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I Have Dermatillomania

Or in laymen's terms, Obsessive Self-Injurious Skin Picking 1,931 People

    My skin is beginning to clear up

    but it still makes me panic-what will I do if I can't find anything to pick at? If I'm brutally honest, I'll stop washing my hands and face (except in the shower or before food preparation, I'm not completely lost) to increase the likelihood of more sores or blocked pores. Plus...
    thelastflower thelastflower 26-30, F 1 Response Aug 23

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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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    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

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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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    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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    I've decided to stop.

    Yesterday I was very happy because I hadn't picked at my skin, but then I realized I had bitten a great portion of the inner part of my cheeks...
    sophiesworld sophiesworld 18-21, F Jul 9

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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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    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 5 days ago

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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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    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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    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 Jul 2

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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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    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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    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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    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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    Bleh, I hate having the urge to pick

    while peeling from sunburn. >.< But I've been doing well, I have a pocketwatch that I can wind up and fidget. I tend to get lost in the ticking, and find that it distracts me from the urge.
    KristalC KristalC 16-17, F May 21

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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 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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    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 1 Response Aug 13, 2014

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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 2 Responses Apr 16

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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 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 1 Response 4 days ago

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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

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    Tonight at dinner, I was picking at my arm.

    And I was right in front of my mom. Usually, they don't notice, so I thought I was in the clear. But I was wrong. Mom noticed and she said, "You need to stop picking at your arm. Your skins getting bad." Without looking up, I responded with, "Well I can't help it, so oh well...
    ZiggyZebra ZiggyZebra 13-15, F Jul 15

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    beccuh beccuh 16-17, F Jun 23

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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

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    Does anyone else with dermatillomania ever pick

    at your pets and/or friends/partner's skin??
    luisvaughan luisvaughan 18-21, T 1 Response May 26

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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

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    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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    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 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, 2014

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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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    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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    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 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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    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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    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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    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 read this thing that said "a persons success

    as an adult is determined by the self control skills they learn as a child" and I don't want to be messy and out of control so GOODBYE DERMATILLOMANIA.
    beccuh beccuh 16-17, F Jul 9

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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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    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

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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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    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 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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    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