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  1. 2012-07-12: I hereby pledge to stop picking at my face, back, and neck. In the past 3 months, my acne has improved a lot due to oral doxycycline. However, as fresh new pimples become more rare, the old scabs become more noticeable. I need to stop reopening these wounds, I need to let them heal. I have tried to swear off picking before, but this time is different, because I am going to be accountable to all of you. I am going to post once each day reporting my success or failure. If I stop
  2. I decided a couple of days ago to make a commitment not to pick at my skin anymore. And as I was thinking through how to do that, I wrote down all of the reasons that drive me toward picking at my skin. And then I wrote rebuttals to them. I posted them on my blog, but I wanted to share them here, too. Getting through these last couple of days has been torture, because I have a couple of picked-at spots that are scabbing over and irritating me to no end. So here are the thoughts that drive me to
  3. Cassie88

    No More Picking!

    Ok I have been moping on these forums for years and came across some of my old posts about not picking. Well I still am and I'm fucking SICK of it!! Yesterday was a clinche moment (if that is right word) when I looked at my red-marked ridden face with a few scabs around the chin...so horrible. I going on holiday in a few days and I'm so angry with myself. I can't leave the house and I have vaseline smeared over my face like someone has just puked ectoplasm all over me. One good thing is toda
  4. i started ortho tri cyclen almost 3 months ago for my acne. i had taken yaz for years before with great results but had to switch after insurance issues. my skin has seemed to keep getting worse (a lot more deep pimples, mostly on my cheeks and around my mouth) since starting the OTC, but I don't know if that's the cause. I deal with dermatillomania so my skin also reflects how well I'm doing with the picking at the moment. Everyone says to give it time, but how long do I have to wait until I ca
  5. Bare with me. Its a long story over 8-10 years of knowledge but I hope this helps someone. #Skin RE-CLOGGING ITSELF endlessly My acne slowly slowly started when I was 12 and atm im 22 (first with bumps and pus filled ones and at 20 years oled they were deep big under skin cysts- it was a stressful time w bad relationship/ I ate very much processed food and oils and dairy). At 16 I was on birth control for half a year which didnt help acne and my whole body hated it (depression, low energy, br
  6. I have a variety of PIE and PIH scars that I got from skin picking. I picked at them over and over again so they're pretty red and brown. There's a few on my face and a few on my body. I've tried a lot of products that are recommended for these scars but nothing has really helped. I don't know what to do next. I'm thinking of dermarolling but I'm not sure. What should I do next? I can't afford laser treatments for multiple areas of my face and body as it'll cost too much. But, I'm considering it
  7. (last paragraph sums up everything if you don't want to read it all) i already have a problem with picking at my skin unintentionally, and 2 days ago i tried taking a bobby pin and using it to pop my black heads, my skin was clear besides a few pimples and black heads on my nose. so i took the bobby pin and all i know was that i started popping them at 4am and ended at 3pm (a long time), and my skin was really red and my pores were huge, which i'm guessing is from me scraping at my skin to get
  8. dulcetjuliet

    Picking My Acne

    Naturally, I do not have very much acne. However, I pick anything remotely resembling acne or very small acne on my face, back, arms, and even legs. I spend about an hour to two hours picking these areas of my body every day. I can already tell that I'm attaining scars from my intense picking, and I want to stop this terrible habit. I am wondering what competing behaviors I could try to substitute for my picking? I don't know what to do, and I need an alternate behavior. Thanks for any suggestio
  9. Hi Everyone! This is my first post here. I want to tell you all my story. I just got done picking my face and I felt an urge to document it. My hope is that maybe this can help someone out there who is struggling with what I am struggling with. I'm 18 now, and when I was about 15 years old I developed severe cystic acne. It was really painful, pussy, and swollen all the time. I tried to conceal it with makeup, but I had very visible bumps on my face 24/7. At some point, I realized I could temp
  10. Many of you suffering with acne or other skin problems know all too well that when your skin doesn't look right, neither does anything else in your life. It becomes all you focus on, despite the many great things happening in your life. Many of you also know that not popping zits is one of the hardest things to do when you've got acne... Especially when your "bad habit" becomes a full blown impulse control disorder, and refraining from picking or touching your skin is darn near impossible.
  11. "Never pop your zits." It's always in the back of our minds. "Just this one," we think. "Okay, fine, this one too," we murmur. We don't intend for one little scab to turn into 10, 20, 40, 100, etc, but somehow, it does. It's a relief, a temporary escape from your problems. You get a sort of sick satisfaction from finding anything in your pores, and when you pick, it puts you in a trance-like state, where you go to better places in your mind - where you calm down. You do it all the time,
  12. 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
  13. 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
  14. 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
  15. 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
  16. 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
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