Share: most horrible thing you did on your skin

I was bathing my son when I noticed he has been picking at a wound on his leg and that wound, which was just healing has been made bigger now. He has this particular bad habit of picking his skin and I was reminded of how I also like to pick on my skin and wound. In fact, just recently, I removed a small lump on my neck by picking it with a needle. (¬_¬)

I am “very adventurous” with my skin and will not hesitate to pick, poke or pop any spots, lumps or warts that I consider unsightly. Okay, let’s see. I’ve used a needle to poke at a milia seed growing on my eyelid and successfully removing it without any scars. I’ve popped a sebaceous cyst at a very delicate area successfully too. The worst thing I’ve done on my skin is to try to burn off a wart on my leg with a joss stick after not being able to ply it off. Yes, it’s true. I was in my late teens at that time and the wart drove me nuts.  It’s still around and I’ve not tried to remove it anymore.

Yeah I know it’s really bad to pick on our skin and I don’t do it on my face so much now but on my body, that’s a different story. So what’s the most horrible thing you’ve done on your own skin – whether it is on your face or other parts of your body? Have you regretted doing it?


  1. xin says:

    wow u r really adventurous! I have not done anything of that ‘poking with needle’ thingy to seeds on my face/body, at most peeling the dried skin off the scars
    xin last post is: Sexy Tiger Stripes Nail Art featuring Tigger

  2. Nikki says:

    Ahhhh! I flinched a couple of times reading your post! YOU ARE TOO Adventurous! I am very “oldie” when it comes to my skin, I thin the worst was to have a facial (with all the pricking) in a salon that I’m unsure if they are even registered dermatologist! it turned out really bad and I never return!

  3. sesame says:

    Another word for adventurous is reckless. ?

  4. sesame says:

    Oh, that I like to do too…scratch and peel.

  5. Jung says:

    Not quite sure if using a shaver to shave my eye brows are considered. I was a teenager then. My efforts to get those model looking high-arched eyebrows, turned out to be less than desirable. The middle part was shaved off by mistake.

  6. Joyce September says:

    This just happened yesterday, but it’s more of a technical makeup error :X

    So this CLARINS face palette that I have been raving a lot have peachy motifs that impart an overall, rosy radiance. In a scurry I picked up the dense brush often used to buff in powder foundation. Imagine my face looking like a scaled lobster! Thank God for translucent powders to rectify this inexcusable error!
    Joyce September last post is: Rant | Fudged in Snobbery

  7. Soos says:

    WOW and WHOA! Scary!!!

    I used to pop pimples; now I just scrub them normally and use a spot treatment with salicylic acid. Also used to use cleansers that were much too harsh and drying in the mistaken idea this would clear up blemishes. Now I know that it should all be in moderation: PM – take off eye makeup with specific remover, facial makeup with cleansing cloth, cleanse with a gel cleanser, exfoliate 2 to 3x/week. Use RX antibiotic and Retin-A at night. Cleanse AM with cream cleanser with AHA. Yes, eye cream and moisturizers – different ones – AM and PM. It never ends. Treat small bumps before they turn into big ones!
    Soos last post is: Small Celebration

  8. sesame says:

    Yes, it’s definitely something to add too. I can imagine how you must have felt. I made one error once by plucking out too much at the beginning of one of my eyebrows. Very depressing for a few days.

  9. sesame says:

    Yeah, thank goodness it was rectified and I imagine you might have been in a hurry too.

  10. sesame says:

    With Nexcare (acne patch), I don’t pop pimples now plus I have little breakouts these days so thank goodness for that too. I think in terms of harsh treatments for my face, the worst was AHA administered to me at the beauty salon. No results and made my skin more sensitive afterwards.

  11. Lydia says:

    I had to re-read your articles about your past adventures and then I wanted to know what sebaceous cysts are…

    The most horrible thing I did on my skin was using harsh products when I was fighting acne. I didn’t know it better back then. My current mistake is that I like to pop pimples every now and then…
    Lydia last post is: Thoughts on several things….

  12. Raelynn says:

    when we took the BCG shots (i cant believe it took that long for them to come to the conclusion that BCG at the age of 12 was no longer useful), the rumour was that after the skin bursts open and when it starts healing, you should scratch it so that the scar would be smaller. and so i did that. thankfully my scar wasnt big to begin with so it isnt so obvious. i’m not sure if i should be regretting it though… but i do suppose i’m not supposed to scratch it. hahahhaha.

    i also used my brother’s manual shaver to try to shave my underarm hair. and i shaved till my skin bled. ouch. that i totally regret.

  13. sesame says:

    Really? I’ve never heard of that! I remember being told not to scratch and even in diet, not to take dark soy sauce and seafood, etc.

    Psst…have tried using shaver for my underarm and thought it’s quite good. Haha…but of course the hair grew coarser.

  14. sesame says:

    Try using Nexcare acne patch…keeps you from trying to pop pimples and cause scarring.

  15. Chris says:

    I think not washing off my makeup would be the worst one. I have oily skin, so leaving dirt and makeup on my face means I will end up with acne and whiteheads. Not that it stops me from going to bed with a dirty face, because I am dead tired and can’t make it to the sink. ?
    Chris last post is: Lipstick Lust: Revlon Mulled Wine

  16. Ms. Blacklace says:

    I used to have this cyst behind my ear lobe. So I got quite fed up with it, bought razor blades, and cut open the cyst. Had to drain out the pus and fiddle around with tweezers (sterilized) to get the sac out. Then did 2 interrupted sutures to close it up and forged an aluminium brace to keep it compressed.

    Another time I had a slight accident and got a cut on my right lower jaw. The cut was deep but it wasn’t that deep. So I did a horizontal mattress suture to close it up. It healed nicely anyway. The scar and the needle marks are barely noticeable.

    Another time I fell and I scraped my knee really badly. My form of healing is wet healing in the sense that I keep my wound moist (with saline/lavender tea & sea buckthorn oil) and covered. The down side is, you have to scrap and peel off any scab that forms over it. So it meant that I had to spray a solution (saline or lavender tea) on my knee and scrape off (with gauze) the scab every 2 days. Touching the raw skin….. Even though it hurt I enjoyed the process. I think something is wrong with me.. Haha.

    It healed nicely too. No raised scar even though the wound was pretty deep. Just a slight discoloration. Even the discoloration is starting to fade.

  17. sesame says:

    Try using at least makeup wipes in these instances. At least you get some of the makeup off.

  18. sesame says:

    You are more adventurous than me, and in a more knowledgeable way too! I’m impressed. My husband had a cyst and he got it operated by a doc; I can’t imagine doing it yourself. I’m glad all your scars healed nicely without complications.

  19. Ms. Blacklace says:

    I did have the cyst removed by a doctor at TTSH at first. But the cyst flared up again. So I figured to do it myself then. It’s less expensive and quicker. After that, I had no problems with it. Haha! Should have done it myself a long time ago.

    To be honest, I more of a surgeon wannabe. So once I got my hands on a suture kit (given to me by my uncle) I kinda went wild. Learning how to do sutures on youtube and practising with sewing thread and bent needles. So far I’ve only sutured myself. No one else dared to be sutured by me. LOL! I don’t blame them though. I don’t use painkillers because I’m not authorised to administer them.

    Also I’m blessed with skin that doesn’t scar easily. My friend and I once had an accident in our technical workshop back in secondary school. But of us got cut really bad, my wound being worse as it was cut deeper and the skin was left hanging. Now I’m just left with a very faint scar. My friend on the other hand, his is still very noticeable.

  20. Issa says:

    oh my! you are adventurous! i can never do what you have done! i am scared of needles. The most adventurous I got was popping a pimple with my hands!

  21. Carrie says:

    Ooooh~~~ For me, it’s definitely popping pimples and then scratch and peel the scars (especially on MY FACE!!) >”< I know it's really bad, but just can't help it!!! And now, I need to find a good way to remove these pimple scars without peeling or further irritating them… … Seems like mission impossible to me!!

  22. sesame says:

    I also like to scratch the small pimples…very bad…

  23. sesame says:

    Actually it’s just a small poke so it’s not so bad.

  24. sesame says:

    I had to google to find out what is suture kit. Wah…haha…I’ll be surprised anyone wants to be sutured. ?

    As for your friend, maybe he didn’t take care of his scar. The sun can aggravate the scarring.

  25. Amanda says:

    Sesame, you are really quite adventurous! I was too. But I’m paying the price now … What I did was picking a milia seed under my left eye, in the most vigorous way. It’s gone, but a line left, and now that line has grown to a wrinkle, then more and more wrinkles. Lesson learned: never pick anything on my eyes.

  26. Stephanie/Yukaeshi says:

    I… scratch, peel and pick at my skin, and will have no qualms “helping” a ripe pimple with the aid of a (sterilised) needle >_< But thankfully I did not pick at the scabs that formed on my tattoos during the healing process. It felt so pick-able, but I managed to control myself and not pick at them haha!
    Stephanie/Yukaeshi last post is: Current List Of Obsessions

  27. sesame says:

    The milia seed I had was growing at the corner of my eyelid – the part nearest to the nose bridge. It was due to using pure rosehip oil. It irked me a lot and I just use a needle to poke lightly and there was a small scarring awhile and then it recovered fully. But you’re right, don’t pick at your eye area.

  28. sesame says:

    Picking at scabs…*hands feel itchy already*.

  29. Agatha Tefora says:

    You are the bravest person I have encountered in my lifetime.

    The worst thing I did on my skin would be to pop a pimple or blackheads on my face. And the other crazy stuff I did was to get a treatment on my hair but unluckily, my hair got burned. I had to rehabilitate my hair for years the natural way.

  30. sesame says:

    Oh talking about hair…I let my mom permed my hair when I was a teen and boy, it turned out disastrous! I was laughed at and even my “best friend” then sneered at me. I had it straightened eventually but geez…never again.

  31. astrorainfall @ beauty box says:

    This is such a lively discussion and I cringed at some of the comments and your adventures but I’m LOVING it!! This is why I keep reading your “Share” posts.

    The most horrible thing I did to my skin… I’m trying to think of something worse than picking at a pimple or bump which seems to be a common theme here…Well, I used to lather coconut oil (only coconut oil and no sun block) onto my skin, including MY FACE, and baked for three hours straight at Yio Chu Kang swimming pool during my uni days. I so regret that now b/c my forehead does have a slightly weathered look now and is always a bit darker than the rest of my face.
    astrorainfall @ beauty box last post is: Food & Fitness Journal: A Relaxing Sunday

  32. sesame says:

    But coconut oil is also good for skin…but yeah, I also didn’t use sunblock when I used to swim 3 times a week in my teens in the afternoons.

  33. Pearly says:

    Other than the usual popping zits, squishing blackheads, going to zzz with makeup still on… I erm.. snipped off a skin tag on my neck, with a small sharp sterilized scissors of course. I got tired of it bleeding/scabbing over after I scratch it subconsciously. It was a pretty small skin tag though. I read up quite a bit before deciding to snip it off myself. It hasn’t reappeared (yet!), there’s no scaring and costs a lot than if a dermie was to have burnt it off for me!

    Btw, for that wart on your leg, have you tried the nail polish method to get rid of it? I tried the nail polish method on a wart on my hand (it was at the base of my thumb on the topside of my hand, not the palm side… so unsightly!!) . Took a little while but it worked! No scarring whatsoever. Do give this a try!

  34. sesame says:

    You snipped off? Geez…I wouldn’t have the guts. The one growing on my neck looked like a skin tag but turned out it was not. The needle did the trick but I still have the scar cos I squeezed out the pus with some force…it’s lightening up though.

    Oh nail polish for warts? Never heard nor read about them. I shall go and check that method out!

  35. Whanz says:

    It seems like you are really adventurous. As what you have mentioned here, you are really not scared of using needles. But, what about for the people scared to use needles to pick spot in their face?
    Whanz last post is: cutting off skin tags

  36. tony says:

    I have often done self-surgery, usually on warts. Repeated shaving of some on my hands and face (with a sterile scalpel, with the area also sterilised), eventually removed them. Sometimes it took many attempts, but it worked without scarring. I would be careful on the face, though, as scarring is considered as a masculine feature! Steristrips are very good and can be applied by a friend. Make sure the skin flaps are as close together as possible.
    The Sun cannot aggravate scarring, it just makes the surrounding skin darker and therefore the scar more obvious.

  37. Sesame says:

    Self-surgery??? Oh my, my knees feel weak at the mention! You’re a brave guy!

  38. Hakuna Matata says:

    Well, i had a zit in the middle of my head and i had modelling on that day it was horrible. Also once, i had to meet one of my family friends and what happened, i had two big eye catching squished spots right in my nose! I squished it last night and it got likeWORSER! My skin isnt really healthy, i mean like im in the middle of those years where your body is changing to an adult a like so i think thats fine ish! I hate Milia Spots! There are like 3 around my nose and one right in my right eyelid
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