What is a skin picking disorder?
Also called dermatillomania or excoriation disorder, skin picking disorder is where you cannot stop picking at your skin
how is derematillomania treated?
As with most Obsessive Compulsive Spectrum Disorders, the most effective treatment for Dermatillomania is Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT). When treating Dermatillomania with CBT, the two most useful techniques are Habit-Reversal Training (HRT) and Mindfulness Based CBT
Stop popping your pimples
My mother always said you are going to see the devil if you keep looking in that stupid mirror all day. She wasn’t wrong .. I was obsessed with my self-image everything had to be perfect! but the pleasure and satisfaction of popping a spot calmed me down. My mum had enough of my pimple-popping she had no choice but to hide or throw away all the mirrors in the house.
1. Get A Skincare Routine
If you’re not sure where to start, I know many great YouTubers who can help! i.e James Welsh, Hyram, and Cassandra Banks but first you need to find your skin type! this can be found easily by knowing how your skin feels and looks after washing your face.
does it feel dry, oily both? notice the size of your pores if they’re small you probably have dry skin the bigger the pore the oil you are producing.
Skincare, facewash, cleanser, hygiene,
2. Cut your fingernails
you should cut your fingernails anyways but to keep the temptation away it is so much harder to pop a spot if you don’t have nails. don’t go investing in any type of pimple popping tool either! they can cause more damage If not use properly I suggest going to see an aesthetician.
3. Keep Your Hands Busy
Finding a new hobby can help distract you from thinking about your skin, most of the time being anxious or bored can influence bad habits If you thinking about your skin put on some calming music and start cooking and cleaning.
Invest in Fidget Toys
Fidget toys such as spinners are great for helping wind down I love chilling with a coloring book before I go to bed.
3. Pimple patches
Pimple patches helped me from picking my skin during the night while I was sleeping they work like a treat! they also help the skin heal.
Watch pimple popping videos instead
mental health, depression, anxiety
while this might encourage you to pop your spots it just might satisfy you enough
4. Stroke Your Face and Neck with your palm
I’m slightly Autistic and the way I find comfort Is by stroking my skin, it sounds weird but it makes me feel safe. Instead of using your nails use the palms of your hands to stroke and tap.
5. Breathing Technics and Yoga
counting to 10 and stretching for a few mins is a great way to realize stress, having a balanced lifestyle will help your mental state of mind taking it one step at a time.
6. Wear Light Natual Non-Comedogenic Make up
Out of sight out of mind as long as you do a second cleanse before you go to