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  1. lilcupcake

    Picking Acne

    Hello, newbie to this site. I'm currently finishing month 3 of Accutane. I have come to realize that most of my acne is due to me picking at any little blemish but I can not seem to stop! Just a few days ago I had only 2 healing pimples. Last night I spent too much time in front of the mirror and now my face is a war zone. It's bad enough i had my doctor prescribe me a 5 day course of prednisone to heal the inflammation I caused. Ahhh, what did i pick? I was looking great up until then Anyon
  2. thatwillnotfly

    Day 8: All In My Head

    First, on the positive side: I've been 99.999% successful in not picking at my face. And I throw the less-than-100% in there because I removed a tiny bit of dead skin from a healing spot. I'm not perfect. But I'm trying my best. And at the end of the day, I guess that's all I can do. It's hard for me to explain in words how difficult this has been. In some ways, it's actually been easy for the last couple of days. I've been busy with life, and for good reason: I have a major test tomorrow. B
  3. So I recently started working at a Dermatology clinic. I've struggled with intermittent moderate acne for years, I haven't had much of an issue lately but started to break out a little this past week on the right side of my face. I had a very deep cyst develop on my right upper cheek and I did a big no no.. I've watched the doctor at work slice open and drain cysts on patients countless times at this point and I thought I'd be able to drain my own at home. So last night, with a crappy give dolla
  4. A damsel in Distress

    It's Been A Good While :)

    It's been a while since I'v updated my blog but my skin has been doing really good latley. Any problems I'v had have mostly been me picking at my problem areas... Right now I'm currently waiting for a few of those places to heal..but over all my skin has been really looking good! Here's my current skincare regime: Morning: *Wash face, tone with my toner (I make it myself: witch hazel, tea tree oil and lavendar oil), then go exercise(When I dont exercise I skip this step..obviously...) *Sh
  5. MissReid

    Day 4

    Day 4 Hello! Zero picking today! I think being super busy really helped with that. It’s my birthday in less than a week so I met up with my mother after work and we went out to dinner. The scarring seems to be clearing up but my pores are definitely starting to fill up too. I know that most of it is just sebaceaous filliaments (or however you spell it) but the texture is awful and reeeally makes me want to squeeze them all out. H x
  6. MissReid

    Day 7

    Day 7!! one week down already! Woo! I had a few moments today where my anxiety started to bubble up and when that happens I tend to stare at myself in the mirror a lot. I become very self critical and this usually leads to a huge picking session. however, I managed to make myself stand back when I felt the urge to squeeze out my pores. Success! Here’s a comparison between day one and day 7. (Today’s pics were taken just after a mud face mask hence the tomato red face!!) H x
  7. MissReid

    Days 8-11

    Days 8 - 11 Hello!! Apologies for the lack of entries - It’s been my birthday weekend so I have been so so busy! It’s so sunny in England this week and I feel like the sun is helping my skin a bit. I still have not picked my skin, despite having pores that look pretty tempting! H x
  8. Picky Nicki

    ಠ_ಠ Tough

    Hi Everyone, I apologise for the absence the last few days, I have been working a lot and thus been incredibly tired; the disgusting humidity doesn't help things. I am going to keep this pretty brief so that I can sleep soon.... I feel like an Old lady. Today is the fifth day of my journey and I have to say that since day three, things have been much more difficult that I would have thought. It was my understanding that the first days were the hardest and then things eased up, however th
  9. kathb200

    Day 3

    Woke up this morning with four enormous whiteheads on my face. I NEVER get whiteheads, why is this all of the sudden happening? The huge cyst on my nose turned into a whitehead, which I guess is good, but it looks horrifying. Does anyone know why I'm all of the sudden getting whiteheads? I haven't changed anything in my diet or environment. I'm just frustrated and feel at a loss. I really just want my face to be clear.
  10. OMGmahface

    Day 9

    Day 9 - picked at a black head, got a good sucker out. Its on a part of my face that I can't really see, so I don't really care if it leaves a mark LOL. also picked at something on my nose.... i'm ashamed. two picks... need to get this under control! I've decided to lessen my usage of duac to once every two days... I need my skin to heal and I know bp actually hinders it since it kills good and bad cells. Also! I bought a 1.0mm dermaroller. it should arrive in 2 weeks. Ive used it befor
  11. 12 Week update: A couple of weeks ago I started using Cerave moisturizing cream (the one in the big tub). My skin was so dry I was putting on two thick layers before going to bed at night and one more in the morning. I stopped using aloe and any of the oils because honestly I just felt like they were making my breakouts worse. In terms of dryness and peeling the Cerave cream saved my face. It moisturized in a way nothing else I have tried has, better than coconut oil, aveeno, or the regular Cera
  12. OMGmahface

    Day 29

    Day 29 - Did not pick today so tomorrow is day 30 and I will be posting pictures! I dermarolled today. I haven't been counting the days but I think its about 10 days since my first dermaroller session? Can't say ive seen good results (its just one session) but I haven't seen bad results which is still good news. I went a little rougher today since I was use to the pricking pain, but hopefully not too rough for my skin to handle. I've done some research, and I think i'll be buying the este
  13. Seriously, what is wrong with me? My skin JUST started clearing up, so what do I do? Decide to eat sugar. I know this makes me break out, but yet here I am again. Those "little pimples" I had are now nodules. But, that's not the main reason I'm upset. I'm disappointed in myself because I can't stop picking at my skin. I'm not a "normal" picker either, I take picking to a whole new level. I always try to pop my cysts and nodules even though I know nothing will come out and that I will end up doin
  14. A damsel in Distress

    (Almost) Clear Skin!

    My skin is practically clear! I have alot of red marks, a few black heads and a couple of cloged pores but OMG I'm loving my skin. I'v been doing a few new things with it and I will make a more detailed post about it later, but I am just so happy right now!!!!!!
  15. So I don't have acne anywhere accept for on my forehead and hairline. Ive narrowed it down to my period, bad diet. HOWEVER, i pick and i pick until my forehead looks like its raised, disgusting and ugly. I can't even make eye contact w anyone when its bad. my skin isn't that bad until i pick and i pick all the time at home. squeeze just everything even if nothing comes up. Does anyone have any suggestions to stop my stupid habit? its been two years and i just feel very helpless. i c
  16. elliew8

    Start Of Success?

    So I can't tell if the new regimen is actually working or if I'm just imagining things! It's way too early to decide either way yet but I'm feeling a little more optimistic than usual so I'm quite happy to go along with it even if it is just the placebo effect. In terms of breakouts (touch wood) I've had one very insignificant-not worth picking spot and had an already-formed clogged pore dry up which I scratched off and then upon inspection saw the little plug which I managed to GENTLY squeeze o
  17. elliew8

    Epic Fail

    So cold turkey didn't work out well for me...long story short I felt a massive cyst coming up right in the middle of my forehead yesterday and got so frustrated (but also knew picking it would end up in a huge mess) that I ended up picking the rest of my forehead to shreds. BAD TIMES It felt like the universe was trying to screw me over the minute I decided I wasn't going to pick, I think the universe is a fan of irony. Ok so I know it was terrible to pick 5 other small unnoticeable spots,
  18. elliew8

    Mirror, Mirror, On The Wall

    I'm still trying to resist the temptation to pick and somehow managing to stop myself...although if I keep looking in the mirror to check on the progress of the 2-in-1 comedone I'm going to end up messing with it. I don't understand why I feel the need to keep looking in the mirror though, it's like putting cake in front of someone on a diet! and yet I just stopped typing to look in my compact - what's wrong with me!!! One thing that worked last night though was firmly clamping my hands toge
  19. Picky Nicki

    It Begins Now

    I begin this journey now. And all I can hear in my head are the words that Frodo says to Sam; words Bilbo told him years before, "Its a dangerous business, going out your door. If you don't watch where you step there's no telling where you may go." I think that these words may be quite appropriate to heed as I begin my own journey. To begin; I have terrible OCD, a diagnosis made alongside of ADHD and Depression. I am in control of my ADHD and depression through the use of medication and the us
  20. Picky Nicki

    Baby Steps

    Hey there, This will be quick because I am exhausted. So my skin is improving, the skin cleanser and shea butter (which I'm switching for something else for a trial run) has been really helping. I still pick ... BUT!! BUT! BUT! BUT! I have realised that cold turkey only adds to the stress! So, instead I've been working on reducing the amount of times I pick, the duration, and the amount of zits. And slowly, but surely, my picking has decreased and stayed in its reduced state, (minor increas
  21. MissReid

    Day 5

    Day 5 I treated myself to a deep pore mud mask which helped suck out some of the oil from my pores. I didn’t pick at all today, even though there is so much that I usually would. My scars are clearing up furthur and looking at the comparison between today and day 1 I think I can see improvement already! what do you think? H x
  22. So I had a scab on the center of my face after popping a huge pimple. Today the scab was basically about to fall off (only one small part was still attached), and usually by the fourth day it's ready to come off. Well one part of it didn't seem quite ready, as it has a small indentation and is red. But the scab wasn't even attached to that area so it wouldn't have made a difference. This could've been due to the fact I noticed a yellow layer over this area like there was still some sort of infec
  23. I feel like complete shit right now, it's like I have reverted back to my 16 year old self. I finally mustered up the courage to put some makeup on and go to my therapist appointment, but I ended up cancelling anyway as I hid in the parking lot. It is super hot out today and I didn't even realize my makeup had melted off where I had concealed my scabs. I realized it when I got in the parking lot(was already 5 minutes late), and I desperately searched for some makeup in the car. The only thing I
  24. NO PICKING CHALLENGE! (for real) I've tried this challenge multiple times, I have failed EVERY, SINGLE TIME. This time, I will succeed! Personally, my acne is not hormonal but most likely has to do with my diet, stress, and POPPING --> spreading bacteria --> more acne! So, I am going to stop popping, picking, and touching my face at all. I've done these things to stay on the challenge: -Ticker app to keep track -Drew on my mirrors so I can't look close -Dim light in bathrooms -Dist
  25. labinara

    can't stop picking forehead

    when i was small, i had a LOT of pimples on my arms, and my mom used to pop them, after that i thought it was good to pop them so sometimes i'd lock myself up in the bathroom and pop every thing i could. this lasted years and now i'm left with ugly dark scars:( that was just to show how obsessive i am with popping. well now i'm a teenager and get quite a lot of pimples on my forehead, nose, etc. but i cannot control popping every single thing on my forehead, it ends up looking worse that what i
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