I pick as well and I'm not sure whether the increased picking has led to an increase in acne or vice-versa. It is a huge time suck in that I would actually set my alarm clock one hour early in order to get ready for work. Often the mornings started out with a full face scan in the regular mirror and then straight to a magnifying mirror and from there I would grab my tweezers and try to remove whatever I felt needed removing and quite often didn't stop until something started bleeding and when things took too ugly of a turn, I'd call in sick to work and hide under the covers................and pick.
I'm talking in the past because I haven't picked since this morning which is a big thing being that I have not been able to NOT pick for months. I found a new dermatologist, have started on another NEW regimen but I still have hope.
I hope we all find the right method to control acne which will help to put an end to the picking. This is a terrible thing to have to deal with.
Update: It's April 10th and at this time, my skin is CLEAR. Since the original date of this post, I have not had one pimple. I have not picked because I have no scabs. I also have given up MAC liquid foundation and have switched to Bare Minerals. This is the 1st time since my mid-20s that I have NOT had even one pimple. I'm thankful for my new derm and completely shocked at the results.