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#1 Data

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Posted 12 March 2012 - 12:08 PM

Hi everyone!

Thanks to PaulH85 posts and countless miserable hours in front of the mirror, I have come to the conclusion that I have a bad habit of picking my skin, and I am now starting to realize what huge impact this has on the overall skin apparence. My acne is classified as moderate by a dermatologist, but I think its mainly because of the red marks left behind from skin picking; making it look a lot worse than it really is. I must point out that I'm currently on Accutane and this issue has gone from moderate to severe ever since. Before, my skin was very thick and my skin healed amazingly fast, leaving few red marks behind that would heal fast aswell. However, after being on accutane for the past couple of weeks, my skin has gone from thick to thin, and red marks are worse than ever. Basically, a red mark that would take me 2 days to heal before, now takes weeks to heal, if not months to truely fade away. Even though my skin could handle picking earlier, I am certain that this obsession of mine is one of the core reasons for my acne in general.

Pros of picking
- Somewhat satisfaction
- Leaves no scab

Cons of picking
- It make me feel very miserable and depressed afterwards
- Anxiety. Don't want to leave the house
- Potentially leads to more acne
- Potentially leads to acne scarring
- Leaves a lot of red marks
- Slow healing process
- Requires a lot of time and energy
- Looks disgusting when picking in public
- Pain and blood (a lot of toilet paper!)

Am I missing something here? Anyway needless to say, the pros and cons simply doesnt add up. I'm sick and tired of it and this has to stop, RIGHT NOW. Starting today, I will not pick at all, no matter what. I will continue like this until hopefully my skin is clear. If things get out of control and I feel the abolute urge to pick, I will ´ come here and write instead. Of course I will keep you posted along the way. Wish me luck!

Oh, and I will try to snap some pictures for you guys. I'll have to photoshop them first because I'm not comfortable posting my entire face.

Edited by Data, 12 March 2012 - 02:12 PM.


#2 *Can*I*Live*

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Posted 12 March 2012 - 01:15 PM

good luck. avoid mirrors!
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#3 Data

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Posted 12 March 2012 - 01:52 PM

good luck. avoid mirrors!


Noted! Thanks!

#4 harlowefey

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Posted 12 March 2012 - 02:08 PM

OMG let's NOT do it together. =)
CURRENT REGIMEN

Morning:
1) Acne.org Regimen
2) Spot treat with AHA+.
3) Double moisturize: Jojoba oil and Acne.org Regimen Moisturizer.

Night:
1) Acne.org Regimen
2) Spot treat with AHA+. Use AHA+ on full face every Tuesday and Thursday night.
3) Double moisturize.

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Posted 13 March 2012 - 06:54 PM

Good luck! :)

Thoughts become words
Words become actions
Actions become habits
Habits become character
Character becomes destiny
It is time to change my destiny

 

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#6 csh22

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Posted 19 March 2012 - 09:26 PM

GOOD LUCK!! You inspired me to stop picking starting right now Posted Image

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Posted 31 July 2013 - 04:19 AM

I am a picker too.

Had no problems during high school.

After though, i began obsessing about miniscule defects.

Here is my latest problem. I will never pick again..

http://www.acne.org/...g/#entry3367742

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Posted 03 August 2013 - 10:29 AM

Never ever ever pop your pimples. It will not heal pimples and it will not stop breakouts.

Use this regimen 2 pumps of bp and 2 pumps of cetaphil moisturizer mixed with 30 drops of jojoba oil. Use CVS oilpads to wipe away shine. Your breakouts will stop immediately and within 2 weeks all existing pimples will be gone.