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I Have Dermatillomania

Or in laymen's terms, Obsessive Self-Injurious Skin Picking 1,702 People

    I'm not sure when I started picking at my

    fingers, but I remember hiding my hands from people in middle school. The girls all loved how long my nails would grow, but I didn't want anybody to look at my hands because they were covered in scars or open wounds. I'm 35 now and I still haven't stopped. I've been able to curb...
    jenohwa jenohwa 31-35, F 1 Response Dec 9, 2013

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    hey guys, so im pretty young

    but i'v been picking my skin since i was 4 soo its been a long time. The funny thing is you dont realize you have a problem inlet you try to stop. For my age im pretty conscious of my problems which is really amazing because after years of therapy and self discovery I finally...
    savanachatley savanachatley 16-17, F 2 Responses Feb 20

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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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    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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    Leaving bloody fingerprints everywhere I go-I'm

    not sure what age I started doing this but I started noticing it happening a lot and at an alarming rate during middle school. I would sit in class zoning out and unconsciously picking at my fingers so badly they would bleed. I would have to ask my teachers for extra handouts...
    deleted deleted 26-30 Dec 7, 2013

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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 been picking ever

    since I was young. I am now 24 years old and I really need help to stop picking. I pick my face, arms, legs, back, neck, hands, and feet and I don't know how to stop. I want to stop but I need help. Does anybody have any techniques that they have used and have successfully...
    sngn4lyfe sngn4lyfe 22-25, F 2 Responses Jan 10

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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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    I remember when it all really started.

    My mom told me that pimples need to be popped. I was approaching puberty and they would pop up as small white pimples on the back of my arms. She would tell me that it was fine and it would be taken care of. But it became an obsession to me. To have clear skin and I thought...
    iwanttobelieve1 iwanttobelieve1 18-21 1 Response Feb 2

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    From Age 3 To 33.

    I have been living with Dermatillomania since I was 3 years old.  I am now 33 years old and still continue to live with it.  I am covered with scars from head to toe, back to front.  I have basically no self esteem and don't know my own self worth.  I am married with three...
    frognotes frognotes 31-35, F 4 Responses Sep 29, 2011

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    Hi guys I'm looking for some advice really.

    I have been picked the skin on my fingers and feet for what I would say has been 23 years started when I was 5 and have just always been told to stop it by friends and family. I am aware I do it to cover up / hid how I really feel and even more so when I'm stressed or upset...
    Littlelou86 Littlelou86 26-30, F 1 Response Jan 17

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    I constantly pick my scalp

    and I'm not sure how to stop. It has gotten really bad and I want to stop! What do I do?
    holls3 holls3 26-30, F Dec 25, 2013

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    Looking For Different Successes In The Fight Against Dermatillomania

    I'm afraid of what I'm doing to myself. all my life I have picked at everything. it used to be so skin wouldnt get caught on things when I was younger, but its becom such a habbit that I have to pick at any loose skin on my body. this normally includes my fingers, my forehead...
    vampgrl93 vampgrl93 16-17, F 2 Responses Jun 11, 2010

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    I started picking when I was very young,

    like 6 or 7. I had a lot of family stress and anxiety. I started biting my finger and toe nails. when I was about 10, I would pick the skin off my scalp and collect it. (luckily I outgrew that one) and when I entered middle school I started picking my skin off the bottoms of my...
    south1882 south1882 16-17, F 1 Response Feb 15

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    I read that one possible cause of

    dermatillomania is having trauma in your past where you felt you had no control over what was happening to you in your world, your reality, yet it was so traumatic that you began to pick your skin because if you couldn't control anything else, you could control what's going on...
    SanitySister SanitySister 41-45, F 2 Responses Feb 28

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    A Lifetime Of Misdiagnosis

    I see pictures of myself when I was a little girl with bandaids on.  I remember both of my parents taking me to doctors and dermatologists.  One jar of cream or ointment afer another.  They took biopsys and could not determine the cause of all those sores on my body.  I...
    harleybabe1903 harleybabe1903 41-45, F 3 Responses Dec 23, 2010

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    Tony Robbins Helped Me Cure My Devastating Habit Of Skin Picking

    I suffered severely from skin picking for years (early high school through graduate school), and as a result I lost out on so many opportunities and was miserable; in danger of damaging my health, carrier, and relationships. Two things helped me to heal and recover: (1) I...
    changeyourmind changeyourmind 41-45, F 1 Response Jul 24, 2010

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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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    the longest I've gone without any picking.

    squeezing. cutting was about 5 days. heck, I just picked at this great scab on my face not too long ago. the proud feeling of getting whatever off "perfectly" is amazing but a few minutes later, I completely regret it all. but I can't stop, I've tried for years.
    thelostgirl25 thelostgirl25 22-25, F 1 Response Feb 23

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    When I was little I picked my fingers.

    Peeled live and dead skin off alike. I was left with bloody, torn up messes for fingertips. Now, I pick my lips in the same manner. I pick and pick and I simply can't stop. But I'm working hard at it.
    mjoanne mjoanne 18-21, F Jan 24

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    I've Found Something That Is Really Healing My Feet!!!

    I have had this problem for years (on the soles of feet) since going through a very traumatic period of my life about 10 years ago. I think it started as a result of this period of extreme stress, depression and anxiety I went through. It's been better and worse at times.....on...
    seejanerun1286 seejanerun1286 61-65, F Nov 19, 2011

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    I can't stop. I try continuously to break this

    horrible habit, but I feel like it's wayyy worse than a habit. I destroy my face, and then I feel self conscious. My face doesn't even breakout bad. I just pick at the tiniest of bumps or bumps that are trying to heal. When there are not bumps, I pretty much just make them...
    liahe liahe 16-17, F 3 Responses Feb 19

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    15years of Torture

    I am surpise I havent picked my fingers to the bone. It all started when I was ten years old. My parents devorced and I started living with my father. He would phycially abuse me and I ended up failing the forth grade. Which was torture since the children thought it was...
    jettalady jettalady 26-30, F 4 Responses Jul 16, 2009

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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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    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 26-30, F 5 Responses Oct 23, 2007

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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 5 Responses Dec 30, 2012

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    So I recently got burned in a kitchen accident.

    Second degree in a few areas and now I am left with 3 open areas about an inch long and I am going crazy trying not to pick at them. This is one of the worst picking urges I have ever experienced. I had been doing so well with managing my picking and now I am losing my mind...
    hipsterkitty hipsterkitty 22-25, F 1 Response Mar 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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    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 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 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 pick mainly on my breasts

    and now feel I'm a horribly damaged and ruined. I won't have sex with my boyfriend unless is dark or my shirt is on. He is amazing but I fear his attraction will fade when he sees my ugly scars. He doesn't know. We've been together 7 months. How have others handled intimacy...
    apme0501 apme0501 26-30, F 1 Response Feb 6

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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 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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    Some Stuff I've Learned

    I've been meaning to pass on some of what I learned at the International OCD Foundation Conference in July... yeah, it's been a little while. I've been trying to read more about the concepts of impulsivity and compulsivity, which seem to be central to skin picking, but the more I...
    slomodove slomodove 22-25, F 2 Responses Nov 14, 2010

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    Relief.

    i was just browsing around the site the other day and i came across this group. then i did some research and i almost cried. i haven't been to a doctor yet but i am so sure this is what i have. the area that i pick and bite is my hands (fingers). it started about 5 or 6 years ago...
    em4040 em4040 16-17, F 4 Responses Feb 16, 2008

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    I consider myself a severe picker.

    There are days that I can just sit there and pick for hours. I hate myself when I'm done. When my husband and I go out I feel like everyone is just looking at me like they are either laughing at me on the inside or they are totally grossed out by it. I used to be very outgoing...
    City2Country City2Country 26-30, F 2 Responses Jan 25

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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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    Defeated

      I look at my hand as tears roll down my face. the scabs on my hands from scatching for four years,they are finally healing. I don't feel so defeated,I am continuing my training,doing my best to be the best I can be as a person.. ...life goes on =)
    BelleRaven BelleRaven 18-21, F 3 Responses Apr 22, 2009

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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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    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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    Hey I'm 12, 7th grade

    and I pick my face. I don't know how to stop. One day when I was little my sister-also had dermatillomania- told me I had a pimple on my nose. (Hardly even there) she told me to pop it and I did. My problem started as it is some kind of release. It's enjoyable to to get the...
    Wolfa1 Wolfa1 22-25, F 5 Responses Dec 15, 2013

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    I ve been picking since i was young.

    im picking now. it relieves stress.ica pick for hours without food water or interaction. i name my scabs "picks" and save them to see how they will sound on surfaces. my problem is bad and I need help majorly. and since i am not working i pick more. i pick no matter what. help
    mersss mersss 36-40, F Jan 2

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    I really dont know when I started picking my

    skin, but I have done it since I was 8 years old. I remember my family members being sad and upset about this "behaviour" I have because at that time I dind't knew this sickness had a name. They all told me to just stop doing it... but it seem so hard to. I really get to a point...
    violettalexandra violettalexandra 16-17, F Dec 18, 2013

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    I have been picking my upper arms

    and shoulders for as long as I can remember. I always tell myself that I need to stop and that it is going to hinder me from getting into serious relationships, which it has, but i always find myself going back to it. It's like my security blanket, whenever I am feeling down...
    13gilma 13gilma 18-21, F 1 Response Jan 21

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    (I am new here, and I am from the Netherlands,

    so sorry for the not so perfect English :) ) When I was a little girl I would always have bandages on my forehead. I just realy loved to suck my thumb and scratch open the place between my eyebrows. My mom told me I have done this since I was a baby. You can stil see the scars...
    lindaco lindaco 26-30, F Feb 17

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    I discovered this about a year ago,

    after finally getting fed up with myself and looking things up on the internet for a few hours. I always thought I was a freak because I didn't know how to stop and no one else seemed to have that much trouble getting rid of bad habits. I started picking when I was eight, which...
    emutree emutree 16-17 1 Response Jan 29

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    When i was a little kid i used to always bite

    and scratch and rip at the skin on my body. I am twenty one now and I cant stop, i have scars on my arm i hide under fingerless gloves and i am covered in open sores and i have to bandage my fingers often so they wont bleed. I am the only one in my group/family who has this.
    ifanyoneknew ifanyoneknew 18-21, F Jan 9

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    Wow...this Group Has Grown!

    I forgot I had joined this group long ago when I first came to ep. It's weird that the group picture is a pic. I saw earlier today when looking at DESPAIR expressionism paintings. Anyways, aside from that irony. I remember being really surprised when I saw this group because I...
    QueenOfHearts QueenOfHearts 22-25, F 8 Responses Nov 22, 2009

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    Embarrassed....!

    I have dermatillomania. I have been searching the internet for a few years seeking a support group - and am glad I finally have.... I have thought a lot about why I do this, and I have come up with a few things that I believe are related to this behaviour. When I was very small...
    zestygirl zestygirl 31-35 14 Responses Mar 4, 2008

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    Wow, I Never Knew

    Wow I never knew there was a actual term for this. I have just always called it picking. I thought that this was caused by my drug addiction and OCD. But have recently realized that I did have it prior to my drug use or OCD. It has just gotten worse over time. Have many a...
    KarmaKatcher KarmaKatcher 31-35, F 4 Responses Apr 8, 2008

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    Does anyone know what products

    or routine work best for scars? Or does anyone have a secret to get rid of scars?
    lyssajean lyssajean 26-30, F 3 Responses Mar 3

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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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    How To Repair Damaged Skin From Dermatillomania?

    Hi, I am 26 years old and have been picking at my face since I was 12 or 13. When I finally discovered what dermatillomania was and began doing the research I knew it was much more than a bad habit. I was told by my dermatologist I have rosacea and at times I am unable to...
    Sugarite Sugarite 26-30, M 2 Responses Dec 2, 2013

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    Getting frustrated...

    I have been picking my fingers and toes since before I can remember. I was always really self conscious but it was never a real problem for me until I hit middle school and people started to ask me what happened to my fingers an I would always get super embarrassed. I thought I...
    thetisisland16 thetisisland16 13-15, F 1 Response Mar 21

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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 14 Responses Oct 22, 2007

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