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I need help. I want to stop so bad, I know it’s destroying

I need help. I want to stop so bad, I know it’s destroying my skin and my life. It’s controlling my whole world. My skin is the first thing I look at and worry about when I wake up and it’s the last thing I stress about when I go to sleep. It literally determines if I’m going to have a bad day or not depending on how bad it looks. It completely affects my personality and social life if I even have one anymore.. I pick mainly at my face but honestly anywhere I feel a bump. I even started picking the dead skin off my feet to the point where they look horrible and I’ve been picking my fingers/cuticles for as long as I can remember. I hate this obsession and it’s making me hate myself. I’ve been trying to stop for 7 years. Idk what to do, I can’t afford therapy or anything like that, but at this point I can’t afford anything bcuz I even call off work due to my skin looking horrible, I don’t go to class, I don’t see my friends, I don’t leave my room. Please help me, I don’t want to live like this anymore.

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WanderlustLife's picture
Mar 23, 2019

I am with you. I am sorry you are going through the frustration, guilt and isolation cycle of compulsive skin picking. I don’t think most people understand it is related to Anxiety/OCD, very difficult to control and having the spots/scars hurts our self-esteem.

For me, being open has helped those around me feel less alone with their condition. It turns out many people suffer from repetitive behaviors such as hair pulling, nail biting and skin picking.

Keeping my skin covered, my nails short, wearing cotton gloves, using pimple patches and fidgeting with a worry stone/hair tie are what I have found to be helpful.

We are more than our compulsions. As uncomfortable as socializing can be, try not to be isolated. Good luck with your journey.


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