Hey, everyone! I was looking up stuff on acne, when I found acne.org, and boy was I glad I did. My acne itself isn't terrible, but the urge to pick at the red spots and bumps is what I really struggle with. I'm starting the "Chill Out" program Dan has to offer. I think I may print out the reasons page where you write down how this bad habit makes you feel, and how you would be different if you stopped.
So I want you guys to keep me accountable. I'm trying a couple different tactics to get myself to Chill Out. The first is self-monitoring. Where one writes down the times they pick or tempted to pick. the second step is to develop a competing response. This is finding a habit to replace the skin picking. So, if I'm about to start squeezing some zit., I would stop, write it down. (i have a little notepad), and then execute my competing response. I have a rubber band to play with and a worry stone. (Dan recommends putting your fist out in front of you or at your side. (I'd do side in a public place.) And continue to execute the competing response for about a minute. Dan's step 5 is to find a social network for support. (That's you guys!!) Dan also suggests, writing in the emotional and physical effects of acne forum.
Well, all, Hopefully this works. If it does, Thank you, Dan in advance.