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the patient patient.

After a triumphant first post, I was overwhelmed yesterday with the strongest desire to pick. There's a spot on my arm that isn't healing so fast. When I run my finger over it I swear I can feel the tiniest of lumps inside and I am desperate to get it out. Just the idea of extricating it sets the rest of my skin tingling, soon crawling with the idea that there are bumps and lumps everywhere I must scratch away. Luckily (although infuriating in the moment) my nails are so short they c





Start at the beginning.

I found myself nearly in tears two weeks ago, having picked every last bump from my back and arms, covered in bright red spots like chicken pox. I had dabbled before in regimes for clearing the acne that plagued my back. But the horror of staring at my swollen and spotted skin pushed me over the edge. Something must be done. There were two problems as I saw it: The picking and the acne. (And a third, which was the result of the first two: the scars) Stopping the picking was up to




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