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I Am a Compulsive Skin Picker

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    This Addiction - This Addiction........ allows me to make excuses causes me to make illogical rationalizations makes me skip like a record in a self defeating cycle...
    mynameserin mynameserin 31-35 5 Responses Jul 9, 2010

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    How I Disfigured Myself - I never realized that dematillomania even existed before I saw a reality show about a compulsive skin picker on television. Since the age of 16, I have...
    bliss6395 bliss6395 22-25 3 Responses Aug 3, 2009

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    My Journey With Skin Picking - I started picking when I was a child, but it grew out of control when I was a teenager. Now, at 23, I have done things I never thought I could have...
    cspangie cspangie 26-30, F 2 Responses Mar 19, 2010

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    I Am A Compulsive Skin Picker. - As horrible as that may sound... i have come to realize that i am not alone with it.. i have been doing it for years and am still young at this...
    liveXlifeXsimple liveXlifeXsimple 18-21, F 1 Response May 2, 2012

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    Stop Picking At Your Skin! - My grandma used to tell me to stop picking all the time and I didn't listen. Now I look like I had smallpox...
    Grayinsides Grayinsides 18-21, M 2 Responses Nov 21, 2013

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    Hate Doing It, But Addicted to It... - It's been going on since I was 8 or 9. I noticed little bumps on my upper arms (known as keratosis pilaris or follicular keratosis) and then...
    Weremuffin Weremuffin 22-25 2 Responses Aug 7, 2008

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    Picking - I don't remember exactly how it started, but when I was younger I picked (I don't know if that's exactly the right word, maybe tore at) the skin on the soles of my feet...
    puzzledrobots puzzledrobots 18-21 1 Response Jun 29, 2012

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    One Time Is to Many - Ok so heres my story. Over the past year or so I hav developed this conpulsive skin picking. It takes about 30  to sometimes 40 min of my time in the...
    jacxzon jacxzon 26-30 2 Responses Jun 1, 2008

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    I Am A "new" Picker - My picking started about 6 months ago with a diagnosis of "Seborreic Dermatitis". My scalp itched unbearably!!! My scalp condition improved although...
    cbmbrn405 cbmbrn405 51-55 1 Response Aug 11, 2011

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    All My Life - I think I've been biting the skin on my fingers and my lips since I've had teeth. Friends, teachers, parents, grandparents, everyone has tried to make me stop and it...
    GothGrrrl GothGrrrl 18-21, F Nov 17, 2007

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    I've Never Tried to Stop - i never thought about it until i wrote the title, but its true.  i've never tried to stop picking my lip.  i pick at it all the time. ...
    iamnotnadia iamnotnadia 21-25, F 3 Responses Jan 11, 2008

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    Trying to Stop - It's pretty bad, people are starting to comment and I've been trying to stop for a while already. If I would heal a little faster it wouldn't be so bad. the length...
    AngelaDark AngelaDark 31-35, F 1 Response Aug 8, 2008

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    My Hidden Shame - I have felt this shame deep inside for so long about my self inflicted wounds.  These are not metaphorical wounds that no-one can see, they are on my face as...
    jazzbug jazzbug 22-25, F 3 Responses Oct 17, 2009

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    I Pick My Skin - I have picked my skin since I was 16. I had a terrible childhood that made me feel out of control, and I started my habit to get my control back. I have fought it...
    mcmandy65 mcmandy65 22-25 Sep 25, 2010

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    Makeup Became My Best Friend - I pop pimples and then when they scab over, I pick the scabs off of them. Sometimes the scab will come back and then I'll pick it again. I do thus...
    everpwr90 everpwr90 18-21 1 Response Aug 31, 2012

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    Terrible Toes - I have found that I pick my toes mainly.  I have always had ugly feet so no one has really noticed (I always wear something covering most/all of my foot).  It...
    wiccansinger wiccansinger 18-21, F Sep 17, 2011

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    Ughhh Me Too! -     Sorry if this is graphic but yeah me too. I have HORRIBLE eczema. The way mines is, it forms scabs. I would just be idle or bored and start to pick at them. I...
    Liyah101 Liyah101 22-25, F 2 Responses May 5, 2011

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    I Am One Too. - I am a Compulsive Skin Picker. I started when I was about 12. I had a hair on my left breast and I keep messing with it until I pulled...
    Sphinxkbngold24 Sphinxkbngold24 26-30, F 2 Responses Oct 19, 2008

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    I literally can not stop picking at my skin on my face and shoulders and arms, this has been going on almost my whole life. I remember as a little kid (I don't remember exactly how...
    MyMindCravesNectar MyMindCravesNectar 18-21, F 1 Response Jan 5

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    The Name of the Experience Says It All - And I am not alone. You are not alone either. http://www.stoppickingonme.com/ This site connects all of us skin pickers. There you will...
    MissEve MissEve 19-21, F 2 Responses Nov 16, 2007

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    A Realisation - I had a moment today that made me really quite sad. I've always been a bit blase when it comes to my picking and the damage it does but today it kinda hit me when I...
    LibranGirl LibranGirl 26-30, F Mar 18, 2012

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    I Can't Stop. And I Think It Started... - with my mom. I used to watch her pick behind her ear, also legs, arms and back. I would request to pick behind her ear for her, because...
    BiForce BiForce 26-30 Sep 13, 2012

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    Ruined My Face - It hit home today when I got called disgusting at work. I started picking my skin about 10 years ago. First it was on my hands and then I started to pick at my...
    xlxSpiraxlx xlxSpiraxlx 26-30, F 1 Response Oct 7, 2013

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    I Am A Compulsive Skin Picker #2 - I have an obsession with biting my nails and the skin around my fingers til they bleed, or hurt real bad. I CANT STOP PICKING AT MYSELF!!!! My...
    liveXlifeXsimple liveXlifeXsimple 18-21, F 1 Response May 6, 2012

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    Getting Better - I used to always pick the skin on my fingers and when it would bleed i would pick more and i would have band aids on all fingers but lately i haven't been doing it...
    torilp20 torilp20 16-17, F Sep 4, 2013

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    I was talking to my co-worker about a BBC show, where people lived as if it was the 1800's. You couldn't take along your make-up. She thought it was not understandable how someone...
    CycaHHa CycaHHa 31-35, F 1 Response Feb 2

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    You can't have eczema and not be a skin picker. I'm not proud of this 'Me To' but it's something that isolates me and makes me feel ashamed😔
    RockingTheCarhartts RockingTheCarhartts 41-45, M Dec 23, 2013

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    I rub my hands until skin comes off... I think this is about the same thing. I do it when my anxiety is up or when I am mad.
    anna1145 anna1145 13-15, F 1 Response Jan 22

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    Will The Trauma Ever End? - It all started when I was a child, I was born to a mother who only took care of me to get help from the government and a father who didn't give a care...
    sohurt89 sohurt89 18-21, F May 4, 2010

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    Self-Consciousness -≫ Skin Picking (Acne Excoriee) - My compulsive skin picking behavior started when I was in high school. I had begun getting and experiencing irritating acne...
    LaUniverso LaUniverso 18-21, F Oct 30, 2013

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    My Fingers - For my fingers.... They are bleeding now all the time from chewing the life out of them. I cannot stop, its like an addiction. Like being addicted to smoking, or just...
    liveXlifeXsimple liveXlifeXsimple 18-21, F 1 Response May 10, 2012

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    New Member - Hi.  I am a compulsive skin picker. I started picking my scalp at the age of 13 (I’m 35 now). I have tried and tried to stop picking, but it is so...
    belisamae belisamae 31-35 1 Response Mar 7, 2008

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    I admitted to my therapist that I pick at my scalp until it bleeds and then pick at the scabs. I used to do that to my legs when I was in high school. I have scars on my legs from...
    larisahhh larisahhh 26-30, F 1 Response Jan 23

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    I Cant Stop Picking My Skin And It Is Driving Me Nuts And Others Are Starting To Notice. - I have always had stress habits or tics like biting my nails or my eye lid twitching. It...
    lexxa34 lexxa34 41-45 Nov 21, 2011

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    I Need Help!!! - im 18 years old and im a compulsive skin picker.ive been picking since i was around 13 or 14 years old and im ready to stop picking at my skin.i cant take this...
    gwendolynpaige gwendolynpaige 18-21 Jul 16, 2011

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    Lip Picker -  I have been picking my lip off and on for atleast 5 years. About a yr ago it started really bad and I havent been able to stop. I look in the mirror alllllll the...
    budlove budlove 26-30, F 1 Response Oct 29, 2009

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    It's Bad - Such a bad habit. I don't know why it started. I pick at my face, my legs, well anywhere really... It's an impulse control issue. Acting impulsively and...
    jasminjane jasminjane 18-21, F 3 Responses Mar 18, 2009

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    Thought I Was The Only One - I've picked at my fingers or blemishes or other imperfections most of my life. I remember starting when I was 7 when my dad came back from viet nam...
    bpryczynski bpryczynski 51-55, F Mar 9, 2012

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    Skin Picking Website - Dermatillomania is a disorder which causes a sufferer an overwhelming urge to pick at one’s own skin to the extent that damage is caused. It is currently...
    cspangie cspangie 26-30, F Dec 13, 2012

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    I'm A Compulsive Skin Picker.... - I think I pick at my skin because the dry skin fascinates me. I don't know why. At one point I thought I should be a dermatologist just so I...
    MusicNinja2 MusicNinja2 22-25, F Oct 14, 2012

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    Hate it, it's also really embarrassing when some one sees it and asks what happened. One time someone asked me if I had stuck my hand in a paper shredder or used a cheese grater...
    persononinternet persononinternet 16-17, M 1 Response Jan 11

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    The Skin Around My Nails - for some reason i cant seem to stop picking at the skin around my nails. sometimes i can go for a few days without doing it but i always go back to...
    Silent20 Silent20 18-21, F 2 Responses Jul 18, 2012

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    So I've Started Therapy - I'm having an overwhelming urge to pick tonight, and lately my picking has been spiraling out of control which is overwhelmingly frustrating and...
    IvyEyes IvyEyes 18-21, F 2 Responses Sep 26, 2012

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    Scalp And Gums - Honestly, I don't know if my situation is all that severe (I've never told anyone about it) but it is a problem. I think the more common one would be picking at...
    nonnonnonochi nonnonnonochi 18-21, T Aug 1, 2011

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    Solutions... - hi. i pick at stuff whenever i feel something isn't even. it's just another part of my ocd. the reason i really was writing this here though, was to offer a bit of...
    Androgosane Androgosane 31-35, F Feb 27, 2013

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    It All Started Innocently Enough... - I began picking at my face when I was a teenager and it was never a big deal...a pimple here and there?  Pop it!  No problem...
    bonlyn bonlyn 22-25, F 1 Response Apr 20, 2010

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    Just Found Out - I did'nt know that what I've done for almost 14 years of my life was a disorder or even had a name until last night. Ifelt relieved because Ifound out that there...
    tiredofpicking tiredofpicking 26-30 1 Response Feb 13, 2008

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    The Thing Is... - When i'm not picking my skin, i get irritated ... VERY irritated. I pull my hair and freak, i rock back and forth.. i go crazy if i dont pick.. i have to pick. i...
    liveXlifeXsimple liveXlifeXsimple 18-21, F May 15, 2012

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    Dermatillomania - I've suffered from it as long as I can remember. I tend to focus on my shoulders and chest area, both of which are covered in stupid scars. I just learned that...
    journeyfulloflaughter journeyfulloflaughter 26-30, F 4 Responses Nov 17, 2007

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    I Should Know Better - I work in healthcare, so I am embarrassed that I'm just now learning that there is a name for this compulsion. I'm in my late 30's and I've been picking at...
    Beth42 Beth42 36-40 Jun 21, 2011

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