If excessive skin picking is a problem and you find you cannot stop, get help before it gets worse.
Step 1: Realize you have a problem Realize you have a problem. If you cannot control your skin picking habit and you have developed open sores that bleed or have resulted in scarring, you need help.
Step 2: Talk to your doctor Talk to your family doctor about your problem. They may prescribe an antidepressant to curb your obsessive picking or refer you to a specialist.
Step 3: Identify key triggers Identify the triggers that provoke picking. Your levels of stress and anxiety are usually contributors.
TIP: Take notes and document your thoughts and feelings just before and during the behavior.
Step 4: Talk to a psychologist Talk to a psychologist who specializes in skin disorders. They will help you identify the psychological root of your problem and help you learn how to deal with the stress and anxiety in a healthier way.
TIP: Your psychologist may use hypnosis to help you deal with your issues.
Step 5: Continue therapy Continue with therapy and keep taking your medications as long as they are prescribed by your doctor. With the proper help, you can learn to live without picking.
FACT: Obsessive-compulsive disorder affects 2.2 million American adults each year.