Hello, I have this problem also but it feels to me like I do it as I have this crazy notion if I pick a skin tag or age spot it will not come back. I only do it when I feel anxiety or look at my skin and hate how it has aged.
When stressed, many people feel a need for self-soothing and find they feel better when they pick. Skin picking has a kind of soothing effect on their nervous systems, and reduces levels of stimulation.
Cognitive-behavior therapy has been studied as a means of treating skin-picking and related disorders. Therapy may involve several different techniques, outlined below:
Habit Reversal Training (HRT) is a four-step process which teaches the person with how to relax, how to breathe and feel centered, and to perform muscle response exercises.
Self-Monitoring is simply making the person with CSP more aware of their behaviors. As the behavior can often be unconscious, awareness can be improved by simply keeping a log of picking behaviors. The very act of recording the behavior can also interrupt the process and reduce the picking.
I would strongly encourage you to see a therapist who can help you with this conpulsive disorder. Do not feel ashamed but ask your therapist for help.
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