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  1. lexigrace

    Picking Of The Skin

    I have been picking my skin/acne for about a year and a half. I have tried to stop and I can-as long as there is somebody watching me or supporting me, but when I am alone I cannot. Perhaps, if there is another one of you who is also trying to stop, but find it difficult we could be Anti-Picking Partners. We could email, text, and/or message each other frequently and work together to stop this and if we fail we can support one another and get back on track. So..anyone want to be my buddy? A
  2. OMGmahface

    Day 27

    Day 27 - picked a bit to unclog some pores. No damage thankfully. The clogged pores are from my make up today. Dr. Jart silver label bb cream clogs pores! just a warning. I get at least 5 new clogged pores from that shit. But it does a great job giving me almost full coverage. Man, I need something better.
  3. OMGmahface

    Day 3

    Day 3- Picked at only one spot! I was washing my face and a scab from a pimple I picked last week came off. Pus oozed along, so I just decided to squeeze everything out. it came out pretty clean. that should be the end of that. to prevent more picking, I stopped myself from scoping out other areas of my face (SUCCESS!) I really think having this blog to report to every day is helping a lot If I skip even a day, I know it'll be the end of me D': As for redness reduction, ya know, too early t
  4. ishly

    Help! Aczone & Spiro

    Hello fellow Acne Suffers! I am a 23 year-old young professional who has been dealing with acne and dermatillomania (compulsive skin picking) since I was 13 years old. I have been through the ringer, having seemingly tried every over the counter, prescription and ~natural~ remedy out there. I am currently taking spironolactone (hormonal pill) internally and topically using hempseed oil to oil cleanse while applying aczone at night. Thoughts & Information: Spiro- I have been tak
  5. I’m still breaking out a little bit, though less than before. Skin still isn’t that dry. I wonder if I should take a higher dosage, or if I’m just one of the few people whose skin just doesn’t have chronic drying from Accutane. I really hhope it’s the second, my skin texture has been nice (aside from the acne bumps and scars :P) Trying hard not to pick at my face but my PMS is starting up, which means more hormonal acne. Trying to stay motivated and aware of my hands is really difficult. I have
  6. This is my string of weekly updates and self-motivating factors as I try to combat my acne with Accutane while also combatting my Dermatillomania (OCD behavior that makes it enjoyable for me to pick at imperfections and bumps on my skin, like acne, especially when stressed). Accutane is more cost effective, efficient, and thorough than trying to counter my broken-out, oily skin with even more over-the-counter products and regimens. My skin just doesn't respond positively to anything, it either m
  7. STILL breaking out, but skin picking/touching may have contributed to that. No cystic breakouts, but a lot of pustules, closed comedones, blackheads, and whiteheads (yuck). The closed comedones have worsened on my chin (they were there before Accutane) and have also started to appear on my cheeks and forehead. Fun times. I’m working really hard to stop picking my acne but it is so, so difficult when they hurt or are really distinct bumps. Stupid brain making me do stuff that’s bad for me.
  8. OMGmahface

    Day 23

    Day 23 - picked at one spot. I was plucking my eyebrows and it ended up in me scouting out for things on my face T_T It was a small pick so not too damaging, but as of now I know have two dark scabs on my face from the picks before. The cyst on my brow has definitely decreased and I hope it stays that way. Hoping its not the calm before the storm type of deal! Man, I really wanna try prescription duac and not the expired samples my derm gives me.
  9. A little background information: I've been struggling with acne, most of which was self-induced due to my problems with dermatillomania and stress management, for basically my entire high school career. I'm not completely out of it yet, but since I feel I've reached a good point, I wanted to provide a "guide" to what I've been doing and has been working for me so far. Explanations will be in bolded text. Important stuff will be also be in bolded text. (That's because........ explanations are
  10. thatwillnotfly

    Day 19: Whatever It Takes

    So I've been reflecting a little bit more on how it is that I've managed to make it more than two weeks at this point (!) without picking, squeezing, scratching, or otherwise disturbing my face's irregularities. And I think if I had to pick just one thing that has been the most critical to my "success" (I have so far overcome picking, but not the urge to pick) it has been making not picking my face virtually the number one priority in my life. I know that sounds a little bit crazy, but hear me o
  11. thatwillnotfly

    Day 4: Misery

    Boy, there are moments. I reach up to touch my face, and I have to swat my hand back down. When I walk into the bathroom, I stop and linger at the mirror for a second too long. But I'm trying not to be too punitive about these things, otherwise I think I'd be going even crazier than I am. It's not going to be perfect, and it's not going to be easy. But I am committed to recovery. I don't want to live anymore with that horrible, gnawing, awful compulsion. Honestly, right now, I'm not conf
  12. SkinPickingSupport

    Skin Picking

    I suffer from a condition called Dermatillomania, which is the urge to pick at one's own skin to the extent that damaged is caused and the ability to stop picking is compromised. I had acne at a young age, as it was diagnosed, but it either turned into Dermatillomania or maybe I always had a little bit of both. Many of you on this site probably have the same issues I do and acne sufferers are prone to Dermatillomania. Many times, we are diagnosed with acne by a dermatologist but they do not r
  13. OMGmahface

    Day 15

    Day 15 - didn't pick today either. but I got a tiny tiny pimple around my eye... its a couple mm above the inner corner of my left eye.... and it hurts like a mother! its really tiny and I can see the white head, but its pretty deep, I think, cuz I cant pick it! and any pressure on it hurts! im hoping this wont turn into a cyst! its such an odd placing. ahhhh plz just be a regular pimple or go away.. I don't want a cyst T_T
  14. thatwillnotfly

    Day 3: A Brilliant Idea

    It's day 3, and things are going surprisingly well. One of the picked-at spots is not terribly noticeable. Well, to anyone except for me, of course. The other spot is still there, but the antibiotic seems to be kicking in. It was oozing when I got out of the shower this morning, but it dried up into a small, brown, hard scab. It doesn't hurt, and there's no redness around it. And so now I must resist not the temptation to squeeze it so as to "get the stuff out of it," but rather the temptati
  15. Picky Nicki

    Day 3 And 4 - Home Again

    Yesterday I drove to see my sister in Fredericton, and she was shocked to see my face. I was so stressed there that I picked a little bit at my nose. (I hate having red marks on the end of my nose and between my eyebrows, these bug me the most.) I ended up trusting my gut and driving home the same day. Ten hours in the car BLARGH! My legs and back are very sore today. When I got home I washed my face and put on a calomine mask. All I can this morning is .... I FUCKING LOVE CALOMINE!!!!
  16. OMGmahface

    Day 25

    Day 25 - Didn't pick. eh. i'm nearing my period and i'm so amazed that my chin has managed to be so clear for two months. <3
  17. thatwillnotfly

    Day 4: Big Picture

    Tonight, when I was applying my 10% BP, I noticed that a small "plug" poking out from my jaw seemed to have grown. It wasn't painful, but it was definitely fairly prominent. I applied some AHA, and sat back and waited, then applied some more. Then I layered some more BP. Then, I as I was sitting on my counter staring at the mirror on the medicine cabinet, I felt a swell of terror. I realized that this is how it begins: paying attention to one spot, and ignoring the bigger picture. It was lik
  18. Definitely breaking out more, really hard to ignore the bigger ones but I can generally keep myself from touching smaller bumps unless they have a whitehead, then I just scrape them off with a fingernail. Not very dry yet, as far as I can tell, and definitely not dry on my chin or forehead/nose. Scalp/back seems to be getting drier and more broken out, but my hair still gets nasty by the end of the day. Products used: - Up and Up Charcoal Facial Cleanser: for morning face wash -
  19. I’m going to do some monthly posts instead because weekly posts are becoming more and more monotonous and I don’t have time to post weekly. The past month was kinda rough, with lots of rounds of breaking out, calming down, and then breaking out again. The closed comedones are still being stubborn, though they have noticeably decreased. The few that come to heads are somewhat painful and contain a yellowy-white hard grain, like ¼ of a uncooked grain of rice. Switching into college was complicated
  20. Hi there, The intention of this thread is to create an ongoing list of tips and tricks to help ease the urge to pick! I'm sure many of these tips are things you have already heard of, but I over the course of the last 6 months I have managed to decrease my obsessive skin picking dramatically using a combination of these techniques. This list is not exhaustive, feel free to add any suggestions, and good luck! Mild exfoliation My skin leans towards being quite dry, which means I can suffer fr
  21. OMGmahface

    Day 6

    Day 6 - Kinda picked at a spot today, but stopped myself. I was putting on my duac and felt this thing protruding out of my face: its a sebum plug with its head pushing out. I squeezed but that sucker wouldn't come out and a bit of blood started encircling it so I stopped. the plug and the blood is about the size of this period "." but I knew I would do more damage if i kept squeezing till it came out, so I stopped! yay! I'm sure i'm going to squeeze it again tomorrow.. LOL As for that squee
  22. thatwillnotfly

    Day 9: Scared

    Maybe I should call it "worried" or "anxious" or something that makes me sound less like a five-year-old. But that's exactly how I feel right now. Scared, like a little kid, alone in the dark, not sure whether or not there really is a monster hiding behind my bookshelf. Anyway, right now, I'm standing on the precipice of a major shift in my career that will drastically change my lifestyle for the next several years. And even though I'm happy that I have the opportunity to be doing what I'm d
  23. JungleBear08

    My Acne Challenge

    ABOUT ME I am a 20 year old female, and my skin has been bad since I was about 11 years old. During my school years I got the standard T zone acne, oily skin, whiteheads, the usual stuff that's associated with puberty and all that jazz. Well now I am 20....and my skin is still oily, and the acne is now on my cheeks and jawline mostly, and I am starting to get fed up, acne is meant to have gone now right?! During my teen years I went on antibiotics, topical solutions from the doctor and
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