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  1. Feeling despondent today. My skin is OKAY and it's true that it's not as red as it used to be. But it still is! Maybe because it's summer but I have so many bumps and small pimples that are taking forever to heal... It would be a lot easier to not pick if I had perfect skin hah. I'm seeing a therapist today (first time) -- I might ask if I could be directed to someone who has experience with skin picking... Feeling like at this point I would take medication to help. The urge hasn't gone away at
  2. I don't know your situation fully, but I agree that CBT with a psychologist + meds sounds like a healthy combo. I'm going to assume you're a woman (sorry if I'm misgendering!) and my impression is that this doctor is disinclined to believe a young woman with what he maybe feels like are issues of vanity? Hard for me to understand why else he wouldn't want to help a crying patient. Is this your primary care physician? Maybe it's time for a new doctor.
  3. Stop now!!!! That is all I can say. I never had acne with cysts but I became obsessed with squeezing blackheads (multiple times a day) and I can tell you, it will create scars. I have deep dark scars that I'm always worried about. For nose blackheads I highly recommend pore strips (Biore for example) -- they really work well, lately I've been using them a couple times a week along with a pore-minimizing toner and I have noticed an improvement. PLUS the pore strips are JUST as satisfying as squee
  4. Hello people, Last Friday marked my 30th day without picking. I haven't been perfect -- lots of examining and pulling out hard blackheads that are popping out. But there was only ONE SINGLE time I actually squeezed a pore. I was in total trance mode and when I realized what I was doing ran out of the bathroom. So I have been pretty good at ingraining the idea that squeezing pores just isn't done. But I haven't yet broken the trance-like way that I approach the mirror and systematically examine
  5. Today's the day! I have my notebook with me where I wrote alternative responses to triggering feelings. Reminding myself of how good it will feel to be in control of this. And one day I'll be as carefree and comfortable in my skin as my cat!
  6. Hi! I can’t tell you what an emotional relief it’s been to find that this community exists online. I'm definitely a stress picker and it's taken me a long time to realize it's a real thing -- I’ve been trying to stop picking and squeezing for about 8 years, with periodic success and many relapses. I hardly ever use sterile tools and I know it’s been so bad for my skin and such a stressor in my life; I often wear makeup to bed so I don’t have to reveal the level of my scars to my boyfriend…It’s b