Wow, it’s hard you guys. I’ve been using cognitive behavioral techniques from the skin picking pages to stop biting my nails and while I have been largely successful in letting my nails grow, it’s been really tough. I have also been far from perfect at it. I’ll “clean” my nails now, which is tantamount to biting them but not really all the way. Ok, that’s gross. ;)

Anyway, skin picking, which is the same as nail biting in almost every way, is a big deal for people with acne, and I’d love to help people stop doing it. What I’m noticing, however, is that you’ve got to have a lot of motivation to change because it’s a tough habit to break.

I’ll keep truckin’ along and posting my experience in my thread on the picking board along with pics if you’d like to follow along. I could use support!

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One of my other summer research projects has been to look into B5 for y’all. I got excited reading the initial hypothesis from Dr. Leung, but the more I read on, the more I realized there is no evidence to back anything up. I can’t be more skeptical at this point.

I did a bunch of research into what they call “self-injurious skin picking”, which is a big problem for a lot of people around here. Picking at your skin is really irritating and can cause ongoing breakouts.

I made a page about skin picking, and put together a “Chill Out Program” which incorporates cognitive behavioral techniques as well as some other good stuff. I wanted to see if some of you guys wanted to BETA test the program with me before I made it live on the site. I’m going to be doing it with you because it turns out that skin picking is pretty much identical to nail biting, which I’ve been doing since second grade! So I’m going to start the program on Monday. Want to join me!?