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I would really like some advice on how to handle my scab-picking habit. I've had it since I was little. This past winter, I went ice skating for hours in too-tight borrowed skates, and mindlessly picked off the resulting scabs every time they formed. I now have eight, very visible scabs on my ankles, five of which are more than an inch long horizontally. They are so bad that people have admitted to feeling awkward asking how I got them, because they were afraid I cut myself. I'm now insecure to show my legs (it's my senior year and summer/senior ball/graduation is approaching, making it worse) and they add to a lowered self-esteem.. My parents and I thought I had learned my lesson...but now I have a scab on the corner of my mouth right now that has nearly doubled in size, and I literally feel like I can not stay away from it. And it's very close to another scar from a similar incident on my face.
It really is a compulsion. In every other way, I take good care of myself; I exercise, I eat well, I wear SPF/Moisturizer, I lost 20 pounds on my own, I take pretty good care in keeping myself healthy and trying to look attractive. So I know that this habit is unhealthy and undermines any confidence I have. But when I have a scab that I can pick, it's literally always at the back of my mind, and I almost feel "unclean" as long as it's there...and as soon as I pick it off, I feel a release. Please help me, I've tried stopping cold-turkey, I've tried having friends pinch me whenever I reach for a scab, I've tried slathering ointment on scabs so they're too greasy for me to the end, it always seems like a "oh well, you've already made yourself look bad with those other scars, you might as well create more since you deserve it" feeling of relief/self-revulsion.
Thank you very much for reading.

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Since it is a compulsion, I'd suggest talking to a healthcare provider or counselor about it to look at your options in dealing with this and any other compulsive behaviors.

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