30 DAY NO PICKING CHALLENGE
Posted 27 May 2011 - 09:30 PM
Posted 27 May 2011 - 09:37 PM
I find I rest my face on my hands a lot when I'm at work on the computer, because it only takes 1 hand to read emails, but I don't do it at all when I'm at home because I use both hands to type. I also try to pick when people at work start stressing me out - without even realizing it until now! I never felt stressed but I realized that I was deep down inside and it was manifesting itself in a picking behavior.
If I over scrutinize in the mirror I start mentally freaking out and want to pick extremely badly, so I try to not do that. You have to do everything you can to not trigger the behavior.
Of course I'm not saying it's easy. It's been friggin' hard. You have to be self-aware all the time.
We're both young and can still kick this habit right in the rear end
Let's do this! You with me?
Posted 27 May 2011 - 09:42 PM
stress is definetly the trigger for me. i get stressed and overwhelmed and dont know how to cope so i take it out on my skin. every time i think to myself "stop while you still can" but i just CANT stop.
yeah, i feel like im in some crazy picking frenzy that i cant control when i have the urge to pick. i try to take deep breaths and close my eyes in those moments but... well, you know how hard it is to stop.
im just glad we have this site to get support and advice when no one else understands yes, we will kick skin picking in the butt!
lets do it!! ill check in tomorrow.
Posted 29 May 2011 - 05:26 AM
Trying not to focus on it or make a big deal out of it, just taking things as they come. I've picked on pretty much a daily basis for 13 years so 6 days without seems like forever!
I'll keep going, see how I get on. Best of luck to you!
Edited by PaulH85, 29 May 2011 - 05:27 AM.
Posted 29 May 2011 - 05:38 AM
Posted 29 May 2011 - 09:56 AM
Good luck oneredwine! Remeberthat those scabs will go away if you dont pick, and then soon you wont have to worry about them
Im on day 2,and i wont pick! Not today
Posted 29 May 2011 - 02:51 PM
Posted 29 May 2011 - 08:21 PM
Posted 30 May 2011 - 05:01 AM
if u do so, then consider gloves tho, iknow its annoying, it was for me too at start, but then i just put up with it for skins sake bcz personally me tend to pick unawarely/automatically the worst and if ur like that too then gloves even tho annoying can help tho. (u dont have to wear them on both hands anywayz, so with the free hand u can do wtv u need to)
Posted 30 May 2011 - 06:58 PM
Day 3: didnt pick!
Posted 01 June 2011 - 06:10 AM
I've nothing to pick anyway even if I wanted to because I left it alone and it's cleared up a treat, and I'm only a thrid of the way there. Can happily keep going, just hope my skin keeps going well too!
Edited by PaulH85, 01 June 2011 - 06:12 AM.
Posted 01 June 2011 - 12:17 PM
Now, I hardly have any active acne, and I've actually more or less managed to stop messing up my face. Last December I got a cluster of red marks from picking, which have yet to fade, and that's been an important reminder. So my problem isn't really face picking, but picking at mosquito bites etc, mainly on my legs. Over the years, this has caused some marks which I don't want to make any worse. I tend to get addicted to picking at bites, so it just gets worse and worse.
This year, I'm going to resist - because I fear that if I do get addicted again, I will start to "fix" my face as well.
Posted 01 June 2011 - 07:38 PM
days 4 & 5: didnt pick
almost to a week!
must. not. pick. i have finals this week so things are pretty crazy stressful, but im just gonna tell myself to just let it go and NOT PICK.
and good luck SweDan! this is my "summer resolution" too. lets do this! lets be pick free for once and for all
Edited by meganwillnotpickxoxo, 01 June 2011 - 07:39 PM.
Posted 03 June 2011 - 01:53 PM
Only picked one day though. And I was very distraught about it. I'm still trying hard though. The other days I held back. It really is so difficult! I mean there are so many bad habits to have that act as a reaction to stress, why aren't there any good ones?
Can anyone think of any good ones?
Posted 03 June 2011 - 03:11 PM
its hard not to pick but im going to try this challenge with you. I just picked at three this morning and they all bled and look red and inflammed. I need to stop. I realixze i do this when i stand too long in front the mirror. I need to stop before i end up ruinig my entire face more that what it already is. Ialso have a prob with rubbing my face. I hate dry skin, so i rub to try and get it off.that in turn irritates my skin and cause more pimples.. I need help
Posted 03 June 2011 - 03:39 PM
Cheer up though. It will get better. As long as we stop picking, haha. We're only making the problem worse. The acne medication can't heal us if we keep making it worse.
(check out my new signature, now THERE is some accountability - hopefully I'll be back on this thread more to support meganwillnotpick)
Posted 03 June 2011 - 04:34 PM
i think its best to target the stress, one of the main contributing factors. like cocobo said, you need to develop better ways to deal with stress, instead of bad ones (picking). unfortunately none have really worked for me! anyone have good methods?
day 7: wooo a week! havent picked so far tonight (5:32 pm)
3 more weeks till my goal:D im doing better than expected. (not saying its been easy)