Still on track! Proud to say I've had no picking attacks in over 72 hours. I have certainly been tempted to pick. I keep catching myself feeling around my skin for something to pick. Also, I must note, that my nightly skincare routine has been cut nearly in half in time (prime time for my skin picking).
I've gone two days without any picking problems. However, I must say I've felt much more tempted to pick today than I did yesterday. I have been more anxious/stressed today than yesterday as well. I definitely believe anxiety triggers picking and vice versa.
I have managed to go a whole day with out any obsessive picking at my skin. I will be honest, I very gently popped a few white heads on my face just because they were so noticeable. They are ones that will look better tomorrow from being popped. I tried avoiding looking in mirrors. Mirrors seem to trigger this compulsion. I've been able to quick picking in the past, but no more than a few days I'd say. I'll be very happy if I can get to a week without any picking "attacks."
I just left the bathroom after destroying my skin for nearly an hour. Why I do this, I don't know. It has become a huge problem, not only the damage done to my skin, but also the anxiety involved. I have been picking/popping for the past 4 years. I have some scarring that will probably never go away (fortunately not on face). I pick the smallest imperfections I can see only making them worse. I have tried to quit this habit several times with no success. I'm hoping this blog will help keep me on track and I hope others will provide encouragement. I also hope there are others out there who have the same problem and want to attempt to quit by posting daily progress here. I feel it will be easiest to quit with the support of others. I do not know if it is true or not, but I've heard it takes 21 days to form a habit, so I am going to try to post everyday for the next 21 days. Any advice or support will be greatly appreciated.