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Okay, here we go again. After I failed after 6 days the first time, I got kind of depressed and had several days where I picked a lot. My face is in pretty bad shape right now, but I'm giving this another shot. Also, does anyone know any good ways to accelerate healing of acne scabs?

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My streak ended today. I started picking away at some blackheads on my forehead and before I knew it I had completely reddened by whole forehead and left it looking way, way worse. I don't know what is wrong with me...I guess I have to restart tomorrow :(

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I had a small slip up today. I was sitting at my desk and was sub consciously picking at an outbreak. Halfway through I realized what I was doing and figured it was okay because I thought it had healed enough that it would flake off cleanly, but it didn't really. Other than that I've been doing great, and today marks the longest I've gone without picking (majorly I guess). I need to continue to get even better at my self control, but I've made a lot of improvement so far. As always, it's one day at a time.

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As far as I can remember, 4 days is the longest I've managed to go in the past without picking. Today wasn't as hard as yesterday for some reason. The weekdays are usually easier I find since I'm busier during the day and have less time to pick, so hopefully that will help starting tomorrow. For now though, I'm happy with the improvement I'm seeing in my face and I know I can keep this up.

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Today was pretty tough, because I have a few breakouts that in the past I would definitely have picked at or tried to pop. I did it though. I think I'm getting stronger willed at not picking my skin. I am seeing improvement in my skin already, which is encouraging. I think tomorrow I'm going to start to focus on avoiding mirrors as much as possible.

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I'm trying not to get to excited about having made it this far, since I've managed to not pick for up to 4 days before. But I'm feeling good about this. Thank you everyone for your support! It is really making a difference.

Having the elastic bands on me most of the time in order to give my hands something to fidget with is proving to be a good strategy so far. I'm going to continue to add new strategies every once in a while to keep me focused on the goal.

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Day 1 of my commitment to not pick my face is complete!. I decided to get some elastic bands to fiddle with while I would otherwise be picking at my face, and when I went to the bathroom, I really felt the encouragement of this community to not pick. There's a couple spots on my face that I would normally have picked or tried to pop, but I know that it might seem to get worse before it gets better.

I KNOW I can do this.

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I joined acne.org after I picked again today, after two days of going without. I've been a picker for about 5 years, and luckily I haven't incurred any major scarring in that time. However, I know for a fact that my acne would be way, way less of an issue if I was able to stop picking. The results of picking have made me very depressed at times, although it's reassuring to know I'm not alone in going through this.

I've tried keeping tallies, calendars, etc. many times before, but always simply on a piece of paper. I think that by starting this blog, and posting a memo each day that I'm able to go without picking, I'll have a much better chance at success. It's the benefit of peer pressure .

So, wish me luck! And feel free to comment with your own tallies. Together, we can encourage each other and break these habits.

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