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  1. Day 3 Back to work today so I’ve had make up on all day. Also I’ve been too busy to really have the time to inspect my face and pores so there’s been zero picking today! Here’s what I look like with some makeup on - I can hide the spots reasonably well but the texture of the clogged pores shows in some angles and light. H x
  2. Day 2 Hello! Hope you all had a good day. Thanks to it being a sunday I had another day without makeup. Even though it’s only been one day without touching my face there is already an improvement. My skin is less red, some scabs have healed and flaked away and there are no new spots today. I did knock the head off of one tiny whitehead under my eyebrow today before I realised what I was doing. But that was it, and everytime I found myself leaning in towards the mirror to inspect the
  3. Sigh. I'm back. Again. I had a blog here before, however my picking has not gotten better, in fact, it has gotten worse, and now I have done so much damage to my face that it is starting scar. I fairly good skin, though I do get break outs from time to time, but that's not really the issue. It doesn't really matter what my skin is like because I will ATTACK it anyways. I have to say that it has definitely gotten worse since my accident in last august (2013). I cut my toes off with
  4. Posted January 31, 2014 My name is Angel. I'm an addict. I'm addicted to skin picking. Or perhaps just addicted to picking out my imperfections and focusing on them with diamond-cuttin laser focus. Today I am starting "the regimen". Or should I say... tomorrow i am starting. I've already messed up today. I've only told a few people about my "dirty little secret".. and they all think I'm crazy. The problem is that I never let anyone see me without make up. I'm a young, fairly success
  5. So it's taken me a month to even find the courage to make my first post on here. But in reality that's barely surprising considering the complete & utter bullshit that is my pointless existence. If any of you out there think that things are bad & that you've wasted so much time & energy on this never-ending struggle, well, at least this should give you some retrospective hope in that you haven't fucked everything up anywhere near as epicly as I have. I once had a future along with al
  6. Starting Summer of 2010, I started my 6 month long treatment of Accutane. I was given a high dosage in my opinion (the first month I took 40 mg a day, and the other five I took 80 mg a day). It was a success and after the 4th month I completely stopped getting ANY bumps at all! I was amazed and even found myself forgetting to wash my face regularly. While on treatment I didn't get many side effects, (including dry, chapped lips) the only ones I remember are common bloody noses, and everyone tho
  7. (Yes I know, never pop cystic acne, I've learned my lesson) This morning I couldn't take it anymore and popped a cystic acne on my nose, now it's all red and somewhat flaky (not raised). What can I do to make this go away? I've heard everything from Neosporin to BP but decided to make my own post because I'd really like to get an answer for my own situation. I know this pales in comparison to some of the other horror stories I've seen on these boards, but any help is appreciated -- I'm going ba
  8. So I finally decided to join the conversation. Hello everyone. I'm not even sure if I'm creating this post right. But anyways i guess ill find out. I've been stalking every site, this one in particular, to hopefully find something to help me conquer my problematic skin. Alas all I can really find is that everyone's skin is different. So finding a cure all is impossible. I joined in the hopes to zero in on what may be going on with my skin if any of you have experienced the same issues. I hones
  9. Hello everyone, I just have a few questions for anyone that is interested in helping me out. To give a little bit of background information: I eat a paleo-based diet (lean meat, vegetables, fruits, some dairy here and there, seeds nuts - so, no gluten, only little bit of rice, little bit of corn - also I drink occasionally, trying to stick to wine and beer). I exercise daily, in the form of olympic lifting and crossfit-based workouts. I drink coffee daily. I take some vitamins (Vitamin A, B5 (
  10. I used to be acne free. But once I got real OCD the stress put me off and i developed acne around my mouth. I have been struggling with it since, even when I don't have any problems with OCd. When my obsessive behaviour occasionally becomes really bad, I have bad breakouts around my mouth. I am pretty sure that the emotional rollercaoster is the cause of my acne. Since I have almost been without it in times where I have no stress in my life. After I got it, it seems like certain foods also can w
  11. Hi there - after going on Roacc last yr Ive been very happy with my skin I did however have a smallish cyst on my jawline....whilst shaving the pus came out...I immediately put some tea tree on it....But then I washed my face and saw for myself some of the pus spread all over my cheek.... I panicked immediately as I suffer from OCD/anxiety - I just had this feeling that the cysts will now spread all over my cheeks....I wouldnt be able to handlt that - I kinda felt suicidle when it happened... Th
  12. After posting my blog post (which I will paste in below), I realized that I have no interest in blogging, LOL, and pretty much deserted it. I think I'd have better accountability at not picking and being good to my skin if it's daily/weekly/whatever thoughts quickly jotted down than via a blog post. So, here goes. This was my first post from Feb 3rd: I'm so not a blogger, but I wanted to keep track of what works/doesn't work in my fight to beat adult acne. I'm a 35yo female who has had acne of
  13. So for 2 years now i have had pretty bad acne. However over the course of the 2 years i have made a drastic change in the way i eat, sleep, and live. A lot of my acne has gone down, i'd say 75%, mainly due to my OCD and meticulous habbits i have formed over the years. As good as this may seem acne really affects the way i am, as most of you probably know. I still get one or two big pimples, usually stay for a while (like 3-7days), and are usually really red and noticeable. These 2-3 pimples al
  14. well i realized i need to stop picking, and a log would be a good way to help at the bgng of july i took a long 12 hour plane ride where my face was horrible, there were 2 zits that i really wanted to pick at but i couldnt bc then my face would be all red, my mom would notice, etc. i kinda tried in the washroom but i couldnt and all that happened was i tore my skin and blood came out so i gave up. when we got to the country in europe i realized i didnt bring my tweezers, only had my grandmas we
  15. So just a warning- this is gonna be a rant. So about a year ago my sister grew out of her acne, but even before then, she was really mean to me about mine. One time we were with our cousin and her friend. Our cousin was talking about how there was this boy in her class who had a "big pimple" and indicated with her fingers the size of a dime. In front of everyone my sister said to me,"Cover your forehead!" or something like that. Later, my mom had to do something, so she made my sister just say s
  16. http://www.aocd.org/skin/dermatologic_dise...orum_folli.html I feel like this is exactly what my "acne" looks like! I have no doubt that I have acne and folliculites, but is it cure able just like acne. Because acne is curable It mus arise from immune deficiency and same things as acne of course, but now it is a fungus as well. No wonder epson salt helps me and so many others. Killing the yeast. I am going to be more alkaline to kill the fungi and acne. I am also going to drink far far more
  17. This is it. It's gotta stop. Picking is literally taking over my life, it's all I think about all day. It happens the same exact way every time, I don't know why I still do it because the outcome is always the same. I keep a small mirror in my purse and I look in it at least 20-30 times throughout the day while I'm at work, studying my pores and developing a plan of attack for when I get home. Once I figure out what I'm going to pop or squeeze it totally takes over my thoughts and I can't ge
  18. For as long as I can remember, I've picked the skin on my lips. When I was a kid, I would pick the skin until my lips bled, and for years I constantly had raw, sore, chapped lips. Over the years I've gotten better at not picking, but I still do it on a semi-regular basis, more out of habit than anything else (never to the point of bleeding anymore); I use chapstick as much as possible, but if my lips ever become chapped, I have to pick the skin off, and it makes my lips really red and prevents
  19. For the past two months I think I've had the WORST luck I've ever had with my skin. Over and over again I've inadvertently done things to make my skin worse: essentially burned my skin with hydroquinone, picked at a blackhead turning it into this big red scab, scrubbed the side of my nose too hard with a towel causing an abrasion, and I could go on. Nothing HORRENDOUS, of course, but each week it's seriously been a different thing on my face that's upsetting me. Two weeks ago it was the picked b
  20. Hi there, and thanks for reading. I've been a longtime lurker, but this is my first post. I really believed I was past this, and I thought if my skin was better, the picking would be as well. Anyway, it's been getting worse everyday over the last few weeks even though my acne isn't really a problem anymore. I just feel like I'm going crazy and am trapped in this cycle. I don't know what to do, and I feel like I've tried everything. I don't have anyone to talk to about this and would really appre
  21. Hi everyone. This is a first post like this of any kind for me... I am 35 years old and have been a skin picker ever since my early 20ies. I am not a face picker, but I do have a very bumpy skin with tiny acnelike bumps that bug me, which I would love to pick but usually don't because I am afraid people will see the scabs and scars. I am one of those pickers that picks in places that are easily accessible and hidden with clothing - I always pick my back, shoulders and chest raw, as well as sc
  22. I've had major depression for about a year and possible either OCD or BDD or just really anxious about how I look. And I tend to always keep checking the mirror on how the pimples are, and how well they are choses how I feel about myself. The more pimples = the lower my self esteem is, the less pimples or no pimples, I feel extremely confident about how I look. It's really shitty to feel like this. Is there anything I can do to take my mind of things? I'd say I'm a perfectionist and just bas
  23. I have put this Off for a while, because I didn't want to see what my face looks like in a picture. Literally, my skin has taken over my entire life. I don't do anything. Literally....nothing. My life is at the all time low, almost as low as it can get. I never thought I would end up like this. I'll be 23 in 9 days. I had worse skin from 19-21. Skin cleared up beautifully by my 21st bday, and it lasted 16 months. That day ended 7 months to today. My skin started out breaking out my cheeks one
  24. The past month has honestly been wonderful for me. My skin has been doing great, no big pimples or anything, just small ones that last a day or so. It was so nice going the whole month without worrying about my skin, or picking at my skin. Well...2 days ago a small pimple started growing on my left cheek. At first I wasn't very bothered, but then it got a bit bigger. It was like a moderately sized pimple but it was really red and right in the middle of my cheek. Makeup covered it well though.
  25. Hi everyone, I found this website luckily by searching on Google. Acne has never been a real problem for me. I am now 39 years old and have body acne (some on face/neck too, but much worse on the body). I am also a skin picker, and have been so for many years, and it is actually unrelated to my acne. I have anxiety disorder and OCD and depression which I've been battling for decades. My anxiety has gotten much worse due to financial problems, and my skin picking is off the charts. I do