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Paige's Stop Picking Log

22 November 2014 - 09:45 PM

I have been a picker for a long time (pretty much since I started getting acne at 13). Up until recently picking hasn't really been that big of a problem for me. However, now my picking is starting to cause scars, and after a big picking session I get extreme anxiety and don't want to leave the house or really do anything. I've made attempts to stop picking in the past and have even made logs in the past, but I have always failed. This time I really want to keep up with this log and stop picking. I feel like I've hit rock bottom because of this picking habit. I can't keep going like this. I've bought a book called Skin Picking: The Freedom to Finally Stop. I'll be reading this book, following the advice it gives, and tracking my progress.


So to start...

Pros of picking: Feels good in the moment; feels like I'm "cleaning out" my skin


Cons of picking: Scars; red skin; anxiety; not wanting to leave the house or have others see me; time consuming


Pros of not picking: Reduced risk of scars; no red skin; will not feel embarrassed about my skin; more time; more confidence


Cons of not picking: Can't clean out my skin; having things in my skin will bother me




Top 5 locations where I am most likely to pick: My bathroom and my parents bathroom


Times that I am most often in these locations: When using the bathroom; when showering; when getting ready


Top thoughts that trigger or precede picking: I feel a spot on my skin that feels like it needs to come out; my skin feels clogged; my skin looks clogged; I see a spot on my skin that I want to come out


Physical sensations prior to picking: Increased pulse; anxious feeling


Top thoughts, emotions and sensations after picking: Pain, embarrassment, anxiety, frustration


Top habitual actions that lead to picking: Looking at my skin; touching my skin


Strategies for not picking: Use dim lighting; use flashlights or candles; use a timer when in the bathroom; keep hands busy

Belara Log

24 August 2014 - 11:54 AM

Tonight I'll be taking Belara, an anti-androgen birth control pill, for the first time. My acne is definitely hormonal, so I should notice improvement from Belara, but I am nervous because all of the hormonal treatments I have tried in the past (yasmin, yaz, spiro, metformin) made my hair fall out. My hair is finally starting to thicken again since taking metformin, and the thought of it falling out again scares me. Wish me luck!


More info on Belara for anyone who is interested: http://www.belara.co.../Detail_Aid.pdf

Weight Lifting?

12 August 2014 - 08:08 PM

How do you guys feel about weight lifting for health and physical fitness? My boyfriend is really into weight lifting and regularly lifts more than 100 lbs. Can this really be good for your body in the long run? When I have tried lifting heavy weights in the past my skin has acted up. It has gotten oily and broken out. Lifting heavy makes me look nice, but I'm just not sure it's good for me. I'm thinking about trying to use the fitness blender plan for busy people which includes 30 minute workouts that incorporate weight, cardio, and things like pilates and stretching. Do you guys have a favorite workout routine?

So If Yaz, Yasmin, And Spiro All Make My Hair Fall Out, Do You Think I'll Have The...

31 July 2014 - 05:26 PM

I know Yaz and Yasmin contain a spiro like ingredient that makes my hair fall out like spiro. I'm thinking about trying Belara which contains the anti-androgenic progestin chlormadinone acetate. Does anyone know if chlormadinone acetate is similar to spiro? Has anyone had any experience on Belara? Anti-androgens clear me completely, but I don't want to lose all my hair.

Isotrex/isotrexin In The U.s?

17 July 2014 - 10:49 AM

Does anyone know if it's possible to get isotrex or isotrexin in the U.S.?