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I Have Dermatillomania

Or in laymen's terms, Obsessive Self-Injurious Skin Picking 1,966 People

    For me, I don't pick my face like others

    usually do. I pick my hands, feet, legs, and lips. The hands are the easiest for me to pick without looking like a weirdo (lips is second) so those two get torn up really bad and bleed a lot. I've even started picking the skin on my palm as well. I've had it ever since I can...
    Fuukoa Fuukoa 22-25, F Jan 4

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    Endorphins And Dermatillomania

    I was watching YouTube videos on strange addictions when I came across one for a woman who picks her skin. And a psychologist stated a point that: 'When a person first picks, they feel pain so the brains way of dealing with this is to release endorphins and the person can become...
    TheLongHaul TheLongHaul 16-17 6 Responses Dec 30, 2012

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    Pop, Peel and Heal and a Topical Healing Remedy

    I have picked and popped the skin on my shoulders, arms, back and now legs for nearly 20 years. I've been diagnosed with anxiety/depression and have been prescribed Zoloft (excellent during highest crisis time around my early 30s) and low doses of anti-psychotics. The anti...
    Redbuttercup Redbuttercup 36-40 31 Responses Apr 7, 2008

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    Tips On Stopping The Picking

    Hey guys, Now I know everyone is different and we all have our own methodologies and routines. I happen to pick at my face excessively, my back less often (because I can't see my back) and very mildly my chest area. My back and my chest I am not too worried about because it...
    filful filful 18-21, F 29 Responses Jun 14, 2010

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    do it for the confidence you always wanted!

    do it for all the scars and blood and damage! WE CAN BEAT THIS
    Alycat05 Alycat05 16-17, F 1 Response Aug 9, 2015

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    16 And Destroyed

    I started picking at my skin when I was about 8 years old. It has taken over my life since then. I loved doing gymnastics and I had to quit because i was so embarrassed about my asking and people always asking "whats that on your arms." They would look at me like i had some kind...
    keepfighting22 keepfighting22 18-21, F 2 Responses Nov 30, 2013

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    Trying To Stop? Maybe I Can Help.

    Hi girls, I have been picking since before I can remember. I have scars all up and down my arms and legs. I'm twenty and still haven't managed to stop. I have, however, learned some tricks that do and do not work for stopping, so I thought I'd share what I've got. 1. Stopping is...
    boochang93 boochang93 18-21, F 2 Responses Apr 26, 2011

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    I don't feel like I deserve any support.

    I'm stuck with the consequences of my own actions in a world that assures me it's "not my fault." I don't know what happened to me and I don't care at this point. I know I'm always at odds with society and no one is trustworthy. I know I bring it on myself, but I'm suspicious of...
    thelastflower thelastflower 26-30, F 2 Responses Aug 21, 2015

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    since I was 12 or 13 (in think),

    I had been scratching and picking at my back. I'm 16 now and the summer was the last time I had it real bad (I didn't know what it was or that I had it until then.) I have since gotten a lot better. I still sometimes find my self picking at my back at night but overall, I have...
    teletubbysun teletubbysun 16-17, F Dec 17, 2015

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    I don't even know where to begin.

    This all started when i was about 10-11. Puberty was just kicking in and i had developed some blemishes on my face like all teens do. My mom would be the one to pop them since i didn't know what to do but once i understood i would pop them myself. I don't really know when this...
    xxleahx xxleahx 13-15, F 1 Response Jan 4

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    I feel so mad when I see people saying they

    have dermatillomania and barely have a spot. I can't stop and it makes me cry everyday. And the worst is that I can hide it so well novody knows I am going wrong. It's so hard for people without any addiction to understand it. It's extremely powerful. I get spams and almost seem...
    Fan94 Fan94 18-21, F 3 Responses Oct 26, 2015

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    Skin Picking Disorder.

    I never ever thought that I would have this. ahah. but I do. Sometimes I wonder, why can't I just STOP? Each time after I pick, I'll go look in the mirror, see my bloody scabs and bumps swelling up, and cringe, thinking, "Wow. How could I do this to myself. I look...
    Starchan Starchan 16-17, F 2 Responses Nov 8, 2015

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    5 Years ago I moved. Nothing drastic,

    my new home was only 5-10 minutes away from my old home. At that point I had been picking for about 2 years. I somewhat hoped that I could start over. A new environment might break the habit of skin picking, so I thought. It didn't. A year ago I started university. I moved out...
    Annelina Annelina 18-21, F Jul 20, 2015

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    Well I Used To...

    but i found out about what i was doing, and now i can consciously watch out for my triggers, and not let myself get started.. I've healed up pretty well..
    Vox Vox 31-35, F 5 Responses Oct 23, 2007

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    FerysT FerysT 13-15, F Jan 19

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    I Need a Quit Buddy!

    I desperately need to quit picking my skin. It has taken over and ruined my life and I would love to have support and provide support or just share in the experience with others who suffer from it. Anyways, let me know!
    hamiltonme hamiltonme 18-21 3 Responses Mar 29, 2009

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    Can't Stop Skin Picking

    how can I stop skin picking? been doing it over 15 years. I've never been seen for any mental disorders. But this dam skin picking is taking over my body.  I can't attend certain social settings because of my skin, I wear long sleeves year round, Its over 100 degrees here in...
    whiskers5555 whiskers5555 31-35 18 Responses Jun 2, 2009

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    I'm a 15 year old girl

    who has dermatillomania..I just really need someone who's close to my age to talk too who suffers with this disease like I do. My parents don't get it and I'm too ashamed to tell my friends. Everyone just tells me to stop, like its so simple. If I could stop picking my lips...
    sadiegracee sadiegracee 13-15 1 Response Aug 27, 2015

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    I think the day I started picking is the day I

    stopped chewing. For years I chewed my fingers to the point of infection. I had no nails, I completely chewed them off. It wasn't just a habit, it was a condition: dermatophagia. Eventually I stopped chewing my fingers and started chewing my cheeks, not that spitting blood and...
    howamisupposedtodothis howamisupposedtodothis 16-17, F 1 Response Jan 4

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    I'm a 17 year old female with Dermatillomania.

    I've tried everything to stop. I have over 108 scars from my head,arms,legs,neck,head,and chest. I can't look at people directly in their eyes without feeling ashamed or sad. I want to stop, I feel like I'm alone, People I tell this to think in disgusting or crazy, They don't...
    Fall4Autumn Fall4Autumn 18-21, F 2 Responses Oct 19, 2014

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    I eat my puss, blackheads

    and scabs. Yeah. I just said that. After I pick, I eat. I recently joined this group and was looking through posts, but i didn't notice anything about the eating. I just wanted to put it out there so others know that your'e not alone. I think for me, thats the grossest and...
    Starchan Starchan 16-17, F 3 Responses Dec 18, 2014

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    I'm going to beat dermatillomania!

    ! Who's with me? I know it will take a long time, I know there will be ups&downs (especially downs) but I won't give up! I'm going to be happy again. Dermatillomania will not control my life :)
    juuull juuull 18-21, F 1 Response Jan 25, 2014

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    How many times have you heard someone tell you

    to stop picking? I hear it every day, at least five times. They must seriously think I peel my skin off because I have nothing better to do. Before I die, my one wish is that someone will pick up a book and learn about something related to mental illness. Although picking my...
    TheQuirkyQuasar TheQuirkyQuasar 26-30, M 1 Response Aug 14, 2015

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    I Think I'm On To Something~!

    June 26th, 2010, today and yesterday, I HAVE GONE PICK FREE. almost. I have been experimenting with different off-the-wall treatments, and something is working! I'm so excited and proud.. I wanted to share this with you, and maybe this will work too, or it will give you other...
    vampgrl93 vampgrl93 16-17, F 5 Responses Jun 26, 2010

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    deleted deleted 26-30 1 Response Dec 31, 2015

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    I started going to a picking therapy group

    and I cannot respect the other ladies (four others, I like small groups!) enough! I am amazed that four other people exist in my town with this same problem. At first, I felt like I was clearly the worst one in the room because I pick at my face everyday and have scabs that can...
    thelastflower thelastflower 26-30, F Sep 25, 2015

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    Yep.

    I only found out there was a name for it recently. I've been doing it ever since my preteen years. Got a nice collection of scars and puckers now, particularly concentrated in my shoulders, upper arms, and breast areas. When I'm stressed I just do it automatically, and then come...
    journeyfulloflaughter journeyfulloflaughter 26-30, F 16 Responses Oct 22, 2007

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    I have tried a few thing over the past couple

    of years. Since nothing really worked I didn't quite feel the need to share it. I recently tried one method that seemed to work. Although I have fallen back recently, I still feel like this might be the way out. Therefore, I figured I'd share this and the other things I tried...
    Annelina Annelina 18-21, F Jan 11

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    At least I think I have.

    I don't know. Right now, I need to go brush my teeth before going to bed, but I'm putting off doing that because I know I'll have to be in the bathroom with mirrors. And if I stop by a mirror long enough to see my face, I'll start squeezing every pore and pimple on my face, I...
    4lle 4lle 16-17, F 1 Response Jul 27, 2015

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    I have Dermatillomania.

    I always find myself drawn to my mirror after the shower when I have clean skin. Sometimes I think about papering it up so I can't see my skin but.. It's massive. It's a huge double sliding mirror cupboard. Probably over a decade I've had some form of this, I'm surprised my...
    frenchcherry frenchcherry 22-25, F 3 Responses Feb 5, 2015

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    Hi, I'm Josh.

    Hello everyone, I'm Josh, 17 years old and I have Dermatillomania. I've had it for about 4 years, since freshmen year. It was nowhere near as bad freshmen year as it is today. I've dealt with traumatic events in my family, such as I was exorcised for being gay, and I went through...
    JoshRado JoshRado 16-17, M 4 Responses Oct 6, 2012

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    Hi guys, just wanted to share

    that I also suffer from this and it has now taken over my life. I am working on overcoming it and as sad as it is that this exists it brings some comfort knowing others are experiencing the same thing and have or will overcome it. Wishing you all the best in overcoming this x
    chelseybrooke chelseybrooke 18-21, F 1 Response Jul 29, 2014

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    I've been tearing my skin off

    since I was about 12 or so. It's incredibly difficult to stop. Everyone I live with hates it, and I understand why. It's disgusting, and they worry about me. Given my previous job, it's amazing I haven't had a blood infection. "Stop picking!" I hear that a lot. The worst of it...
    CNSPRCYTHRY CNSPRCYTHRY 26-30, M Jan 28

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    I always pick at the blemishes on my face.

    I always tug at the skin around my nose. And tear the bumps around my eyes. I always scrape the scabs of my latest endeavor. I don't know how to resist the urge and I feel ashamed at the gratification The scarring and the insecurity that comes along is no longer worth it...
    deleted deleted 26-30 1 Response Dec 23, 2015

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    It's not that bad for me yet

    but I didn't know it was a disorder til just recently when I decided to look up YouTube videos of hair plucking and let me tell u I had a mind ****** !!! Then was curious to read the comments and sure enough I related to everyone there .
    ev23 ev23 31-35, F Nov 23, 2015

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    I've been doing this

    for most of my life. My earliest memory of it is seventh grade, which was during the early 2000s. It's hard to stop, especially if there is loose skin anywhere on my body. People are always telling me, "Stop picking!" A lot of people don't understand it, but they do worry about...
    deleted deleted 26-30 Dec 1, 2015

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    It's so awful. It makes you look ugly,

    it makes you feel bad. Have you ever heard someone say "you'd be so pretty if you didn't pick your face all the time" ... have you ever felt so terrible that you didn't want to leave your house? I've put on more make-up than a member of Cirque Du Soleil just to go get some...
    aslarter838 aslarter838 31-35, F 1 Response Nov 4, 2014

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    I have picked every inch of un-smooth skin since

    before I could properly walk or talk.My picking occurs every single day in different stages and areas. In early elementary school it was my thumbs, fingers, chewing thew inside of my cheeks and I would pick at every mosquito bite I could find along my body. I would pick and chew...
    dermahawk dermahawk 22-25, F 2 Responses Oct 19, 2015

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    Alone, Ashamed, Flawed

    It wasn't until a few months ago I even realized I had a problem. For some reason I thought what I did was normal - that other people probably scratch and pick at their skin sometimes. I guess when I started noticing just how often I was doing it, and the amount time...
    BehindAMask BehindAMask 22-25, F 7 Responses Feb 21, 2009

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    Hi, I have had this

    since I was 7. But at that time I had no idea what it was called. I would just pick and eat my skin on my fingers and feet. My parents were terrified, they yelled, scolded and even begged me to stop. But I couldn't. I am 13 now, and I still suffer from this problem. My fingers...
    fizzyizzy421 fizzyizzy421 13-15, F 1 Response Jul 19, 2015

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    I have battled with dermatillomania

    and dermatophagia for 17 years. It started when I was about 7 years old with nibbling around my fingernails and cuticles but has progressed to the point that it is a constant problem in my life. Even after long searches through the Internet I have yet to come across...
    Facethedemons Facethedemons 22-25, F 3 Responses Aug 27, 2015

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    Well, I'm noticing some improvement with my

    skin :) Although it would be nice to wear a tank top without constantly checking out my shoulders and chest
    navygirl00 navygirl00 18-21, F 1 Response Jun 15, 2014

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    beccuh beccuh 16-17, F Jun 23, 2015

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    When I was in middle/high school,

    my friends moms face was really scarred and pockmarked. She noticed I had a habit of picking at my acne and told me if I didn't stop my face would end up like hers. I try not to do it, but I'm starting to get scarring on my face (and other places like my back for example...
    texile texile 26-30, F 2 Responses Sep 21, 2015

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