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I Am a Compulsive Skin Picker

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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 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 26-30 2 Responses Jun 1, 2008

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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 find kindred spirits to discuss the daily ups and downs of living with compulsive skin picking. Don't be ashamed, we're all in this...
    MissEve MissEve 19-21, F 2 Responses Nov 16, 2007

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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 couldn't live without their make-up--I get it. Without make-up, I feel like I'm walking around under a magnifying mirror and *everyone* can see my...
    CycaHHa CycaHHa 31-35, F 1 Response Feb 2

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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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    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 and I did not know who this stranger was in my house. So its anxiety related, I am sure. And I think it could have some OCD/body...
    bpryczynski bpryczynski 51-55, F Mar 9, 2012

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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 for 8 years, and I am finally coming to terms with the fact that I will never be "cured." I recently started a...
    mcmandy65 mcmandy65 22-25 Sep 25, 2010

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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 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 41-45 Nov 21, 2011

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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 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

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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 as much only sometimes
    torilp20 torilp20 16-17, F Sep 4, 2013

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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 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 18-21, F 1 Response Jan 5

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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 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 26-30 1 Response Feb 13, 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 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 26-30, F 1 Response Jan 23

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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 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 26-30, F Oct 7, 2013

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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 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 1 Response May 2, 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 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

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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 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

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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, was very awkward.
    persononinternet persononinternet 16-17, M 1 Response Jan 11

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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 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 1 Response May 6, 2012

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    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 16-17, M 1 Response Jun 8

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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 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

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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 not totally. I have lost alot of hair on my head, its very thin and yet I cannot leave my scalp alone!!! I even bought a $4oo wig I...
    cbmbrn405 cbmbrn405 51-55 1 Response Aug 11, 2011

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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 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

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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 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

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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. 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

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    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 26-30 2 Responses Sep 20, 2010

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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 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 31-35, F Feb 27, 2013

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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 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

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    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 22-25, F 1 Response Jun 26

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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 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 18-21 Aug 31, 2012

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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.  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 21-25, F 3 Responses Jan 11, 2008

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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 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

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    deltawaves24 deltawaves24 18-21, F 1 Response 6 days ago

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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 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 18-21, T Aug 1, 2011

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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 16-17, F 1 Response Jan 22

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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 time to see the damage I have done to myself. It sad really because I am atlest decent looking and I make myself...
    budlove budlove 26-30, F 1 Response Oct 29, 2009

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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 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 22-25 2 Responses Aug 7, 2008

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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 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

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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 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

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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, 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 18-21, F Oct 30, 2013

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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 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

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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 of shame wastes hours upon hours of my time diverts my focus reducing my attention span to nothing...
    mynameserin mynameserin 31-35 5 Responses Jul 9, 2010

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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. It was really bad. I always had to wear socks, and sometimes I couldn't walk. I hated swimming because...
    puzzledrobots puzzledrobots 18-21 1 Response Jun 29, 2012

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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.  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

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    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

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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 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 22-25 3 Responses Aug 3, 2009

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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 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 18-21 Jul 16, 2011

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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 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 31-35 1 Response Mar 7, 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 dont know whats wrong with me..
    liveXlifeXsimple liveXlifeXsimple 18-21, F May 15, 2012

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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 46-50, M Dec 23, 2013

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