Post # 1
I realize I have 18 months til my wedding but I have a really bad habit that sometimes effects my appearance so I want to break it way before I walk down the aisle.
This might be kinda gross or Too Much Information but I have a picking problem. I’m not one of those extreme pickers like on TLC shows but I do have a tendency to pick at my cuticles a lot and sometimes stuff on my face. I don’t get zits too often but when I do, or if I have a small cut or dry patch … watch out. I just can’t stop touching it! ugh, it drives me nuts! Sometimes I don’t even realize I’m doing it!
This is embarassing, but I really need to stop. Obviously picking leads to longer healing times, redness, etc, etc. And my nails/cuticles are always a mess.
I’ve tried trimming my nails super short and that helps a little. I’ve tried always having something in my hands to keep me busy, but I do it ALL the time — like sitting at red lights, waiting for the copy machine at work — so dumb!
lol this is kinda silly and embarassing but I am looking for any tips!
I’ve “quit” before for, like, 2 weeks but then I just start again!
Post # 3
I pick the skin on the sides of my nails. I find that if I paint my nails, even just a clear coat, I don’t have to urge to pick as much. I just try to tell myself that I need to keep my nails nice since they’re painted.
Not sure if that would work for you though!
Post # 4
I pick my cuticles too. I also have to keep my nails polished to leave them alone. It’s a terrible habit and I’m so embarassed by my cuticles all the time!
Post # 5
I have the SAME problem! I am terrified of getting up-close pictrues of my hands to show off my rings 🙁 Fortunately there is a good short-term solution that I’ve found (and has worked for many others): Acrylic Nails! I got them once for several months and completely stopped picking! My fingers and nails never looked so good. there was some initial embarrassment actually getting them done at the nail salon since my nails and cuticles were obviously a mess, but they said they had seen it before and always recommended acrylics to stop it. It is kind of a pain to keep getting them re-filled, but definitely worth it for an occassion like a wedding. and be advised when you eventually remove the acrylics your nails will be thin and weird for a while because they rip off the top layer of the nail when they take it off.
When i got them removed I kept up the good habits for a while, but eventually started picking again. 🙁 However, I do keep my fingernails long-ish now whereas before I did the acrylics i used to bite them down immediately (sorry this sounds really gross!). I would recommend maybe going for acrylics leading up to the wedding and for the wedding. i think that is what I am going to do!
Post # 6
Hi Stace – I used to be a nail biter/picker when I was younger, and I found that a couple of things helped me break the habit.
1) keeping lotion in my bag – if I had the urge to pick, I’d put lotion on instead.
2) getting regular manicures or taking time out once a week to care for my nails at home – keeping them filed and/or painted seemed to make me less likely to pick at them.
I hope this helps you out – and they say it takes 30 days to form a new habit…so hopefully once you see how your hands can look with pretty nails/cuticles, you’ll never go back!
Post # 7
MAJOR picker here! FI has taken to slapping my hands away from eachother when I start doing it without realizing it. More people do it than you would think. I do it so much that I’ve gotten good at exfoliating them (with a foam nail file) and using a heavy cuticle cream just so that they look acceptable for special occasions. Otherwise they’re a mess.
The best thing I’ve found is neosporin. It tastes nasty, and it heals things incredibly quickly. I find that the more ragged something is, the more I want to pick at it. If you put it on at night, they’re far smoother in the morning.
As for your face, I got a pore extractor and it keeps me from picking at blackheads, etc. Good luck, it’s tough to quit.
Post # 8
I have that problem when it comes to zits too. Luckily I mostly only break out during *that* time of the month. I’ve noticed that the more water I drink the less I break out. The more time that lapses between breakouts the less I’m tempted to pick at anything. I don’t know if that would help you any.
Post # 9
I do the same thing! Its so annoying, but like @sportsgal31 and @Gabrielle123 have said, I do find that polishing my nails helps. Also, I give myself a small incentive to work for, like if I don’t pick for 2 weeks I treat myself to a mani at the salon!
Post # 10
Oh and it could be worse! I have a Future Brother-In-Law who picks at his eyebrows without even noticing. He actually obliterated one of his eyebrows in one sitting once. I think my Future Sister-In-Law got him to stop since then, but those types of habits are hard to break!
Post # 11
I am a skin picker too! Everytime I go in the bathroom for just a little too long, Fiance calls “Don’t Pick!” from the other room.
I actually used to be much worse but I’ve reduced my picking a lot.
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Post # 12
Omg! I do this too and I hate it. I stopped for about a year by using artificial nails religiously, but now that I’ve stopped doing the nails, I started picking again.
Post # 13
I do this. According to my psychs it’s a self soothing thing. Anyway, I’ll second the manicure thing. It worked for me for a little while and since it sounds you’re nowhere as bad as me, it should work for you completely. Plus, pretty nails! Bonus!
Post # 14
Fellow pickers unite! I FINALLY mostly stopped picking at my nails (never bit or chewed them) very recently, after being a rabid picker for 20 years or so. After I got engaged, I knew people would be looking at my hands more, so to keep them from losing their lunch, I bucked up and got a manicure. I was afraid to mess with something I put down good money for, and the urge slowly went away. I had to keep my hands consistently manicured for awhile to break the habit, but I think it was worth it.