I need to do this!
The last few days have been terrible skin-wise for me! My skin is the worst it's been in a few months... and whenever my skin gets worse/more breakouts I find it's a lot harder for me to just leave it alone and to not pick! It's like my thinking reverts to not knowing anything about acne and the idea that picking at it will physically remove it but it really does just make things worse. And it can become like a compulsion for me too. So I've been picking and messing with my skin a lot lately
Earlier this year (i think - might have been late last year) I managed to stop picking for a few months and it helped my skin quite a bit! I used to get a few large spots in the exact same spot on my cheek and I always used to pick at them which was stupid as they never got to heal completely on their own so they would flare up again and again - until I managed to stop picking and let them heal on their own. Now I haven't had acne in that specific spot since then. (I still have acne everywhere else... but why not celebrate little victories )
I like your idea of using a timer to limit bathroom / mirror time. I'll have to try that. And I'll have to make sure to keep my distance from the mirror too.
Another thing that helped me was keeping my nails short or taking time (when I can) to paint them - it occupies your hands for a while and then I found I didn't want to mess up or chip my nails, once they were done, by picking (sounds silly but it helped me a little).
So I guess starting tomorrow I'll try and be kinder and gentler to my skin by not picking.
You're right, it is difficult - but stick at it - you can do it! Just think how much more lovely your skin will be once you can stop picking
Good luck heitea!
It definitely becomes a compulsion for me. For example, today I was thinking so much that I would NOT pick at a spot on my face....and of course...because I was thinking about it so much, I ended up picking at it.
I need to actually DO my challenge....it's so difficult to just leave a zit there and not pick at it! I don't know why I can't stop myself!
I never could control myself when it came to picking my face.
I even wanted to cut my finger nails off so I would not even think about putting them on my face.
My sister actually gave me the idea of putting bandages on my fingers. To my surprise it worked!
Normally you would put bandages to stop biting your nails but the way my fingers (with the bandages) felt on my face just did not feel "good" and after doing this for a month I found that I lost my habit and my face cleared up pretty good.
Might sound a bit odd but just giving you an idea in case your picking habit becomes harder to control
I actually really like this idea. Except..it would waste a lot of band-aids. haha Maybe I'll keep a tape dispenser in my bathroom? I only pick when I'm in the bathroom so if I tape my fingers after I wash my face, maybe it'll work the same way. At this point, I'm fairly desperate.