So, I've come up with a very simple little strategy to help me with the skin picking, and I also went to pick up some cleanser because I ran out of the Benzac wash.
I decided that I'm going to go back to my good old tried and true Clean and Clear Continuous Control cleanser (5% BP) - something I've used on and off for years, and something that has always worked awesomely. I've tried Benzac, and it works, albeit not as well as C&C, so I'm going back, and sticking with it this time! It never got me 100% clear, but it kept me around 95% clear, and it made breakouts I did get disappear quite fast - something Benzac really doesn't do - it only prevents. So I now have a brand new, shiny purple tube of my favourite cleanser and boy have I missed it! I don't actually know why I stop every time... the search of something "even better" I suppose?
I also picked up a tube of C&C Skin Balancing Moisturizer to go with the cleanser. I've used this before, and it works pretty well. It also has a teensy bit of Salicylic Acid in it, which may or may not help. I know I know, I'm strange, but I'm an absolute perfectionist, and a little obsessive when it comes to using different products together. I have to use products from the same line together, I just CAN'T mix n match! Yes I know it's silly...
Now, my little strategy for stopping picking! Along with these two, I also picked up the Clean and Clear Advantage Spot Treatment. I've never really used a SA spot treatment so I hope it at least helps a little. But anyway, my idea is to - each time I go to pick at something, put a little of the spot treatment on it instead, so that I still feel as if I'm doing something. This way I'm counter acting the action of picking, with something helpful rather than destructive. I know its a simple and silly idea, but it might just help! I don't plan on applying this every day all over the place, because my whole idea with skin care is to keep it simple, and not irritate my skin using leave-on gels and creams all over, such as the BP I used for such a long time. I know the C&C Continuous Control cleanser irritates the skin of many beacuse of the menthol, but my skin has always loved it, so I'm actually looking forward to going back to my good ol' buddy tonight!
For now I'm just leaving my crushed zinc tablet remedy on the wounds I created for 10min at a time throughout the day - I know that speeds up the healing... Sigh, why must I always punish myself like this!
Anyway, wish me luck!!