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scab picking... - August 2nd 2015, 11:12 PM

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i managed to like keep my legs (shins and ankles ) scab free for a good 6 months. The past week I've had a few insect bites about 10 in total.... and I can't leave the bites which have now scabbed over alone... i didnt pick a on my legs for about 6 months... I've now come full circle back to where I started... and cannot stop. I've been cutting alot in those 6 months but because I had no insect bites etc to pick at my shins and ankles stayed clean.. .till now. Now I'm back to picking these scabs and still cutting... but I've now also gone back to like picking at every bit of skin I can... i cant stop....the scabs on my head/scalp and like slowly coming back now too.... simply because I am now like back to gauging holes into myself...

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Re: scab picking... - August 3rd 2015, 01:23 AM

I feel you with picking.

Is there anyone around you who can politely point it out when they notice you picking? That way, you will start to recognize when you are doing it and stop.

I know it's summer right now, but when it's cooler out, do you think that wearing longer socks will help, because that way you'd have to pull down your socks to pick, which may take more effort?

Maybe you can do your hair (even if it's just putting some accessories in it) because then if you pick your scalp, you'll be ruining that effort, so it may motivate you to stop.

Try and find things to do with your hands as well such as playing with a stress toy. It can also be an alternative to self harm!

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Re: scab picking... - August 3rd 2015, 05:21 AM

I totally understand the picking. I had a sunburn on my face and i decided to peel my nose but apperantly it wasn't ready now I have three scabs on it and two on my forehead I can't leave alone. But what i try to do is distract myself any other possible way. I sleep with a pillow pet and that's usually when I pick is when I'm trying to sleep. So I'll pick on him instead. Just find something else that you can sorta pick and hopefully that helps.

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Re: scab picking... - August 5th 2015, 02:05 AM

Hey there,

I think that finding things to distract yourself with is the best bet. Do you think that you can try and use the alternatives to self harm to try and avoid picking? I know there was a period of time when I would pick at scabs and one of the things that helped me was keeping my scabs covered. The less access I had to them the less likely I was to go out of my way to pick them. Maybe you could find some creative ways to try and hide your scabs? As for the ones on your scalp I really like the idea of you doing your hair because you might be less likely to mess it up when you feel the urge to pick. If you have taken a lot of time out of your day to do your hair you might have a desire to keep it nice.

I hope that this helped and I am wishing you the best of luck.

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