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I have a really bad habbit of picking my skin, if there is anything that looks like a pimple, blackhead or ingrown hair, ill pick it. My chest and face look horrible :(
I think i do it out of boredom, without realising. When I do realise, I will stop, but it deosnt seem to be enough.
Its starting to really affect the way I feel about myself, I used to have a lot of confidence, but now I have none.
I wonder if there is anything I can do to stop? I cut my nails often so they arent long enough to do damage, but this doesnt help all that much.
Maybe at the times you fine you do this most you could take up something like needlework or knitting or something to keep your hands busy. Another thing you could try is to wear cotton gloves around the house. That might stop you being able to do damage.
Hi BD - I know how you feel, I have been the same way for as long as I can remember. I can actually remember my mum popping my first small pimple on my arm when I was young - I thought it was weird/amazing cause it was kind of 'dry' so it came out like a little worm :confused: Ever since then I've tried to squeeze out any little thing I can find. Even now I'm in my 30's and still get those annoying spots on my chin that I just can't leave alone and squeeze constantly until they turn into ugly sores and then I hate myself for it. Being pregnant at the moment I am also experiencing a major breakout on my back and I am almost snapping my arms trying to get at them.
Why do we do it?????
a major breakout on my back and I am almost snapping my arms trying to get at them.
HAHAHA I know that all too well!
I really wish I knew the answer to why we do it.
I might just have to take drastic measures...see the cotton gloves id just take off, but maybe I should put bandaids on my finger tips!? be harder to get them off LOL. And id get distracted from keeping my hands busy.
Maybe I should get a tattoo on my head telling ppl to tell me off everytime they see me picking, even strangers!! Thats a bit drastic but might work, LOL.
perhaps ask a doctor if it cold be a obsessive compulsive disorder which you could be medicated for
Dermatillomania (also known as compulsive skin picking or CSP) is an impulse control disorder (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Impulse_control_disorder) and form of self-injury (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Self-injury) characterized by the repeated urge to pick at one's own skin (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Skin), often to the extent that damage is caused. Dermatillomania may be related to body dysmorphic disorder (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Body_dysmorphic_disorder) (BDD).
I hope that may help a bit. :o)
feel free to pm me as i do it with hair.....
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