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Old 11-09-2020, 04:25 PM   #1
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Default How to stop picking?

I have a skin picking problem. It's being going on for a few years on and off, but since I started having serious mental health issues in September 2019 it's been pretty bad. I've had several infections, and I'm extremely self-conscious about how it looks. I don't want to keep doing it, but it feels impossible to stop, like there's something making me. Whenever I feel the bump of a scab or an imperfection in my skin, I have to pick at it or I feel uneasy.

My mom hasn't been very patient with me, and she wants me to get fake nails. I tried them once and I hated them. It helped with the picking, but I hated how they got in the way and I couldn't control how long they were (I have to have my nails short or it bothers me). I also know that it wouldn't be a long term fix unless I wore them forever, because every time I get an area (like my face) looking better, in a few weeks I've made new spots and it gets bad all over again. I'm tired of living like this. How can I stop??
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Old 11-10-2020, 07:44 PM   #2
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Dear fantome,

Oh, that sounds so heartbreaking. I wish I knew what to say to help. It is awful that you are victimized by this affliction!

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I have the same problem. I get a zit or scab and I pick. I have done this for as long as I can remember. I will go months without picking, then I will start and canít stop. I currently have one on my face I put neomycin on it so I wonít pick. Sorry I donít have an answer for you.
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The only thing I can think of is to reward your self for not picking
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You could try something else to keep your hands busy, such as knitting or crocheting or using a stress ball or fidget toy. Also perhaps there is an object you could pick at instead of your skin. I like to get loofahs from the dollar store and pull them apart.

Edit- Also try wearing gloves perhaps, makes it harder to pick.
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I used to suck my thumb and pick at a scab on my ear lobe until it was raw and super embarrassing. I would try to hide it with earrings but it was super obvious. I did that for 20 years, I'm only 22 now but I got past it. What helped me was purchasing a worry stone. I bought a rose quartz worry stone from a "whole-earth" store and kept it in my pocket. Whenever I felt overwhelmed by my thoughts or just whenever I wanted to pacify myself I would take it out and just rub my thumb over it. 10/10 would recommend.
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Old 08-18-2021, 05:46 AM   #7
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I have kind of a different problem, pulling hair, but it started with picking and scratching at my scalp. I don't know if this helps but I usually just cover up the spot so I can't mess with it.
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