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I Have Dermatillomania

Or in laymen's terms, Obsessive Self-Injurious Skin Picking 1,773 People

    Tony Robbins Helped Me Cure My Devastating Habit Of Skin Picking

    I suffered severely from skin picking for years (early high school through graduate school), and as a result I lost out on so many opportunities and was miserable; in danger of damaging my health, carrier, and relationships. Two things helped me to heal and recover: (1) I...
    changeyourmind changeyourmind 41-45, F 1 Response Jul 24, 2010

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    Hey all, I have been doing this

    since I was nine and amazingly enough just thought last night about looking it up on line. I just realized it is an actual disorder. It is something I dealt with on my own my whole life...it has been about twenty years. When I realized how badly some people are suffering with...
    LndsJmps LndsJmps 26-30 1 Response Jul 15

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    Went to the doctor for a physical,

    and decided to bring up my anxiety. I said, "It's a problem," expecting a barrage of questions and inquiries, but she wrote me a prescription for Zoloft. Starting it tomorrow, and I should start seeing the effects of the medication in a couple of weeks. I understand what SSRI's...
    navygirl00 navygirl00 18-21, F 2 Responses Jul 7

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    Hello, my name is Kayla

    and I am 15. I need some help, fast. Ever since I was 3, I would bite my nails. My parents tried to stop me, but I was stubborn, lol. When I was 7, I started to bite them so much they would bleed and get infected. I did stop biting them, but I then started picking my skin on the...
    thumbpicker thumbpicker 22-25, F 1 Response Jun 19

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    Hi everyone! I was hoping to get support from

    you guys.... I've been picking at my skin since I was 3. I'm almost 23. It's been almost 2 decades. I have countless scars and dark marks..... it completely affects me, my self-confidence, my decisions EVERY SINGLE DAY. I've tired countless times to stop, but I fail every time...
    navygirl00 navygirl00 18-21, F Jun 12

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    Looking For Different Successes In The Fight Against Dermatillomania

    I'm afraid of what I'm doing to myself. all my life I have picked at everything. it used to be so skin wouldnt get caught on things when I was younger, but its becom such a habbit that I have to pick at any loose skin on my body. this normally includes my fingers, my forehead...
    vampgrl93 vampgrl93 16-17, F 2 Responses Jun 11, 2010

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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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    Every since i can remember i have always picked

    and bite my skin to the point its caused me to scar. I find when i am anxious i do it more sometimes i don't even know i am doing it. I bite the skin around my fingers and i have done it so badly its got infected on many occasions. When i went dr's about my face and the spots i...
    Gentleandlovingsoul Gentleandlovingsoul 36-40, F Jun 29

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    I've been getting worse

    and I don't know how to explain to my family that constantly telling me to stop makes it so much worse.
    Crazypalegirl Crazypalegirl 18-21, F 2 Responses Jun 17

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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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    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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    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 5 Responses Dec 30, 2012

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    I beat the urge to pick.

    I understand I can relapse, but the urge is gone for now. I hope someone reads this and is inspired. You need to start somewhere. Stop wallowing in the sadness. I say that with tough love. I've BEEN there. Why me? Why can't I stop? I can and I did. I am bipolar type 1. I...
    saviscool saviscool 22-25, F 1 Response Jun 23

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    Well, my new goal is 4th of July.

    I have 7 days! Don't know if this method is effective... I find something I want to look good for, and then get really motivated for the week or two before that. Think like, Christmas, my birthday, dance performances, stuff like that. Do you guys make goals like that? Do you...
    navygirl00 navygirl00 18-21, F 2 Responses Jun 27

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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 1 Response Dec 13, 2012

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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 picked a lot today with tweezers.

    I started therapy last week, and she gave me some exercises to help me stop but it seems like the more I think about stopping, the more anxious I feel, and the more I pick. Vicious cycle. :(
    HeathAnn HeathAnn 22-25, F 3 Responses Jul 2

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    I will start picking on every tiny little bump

    and acne on my arm whenever I feel helpless or depressed over certain situations, stressed out, tired, and when I was feeling down. I only do this when I was alone. I feel depressed over this and really want to get rid of this 'bad habit'. My families can't understand why I did...
    starandmars starandmars 22-25, F 1 Response May 14

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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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    I picked at my scalp all day today

    and could not stop..
    jwest230 jwest230 22-25, F May 15

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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 2 days ago

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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 26 Responses Jun 14, 2010

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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 14 Responses Oct 22, 2007

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    I went to the dermatologist today.

    He prescribed a few things for my folliculitis and acne. He couldn't offer much for my scars. He gave me a referral to a cosmetic dermatologist and I'm waiting to hear back from them. I'm sure it will be a fortune and will require lasers. It's about a two and a half hour drive...
    saviscool saviscool 22-25, F Jun 25

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    When They Don't Understand.

    I try to explain to them- To my sister and my mother- That dermatillomania is more than what they think- And it's a vicious circle- They just don't understand. They think I'm like a five year old picking at my scabs- And yes I'm picking at my scabs, and hair follicles, and scalp...
    DreamWeaver28 DreamWeaver28 16-17, F Apr 8, 2013

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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

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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.
    tegansara tegansara 22-25, F 3 Responses Jul 15

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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 30 Responses Apr 7, 2008

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    I hate picking my skin

    and ask myself why. I wish I didn't do it. I also severely fear scarring and the ugliness! It's most likely for me to do so when I save a sore or anything like that, even dry skin begs me to pick. Why do I have to obsess and pick and pick and obsess? I want to stop. I wish I had...
    DarkwingGoslyn DarkwingGoslyn 31-35 2 Responses Jun 28

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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 Jan 25

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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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    Hey I'm a 26 year old woman,

    and I have been suffering with picking my skin because I get breakouts over my whole body. I just want it get rid of the pimple but doing that causes more breakouts and embarrassing spots . I do it as a stress reliever... It's hard to stop picking and now it makes me depressed...
    xxkellbell87xx xxkellbell87xx 26-30, F Jun 20

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    I actually wanted to ask you guys here

    if it really is Dermatillomania. So, I mean I pick my acne, but I guess that's normal sometimes I just open it up and up again until at the end they are really ugly scars. I do it on my back as well, though I don't have acne there I just scratch the skin, but that happens a bit...
    HelenaMai HelenaMai 18-21, F 3 Responses Jul 7

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    Hi, I'm 21 m I had to learn to control my

    urges with trial and error. Error mostly, but hey.. I want to see that light at the end of the tunnel so badly. What effectively works for me is: 1. Avoid touching your face. 2.Maintenance picking should be controlled.(Set an alarm or ask someone to do it for you) 3.When you...
    Viansalot Viansalot 18-21, M 1 Response Feb 7

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    My scalp is infected

    now from picking so much. I have the worst headache and my lymph nodes are so swollen.. How far will it go before I actually stop?
    jwest230 jwest230 22-25, F May 18

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    I pick at my fingers

    until they bleed and my scalp too.. I don't know how to stop.
    jwest230 jwest230 22-25, F May 16

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    TIPS ON STOPPING *COVER ALL MIRRORS *WEAR ANY

    KIND OF GLOVES, RUBBER, WINTER, SURGICAL *COVER FINGERS WITH PLASTERS *COVER PICKABLE AREAS WITH FACEMASK THAT DRIES A DIFFERENT COLOUR TO YOUR SKIN *IF YOU PICK YOUR LEGS WEAR TIGHTS *IF YOU PICK YOUR ARMS WEAR LONG SLEEVES *DONT BE ALONE FOR TOO LONG *TELL PEOPLE TO KEEP AN...
    rachaelmacey rachaelmacey 22-25, F Jun 12

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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 18-21, F 3 Responses Feb 22

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    I had a horrible day today.

    I feel like I am constantly thinking about my skin. The anxiety is like a pulsing wave over me, constantly. I went out with a friend today and all I could focus on was trying to hide the left side of my face because I have picked it so badly that it's swollen and scabbed. I'm in...
    HeathAnn HeathAnn 22-25, F 2 Responses Jul 9

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    This disorder is tearing me apart,

    literally. This is probably the first disorder I've ever had; since I was a toddler I've been picking obsessively at my scalp and creating little bald patches on my head. My counsellor never spoke to me about it because she felt it was the least of my troubles, but it makes me...
    meganbxiley meganbxiley 16-17, F 1 Response Jul 16

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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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    I have dermatillomania.

    Lately, it has been more of a problem. To the point where my husband is frustrated, I am wearing long sleeves, and I feel like I just can't stop. My area is my arms mostly. Everyone is surprised that I don't go after my face, as even at 21 I still have some acne, but I think it...
    carlicaar carlicaar 18-21, F Jul 7

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    Some Stuff I've Learned

    I've been meaning to pass on some of what I learned at the International OCD Foundation Conference in July... yeah, it's been a little while. I've been trying to read more about the concepts of impulsivity and compulsivity, which seem to be central to skin picking, but the more I...
    slomodove slomodove 22-25, F 2 Responses Nov 14, 2010

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    I Just Want To Stop Picking!!!

    I don't know when exactly I started picking but it has gradually gotten worse over the past years.I mostly pick my face but will also pick my shoulders, back and chest.Most of time I don't even realize doing it..I will be reading a book or watching tv and just start picking away...
    dani115 dani115 26-30, F 3 Responses Oct 17, 2013

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    Well I just DESTROYED my skin last night :/ it

    feels so right at the time, but the second I walk into another room with blotchy, bloody, scabby skin I know it's not. That knowledge lasts for about 30 seconds and then I start wanting to do it again. I think my dad is one of my biggest triggers, as well as things happening...
    navygirl00 navygirl00 18-21, F Jun 22

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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 4 Responses Jun 26, 2010

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    Someone please HELP ME!

    I can't stop picking my face! I've tried everything but I still can't seem to stop obsessively picking at my skin. I constantly have my fingers on my face tracing over every imperfection and scratching any bump I can find. I sit in front of the mirror for hours digging into my...
    SMMx23 SMMx23 26-30, F 2 Responses May 25

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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 1 Response Nov 30, 2013

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    I have had dermatillomania

    since I was 2 or 3. I have a picture of me as a young child, picking at my skin, and it makes me sad. I'm in my 30's and I still don't have it under control. My question to this group is: do you notice an uptick in headaches/migraines when you've picked a lot? My head is killing...
    JennyD045 JennyD045 31-35, F Jul 21

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    Embarrassed....!

    I have dermatillomania. I have been searching the internet for a few years seeking a support group - and am glad I finally have.... I have thought a lot about why I do this, and I have come up with a few things that I believe are related to this behaviour. When I was very small...
    zestygirl zestygirl 31-35 14 Responses Mar 4, 2008

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    Last night was hard. Not quite sure why.

    There are a lot of changes at work so I'm thinking that's it. There's a spot on my nose that is actually so swollen now that my nose is misshapen. Cause I was squeezing it. My shoulders are okay.... still pretty scabby. And my back and chest got worse. I'm lucky to be dating...
    navygirl00 navygirl00 18-21, F Jun 21

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    I try to contain it to just my scalp

    so that people won't see. I can't stop. I run my fingers over my skin and feel the bumps, scabs, and inconsistencies. I use my fingernails, comb, and tweezers to dig into my scalp. I pick and pick until I bleed. I do it so many times a day. I don't know why I do it or what...
    AnonFemale93 AnonFemale93 18-21, F 1 Response Jun 7

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    I need help... I really badly want to stop with

    this! I don't know no one who has dermatillomania, so I am asking you out there for help! I am ruining my life and skin.
    insolence22 insolence22 22-25, F 3 Responses May 20

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