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Old 06-12-11, 11:17 PM   #1
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Default Skin picking my arms again!! Help please

I just realized that I've picked my arms which are already horribly scarred from doing this since I was 15- I'm 20 almost 21 now. I just can't stop and I always tell myself I'm not going to touch them but end up picking. What can I do to help them heal and stop forever?!! HELP PLEASE
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Old 06-13-11, 06:06 PM   #2
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aloe lotion and rubbing alchohol. also tape bandages.

i have a cut on my juggler that healed up by doing this daily.
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Old 06-15-11, 12:40 AM   #3
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How should I go about this? I took a shower and wiped hydrogen peroxide on my arms with a cotton ball then waited an hour and put burts bees aloe lotion on them. They look the same but are scabbed which is good. Is that an okay routine?

I'm 20 I should be able to wear pretty dresses I see not have to hide under boring long sleeved shirts....I did this to myself though. It makes me so sad.
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Old 06-15-11, 04:00 AM   #4
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Neosporen as well to heal then cocobutter helps with scarring.... U can overcome this just put trust in urself, I have trust in u just like many others on this site as trust n u! May u have a blessed day!
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Old 06-17-11, 11:19 PM   #5
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I scratched them in my sleep so I have to start over...more scars....fuck. Okay so rubbing alcohol, neosporin, cocobutter, bandages. Here goes.
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Old 06-29-11, 07:41 PM   #6
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I MESSED THEM US AGAIN!!

I bought more bandages ...how often should I replace them? Last time I think I took them off too soon maybe?
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Old 07-03-11, 10:32 PM   #7
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I jsut picked all my scabs. I know it sounds gross but I jsut can't stop this. Why can't I control this OF ALL FUCKING THINGS?? Why couldn't I bea slave to math and actually benefit??!! My mom wants to take me to a dermatologist. I'll have to tell them the truth- I do this to myself- and then what's going to happen? What should I do?
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Old 07-06-11, 05:58 AM   #8
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hey destroy,
i do this as well, not on purpose but just a habit and dont even realise im doing it.. it really sucks :(
what i do is... file all your nails down as short as you can (until you can kick the habit again at least) if you dont have nails you cant pick/scratch!
and you know the vitamin E tablets? you can get them at your local supermarket or chemist (cheapest at the chemist) and cut the top of the tablet and rub the stuff that is inside them on your arms. its not the most pleasant stuff to rub on your body but it is the best thing by far for scars! just rub it on once a day, probs just before you go to bed.

hope that helps x
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I tried acupuncture for my OCD. Not too sure if it helped or if it just had a placebo effect. Either way, I'm really trying hard not to pick and every day is another challenge... And another victory.

I've started when I was 11... 31 years ago! I knew I just had to stop, but the longer you do it, the more engrained it becomes. I hope I continue to not pick.

Going to the dermatologist might not be the worst thing. I'm sure they've seen this before. The dermatologist probably has referrals at the ready. I'm sure that you know that the root of the problem is literally and physiologically in your head. Truly. When you pick, there is an addictive and pleasurable sensation perceived in your brain and neuropathways become established. These neuropathways are like superhighways for the neurons and they are very likely to travel on them repeatedly. This is why it is so terribly hard to stop. Psychiatrists know this. Psychiatrists can prescribe drugs. There are drugs that block neurotransmitters. Get my drift?

If all else fails, there's nothing wrong with seeing a psychiatrist to end this thing. Going to the dermatologist may be the step you need right now.
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