(Closed) I pledge to STOP picking at my skin. Are you with me?

posted 8 years ago in Beauty
  • poll: Do you pick at your skin?

    No, never.

    Rarely, but it's not a compulsion.

    Yes, and I pledge to quit!

    Yes, but I don't think I can quit.

    Yes, but I don't need or want to quit.

    I used to, but I don't anymore.

  • Post # 17
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    Sugar bee
    • Wedding: September 2014

    Hello. My name is MsW-to-MrsM, and I am a chronic picker. Any sort of bump, scrape scab or patch of dry skin gets picked. I quit biting my nails years ago, but I still bite and destroy the cuticles and skin around them. *hangs head in shame*

    Post # 19
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    Honey bee
    • Wedding: June 2012

    ATTENTION EVERYONE ON THIS THREAD!!! I used to pick the skin around my nails for my whole entire life and just before my wedding last year I also vowed to stop. Know what worked for me?

    Acrylic-goddamned-fingernails. Just the ones from the drug store — glue them on, a week later take them off and glue on new ones. I seriously stopped all picking instantly and my fingers, which had looked like a dog chewed them, were completely healed within one week.

    Now it’s been a year and I finally stopped wearing the nails … and you know what? I broke the habit. I don’t pick my skin even with my normal fingernails.

    Seriously — give it a try. The nails are cheap so if they don’t work for you, no harm done. And if they DO work … ohhhh yes, baby. I think because they are clunky and rounded and generally not very comfortable, they keep you from accidentally picking. Plus they can’t get a good grab on anything since they’re so round at the ends.

    Do they make it harder to text? Yes. Are they a pain in the ass? Yes. Was it worth it to not bleed on my wedding dress? YES!!!!!!!

    I used the “flirt” brand ones that come in solid pink and solid maroon. You can paint them a different color, or just leave them how they come in the box. So friggin’ easy once you get the hang of it. And I’m not kidding — my fingers looked normal within one week.

    Post # 20
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    100 posts
    Blushing bee
    • Wedding: April 2012

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    @bunnyharriet:  After reading this thread last night I cut my nails down short enough that I can’t pick. If I want to pick now I’ll have to do it in the bathroom at the mirror. I wont be able to do it absentmindedly at my keyboard, that should help me quit. 

    I guess I’ll have to just keep my nails short for a while. 

    Post # 21
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    5397 posts
    Bee Keeper

    I actually don’t think it’s always bad to pick. If I pick them when they need help moving along, it shortens the time zits last and they do less damage to my skin overall, I think. Maybe that’s not typical?

    Post # 22
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    Buzzing Beekeeper

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    @BlondeMissMolly:  +1. I am a compulsive picker too – it drives Fiance nuts because I do it to him too, lol. However, I have on scars from it and I always “pop” things in a sterile way. I feel it helps and speeds up the healing. I guess I am an outlier too!

    Post # 23
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    Buzzing bee
    • Wedding: May 2014

    I pick at my face constantly. I can’t help it! I find myself doing it without even noticing I am. My Fiance always scolds me and tells me to stop, but I don’t know how. My face wouldn’t be bad either if I would just let the few pimples go away on their own. Instead, I pick at them until they scab…then I pick at the scabs until eventually (like 2 weeks+) go away somehow.

     

    I also pick at my nails and any bug bites/scratches I get. If there’s a scab-I will pick it! It’s so gross. I will tryyyy to stop with you, but I don’t know how long this will last. I’ve been doing it since I was a kid with my bug bites!

    Post # 24
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    Bee Keeper

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    @MrsPanda99:  glad I’m not the only one! If I left them, they would just linger forever and actually scar/damage my skin. I’m highly skilled on various techniques (lol) and I always follow up with some medicated salve. 

    Post # 25
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    Buzzing Beekeeper

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    @BlondeMissMolly:  Me too! I tell my Fiance that I am a pro pimple popper! Like the OP, I only get them during my period. But if I didn’t take matters into my own hands, I would have pimples for weeks. They just don’t heal on their own. I must be doing it right because my skin has no scars. I’ve never met a fellow successful popper πŸ˜€

    I think I have a problem though, because it’s not normal to pop other people’s pimples. Poor Fiance πŸ˜›

    Post # 26
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    Bee Keeper

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    @MrsPanda99:  haha oh man, FH won’t even let me pop his anymore because it bothers him :/ true story–I asked him if I could pop any he has for my birthday lol. SPA–successful poppers anonymous!

    Post # 27
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    Bumble bee
    • Wedding: June 2014

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    @iarebridezilla:  Hrmmm…I will have to try this!  I pick every.single.night and I can’t stop! I also pick at my fingers when I am stressed out, whcih is all of the time. Thanks for the tips (pun intended?) πŸ˜‰

    Post # 28
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    Honey bee
    • Wedding: June 2012

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    @lulu_honey:  yeah, I was a constant picker too. Every single finger looked like crap, and they hurt all the time. I couldn’t believe how well the false nails worked!!! Plus, the Flirt brand ones aren’t long at all so they didn’t even look like fake nails. Now I keep telling my mom I’m going to tie her down and glue fake fingernails on her as well, since I learned picking from her first!!!

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