Do you like to pick it, prick it until you pop it? If like me, you’ve self-diagnosed yourself to have Obsessive Compulsive Disorder just because you can’t stop picking your pimples, then let me share with you some simple tips that have helped me recently to stop my itchy hands from doodling pimple scars all over my face.
1. Remind Yourself
Unless you’re someone who enjoys showcasing some pus-popping action in public, most likely, you pick on your pimples at home–when you have the luxury of time and privacy to stare at and lament over your pimples in front of the mirror. Identify the common crime scenes in your house. Toilet mirrors are usually a favorite pimple-picking spot. A simple post-it with a short but strong motivational note on it can help you think twice about picking your pimple. Ask yourself why you want to stop the bad habit and write it down. If you can find relevant photos, print them out and stick them into places where you always find yourself most tempted to start picking.
2. Cover it!
My pimple-picking habit significantly reduced after I discovered 3M Pimple Patch. The moment I see a ripe pimple ready for some picking, I stick a patch on it before the temptation begins. It not only protects my pimples from my itchy hands and fingers, it also helps draw out the pus and oil from the pimple, making it heal faster. Aside from that, not seeing the ugly, swollen, red bump gives me more peace of mind.
If your local drugstore doesn’t have the 3M acne patch, you can always make your own pimple dressing. Remember my post about the booger-looking pimple I had recently just right under my nostrils? I cut the dressing from a piece of band aid.
3. Make it Sticky and Icky!
Once, a fellow blogger who’s fond of picking her pimples asked me for tips to help minimize post-acne scarring. One of the tips I gave her is to apply Manuka Honey (Normal honey is also fine but Manuka Honey is superb!). She didn’t like the idea because she hated the sticky and icky feeling of Manuka Honey. Bingo! Every time I accidentally touch my pimples after applying honey on them, the sticky feeling turns me off. As a result, it deters me from picking on my pimples. The best part is that the honey won’t just keep your itchy hands off your pimples, it will also help your pimples heal properly.
4. Keep Your Itchy Hands Busy
Idle hands are prone to evil temptations. Get yourself busy by watching your favorite DVD, doing some craft work, blogging or playing iphone/video games that require lots of finger dexterity. You can also do your own manicure and pedicure. Not only will your hands be busy. After all the toe-reaching flexes and attempts at being ambidextrous, you’ll think twice about risking that nice new coat of nail polish and wasting all your hard work just for some icky blackhead.
5. Hide Your Tools
If like me, you usually pick your pimples using certain tools, ask someone close to you (a family member or a close friend) to hide those tools from you. Pimple picking can sometimes be an addiction. If you can’t keep the drugs(acne) from coming, you can at least do something about the drug paraphernalia. Blackhead remover tool, be gone!
You are Your Biggest Enemy
…And strongest ally. When it comes to keeping yourself from picking on that pimple or quitting any bad habits, always keep in mind that no advice will be good enough if you’re not willing to help yourself. Remind yourself of the consequences of picking your pimples. You can make it worse, interrupt its natural healing process or mess your skin tissues altogether and get yourself a permanent scar. It’s never too late to stop a bad habit–usually.
Do you have the habit of picking your pimples?