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I Have Dermatillomania

Or in laymen's terms, Obsessive Self-Injurious Skin Picking 1,915 People

    I have been obsessively picking to the point of

    bleeding, scabbing, and intense pain since the age of 12. I am now 28 and so relieved to know that I don't suffer alone. The urge to pick is something I've lost the ability to control, but I'm ready to change. To be honest, giving a name to this disorder has provided me with...
    adrienneeileen adrienneeileen 26-30, F 1 Response May 23

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    Well, I'm 25 years old

    and I have been picking my skin for 15 years at least. It really bothers me because I feel shame to be in social situations after a skin picking episode... I believe that this problem has damaged me to meet people and become close friends, because several times I avoid going out...
    carolinagarcia carolinagarcia 26-30, F Aug 21, 2014

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    I haven't been officially diagnosed

    but I think I have this. I pick my scalp the most. My mom always yells at me and says I have sores. I pick until I bleed and I pick off huge chunks of skin. Then I also started picking the bottoms of my feet as well and sometimes get to a point where it hurts to walk. I also...
    PrincessNem PrincessNem 18-21, F May 2

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    My name is anna. I've had dermatillomania

    since I was 10. I still remember the first time I started picking 6 years ago. When I was younger, I had the perfect skin. But after getting 1 single pimple, everything changed. I wake up every morning with my mind on my skin. And it's tiring. Recently my grandmother gave me...
    deleted deleted 26-30 May 26

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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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    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

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    Hi everyone! Today is the first time I

    discovered that there is a name to what I have suffered in silence from. I'm 24 years old, my name is Alyx, and for more than half of my young life, my own skin has been a prison. I have lied to everyone and told them that the lesions that cover one entire side of my face and my...
    EnigmaticDogma EnigmaticDogma 22-25, F Jan 22

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    I feel disgusting from all the picking,

    like its a never ending cycle from feeling anxiety to then actually having the symptoms of eczema. The picking has gone from one form to another throughout my entire life and it sucks to not have "grown out of it" like my parents and doctors had hoped when I was younger...
    ap1124 ap1124 18-21, F Mar 26

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    morning, I think I have the picking under

    control at the moment, good luck to everyone.
    chezasmile chezasmile 41-45, F Jan 28

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    The Abusive Mistress: Dermatillomania

    From a distance my footprints look normal.  Up close it’s a different story.  They are about as normal and regular as my fingerprints.  I am missing layers and layers of skin from my hands and feet.  I chew my lips and cheek relentlessly.  The only thing that can stop the...
    AbusiveMistress AbusiveMistress 18-21 2 Responses Aug 17, 2012

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    A little update: My picking hasn't really

    gotten all that much worse, and everything's starting to heal. I find that I carry a pen with me to fidget with, so I don't feel the need to pick, though I'm making sure that my skin is as clean as I can get it when I shower. I find that loofah's help, as they make your skin...
    KristalC KristalC 16-17, F 1 Response Feb 11

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    I can't stop picking at my scalp,

    the dry skin around my nose or my fingernails. I've picked till I've bled and had soreness and redness...
    emiveritas emiveritas 18-21, F 1 Response Feb 1

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    I told someone for the first time,

    yesterday. It felt like a huge relief, like I was finally letting go of some of the shame.
    deleted deleted 26-30 2 Responses Jul 15, 2014

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    I Wish I Knew A Few Of You.

    I have been picking my skin since I was fifteen years old. I won't ever forget the first time someone noticed it. My doctor put me through a slew of tests, thinking that it was a skin disease or something of the kind. The whole time I was sitting on that table in her office I was...
    DjunaB DjunaB 22-25, F 3 Responses Oct 25, 2012

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    I just recently discovered

    that I'm not alone with this terrible disease. I couldn't tell you how long I have been picking exactly but it's enough to have layers upon layers of scars covering my back, my shoulders, my legs, my arms, my face and anywhere else you can think of. I've noticed recently that...
    swaydear swaydear 22-25, F 4 Responses Feb 22, 2014

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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've been picking at this one spot on my

    hairline for over an hour now and I just can't seem to stop.
    luisvaughan luisvaughan 18-21, T Jan 29

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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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    beccuh beccuh 16-17, F Jun 23

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    I realised I somehow had the urge to pick

    without knowing, only when I turned around and I was baffled by the fact the mirror I was heading for wasn't there. Within 10 seconds I had removed the mirror from the wall, turned around, forgot that I took down the mirror, turned back to grab something from the sink and...
    Annelina Annelina 18-21, F Mar 27

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    My Dermatillomania: A Battle Cry, And A Cry For Help

    It's been only about a year, maybe a year and a half tops, since I realized that what I was doing to myself was far from normal; its been only a few weeks since I discovered that the "enemy" I have been facing all my life actually has a name and may be treatable. Currently, I am...
    Aliuka Aliuka 18-21, F 2 Responses Mar 26, 2013

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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 have been picking for 2 years,

    and my feet are just raw skin. I want to stop, I just don't know how too!
    kamrideley kamrideley 26-30, F 4 Responses Apr 11

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    I just had a new idea to help deter me from

    picking! I share a bathroom with my sister, so it isn't practical to cover up my mirror. However, we use the room at different times, so I'm going to try using another sensory cue: tonight, I'm going to try playing a high-pitched tone on my phone the entire time I'm in the...
    Rollstep Rollstep 18-21, F Jun 14

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    kemc2010 kemc2010 31-35, F 1 Response May 29

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    it's gotten worse. I'm at school atm,

    and when no one is looking, I take off my shoe&my sock, sharpen my pencil to be angled and pointy, and then dig the pencil into my foot and pick the skin off. someone help.
    kamrideley kamrideley 26-30, F 1 Response Apr 16

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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've just taken an online quiz to tell

    if I have dermatillomania and to be honest I am glad i am not crazy and that there are people like me but I am also upset because my parents won't believe me.
    outofcontrol7 outofcontrol7 16-17, F 2 Responses May 2

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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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    Dermatillomania is a condition characterized by

    compulsively picking at your skin, often until it bleeds. The problem is poorly understood by most people, and I can tell. Since the age of seventeen, I started to have allergies and eczema again. My skin was often dry and itchy, and when something itches, you can't help but...
    MissMojo MissMojo 22-25, F 1 Response May 21

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    I started wearing gloves

    when I go to sleep so I won't pick my skin while I'm asleep or right after I wake up. I've been picking my skin for about 16 years, and this is the most comforting thing I've had in a long time. Why didn't I think of this sooner?
    littlequints littlequints 26-30, F May 27

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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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    So, my butterflies faded (see first post about

    Dermotillamania if not sure what I'm talking about). I picked tonight and now I want to cry. I have the bumps up and down my arms and legs. And yet, I have to socialize tomorrow and my arms will have to be showing. Grr. I might find band-aids and put them on my arms and say my...
    ZiggyZebra ZiggyZebra 13-15, F 2 Responses Jan 31

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    I think I need plastic surgery again.

    .. This will be the third time... All on my face... I'm scared bs miserable. Help me!!!!
    Thiseffingsux Thiseffingsux 46-50, F 3 Responses Jan 31

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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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    This is an issue iv had

    for most of my life, that now my fingers and lips are scared and I don't think will ever be the same again. What people don't understand is you can't just not pick at your fingers or anything else you pick at, so saying "just stop, it's not good for you!" Isn't really doing...
    nicoledemersx nicoledemersx 16-17, F Mar 23

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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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    okay so I've been doing this new thing.

    I keep both benzioly peroxide and clindamyacin on my bathroom sink. when I'm leaning in to the mirror, I can look and inspect but I can't pick. then I pick up both antibiotics and inspect for places to apply it! I apply the antibiotics tigt from the tube and I never touch it...
    beccuh beccuh 16-17, F 1 Response Jun 27

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    I'm not sure exactly

    when it developed. When I was tiny, I guess. I bit my nails, chewed my lips, and one day the tweezers came out. Eventually I gave up those for the old fashion kind of picking. It's gotten out of hand, though I may be undergoing EMDR soon. Now that I have a diagnoses, I'm...
    dirigibleprunes dirigibleprunes 18-21, T 1 hr ago

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    and its destroying my life

    and my doctor seems unwilling to help. I was recently diagnoised with personality disorder the emoional kind. Which doesnt sound good and apparently dr's want the name changed its due to the fact i was abused from the age of 9 to 12 and another side effect of this is ocd...
    rachroo2015 rachroo2015 26-30, F 1 Response Feb 23

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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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    Aloe vera is actually the greatest thing ever

    that I can put on my skin; mostly because it smells good and it makes my skin soft, and I don't get the urge to pick when I pamper myself a bit. And besides, a lot of my scars are hidden under a wicked sunburn. :P
    KristalC KristalC 16-17, F May 22

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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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    Oh my goodness. So as the title reads,

    I pick at my skin. A lot. And I have ever since I was little. I mainly pick at my face, but recently I've acquired a few (okay 9) places on my legs and knees. Mostly on my thighs. Two places on my back. One on my hand and 5 on my arms. :( Last night I promised I wouldn't pick...
    IfYoureReadingThis IfYoureReadingThis 22-25, F 1 Response May 14

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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 13-15 6 Responses Dec 30, 2012

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    I've had derma since I can remember.

    I recall having chicken pox and picking at the scabs and my parents trying to make me stop because of a serious infection. now im a teen so yay pimples. I pick at my face, chest and legs (even though not as often, chest and face more than twice a day, legs I'd say 3 times a week...
    cazsuxs cazsuxs 22-25, F 1 Response 5 days ago

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