how to stop compulsive skin picking

how to cure skin picking disorder

how to cure skin picking disorderSkin picking is a habit formed with constant rubbing and digging into the skin to remove any perceived irregularities on the facial epidermal surface.

It is not uncommon to find people occasionally pick at pimples, acne, whiteheads, or blackheads while watching television, reading, or talking over the phone.

However, when this becomes a repetitive behavior, it is viewed as a chronic problem that can lead to scarring and, in more severe cases, permanent tissue damage.  Picking in such individuals is done at times of stress, fear, boredom, or even excitement.

Skin picking is an independent problem, not a symptom of any underlying physical illness or disease condition.

how to quit skin picking  Yourself

It can, however, accompany other psychological symptoms like anxiety or depression. If you suffer from this obsessive-compulsive disorder, seek help immediately before it worsens, leading to permanent disfigurement. Begin to accept that life is full of ‘ups’ and ‘downs.’

#1.Forgo Feelings

Every individual will, at some point in their life, go through painful situations and feelings.  Please do not allow these feelings to take control over you, but let them come and go.

#2.Distract Yourself

Distract yourself whenever past traumatic thoughts begin to creep into your mind.  Get yourself out and take in some fresh air, do some gardening, or engage in a conversation with your neighbors.

This should be a conscious effort to stop unpleasant thoughts from sneaking into your mind, which leads to your habit of skin picking.

#3.Reflect Yourself

Many times skin irregularities are noted when more time is spent in front of a mirror exploring your facial skin surface in detail.

The desire to pick at them to ‘fix’ it arises, leading to picking at your skin.  Set aside only a few minutes to admire yourself in the mirror every day, and while doing so, avoid minutely inspecting your skin for minor defects.

Become aware and conscious of your hand movements and note down in a journal the situations and emotions that trigger this action.


Then try and avoid these triggers, and when avoidance is not possible, gain control over the stimulant self consciously.

Inform your family and friends to help discourage and reprimand whenever they notice you picking at your skin.

Since this is done more frequently when alone, begin to enjoy the company of your friends and relatives and try spending more time with other people.

Keep your hands busy.  When you are at home, and the need for skin picking slowly begins to develop, grab a dust-cloth and begin dusting furniture or vacuum clean your precious carpets, iron washed clothes, or generate interest in cooking.

When at your workplace, keep a stress ball at your workstation and work on them when the need arises.

#5.Practice deep breathing

Practice deep breathing techniques and employ them whenever the urge to pick at your skin crops up.

A relaxed mind and body will help you face difficult situations even better without the need to resort to alternate harmful actions to remain calm.

Make a list of painful skin conditions that can result from this behavior.  Recurrent skin infections, patchy discolorations giving an uneven tone to your skin, and hardened lumps of blood will be easily discovered.

#6.drug therapy

Many sufferers respond positively to drug therapy, which typically involves using antidepressants, but this can only provide temporary relief.

Do not be in a denial mode and get help.  This habit can progress from your face to picking at the skin on other parts of your body.

To accept that you have a grave problem at hand as soon as possible and look for some serious treatment options.