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Pulling out eyelashes - June 14th 2010, 09:04 PM

Can anyone think of any technique, anything i can do instead, to help me stop pulling out my eyelashes? I really need to stop, but its soooooooo hard not to :/


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Re: Pulling out eyelashes - June 14th 2010, 09:07 PM

Well it wasn't really a technique but I managed to stop because it was causing me to have massive gaps in my eyelashes.

Maybe you could always keep something nearby that you can fiddle with if you feel like you're going to start picking your eyelashes.


   
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Re: Pulling out eyelashes - June 14th 2010, 09:23 PM

Hello love,

As Cara has mentioned a good technique is keeping something near you to fiddle with when you notice that you're picking at your lashes.

Also try to notice any sort of pattern when you pick at your lashes. Do you do it at a certain time of day? Are you feeling different (aka angry sad sleepy) while you find you're doing it. Because with this you could settle on whether or not you're doing this as a coping mechanism or not. So try to keep track of something of the sorts.

Sometimes if you let a friend be aware of what you're trying to stop he or she could tell you when you they see you pick at your lashes and it could be a good reminder for you. Or let your family know what's going on so that they could tell you when they see you picking at your lashes.

Sometimes if you something over the tips of your fingers so you don't have as good of a grip could help. For example you could apply bandages to your finger tips. That's a good idea as well.

I hope that these tips helped a bit, and I hope it gets better soon. Please take care of yourself and feel free to PM me anytime.
   
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Re: Pulling out eyelashes - June 14th 2010, 10:34 PM

I guess you could bite your nails, its less noticeable and more common, I guess.
   
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Re: Pulling out eyelashes - June 15th 2010, 04:19 PM

try having something in your hand like playing cats cradle or squeezing a stress ball or even having play dough or modleing clay in your hand, or when your in school if you do it during class try having gum or something because that may help keep your mind off your eyelashes. or make a deal with your friends or someone, make a deal that for every day you go without pulling out your eyelashes you get 25 cents or 5 cents something like that so that way you have something to look forward to and your eyelashes will be able to grow and your eyes wont be sore, good luck love
i have the same exact problem, i tweeze mine out though and i regret it afterrwards, i once had to wear false eyelashes for three weeks until my eyelashes started to grow back because i had pulled ALL of the tops ones out


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Re: Pulling out eyelashes - June 18th 2010, 09:21 PM

I pull mine out too! I thought I was the only one! I pull mine out when they are ichy or feel wierd. Or I just tug at them anyway.
   
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Re: Pulling out eyelashes - June 23rd 2010, 11:59 AM

I pull mine when I'm itchy, but then there are heaps of loose ones that are making my eyes itchy anyway.


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Re: Pulling out eyelashes - June 23rd 2010, 04:54 PM

I'd also like to point out that there is a wonderful Alternatives thread located on the Self-Harm forum. This contains many good suggestions on how to distract yourself when wanting to engage in negative behaviors.
   
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Re: Pulling out eyelashes - June 27th 2010, 12:36 AM

Try keeping your hands occupied. One thing I do to keep my hands occupied when I am bored is that I play with hair ties. I usually keep a few around my wrist and when I get bored, I play with them and see what kind of shapes I can make with them.
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Re: Pulling out eyelashes - June 29th 2010, 01:24 AM

I'm not a medical professional so I can't say whether you have this or not, read some of the information on the link here http://www.trich.org/ It was the first thing that came to my mind when you said you can't stop pulling out your eyelashes. It's a variation on what I have, dermatillomania.

If this describes you, print off the page and take it to your doctor or counselor if you see one, they could help you better than anyone.

Take care, and try distractions for now.


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