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Pancemaster in California is doing 24 things including…

stop picking at my skin

5 cheers


Pancemaster has written 13 entries about this goal


If I can make it through December without a major relapse in messing with my skin, I’ll mark it off of my 43T List.

Currently, I’m doing all right. But if I can get through finals without completely ripping my skin up, I will have achieved my goal.

Almost there

I mean, overall, my instances of skin picking have been minimal lately. I’ve been scrubbing my skin with Neutrogena body wash, and it seems to keep my skin cleaner these days. My scabs and scars are healing up well, and soon the skin will become smooth again.

But I still don’t feel like I’m done with this goal yet.

I’m gonna try and live with long nails for awhile, and get back to plucking my eyebrows, and see if I relapse or not.



It’s been a little better, but I’m still finding it challenging to take care of my skin issues.


I’ve been messing with my skin the past few days. Nothing too serious, but I’ve got to cut it out. I’ll go a couple of weeks without really noticing my skin blemishes, then I get bored or distracted and go at it.


Skin-wise, things aren’t too bad. I’ve discovered the art of exfoliating my legs before shaving! I never noticed how much dead skin builds up on my skin… but it makes shaving a whole lot less bloody and irritating!

I’m growing my hair out from pixie cut to normal length, so I anticipate by summertime I’ll probably experience some skin acne. Hopefully by then I’ll be busy with things that I won’t have any time to poke around at my skin!


So the past month or so, I’ve invested in wax strips. I’m tweezing my eyebrows for the moment (trying to save money) but I’m experiencing less ingrown hairs. Less ingrown hairs = no need to pick at my skin! And I’ve been exfoliating more, so there’s less dead skin cell buildup. Less buildup = less skin acne and stuff! Scabs are healing up nicely, I’m getting better at wax strips (hurts a bit but it’s a quick thing to get used to). I’m hoping that by the time the weather gets better, I’ll be able to show off skin that I can be proud to flaunt!

Slip Up

I got really stressed out and went for the face. I haven’t screwed around with the blemishes on my face for a very long time now. Now I have spots…

The Battle So Far

While I can’t say that I have been 100% free of this compulsion, things have been getting better.

One, waxing my eyebrows eliminates the need for a pair of tweezers at my immediate disposal. No tweezers = no excess skin tampering.

Secondly, I’m taking better care of my skin. I’ve found that using an exfoliating body wash with a loofah, and also a pumice, helps smooth over scabs and prevents ingrown hairs. Also, Veet! No need for razors!

I’ve really had to rethink my beauty routines to change how I approach my body image as far as skin picking goes. But it’s working out nicely so far.

A couple of scabs I had for a long time are finally being buffed away! It’s a relief to not feel so self-conscious about skin. Well, winter helps, too =)


Lately I’ve been doing pretty well at keeping my skin clear, keeping my nails short and ignoring the urge to pick. Except for a couple of occasions, of course. I’ll get super stressed out and feel for something to bother. Things are looking quite well :)


I’ve been doing pretty well at keeping my hands at bay against picking. Keeping my nails short, scrubbing my skin and keeping it healthy, and my tweezers are nowhere to be found. I’ll occasionally find myself running my hands over my skin feeling for things to mess with, but generally I have improved. The inflamed skin on my shoulder has calmed down and is healing wonderfully.

Pancemaster has gotten 5 cheers on this goal.


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