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Old May 16, 2023 at 03:05 PM
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Iím so sorry to hear that @FloatThruThis

We can start again, from afresh! What drives yours?

Iím struggling with mine too.

Iíve been picking my arms and both a colleague and my mum have made comments recently.
I just made stuff up but I was so incredibly embarrassed
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Old May 16, 2023 at 07:51 PM
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Hi Pinny, Iím sorry to hear youíre struggling with this too. Although I gave up on not picking my face, lips, & the skin around my fingernails, I had been going for months leaving my fingernails alone. My trigger to pick at my fingernails was that I had just trimmed them and one was a little ragged. Thatís all it took. What about you?
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Old May 16, 2023 at 08:40 PM
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Hi Pinny, Iím sorry to hear youíre struggling with this too. Although I gave up on not picking my face, lips, & the skin around my fingernails, I had been going for months leaving my fingernails alone. My trigger to pick at my fingernails was that I had just trimmed them and one was a little ragged. Thatís all it took. What about you?
Aww Iím so sorry, itís so difficult because I donít know about you but sometimes I donít even realise I do it! Until afterwardsÖ
I guess stress is a huge factor for me. Iím always looking for ways to ease my stress but itís hard at the moment as Iím working away from where I live. I donít move jobs for another 2-3 months.

Do you use fidget toys?

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Old May 17, 2023 at 08:32 AM
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Yes, itís like my fingers have a mind of their own. Someone gave me a fidget spinner & I bought myself some playdoh, but theyíre both put away somewhere unused. Have you found fidget toys helpful?
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Old May 17, 2023 at 05:32 PM
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I actually donít, but I do fidget with my phone pop thing and one of my rings. So I think they could be of benefit.
Maybe I should try one!
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Old Jul 15, 2023 at 09:22 AM
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I havenít posted here in a while. Iíve resigned myself to the fact that I will never be 100% free of this bad habit, & itís okay, butÖ I tore my nails off down to the quick again yesterday. I really hate when I do that.
I tore my fingernails off down to the quick again last night. So this time I lasted 2 months. Better than nothing. I was picking at a toenail and it started to tear my fingernail a little; thatís what triggered it. I donít really care about my toenails because nobody sees them, but my fingernails are a different matter. I think Iíll just try keeping my fingernails filed down even shorter than they were so Iím not as tempted to rip them off completely next time.
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Old Jul 24, 2023 at 02:40 PM
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Only lasted nine days this time before tearing my fingernails off down to the quick again. My boss is back from vacation & our air conditioning isnít working. Woe is me!
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Old Nov 11, 2023 at 08:36 PM
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I tore my fingernails off down to the quick again last Sunday. I was picking at my toenails and my fingernails started to tear off and thatís all she wrote. I was doing okay in leaving my healing fingernails alone to grow back this week, but I went to a family gathering this afternoon and started picking at my fingernails and the skin around them again. Now Iím home and I donít want to stop picking at themÖ It feels too good in the moment, but so painful and embarrassing later on. I have such a love hate relationship with this compulsive little behavior of mine. Oh well, there are worse problems to have. If I just leave them alone for two weeks they will heal themselves.
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Old Nov 25, 2023 at 10:53 AM
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I tore my fingernails off down to the quick again Thanksgiving night. I was in bed watching tv/movies and started picking my toenails and my fingernails started to tear. Thatís a trigger. I was rereading this thread after my last post and noticed that I had motivated myself last year by noticing Thanksgiving was coming up, so that kick started my willpower to keep that upcoming date in mind as a short term goal.

A new thing that has helped is (on top of the usual nail care), rubbing neutrogena hand cream into my cuticles. I do use cuticle oil, which is good, but rubbing in the hand cream after helps immensely. In addition to kind of locking in that oil, it creates a short term barrier to not see/feel where the cuticle may be dry or ragged.

Iím also going to look at fidget toys today, but I havenít had luck with those in the past. Itís not enough to just have something to fiddle with, I need something that creates a feeling of flow as well or else I wonít be motivated to use it. Iím also going to try to be mindful of cutting my toenails regularly & start to wear socks to bed now that itís cold out.
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