how can I stop skin picking? been doing it over 15 years. I've never been seen for any mental disorders. But this dam skin picking is taking over my body. I can't attend certain social settings because of my skin, I wear long sleeves year round, Its over 100 degrees here in Arizona! I am thinking of giving in and seeing a therapist for this dermatillomania. I pick my face, ears, neck, breasts, arms, feet, butt, and legs, its sickening how much time I spend doing this. I start to get better but then I go back picking again. I like it so much that I watch youtube videos of other people popping their zits!
I've researched as much as I could on how to get a handle on this, I'll try my best with these tips and see what happens. Any other tips you have would be greatly appreciated.
*Cover all mirrors in the house, use only when absolutley necessary
*Put up sticky notes to remind myself to STOP
*Keep a 30-day checklist on the calander of my progress/regress
*Clinch my fist for 2 minutes when the feeling comes to me to pick
*Proclaim a statement outloud pertaining to stopping the picking
*Keep greesy oitment on areas to make picking less appealing
*distract myself imediately when the picking feeling comes
*don't look at my picking areas
*do not sit close to lamps
*Don't sit around bored
*keep fingernails cut