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KREEkree

675d

for the longest time, I'll just absent-mindedly pick at scabs and bumps all over my skin, not really realizing that I'm doing it until I notice that I'm bleeding. it's not a good or healthy habit, and I want to replace it, but I have no idea how to do so. I've tried wearing gloves, but that doesn't help. Any suggestions??

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    • Shialee

      662d

      Personally I like to find funky textures to mess around with! But this sounds like dermatillomania! It's a rough to work with but can be easy once you get the right tools

    • Shialee

      662d

      Personally I like to find funky textures to mess around with! But this sounds like dermatillomania! It's a rough to work with but can be easy once you get the right tools

    • Oboeplaya94

      662d

      I second the acrylic nails 😂 it really does help!!! Although, I’ve made some of my pimple picking worse since they are thicker :( seeing the scabs deters me enough to stop lol

    • muppetcrayz

      673d

      the best thing i’ve found for skin picking is literally to get acrylic nails because they’re too thick to pick with

    • agirland2cats

      673d

      I use those Calm Strips. I have them on my laptop, on the back of my phone and on this keychain thing that hangs off of my bag that I hold in my hand as I walk around. they can be peeled off and put back and you can pick at them. they help me alot. they have 2 textures. I like the pebble ones the most.

    • Hannaho2019

      674d

      I paint my nails every night with clear nail polish so I can pick that instead of my skin the next day. It’s been really helpful. My hands and scabs are finally healing for the first time in 2 years.

    • Snapcracklepop

      674d

      I bought tattoo-covering sleeves for like $7 on Amazon. They go all the way up my arms and have a thumb hole so you can’t just roll it up. I have really bad circulation so they’re a little too tight for me to wear often but when I do the picking is greatly reduced (on my arms). The sleeve hides any visual or textural triggers on your skin and the material is stretchy like leggings/tights so you can pick at it a little bit which can be nice.

    • Ducktalesuwu

      674d

      I use this bracelet I bought from the dollar store a few years back. They have these little stretchy rubber beads with “spikes” on them (made from the same material as those mochi squishies or sticky hands you get in gumball machines) and I just pull and snap them repeatedly until the urge passes :) hope this helps!

    • nbwiththespinnerring

      674d

      I highly recommend hydrocolloid “pimple patches”. They act as a barrier to keep you from picking while also relieving inflammation and flattening the spot so you have less to pick at.

    • bugboy

      675d

      honestly i have to avoid my own body, which isnt the best long-term, but thats whats helping me right now. If i change clothes and see my skin, its so easy for my to get sucked into picking at it. I have make it a “game” to change really fast without exposing myself to my skin. I have seen a lot of people with those picking rocks but i havent gotten one myself to try.

    • caprisunk8

      675d

      i’m terrible at picking my skin and i crochet as a hobby to keep my hands busy :)

    • Hurricane

      675d

      I have a fidget ring! Most of my picking is on my fingers so

    • tpwkindness

      675d

      having fidget tools constantly available really helps! I keep one in my coat pocket, some on my coffee table, & some by my bed!

    • GabriellaLuvsU

      675d

      Do it*

    • GabriellaLuvsU

      675d

      Honestly I use a pop it that has 3 button things on it. Instead of my biting my nails I do that. I don’t absentmindedly all the time.

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