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I Have Dermatillomania

Or in laymen's terms, Obsessive Self-Injurious Skin Picking 1,918 People

    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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    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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    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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    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 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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    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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    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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    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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    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 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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    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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    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 28 Responses Jun 14, 2010

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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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    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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    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 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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    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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    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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    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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    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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    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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    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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    Today, I left a scab in the inner corner

    between my eye and eyebrow just on my nose. It was red and swollen. My mom wouldn't stop asking about. "What happened, are you okay?" It took all of my willpower not to burst into tears and tell her everything. She already has to deal with my sister who has Trichotilllomania...
    catastrophe666 catastrophe666 13-15, F Jul 16

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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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    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 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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    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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    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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    I obsessively pick my face.

    In fact, I pick at everything. I have sores/red marks all over. I know that it's gonna make it worse if I keep picking but I just can't stop. It just keeps happening. I have scars everywhere. It's the most embarrassing thing and I absolutely hate it but I just can't stop. Does...
    ChantelSurvived ChantelSurvived 22-25, F 3 Responses Mar 25

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    I am 33 and for years pick my Knuckles

    and cuticles so bad they bleed. I now only pick my cuticles as of a few years ago so I guess that got better but I pick my feet/heel calluses now too and....it's so embarrassing but I eat the skin! I'll even take the calluses off with small scissors. I don't understand why this...
    g287 g287 31-35, F 1 Response Jul 8

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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 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 2 Responses May 29

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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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    Trying To Stop? Maybe I Can Help.

    Hi girls, I have been picking since before I can remember. I have scars all up and down my arms and legs. I'm twenty and still haven't managed to stop. I have, however, learned some tricks that do and do not work for stopping, so I thought I'd share what I've got. 1. Stopping is...
    boochang93 boochang93 18-21, F 2 Responses Apr 26, 2011

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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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    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 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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    beccuh beccuh 16-17, F Jun 23

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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 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 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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    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 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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    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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