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I Have Dermatillomania

Or in laymen's terms, Obsessive Self-Injurious Skin Picking 1,890 People

    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 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 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 pick my face, my back,

    and the places where i self harm. thats why my cuts never heal ;—;
    gemmed gemmed 13-15, F 2 Responses Jan 4

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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 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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    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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    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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    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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    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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    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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    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. I think I have dermatillomania,

    but I'm not sure. Having read other stories, mine is not very severe, but still... It doesn't let me be happy. I'm 22 now. When I was a child, I used to pick all my small wounds that I used to get, and scratch my legs and arms. Then it stopped for a few years, and when I was 14...
    drama3 drama3 22-25, F 1 Response Dec 3, 2014

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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 2 Responses Apr 11

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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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    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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    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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    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 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 22-25, M 1 Response Feb 7, 2014

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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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    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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    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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    Nothing wrong with Obsessing about HealthEnergy

    increase and EmotionalTension Realease when you are in baja california!!!
    carloslara7 carloslara7 31-35, M Nov 29, 2014

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    So I've had dermatillomania

    for two years, it started because my girlfriend at that time break up with me, I got depressed, I was really devastated so I started picking my face, now I pick my face, neck and chest as well. 28 days ago I decided to stop and started a 30 days challenge as a first step for my...
    esteban211 esteban211 22-25, M Jan 3

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    I never knew until today

    that there was a name for what I have. I read a book by Margaret Atwood called Cat's Eye in which the main character reacted to stress by peeling the skin off her feet. I used to do this - I was too shy to tell anyone, but I used to walk around in agony. I wanted to write to...
    olagram olagram 51-55, F 1 Response Dec 4, 2014

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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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    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 4 days ago

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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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    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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    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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    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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    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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    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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    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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    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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    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 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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    revl revl 18-21, F 4 Responses Jan 17

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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'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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    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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    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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    Two days ago I went completely overboard

    picking my face, neck, ears, and chest. I have 5 different spots on my face now that are completely scanned over, with the largest one being a full two inches long and half an inch wide. It hurts to move my face now, which means talking, eating, smiling. I hate this so much and...
    spacebear spacebear 26-30, F 1 Response Jan 6

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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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    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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