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I Have Dermatillomania

Or in laymen's terms, Obsessive Self-Injurious Skin Picking 1,816 People

    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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    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 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 16-17, F 1 day ago

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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 4 Responses Oct 12

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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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    CanisCanem CanisCanem 18-21, F 5 Responses Oct 12

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    I've struggled with this

    since I was a toddler and only last year did I discover It had a name,more then that I saw that there were other people like me. For the last 24 years of my life my anxiety ( I'm assuming It stems from anxiety in my case) has driven me to tear at myself everywhere.My arms ,legs...
    LovelyNine LovelyNine 26-30, F 1 Response Sep 19

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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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    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 have eczema on my arms

    and for the past 5 years I have been picking at it. I can't stop it and I really want to. I started doing it to my face -- mainly my forehead, which makes me even more insecure. I'll cover it up with tons of makeup, which will cause more pimples and the whole cycle just repeats...
    ke11ynicolee ke11ynicolee 16-17, F Aug 18

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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 3 Responses May 25

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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 2 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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    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 friend and I are supposed to go to a water

    park resort with his parents in just over a week and my skin looks like a disaster. He keeps getting mad at all of my reasons as to why I can't go (or claim I can't go) because I can't bring myself to tell him about my condition. Does anyone have any tips for clearing up my skin...
    between2worlds between2worlds 13-15, F 3 Responses Aug 13

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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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    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 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 recently started to pick at my skin more

    severely. I pick at the bottoms of my feet and I did it last summer, just a tad bit, but this summer it has been non-stop. For the past month or so, I've been picking at my feet so badly that I limp because I take off so many layers. It's only bled a little bit but I do it every...
    AlanaLlama AlanaLlama 18-21, F 1 Response Aug 7

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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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    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 2 Responses Jul 16

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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 1 Response Sep 2

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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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    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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    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'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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    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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    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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    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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    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 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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    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 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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    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 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 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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    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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    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 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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    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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    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 1 Response Aug 25

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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 3 days ago

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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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    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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    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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    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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    I've struggled with skin picking

    for as long as I can remember. I can't say how many times I've tried to quit. I just never sticks .
    teawithharry teawithharry 18-21, T Aug 20

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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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    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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    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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    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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    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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