Post # 17
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 # 18
That sounds like a good idea. I’ll try that. I like to use natural things.
Not bad, but sorta. I’ve been lightening them with raw honey. It really works.
I’m the opposite. I heard it has a name, dermatillomania, and that made me feel way worse about it. I felt like it was a mental illness or something along those lines.
How are you doing so far? I’ve accidentally picked at a spot or two for a millisecond a before stopping myself. I’m doing really good. I told SO that I’m stopping and to stop me if he sees me picking. He’s such a good sport.
Don’t be ashamed. We can stop. I know we can 🙂 I am determined. I am sick of feeling self conscious about spots.
Post # 19
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
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
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
+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
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
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
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 😀
I think I have a problem though, because it’s not normal to pop other people’s pimples. Poor Fiance 😛
Post # 26
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
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?) 😉
Post # 28
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!!!