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Take the 48 Hour NO-PICKING Challenge!

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I lost the challenge :doh:

I was at work and I scratched a zit without really thinking about it

But I am going to try again

No pick challenge take 2!


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Okay guys...are you ready for some before and after shots? The first shot is before, and next to it is after 48 hours of trying my very best not to touch my face. I wasn't perfect, but the pictures speak volumes!

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My face has been clearing pretty well the last few days on Amnesteem, but the red marks were ones I refused to let heal. Now with my no touching rule...they really are healing. Notice hour much calmer my face looks. Yippee!

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"Courage does not always roar. Sometimes courage is the quiet voice at the end of the day saying, 'I will try again tomorrow'."

- Maryanne Radmacher

---Started 40mg/day Amnesteem Mon, Jan 22, 2006

---Started 60 mg Claravis Wed, Mar 28, 2006 (Alternating 40mg & 80mg every other day)

---Started 40mg/day (only)/Accutane (namebrand) Late April, 2006

My stuff:

Purpose Gentle Cleanser, Oil of Olay Oil Free Therapy Lotion, Proactive Solution "Repairing Lotion" for any blemishes, Neosporin Cream on scabs and healing spots, Pandel Hydrocortisone probutate cream, 0.1% to help with redness and healing stops, Aquaphor Healing Ointment for lips, Target Brand Original Dry Skin Therapy Lotion for dry skin


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You look great!!! :D


Started 40mg of Accutane on January 13th 2006

Started 80mg of Accutane on February 12th 2006

Finished Accutane on July 24, 2006 and I am completely clear...for now...hahaha


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Amazing-Chicken Pox! :clap:

I've made it 24 hours! :dance: And this evening I went to my boyfriend to show him how good my skin looked without makeup!! he agreed!!! :D


Accutane Course #1: January 2004-July 2004

Accutane Course #2: December 1st 2006-April 29th 2007


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Wow, HUGE difference. Just think what another 48 hours will do for you!

I went thru my whole routine tonight without any deliberate picking ... but I spaced for a moment when I was looking in the mirror with tweezers in hand. Before I knew it, I had beheaded a little pustule. It was ready to blow its top anyway, so no biggie ... but old habits die hard!!!!

Q


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Wow, HUGE difference. Just think what another 48 hours will do for you!

I went thru my whole routine tonight without any deliberate picking ... but I spaced for a moment when I was looking in the mirror with tweezers in hand. Before I knew it, I had beheaded a little pustule. It was ready to blow its top anyway, so no biggie ... but old habits die hard!!!!

Q

Hey girl!!

Ya know what, I don't think that a whitehead big mama zit should count. I once had a derm tell me that it was better to get the junk out of obvious "ready" zits so it can heal. So don't beat yourself up! I would have done the same thing!

By the way, one of my really bad stories? I answered to door to a neighbor bringing me a "welcome" gift. After talking to her for like 20 minutes, I went back in the bathroom and realized I had been bleeding on my cheek from a zit I had just mangled. It was all clot-like and gross, with a big drippy gross line down my cheek. I literally burst into tears!! What a loser I am!!

Hang in there...and don't give up just because of one big mama. :lol:


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"Courage does not always roar. Sometimes courage is the quiet voice at the end of the day saying, 'I will try again tomorrow'."

- Maryanne Radmacher

---Started 40mg/day Amnesteem Mon, Jan 22, 2006

---Started 60 mg Claravis Wed, Mar 28, 2006 (Alternating 40mg & 80mg every other day)

---Started 40mg/day (only)/Accutane (namebrand) Late April, 2006

My stuff:

Purpose Gentle Cleanser, Oil of Olay Oil Free Therapy Lotion, Proactive Solution "Repairing Lotion" for any blemishes, Neosporin Cream on scabs and healing spots, Pandel Hydrocortisone probutate cream, 0.1% to help with redness and healing stops, Aquaphor Healing Ointment for lips, Target Brand Original Dry Skin Therapy Lotion for dry skin


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Ya know what, I don't think that a whitehead big mama zit should count.

Hey, I can work with that line of reasoning. It didn't count. I am still pure. I have regained my no-picking virginity.

Thanks for sharing your own personal picking bloodbath, sistah -- and now, ladies, are there any more good stories out there?

C'mon, give ...

Q


Retired from Acne.org


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ok ive been trying this and its not going well, i just keep picking, you know the ones that form a scab as you explain, well i just cant stop picking them off and then they are there for like a month as i pick them off everyday.

if you leave them alone in a scab how long do they take to fall off???

i just cant stand them, i dont know what stands out more a scabby spot or a red mark it leaves after you tear it off, aaarrrgggggg

ok picking challange begins now. 12.10 on 10th feb. lets see you i go.

by the way i got to squeeze whitheads, they heal faster then anyway if you dont pick them

chickenpox, that story with the house is a really good way to look at it. it made me laugh to think that is really what we are doing to our faces.


i wish for perfect skin


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I need to re-start this challenge. I failed miserably last night. I can't leave bumps alone!! grrrr, I definately need some support to stop picking....

Yeah, I am gonna have to re-start as well. I only went 5 hours without picking. I remember thinking to myself, do not pick. The next thing I know, I'm squeezing like crazy!

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OK, I'm signing up for my next 48 hours. I am so happy -- not a single bright glaring red mark on my whole face, and the little bumps and zits that have popped up are all starting to dry up and go away. All by themselves. Without ANY help from my little helping hands. :)

ChickenPox, I am in your debt. Thanks for the inspiration.

Q


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Guess what.

I slipped. I had a MAJOR session this morning That was HORRIBLE. All my preaching and I messed up big time.

I am so sorry for not practicing what I was preaching. Trouble is, I know it's bad...I just couldn't stop.

Time to start over. I am NOT giving up.


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"Courage does not always roar. Sometimes courage is the quiet voice at the end of the day saying, 'I will try again tomorrow'."

- Maryanne Radmacher

---Started 40mg/day Amnesteem Mon, Jan 22, 2006

---Started 60 mg Claravis Wed, Mar 28, 2006 (Alternating 40mg & 80mg every other day)

---Started 40mg/day (only)/Accutane (namebrand) Late April, 2006

My stuff:

Purpose Gentle Cleanser, Oil of Olay Oil Free Therapy Lotion, Proactive Solution "Repairing Lotion" for any blemishes, Neosporin Cream on scabs and healing spots, Pandel Hydrocortisone probutate cream, 0.1% to help with redness and healing stops, Aquaphor Healing Ointment for lips, Target Brand Original Dry Skin Therapy Lotion for dry skin


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Guess what.

I slipped. I had a MAJOR session this morning That was HORRIBLE. All my preaching and I messed up big time.

I am so sorry for not practicing what I was preaching. Trouble is, I know it's bad...I just couldn't stop.

Time to start over. I am NOT giving up.

Atta girl, that's the spirit. Nobody said it was going to be easy. You are working against a really deeply ingrained habit, or disorder, or disease, or whatever it is that makes us shred ourselves. Just keep picking yourself up. (so to speak)

Now, I'm curious ... what is it that you pick? Scabs? Zits? Clogged pores? All of the above?

If it's mainly scabs, you should take a look at synthetic brush exfoliation. It's AMAZING for scabs ... kinda wears them away gently, without stripping them down so far that they bleed. When I get scabs now, they are mostly just thin flakes. PM me if you have questions.

Today is a new day, starting NOW!

Q


Retired from Acne.org


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OK! I am so totally up for this challenge! it is currently five thirtyon Friday and on sunday at this time, we'll see whats goin down. today i was trying not to pick and usually I could stop my self before I did anything major. still touched my face more than I would like though. Bring it!! I'm excited.

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Atta girl, that's the spirit. Nobody said it was going to be easy. You are working against a really deeply ingrained habit, or disorder, or disease, or whatever it is that makes us shred ourselves. Just keep picking yourself up. (so to speak)

I think the words you use (e.g. disorder) are probably fairly accurate. It's one thing to squeeze the occasional whitehead which has risen to the surface and is just one big, glaring blob clearly ready to be released. But the descriptions in this thread, of an almost compulsive scratching of the face, seem quite a bit more serious than that. Esp. for whoever it was that said they were driving at the time! :surprised:

You need to find a way of associating scratching/picking with discomfort! Kinda like that solution you put on your fingernails as a kid to stop biting 'em :)


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Accutane:

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Eucerin Extra Protective Moisture Lotion

Vitamins/etc:

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1000mg Milk Thistle

1,200mg Calcium (w/ 80mg Magnesium)

2,400mg Fish Oil

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Blistex Herbal Answer lip balm

CVS Eye drops


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I could shut myself up for the weekend and do this... so no matter what hideous things sprout up, I can leave them alone. I guess I'm in, starting at 5:12 PM Feb. 10 (according to my watch). No picking, just light scratching if I really need to...

(And I can certainly sympathize with anyone who has picking binges -- sometimes I just go nuts and start picking a dozen different spots for no good reason)


May as well be Heaven,

this Hell smells the same.


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Does it really make that big of a difference? I might have to try it out!

My derm told me to take 3 pills a day, im on 40mg, how many other people are doing this it sounds kinda weird.

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I'm in, thanks Queen for letting me know about this! Perfect timing, I actually just started a NO PICKING log in the personal regime section. It is 8:17 Saturday morning, so I need to go until Monday morning with no picking, and no touching my face!

I need to watch my weak points, always when I get out of the shower or wash my face.

A tip, reduce the number of mirrors, if you can't see you are less likley to pick!


Regime: for moderate acne on face/ back/ chest

AM:

Cleanser: Cetaphil

Exfoliation: Aveeno Daily Skin Brightening Scrub

Moisturizer: Oil of Olay Complete

Sunscreen: Coppertone Oil Free SPF 45

PM:

Cleanser: Cetaphil

(wait 30 min)

Medication: 0.1% Retin-A Micro

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i failed, i cannot do this no picking challenge, im useless at it. but i am going to try again nevertheless


i wish for perfect skin


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I made it all day yesterday and now today... but when I was eating, I felt something wettish on my face... one of them broke open (from opening my mouth too wide, I guess). Sick. Now imagine if that had happened if I was talking to someone... ugh.

It was one that I said "Okay, I'll just let the bp dry it up and let it fall off naturally." Still, I got it cleaned up, didn't pick at it or anything.


May as well be Heaven,

this Hell smells the same.


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I have not picked or scrathed or anything. In the shower I rubbed my face more than usual but it was gently with soap. My face looks WORSE THAN EVER!!! I am going to see what happens between now and tomorrow night and then I'll decide on whether to continue or not....

My face is so disgusting right now. But I really want to see if it improves after about a week without picking. Because everytime i pop my zits they heal pretty quick it's jus tht I break out a lot after picking at my face so maybe if i stop my face will just break out and heal at a regular rate and after that not as many breakouts???/ I can only hope.

okay ..... Try it and keep at it!! It should work I guess. ...... someone please stick with it for longer than 48hrs.... please....

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I just failed the challenge!!!!!! I couldn't resist it and failed miserably

It's so hard! But you can always try again ... it's a new day.

Q


Retired from Acne.org


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I made it past 48 hours! But, it was kinda easy for me now as I have no active zits, though one small scab. The real challenge will be at "that time of the month" if I get a cyst or zit r something.

are there any more good stories out there?


Accutane Course #1: January 2004-July 2004

Accutane Course #2: December 1st 2006-April 29th 2007


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