Day Six : Triggers - what triggers you to pick/pull (in words)? How do you deal with exposure to these?
This is a touchy subject for most of us - triggers can be by any sense: something you see, smell, taste, feel or hear. They can depend on the time of day, the weather and your mood, and they can lead to behaviours that you will regret later.
My triggers are still somewhat unknown, but centre around anxiety. It makes me crazy to see other people picking - haha I am such a hypocrite! If my husband is going at his legs to dislodge ingrown hairs I chirp at him about it. In some ways I feel like he should know better than to do that in front of me when he knows how it makes me feel - on the same token I guess I should know better than to get out of hand with my picking to begin with hahaha!
I also notice a lot of picking as a part of my way of coping with anxiety or the feeling of being out of control. If I have had a bad conversation with someone I sometimes find myself in front of a mirror or close to a bright light scrutinizing my skin.
Generally I don’t feel triggered by images, but I am triggered to pick when I see blemishes on myself or anyone else. I am talking about seeing KP, whiteheads, blackheads, ingrown hairs (they make me especially crazy), peeling sunburns, flaking skin, etc. When I see these sort of things, I find myself touching my own skin just to make sure that I don’t have anything that I “need to take care of”. I also find it difficult not to pick & pull after I have plucked my eyebrows; it starts with shaping my eyebrows, then leads to looking for ingrown hairs on my arms and legs.. and off I go, often plucking healthy hairs from my legs and arms if the follicle is at all enlarged. For me it is all about smoothness of the skin.