Cuticle Picking Disorder. It’s real and I admit I have it. This blog is not meant to be a confession, I simply feel strongly that if someone else suffers from something that I suffer from it’s my responsibility to help! If it only helps one person so be it, that’s my purpose! This post is to all my fellow pickers and friends of pickers out there, I have something that helps. Skin picking has actual terms such excoriation disorder, dermatillomania, pathological skin picking (PSP), compulsive skin picking (CSP) and acne excoriee (picking acne). I’ll do a post on acne excoriee and my scarring later…
We pick until it’s smooth, even if sometimes it makes it worse… See picture below, I relate all to well… It’s a type of perfection/ocd. It doesn’t necessarily mean that we are ocd though. Because my husband will vouch for me on that, I’m not when it comes to dishes.
What made me want to change? Wedding pictures. That’s right, my wedding was coming up and I knew all the hand glamour shots that were ahead.
So I thought about it… I only pick at my fingers when they are dry and more pickable. The answer, cuticle cream. I’m all about instant gratification in the beauty world and Burts Bee’s Lemon Butter cuticle cream offers it (so do manicures, but I can’t afford them multiple times a day, dang). When temptation arises slather this puppy on! It instantly moisturizers and I believe tricks my brain into thinking that there’s nothing to pick anymore because it’s all soft and nice now. Plus it smells yummy as well, bonus.
The next time you ask your friend or your spouse, “for the love of all that’s holy, stop picking your cuticles because it’s driving me CRAZY,” (true story) tell them to put some cuticle cream on instead. I bet you a buck they will stop picking after they apply it.
Find it in the skin care aisles at your local Drug Store, Walmart, Walgreens, CVS, Target, etc. (~$6.00)