In bikram yoga lately, I’ve noticed some of my instructors sometimes tell us during our savasana to try to resist the temptation to itch or rub away sweat in order to stay in the meditation and at one with your breath. The more I think about that, the more I wonder how that might work if applied…
It’s hard to ignore the itchiness though. For pickers that’s a huge trigger. So having a plan of action on how to ignore it or at least distract yourself would help. Sometimes people are triggered by seeing a scab or pimple, other times we get triggered by feeling an irregularity in the skin. So that means you have to avoid doing those things, like looking at a mirror or scanning your body.
So that’s the general idea of how to reduce your picking. You have to stop yourself. And then stop yourself at an earlier point. Then continue until you’re able to stop yourself without picking at all. You have to let the urges pass.
Thanks for writing, and good luck in your recovery!
Yeah I like to hear those inception stories too. Its interesting. Medications are great, so that’s good. I’m guessing it was an anti-depressant? That’s what usually helps people with BFRBs. Thanks for writing!
Yes, genetics for sure. Well I wonder how she managed to stop. Was the picking or pulling not too bad for her? It seems like you’ve cut down your picking too. Maybe there’s some age/maturation factor going on here.
Thanks for writing, and take care!
Perhaps your mom has some body focused repetitive disorder, or was also susceptible to this. Like the other anon, it appears that you were introduced to the idea of picking, but you may have been pre-disposed anyway via genetics.
I’m sorry about your blackheads. I used to get them a lot, but not so much anymore and I hated them. But you can use some cleansers on your face to clean up your pores and get rid of the blackheads through washing. Using a mildly scratchy hand towel is good too. Everyone says not to pick your acne, but everyone does it anyway. But for pickers i think it’s even more important to not pick.
Anyway, thanks for writing in with your picking inception. Take care!
I think it begins even earlier. Like pre-teen. So perhaps it peaks in the teen years in terms of everything coming together: your emotions, hormones, acne, school, parents, and relationship/friendship woes. There’s a lot going on during the teen years. A lot of anxiety.
But just to be clear, acne and other skin problems are just what may trigger people to start their picking. It seems we are triggered by something, so it can be anything, but for lots of people it’s acne. Thanks for writing in.
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Hi there. Yes, researchers believe that there is a genetic link to skin picking and hair pulling, but haven’t been able to pinpoint anything in the DNA yet. There are studies going on now, so it may take a bit to better understand these links.
Let go with the assumption that there is a genetic link. So perhaps some people are pre-diposed to this, so it may not take much before it’s triggered. What is the inception? I always thought it was important for me to know how I started this. Like, maybe I could have done something about it. But there’s not much you can do now.
I hear stories about picking inception. It’s great that people can remember—I cannot. But in the long run, I don’t think it’s important to know what made you start. Because the key is that you have to unlearn years of this behavior as well as flawed thinking.
Maybe people aren’t triggered by anything external. Or maybe some people that are pre-disposed never start picking or pulling. I wonder if that’s possible. Maybe it just never catches on. Or other habits (or coping mechanisms) are more powerful.
Anyway, thanks for writing and telling us about your experiences. Is the skin condition called keratosis pilaris, (KP)? I hear about that being a trigger. Okay, thanks and take care!