How This Chronic Skin-Picker Created a Sane, Affordable Skin Care Routine
I needed to be out the door 15 minutes ago for a friend’s bachelorette party — or was it 30 minutes ago? Instead, I sat cross-legged on the floor before a closet mirror, picking and squeezing and scratching my face — thinking that if I could just “get this gunk out,” I’d be able to quell my anxiety and leave the apartment. I wasn’t sure how much time had passed, but when I finally surveyed the damage, my face was bloody, swollen, and hot to the touch. In a trance-like state, I’d been digging at my skin for an hour and half.
Everyone picks once in awhile, and that’s totally normal — popping the occasional zit, tweezing an ingrown hair, prodding at a scab. But according to the TLC Foundation for Body-Focused Repetitive Behaviors (B.F.R.B.s), 2 to 5 percent of the population “picks their skin to the extent that it causes noticeable tissue damage and marked distress or impairment in daily functioning.”
My absolute favorite item to stop me from picking is a hydrocolloid patch. I’ve been known to shamelessly wear 10 of these clear circles at a time, covering each spot I’m tempted to pick. If you’ve already picked a spot, these magical little stickers aid in healing, too. “Post-picking, you want to keep your skin in a moist environment for optimal healing,” Nava Greenfield, M.D., a dermatologist who practices in Brooklyn, said. “Aquaphor is great until the skin has healed and then Bio-Oil or a silicone gel as a scar prevention.”
Source: The New York Times – How This Chronic Skin-Picker Created a Sane, Affordable Skin Care Routine By, Tessa Miller