and tips focuses on learning better ways to handle stress as well as ways to recognize triggers before they happen so you can be more vigilant about actively choosing not to pick your skin.
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There are 2 methods of habit reversal for reducing picking - reducing the urge to pick by limiting exposure to the triggers for picking; and resisting the urge to pick by finding alternative actions or tasks that competes with the act of picking.
As Julie mentions in the video, these strategies may not work for everyone, and for some it will only work temporarily as they only address the actual behavior and not the underlying triggers of the behavior such as stress. If skin picking is affecting your day to day life negatively it my be advisable to seek professional help. Individuals often feel embarrassed and feel like they're only one doing it, however it's extremely regular. A professional would never judge you as they are trained and experienced in dealing with such issues. Their support can help guide you to manage the triggering thoughts and emotions before they lead to picking urges. When choosing a therapist it is best to seek out one who is trained in cognitive behavioral therapy or has some expertise in body-focused repetitive behaviors (BFRB) or other obsessive compulsive disorders