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I Have Dermatillomania

Or in laymen's terms, Obsessive Self-Injurious Skin Picking 1,897 People

    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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    Aloe vera is actually the greatest thing ever

    that I can put on my skin; mostly because it smells good and it makes my skin soft, and I don't get the urge to pick when I pamper myself a bit. And besides, a lot of my scars are hidden under a wicked sunburn. :P
    KristalC KristalC 16-17, F 2 days ago

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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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    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 think I need plastic surgery again.

    .. This will be the third time... All on my face... I'm scared bs miserable. Help me!!!!
    Thiseffingsux Thiseffingsux 46-50, F 3 Responses Jan 31

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    Dermatillomania is something

    that I can t control.I want to tell my friend tomorrow but I m feeling very,very scared.Thank you for your support.
    dermatillom12 dermatillom12 16-17 1 Response Jan 24

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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 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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    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 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 2 Responses Mar 25

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    A little update: My picking hasn't really

    gotten all that much worse, and everything's starting to heal. I find that I carry a pen with me to fidget with, so I don't feel the need to pick, though I'm making sure that my skin is as clean as I can get it when I shower. I find that loofah's help, as they make your skin...
    KristalC KristalC 16-17, F 1 Response Feb 11

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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'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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    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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    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 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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    I Think I Know How To Stop

    I noticed something about my breathing while I was picking. We've been doing a lot of breathing and meditation exercises in DBT, so I was paying more attention to my breathing than normal. When I detected a spot that I felt warranted picking, I reflexively emptied my lungs of...
    wishmeluck wishmeluck 26-30 2 Responses Sep 7, 2012

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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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    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 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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    morning, I think I have the picking under

    control at the moment, good luck to everyone.
    chezasmile chezasmile 41-45, F Jan 28

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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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    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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    I just found out that I have Dermatillomania.

    Or at least something similar. I am always picking at my arm and it leaves red marks. Sometimes it'll bleed. I'm trying to stop picking, but it is so hard. I started in, maybe, sixth grade. I stopped for a while in seventh grade, but it started back up the beginning of this...
    ZiggyZebra ZiggyZebra 13-15, F 1 Response Jan 19

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    hi everyone, I was so good,

    did not pick at my arm for a week, I used aloe vera which is the best stuff to use for healing and old scars, the started again a couple of days ago, at the moment have read a couple of books from Amazon, so have to get back too not touching my arm, but it is so hard, I have...
    chezasmile chezasmile 41-45, F Jan 22

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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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    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 2 days ago

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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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    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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    I've been doing a lot of research on this

    subject, and I have been diagnosed with this disorder. But, before that, I've been picking my skin for around 6 or 7 years, severely. I have scars and scabs on my legs, chest, arms and on my face. I've tried multiple times to stop, but the stress of constantly having to focus on...
    KristalC KristalC 16-17, F 1 Response Jan 16

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    Last time I met with my counselor,

    she told me to think of a small goal that I could work towards to stop picking. So I went home and I decided that I wasn't going to pick in the bathroom anymore for the next week. If I could do that, I was going to try another week and so on. It turns out, I was able to do it...
    Starchan Starchan 16-17, F 2 Responses Jan 22

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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 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 1 Response Apr 16

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    I can't stop picking at my scalp,

    the dry skin around my nose or my fingernails. I've picked till I've bled and had soreness and redness...
    emiveritas emiveritas 18-21, F 1 Response Feb 1

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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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    So, my butterflies faded (see first post about

    Dermotillamania if not sure what I'm talking about). I picked tonight and now I want to cry. I have the bumps up and down my arms and legs. And yet, I have to socialize tomorrow and my arms will have to be showing. Grr. I might find band-aids and put them on my arms and say my...
    ZiggyZebra ZiggyZebra 13-15, F 2 Responses Jan 31

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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 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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    revl revl 18-21, F 4 Responses Jan 17

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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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    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've been picking at this one spot on my

    hairline for over an hour now and I just can't seem to stop.
    luisvaughan luisvaughan 18-21, T Jan 29

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    Update: I killed two butterflies last night.

    I about cried. Bright side is that I drew another one after killing the other two and named it Kevin (after one of The Creatures*) *The Creatures is a YouTube group that always makes me happy and smile, because I find them hilarious
    ZiggyZebra ZiggyZebra 13-15, F 2 Responses Jan 22

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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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    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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