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exfoliation vs excoriation

I found a lady's blog about her successful management of Keratosis Pilaris, including a picture of her milky white, beautiful knee; Proving that it is possible for me to be free of this, with constant exfoliation, moisturization, and patience. I am not required to pluck each hair individually. Actually, that is expressly discouraged. It is tedious, time consuming, and counterproductive. I also found this fascinating article on the mysterious etiology or pathogenesis http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC3681106/



exfoliation (Alle)

http://www.xovain.com/skin/how-to-exfoliate-keratosis-pilaris
vs

excoriation (Sophie)
http://www.georgianewsday.com/news/regional/193937-agony-of-woman-who-suffers-from-rare-condition-that-causes-her-to-compulsively-damage-her-own-skin.html

The look on her face, I know that feeling. It makes me want to take her in my arms and tell her she's beautiful, unconditionally. I wish I could stop her from excoriating, but I identify with the compulsion. I am just now beginning to finally stop myself.

Stopping this madness should be an easy decision to make; But there's more to it I can't explain. I have been going strong for 4 weeks now. It is so strange and senseless, the way a habit is formed and reinforced. A person can get so used to doing this thing that is not enjoyable, and has no reward, just compulsiveness. The craziest thing for me, with my own story, is that I didn't realize it was a stress coping mechanism. I didn't seek the high, or the reward. I would find (focus on) blemishes, or ingrown hairs, and I felt an irrational urgency to remove them. I recently decided to call myself on irrational thoughts, and pose myself this challenge/question: What if I left it alone?/Try a different approach? I also postpone urges with certain self talk: "This blemish isn't going anywhere, (and if it did, that would be lovely!), leave it alone for now."

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