Posted 15 May 2012 - 11:33 PM
I am absolutely desperate to stop this viscous cycle somehow. I have had some of my scabs get infected in the past and am now left with lovely red and brown scars all over my back, shoulders and chest. I would love to go for dermabrasion of my back especially to help minimize the scarring, but I think I cannot because I have way too many open sores from my scratching at this time.
Is there anyone out there going through the same thing - especially the part where you want (or feel the need) to eat your own scabs. Anyone with some words of wisdom or help for my situation?
Posted 15 May 2012 - 11:54 PM
I don't know if that's much help, but good luck!
Posted 16 May 2012 - 07:06 PM
How do the scabs taste?
LOL, dunno, I never think about it. It's gross, but I do it unfortunately It's kinda like people who chew their nails or cuticles, or if you bite a piece of dry skin off your lip I guess.
Posted 17 May 2012 - 01:09 AM
I mean, it is indeed helpful to limit the expression of the angst (for example, trying not to do it, stopping yourself, wearing gloves) but the core of the issue is unlikely to go away with its manifestation. Again, in my experience (you can read my log to follow my progress from Nov 2011 til now) I was quite able to stop the picking, but before therapy it was still the thing that kept my mind busy at all times - how do I look, will anyone notice, is my skin improving, is this new cream doing anything for me etc. etc. Talking to a pro talker (in my case, a psychotherapist) about it helped me get to the core issue and now the manifestation (picking) is not as much of an obsession. I'm getting to know the reasons and dealing with the hate/agression/angst that lies beneath picking, which makes it all a lot less about picking and more about living a compassionate, open, loving life in relation to myself and my body.
First step: stop doing it. Keep a log here, write about it, notice your own patterns and try outsmarting yourself. Second: Find therapist. Go talk. Be brutally honest and let yourself go Third: For healing the wounds I highly recommend Mario Badescu's Healing Cream. There's also a scar healing cream called Cicatrix. These helped med a lot because the less scabs i have the less i would pick.
Best of luck to you! If you want to read my log there's a link just at the bottom of this message.
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