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PICKING SUPPORT GROUP

So I thought I was alone in this, but apparently many of you did too!

 

We know we're not supposed to pick. We know it can lead to scars and infections.  We know it hurts.  But we can't help it.

 

I'm starting this thread so that anyone who suffers with picking can have a safe space and judgement-free zone.  Please feel free to share whatever you need. 

 

Be warned: some things written here may seem "gross."   Please don't judge or tell us how gross they are.  We got that already, and that's not the point of this thread. 

 

xoxo,

 

Lauren

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If it isn't too personal, what did you get?

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I am 49 years old and still get occasional breakouts. Even though I've told my teen daughter repeatedly not to pick her face (and she doesn't) I just can't help myself from trying to squeeze a pimple (to make it "better") and digging a hole in my face. I did this just two weeks ago on my forehead and had to wear a baseball cap all weekend because I made such a mess. If anyone has advice as to how to resist the urge to pick, please tell me. I don't have the willpower!

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michelyn318  while I still pick every few days, I feel like i have been doing better about not picking every little thing.  What I do is put stickies up that explain why i shouldnt pick. I also cover my mirror at night.  I try to avoid the bathroom or mirrors when I am emotional, tired, stressed, upset, or hungry. My husband also tries to help me if I am picking he comes in and tells me to stop in a loving way (most of the time). I feel like all of these things have been helping for me. I have def been picking less the past few months.

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Oh man I though I was alone on this thank goodness i'm not the only one. I have resorted to having to leave the bathroom door open when im in there washing my face and doing my daily routing so I dont get sidetracted so I dont get closed in there and cause more damage. I have to tell my husband whne im in there doing makeup or brushing my teeth that i need a shaperone so I can get out of ther with out picking.

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my husband just caught me picking a few hours ago. I went in the bathroom to look at a mosquito bite that I got on my shoulder. He was cooking in the other room so I looked in the mirror and saw a zit that needed to be picked on my forehead. But that was the ONLY one that needed to be picked. 20 minutes later he comes in and is like "what are you doing? you need to stop". I'm bummed because I feel like I have been doing really well with not picking unecessarily lately. Guess I still need to cover the mirror - darn mosquito bite started it!

 

 I almost feel like I enter into a haze when I pick... like I loose track of time and get so fixated on the next elated feeling from when I extract something.

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I get in that daze too! Just staring and finding something to pick...not tonight though! no way jose!

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good work Spyski! avoid the mirror & picking.  I always get disappointed in myself after picking a lot Smiley Sad

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I wish my picking was confined to the mirror that I could avoid... it isn't (though that does save my face!)  Right now i'm still struggling with my cuticles and biting my cheeks.  My mouth is in pain from biting yesterday--- I was very anxious and not really focusing on what I was doing and... whoops.... it's a mess.

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try chewing gum when your stressed. I'm a mint girl, but if I'll chew gum when I'm stressed out to save my cheeks. 

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yup, I enter that haze too! Eyeballing a mosquito bite & 30 minutes later you're still in front of the mirror with a red, angry face. I guess you should be thankful he caught you before you could do more damage? 

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