I Am a Compulsive Skin Picker

Personal Stories, Advice, and Support 491 People

    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 morning. I quit smoking about nine months ago and I now find my self tearing my face or even my reachable spots on my back. I...
    jacxzon jacxzon
    2 Responses Jun 1, 2008

    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 attributed my picking to being neurotic and crazy. Which I probably am; still, it feels like a huge relief to know that I am not...
    bliss6395 bliss6395
    2 Responses Aug 3, 2009

    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, was very awkward.
    persononinternet persononinternet
    18-21, M
    1 Response Jan 11, 2014

    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 it. I'm trying really hard not to pick at my head by painting my finger nails and picking off the polish but I'm screwing up...
    larisahhh larisahhh
    31-35, F
    1 Response Jan 23, 2014

    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 dont know whats wrong with me..
    liveXlifeXsimple liveXlifeXsimple
    18-21, F
    May 15, 2012


    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. It was really bad. I always had to wear socks, and sometimes I couldn't walk. I hated swimming because...
    puzzledrobots puzzledrobots
    1 Response Jun 29, 2012

    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
    22-25, M
    2 Responses Nov 21, 2013

    When I was younger I remember picking this

    little area of skin in the bottom corner of my finger nail on my thumb and ever since then I pick that same spot. It feels good when I get something sharp like the end of a pen, pin, tip of a knife, the strange thing is that I never notice myself doing it until it starts...
    civics22 civics22
    22-25, M
    May 4, 2015

    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 feet are damaged, My fingers are embarrassing, and i always have the tools with me that i use, like pins and tacks. I have no nails, like...
    liveXlifeXsimple liveXlifeXsimple
    18-21, F
    May 6, 2012
    deltawaves24 deltawaves24
    22-25, F
    1 Response Aug 25, 2014

    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 noticed them on my forearms, then thighs, etc....I'm pretty sure it's a transference issue, because it started around the time I quit...
    Weremuffin Weremuffin
    2 Responses Aug 7, 2008

    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 discouraging. So, I figured that it would be best for me to write a little update about what has been going on so far with my CSP so...
    IvyEyes IvyEyes
    18-21, F
    2 Responses Sep 26, 2012

    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 gets to the point that I bleed.  It constantly looks red and angry.  I also find that I peel the skin off the bottom...
    wiccansinger wiccansinger
    18-21, F
    Sep 17, 2011

    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
    18-21, F
    1 Response Jan 22, 2014

    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 young) I used to pick at the skin under my nails, not the skin around my nails, but the skin at the tip of the finger where the nail grows out...
    MyMindCravesNectar MyMindCravesNectar
    22-25, F
    1 Response Jan 5, 2014

    This sounds so gross,

    but I chew my cheeks alllllllll day. I also pick at my cuticles and chew my lips when they're dry. Basically, I'm gross.
    klou24 klou24
    26-30, F
    2 Responses Jun 26, 2014

    Csp Since I Was 6 Or 7

    I am a closest CSP. It used to be completely out of control, cuticles, face, excessively biting my nails but especially my feet. With my cuticles i would pick any loose skin and face, basically picked blackheads etc everyday however my feet were my extreme problem. i would get a...
    decemberRed decemberRed
    2 Responses Sep 20, 2010

    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 until it scars. Then I hide behind makeup whenever I go out. I have scabs and scars all over my chin and a scar and scabs on my right...
    everpwr90 everpwr90
    Aug 31, 2012

    Ever since I can remember iv been a picker.

    I'll see a scab and pick it, se times for like a month leaving scars because it never heals. I pick my lips constantly and chew the inside of my mouth. I can help but do it and don't realize when I'm doing it until it's done. I'm always doing this and it's painful sometimes and...
    Migzy623 Migzy623
    26-30, F
    Dec 8, 2014

    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 destructively, ignoring the long-term consequences. In this case, the long-term consequences are ugly scars and...
    jasminjane jasminjane
    18-21, F
    3 Responses Mar 18, 2009

    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 could study skin. My fascination with dry skin started in second grade. I put a finger in my ear because it was itchy and when looked...
    MusicNinja2 MusicNinja2
    22-25, F
    Oct 14, 2012

    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 are people like me who do this. I have tried so many differnt things to try and stop but nothing ever really stops me...
    tiredofpicking tiredofpicking
    1 Response Feb 13, 2008


    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 it has a name a few weeks ago, and i set up a group called "I have dermatillomania". I think I'm still the...
    journeyfulloflaughter journeyfulloflaughter
    26-30, F
    4 Responses Nov 17, 2007

    I got a ring to play with instead of picking.

    I have improved , but have a long way to go
    guardian96 guardian96
    18-21, M
    1 Response Jul 29, 2014

    I do it because of anxiety

    and boredom. When i'm sitting watchin TV or something, I have to pick at callouses or scabs. When i'm anxious (which is literally all the time because I have a severe anxiety disorder) I will pick at callouses and scabs. I had this pimple and I picked at it,, and now it's...
    heyidontknow heyidontknow
    18-21, M
    1 Response Jun 8, 2014


    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 advice. i know for me the worst of it has always been picking at pimples and stuff on my face, because people see...
    Androgosane Androgosane
    36-40, F
    Feb 27, 2013

    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 defined as an impulse control disorder but there are still questions about how it should be classified. It resembles a...
    cspangie cspangie
    26-30, F
    Dec 13, 2012

    I am now 44 and don't remember a time

    that I wasn't picking at my fingertips, toes, and/or lips. So many years of uncontrollable behaviour and thinking I'm crazy. But guess what....at the end of all this time....I've discovered I'm not. I just hope that my story can help someone else. When I was young I would chew...
    Momov1 Momov1
    46-50, F
    Sep 6, 2015

    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.  It wasn't until after I graduated from college and began life in the "real world" that my picking began to spiral out of control.  ...
    bonlyn bonlyn
    22-25, F
    1 Response Apr 20, 2010

    Whenever I feel insecure about my looks I

    compulsively pop everything that even remotely looks like a pimple on my face. Then it leaves a scab, which I pick when I feel insecure again, then in turns leaves a scar. It's really been a problem and since people can see my scars I think they look down on me for it.
    goodrider101 goodrider101
    18-21, F
    1 Response Sep 2, 2014

    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 has only been in about the last 8 to 10 years that I started picking my skin obsessively to relieve stress. Not sure why it is a stress releaser but it is. I usually do my hands and feet the...
    lexxa34 lexxa34
    Nov 21, 2011

    I want it to be over.

    I just don't want to do this anymore!!! How can I stop hurting myself? I need a miracle.
    f440girl f440girl
    36-40, F
    1 Response Sep 15, 2015

    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. I never knew my father. The first time I ever seen him was a couple months after my 18th birthday at his funeral. I always...
    sohurt89 sohurt89
    18-21, F
    May 4, 2010

    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 biting your nails... It's seriously weir-ding people out and i feel like a freak even though i shouldn't. It's...
    liveXlifeXsimple liveXlifeXsimple
    18-21, F
    1 Response May 10, 2012

    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 as much only sometimes
    torilp20 torilp20
    18-21, F
    Sep 4, 2013

    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 face. I open up cuts and sores but can't seem to stop myself. Half the time I don't even realize I'm doing it till the...
    xlxSpiraxlx xlxSpiraxlx
    31-35, F
    Oct 7, 2013

    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 hard. I feel as if I am some kind of addict. I try to take it day by day and not pick, but in the end I...
    belisamae belisamae
    1 Response Mar 7, 2008

    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, identity crisis, naive love lives, immature fights and quietly humiliating moments during this period of my life. Little did I know, as I undergone all...
    LaUniverso LaUniverso
    22-25, F
    Oct 30, 2013

    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 thought I had a white rash up my leg. It took me a minute, but after that minute I realised that no, it wasn't a...
    LibranGirl LibranGirl
    26-30, F
    Mar 18, 2012

    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 biteing and picking at my nails. i honestly cant remeber when i started doing it but im 20 now and nothings changed. i try to make...
    Silent20 Silent20
    18-21, F
    2 Responses Jul 18, 2012

    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 it out. Somehow my picking moved to my armpits. Now I pick at everything that looks or feels like a bump...
    Sphinxkbngold24 Sphinxkbngold24
    26-30, F
    2 Responses Oct 19, 2008

    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 of shame wastes hours upon hours of my time diverts my focus reducing my attention span to nothing...
    mynameserin mynameserin
    5 Responses Jul 9, 2010

    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.  when i am bored, when i am nervous, when i am reading, when i am listening to someone.  i am aware of how disgusting it is to...
    iamnotnadia iamnotnadia
    22-25, F
    2 Responses Jan 11, 2008

    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 anymore.i wanna be able to go to my friends house and play in the pool without having to worry about scabs on my skin...
    gwendolynpaige gwendolynpaige
    Jul 16, 2011

    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 skin from the scalp. I've done it for years. My mother used to become really upset with me because I'd scratch and...
    nonnonnonochi nonnonnonochi
    22-25, T
    Aug 1, 2011

    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 if advertising that I may not be as easy going as I like to think that I am.   I want to let it go, God. I want...
    jazzbug jazzbug
    22-25, F
    3 Responses Oct 17, 2009

    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
    46-50, M
    Dec 23, 2013

    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 moment. i feel terrible, considering the other paranoia and delusional disorders i suffer from. Im also scared, and i feel like i have...
    liveXlifeXsimple liveXlifeXsimple
    18-21, F
    May 2, 2012
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