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I Have Dermatillomania

Or in laymen's terms, Obsessive Self-Injurious Skin Picking 1,828 People

    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 1 Response Jun 29

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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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    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 15 Responses Oct 22, 2007

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    Ugh, I`ve been doing it to my face lately.

    I can`t stop, and it looks so bad. I want to hide at home so people won`t see my face, but I can`t. I feel like everyone is looking at me and wondering what`s wrong with my skin.
    AnonFemale93 AnonFemale93 18-21, F 2 Responses Sep 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 1 Response Jul 29

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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 26-30, F 1 Response Jun 23

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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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    It's so incredibly embarrassing.

    I've had it for three years, and all this time I thought I was one of the very few. I never knew there was a name for it. And hell, I would have never guessed that I had a form of OCD. I pick my arms, back, chest, and let's not forget face. Today a girl asked me "What...
    Aliviah Aliviah 13-15, F 1 Response Oct 7

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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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    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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    I have a spot on the top of my scalp.

    I'm seven, I want it gone. Sitting on Grams couch after school I replay gym class in my mind. Another game of being picked last and being made fun of for my weight. I take a tissue and press it to my scalp, blood? Hide. Hide the tissue. Pull my hair over the spot. I'm in bed, I...
    lauralu56 lauralu56 26-30, F Aug 26

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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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    Hi guys! I just wanted to share my experience

    and battle with this nasty disorder and to find someone to converse with about it! I'm a thirteen year old girl and have struggled with severe dermatillomania for about two years. I've always liked to pick at my skin but recently I've become obsessed with the state my face is in...
    nsz45 nsz45 13-15, F 2 Responses Aug 25

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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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    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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    Oh wow. I didn't know this was an actual thing.

    I do this. I pick at my skin. It's awful. I don't usually pick at my arms or anything unless I have a scab or something then I pick at it non stop. My problem is my scalp. It is the worst. Even if I bite my nails to where I can't pick at anything with them, I still manage to...
    SeemsEverythingGoesWrongInLife SeemsEverythingGoesWrongInLife 18-21, F Nov 7

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    Can somebody please tell me they have beaten

    this and it is possible as I have no faith I can get through this at the moment.
    chelseybrooke chelseybrooke 18-21, F 3 Responses Oct 12

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    I've been having a really rough few days,

    my urges have been stronger than ever and I think it's because I've put a ton of pressure on myself to recover. I was doing so well too, see whenever I have a date coming up where I know I can't cover up (like when I went on an overnight trip) or I know i can't where a lot of...
    nsz45 nsz45 13-15, F Sep 8

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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 4 Responses May 25

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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 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 2 Responses Jul 15

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    I've picked at the skin on my fingers

    for at least 10 years. I'm 21 now and just last year found out there's an actual name for this, instead of it always just being dismissed as a "bad habit." Mine stems from anxiety, it's my crutch when I get nervous or uneasy, or I do it without noticing. It gets pretty painful...
    etaylor17 etaylor17 18-21, F Nov 8

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    My mother is a mental health professional

    who specialises in cognitive behavioural therapy (a common treatment for Dermatillomania) When I told her about my condition she pretty much dismissed it and keeps saying 'just stop picking your face!' Somehow that really discourages me I also think she might have a lot to...
    rsmith225 rsmith225 22-25, F Sep 9

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    I picked a lot tonight.

    I pick the bottom of my feet. I get infections from open wounds in my feet. I pick both of them, but the left one is the one I pick the most. I've been doing it for years and I don't think I can stop even with medication and therapy. It's been a rough couple of weeks...
    SeaOfMonsters SeaOfMonsters 26-30, F Sep 23

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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've been a picker

    for over 12 years, and I can no longer where a sleeveless shirt, or feel comfortable putting my hair back (god forbid someone sees what I've done to my face or neck). Picking has affected my life for so long, but now it has really come to a point where desperate to take control...
    Rwagner2 Rwagner2 18-21, F Nov 2

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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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    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 22-25, F Aug 21

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    i started becoming obsessed with my skin

    when I grew up to realize I have a pretty face. Whilst I always had anxiety and suffered on and off with depression this new obsessive habit of staring at imperfections for hours became life consuming. At first I found myself skipping a few days of school to days where i would...
    bornblue bornblue 18-21, F 1 Response Nov 11

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    I have been struggling with dermatillomania

    for the last couple of years although I have always been a picker. Recently however this has completely taken over my life and I am off work with anxiety and depression bought on from the skin picking and I am currently having counselling sessions. I seem to particularly pick...
    Richard1985 Richard1985 31-35, M 1 Response Oct 17

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    I have been picking for about 25 years.

    It used to come & go in stages but over the last year, it has gotten very bad. I now pick where it is visible & I have quite a few scars & I can't seem to stop. Every day I tell myself no more & by the end of the day, I have picked. I have gotten blood on clothes, sheets & even...
    shewolf143 shewolf143 51-55 Aug 27

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    I have been picking my skin ever

    since I was a little girl. When I was young i had eczema so i used to pick at it all the time. I have never been able to stop. It was never that bad until about two years ago. I used to just pick at little things...no big deal right? Well now its uncontrollable and i have scars...
    Gir583 Gir583 18-21, F 2 Responses Aug 13

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    I find it very hard to control

    picking/mutilation since it's something I do absentmindedly when stressed. Usually I don't even notice I'm doing it. I recently had somebody I didn't know scold me in public for picking at my skin. It took me by surprise because I hadn't realized I was doing it. I had to leave...
    birdy037 birdy037 18-21, F Nov 11

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    I've had it for most of my life.

    When I was little I did it when my parents fought and stuff, and it only got worse. I do it when I'm nervous. Mostly I just pick my nails, lips, and scalp a LOT and they bleed often but it's been getting to the point that I've been picking on my chest, arms, legs, and face. I...
    polyglotparrot polyglotparrot 13-15, F 1 Response Nov 14

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    Alright, so school started today

    and I'm incredibly worried. This year I have gym, and I also am taking two senior level choir classes where you have to be fitted and wear dresses. At this point I'm honestly desperate for any tips or tricks to fight the urge as well as to just fix my skin in general. This...
    between2worlds between2worlds 13-15, F 1 Response Sep 2

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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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    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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    CanisCanem CanisCanem 18-21, F 5 Responses Oct 12

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    I pick my skin every day.

    I stopped caring about the scars and hiding it. When life stresses me out I pick. Main areas I pick are my arms, back chest, stomach. I try not to pick at my legs because I am prone to cellulitis. I feel so much better after picking my skin, I feel so calm. My husband...
    PerpetualDreamer PerpetualDreamer 36-40, F 1 Response Sep 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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    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'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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    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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    It seriously ticks me off

    when my friends at school are all like "Just stop picking at your face!" and crap. Really, you're not helping, and neither is saying "It's so red from where you've picked it looks like you have chicken pox!"
    XxPureGoldxX XxPureGoldxX 13-15, F 1 Response Sep 4

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    It's turned into a sort of mutilation.

    I feel unclean and as though I need to scrub my insides out until they're rid of all things dirt or 'puss' (hear me cringing). It's easy to say 'just don't touch it' and it's easy to look at the people with the few bumps on their face and say 'they look better with those than...
    nsz45 nsz45 13-15, F 1 Response Oct 2

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    It's been a year now,

    I'm 19. It all started with stress and a bad breakup. I can't even look at myself in the mirror anymore. people used to tell me I could be a model. Now I don't even recognize myself in the mirror or in photographs. I feel depressed most of the time and uncomfortable in my own...
    bluemarble22 bluemarble22 18-21, F 2 Responses Sep 2

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    I've always been a bit of a picker,

    but after my third bullying experience I went of sick with stress for 8 weeks. During that time I was exhausted and burnt out and would spend a lot of time sitting around in the garden. I unconciously picked at the blemishes on my chest and made them worse of course. When one...
    Tibicina Tibicina 41-45, F Sep 21

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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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    Has anybody has success in overcoming of

    getting better with medication ? Looking at this as a possibility as CBT hasn't been working
    chelseybrooke chelseybrooke 18-21, F 1 Response Oct 21

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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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    Hello, I am new to this entire website,

    but I need somewhere discreet where I can post and vent about this particular subject;I have Kerotisis Pilaris, when I was younger I would pick scabs from getting hurt, so now (Seventeen) I'm covered in scars from simple scraps that I couldn't stop picking as a child.Now with KP...
    JoeyGratata JoeyGratata 16-17, F 1 Response Nov 13

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