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!?

14 Responses to “Join me in a cognitive behavioral program to stop skin picking! [BETA]”

  • Nick

    I do a lot of ‘skin touching’ where I’m always rubbing my hands over my face over spots and scars… that’s probably not good for ya and makes dirt getting there more likely… would that work under this CBT?

  • seasidegirl

    I am a picker and it’s ruining my life. I am a very pretty woman, but I am disfiguring myself because of my picking habit. I feel so helpless. I take zoloft, it’s supposed to help, but it doesn’t. Right now I am covered in horrible wounds all over my body and I pick them till they are gross and disgusting. HELP!!!!!!!!!!!!

  • me2

    I can’t believe I have found this, I know I am heading for a needle tonight to release the pressure under my skin to try & make it look better.make me feel better :o(

  • Patrice

    Cool post! Skin picking is one of my bad habits that I want to stop. I’ll be joining.

    Patrice

  • Kristen

    I have this problem. I have had it my entire life. I know if I stopped touching and picking I wouldn’t even have acne at all. But really I just have a lot of blackheads and whiteheads on my face and they really bother me, so I want to clean out my pores out and get rid of the yucky stuff (that no one else can even see). And that leads to inflammation and more problems. It’s a cycle that doesn’t quit. :-(

    Gloves help sometimes. I am also thinking of putting on a clay mask when I am alone and that way I can’t pick my face. I only pick at home alone.

  • Sara

    I am glad you posted this… I have had a problem with skin picking for soooo many years and i really just need to STOP!

  • bianca

    How are you supposed to let a big nasty white head just sit there? Please someone give me some advice? I will read the stuff on the links.

  • Laura

    I am a picker! I even say to myself while I am picking (in my head of course) “STOP PICKING, STOP PICKING!!!!” ugh, it’s horrible. However, I clean my pimple to prevent it from getting gross stuff inside of it.

  • Lisa

    When I was a kid, my baby sister scratched me and when it became a scab I picked it and the habit began. The only thing that stops me are false nails, but I can’t afford to go to the nail shop every month and I don’t like the way they destroy my natural nails. Please let me know how to join to stop this awful habit.

  • India Williams

    I am definitely going to be trying this product in a couple of days. Yes, I am a picker as well. Most of my dark spots are because I picked at my acne when I was younger. Dan, will you be making a product that treat dark spots?

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