I Have Dermatophagia

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Dermatophagia 282 People

    Anxiety, Stress, And Skin Picking

    Is it OCD, body dysmorphic disorder, anxiety, or just a horrid habit? Not sure, but I have had this since I was 7 years old when my dad came back from viet nam and I did not know him at all. So I think anxiety does play a part in it. my fingers have callouses I guess you would...
    bpryczynski bpryczynski
    51-55, F
    Mar 9, 2012

    I just found out there was a name

    for this. I've done this for years. Anxiety triggers it. Stress triggers it. Thinking triggers it. The only rest I get from it is sleeping. It bothers my kids. It bothers my husband. And it really bothers me. I hate getting my hands wet because it always looks worse then. I...
    Anonymousbite Anonymousbite
    31-35, F
    Dec 3, 2015

    I have Struggled unknowingly with dermatophagia

    for 40years. I am grateful this forum exists for Us. I have been reading some of the very brave Men & Woman who have testified to their Mental illnesses specifically dermatophagia. Obviously as a child I did not have a resource like this to learn from. My therapist believes that...
    lucky1ofus lucky1ofus
    51-55, M
    Feb 28, 2016

    My Road Of Recovery

    Hello. I've been suffering with this condition for 5 years now, and over the past 20 days, I've had a miracle recovery. I have tracked my journey and provided tips for recovery on this tumblr site, http://dermatophagiaddiction.tumblr.com I really want to help as many people as I...
    SweetCoffee SweetCoffee
    22-25, F
    Apr 23, 2013

    Ok but like when I finally pick off a piece of

    skin on my fingers that I've been trying to get all day I feel really accomplished is that weird
    deleted deleted
    Sep 30, 2015

    I think I have a mild form of skin picking

    disorder. Cause When I get stressed or nervous, anxious I chew the skin around my fingers and my lips until they bleed I do this without noticing and it ends up hurting for weeks... I know, It's bloody disgusting.
    Sunshineh13 Sunshineh13
    26-30, F
    2 Responses Apr 20, 2015

    Today was much better

    than most groups. I have a lot going on in my life, just like most people, but today the business overtook my desire to chew and pick. In comparison to other days, I really did very little picking and chewing today. I was more aware of what I was doing too. I don't want to let...
    Anonymousbite Anonymousbite
    31-35, F
    Dec 10, 2015

    I have been suffering from this over 20 years.

    I did a little research for the causes. Prolonged emotional& psychological stress can cause this. I grew up in socioeconomically disadvantaged household. My dad used to verbally abuse me and my brother when hes drunk then he said how much he loves us when hes sober, i bit my...
    Picadelly85 Picadelly85
    31-35, F
    Jun 9, 2015

    I'm going to start a photo log

    for myself. Every week, I'll take pictures of my affected fingers. Hopefully this, combined with the thumb and finger covers, as well as being more aware of my tendency to chew.....hopefully all of this (and a lot of prayer) will help me get over this.
    Anonymousbite Anonymousbite
    31-35, F
    1 Response Dec 5, 2015

    Hopefully this will help someone

    who hasn't been able to manage the itching/welts/etc. I've had Dermatographia for 19 years. I was 16 and I remember taking off a pair of jeans after school and scratching my thighs and a few minutes later claw marks had welted up all over me them. I was SO freaked out. Anyway...
    Kkris Kkris
    36-40, F
    Aug 8, 2015

    Me Tooo

    I have been biting the skin around my nails (and my nails, but not as badly) since the 3rd grade. I cannot manage to stop because I don't want to badly enough, and by now I've accepted the fact that my fingers look disgusting. When I was in middle school my mom thought getting...
    stumbleine88 stumbleine88
    2 Responses Apr 29, 2009

    Hello everyone. I don't have Dermatophagia

    but I think my 14 year old daughter might. It all started when she was about in 5th grade. She used to chew the scabs on her legs. So much in fact she wound up giving herself a staph infection. I used to get on her so much about it because she scarred her legs up then I...
    UltraSonicPanda UltraSonicPanda
    36-40, F
    Jul 29, 2015

    I Thought I Was a Freak!

    WOW! I dont know if im happy of horrified that this is a real disorder. I have been biting my fingers since I was 5, I just found out today about Dermatophagia. I thought I was just a freak! I am worried though because my fingers seem to be WAY WORSE than any picture I have...
    LisaMaria601 LisaMaria601
    18-21, F
    3 Responses Sep 9, 2009

    Better Now

    I am 34, and have been doing ths for as long as i can remember, first started biting my nails and ripping into the skin. this gave me infections on my fingers and was very sore, this was at age 8 ish, then i slowly moved on to my skin, bit canabilistic i know but chewing the skin...
    fishermark1 fishermark1
    1 Response Oct 2, 2010


    I don't know what made me decide to google this. I couldn't sleep all last night. When I can't sleep I normally end up googling. I have been biting the skin on my fingers for longer than I can remember now. My left thumb is most affected. I have bitten it so...
    Beingmeinstead Beingmeinstead
    26-30, F
    5 Responses Dec 14, 2009

    My Fingers Are Always Hurting

    I guess I started when i was around 10 or so and have been doing for about 11 years so far. LIke many of you I will start picking and bitting the skin until they are pretty much all smooth and nothing left to pick at. Sometimes that means picking until they bleed and are sore. I...
    deleted deleted
    1 Response Oct 9, 2009

    Phew. I'm Not Alone.

    I have been chewing my fingers since before I can remember...I have stopped for a month or so at a time...but its not going anywhere permanently. Its nice to know I'm not crazy and there are others out there. My fingers are often sore and red...people comment on them...
    intoJesus1 intoJesus1
    22-25, F
    1 Response Oct 5, 2009

    So my mom noticed my thumb yesterday.

    She said, "Be careful, that could cause skin cancer." I told her it's easier said than done. And today I found out I have polycystic ovarian syndrome. Lovely.
    Anonymousbite Anonymousbite
    31-35, F
    Jan 12, 2016

    The home-made finger ring things were too much

    of a bother. I'm going cold turkey. I need to stay busy in ways which my whole body is moving (walking, dishes, ect). That is easier said than done because I homeschool my kids and it is difficult not to sneak in a bite. But I'm trying. And I am doing better. I can see the...
    Anonymousbite Anonymousbite
    31-35, F
    Dec 17, 2015

    I have been biting my nails

    since I can remember and when I was in about 4th grade I moved to the skin. I'm now in my 20's and bite the skin so badly that it bleeds everyday and sometimes wakes me up at night due to the pain. Sometimes I'll sit and bite for hours and hours at a time. I'm just looking for...
    cobright134 cobright134
    22-25, F
    1 Response Feb 2, 2015

    I am 26 and have only just found out

    that what i do actually has a name!! I am happy to realise that i am not the only one out there to suffer from this. I have to say the first time i realised i was picking and biting the skin around my nails was when i was 16 and waiting for a interview to get on a cadet course...
    clairelouise87 clairelouise87
    26-30, F
    2 Responses Jan 30, 2014

    Gross and weird habit

    that I've never really spoken to anyone about. Happy to realize so many other people do it, and I can imagine how many do it and still don't know the name. I've bit my nails for as long as I can remember. But when I was 10 years old, I got braces. Any flaws I see in my nails I...
    ButterflyGirl9521 ButterflyGirl9521
    18-21, F
    Apr 11, 2014

    Is There Hope??

    I have obsessively chewed on the skin around my fingernails ever since I was about 7 or 8 years old. I am now 33, and I cannot seem to figure out how to stop completely. My fingers - especially my thumbs - are permanently scarred, swollen, and red after years of habitual chewing...
    LouLou318 LouLou318
    36-40, F
    1 Response Apr 16, 2013

    Hi all! I have struggled with nail biting all

    my life (I'm 22) but in the last years it has gotten much worse. I have ripped of my skin, been eating it and I am so embarrassed about it. When my hands get too wet all the dead skin around shows. I love to swim but the last years I have been avoiding it. It really is a...
    Soly4 Soly4
    22-25, F
    Mar 14, 2016
    deleted deleted
    Sep 29, 2015

    I pick my skin all of the time.

    It doesn't matter where I am. In class, in bed, in the gym. I subconsciously pick and bite and am numb to the pain until it starts to bleed. My fingers are constantly covered in bandages and everyone comments on how ugly my hands are!! It is very embarrassing, but the thing is...
    smith821 smith821
    18-21, F
    Mar 6, 2016

    I started biting off my hangnails in 6th grade

    when I sat across from a really pretty girl. She would always tap my feet and it made me want to focus on something else, so I would look at my fingers. Then I saw a hangnail and I didn't like the way it looked, so I bit it off. Now I nibble on my fingers every day. I have a few...
    rxsone rxsone
    18-21, M
    Oct 27, 2014

    I wish I could casually wear gloves all the

    time. I'm getting better though. My fingers look pretty good, just have ignore the thumbs.
    revl revl
    22-25, F
    1 Response Jan 17, 2015

     I compulsively bite,

    rip, pick and yes, even eat the skin around my fingernails.I'm getting married next year. I hope no one wants to see the ring up close.
    pollypudding pollypudding
    26-30, F
    1 Response May 15, 2015

    Dermatophagia.....so Thats What It Is Called.

    Ok. So i just turned 29 about a week ago and have been having somewhat of a mid life crisis (last year in my 20's and all that). I have always had really bad anxiety. Chewed my nails since early childhood then moved on to the skin on my hands, around my fingers (and at the worst...
    trypp trypp
    26-30, F
    Aug 22, 2012

    I can't recall when this started.

    I can't believe it's still happening. I'm astounded by how truly terrible it has become. I bite and pick at my fingers until they are raw and bloody. I hide my hands between my legs or in any other unnatural position to hide the wounds....the scars....the product of stress...
    hugmedontjudgeme hugmedontjudgeme
    31-35, F
    Dec 10, 2014

    My Dermatophagia

    I'm slightly embarrassed about it too be honest. I see people staring at my nails when I write in school. I cannot help but bite chunks of skin from around my nails. I pick, rip and bite all around them. My fingers are an absolute mess, and I wish I could just stop doing it. I'm...
    Tealover1 Tealover1
    18-21, F
    4 Responses Oct 30, 2012

    I Thought I Was Alone...

    Amazing group! Reading all of these stories makes me want to cry. I thought I was alone. I didn't even know that there was a medical term for this problem. I have been biting and picking at the skin around my nails and on my knuckles since I was in elementary school...
    Jay9876 Jay9876
    18-21, F
    May 1, 2010

    so I'm 23, I've bitten my fingers to shreds

    for as long as I can remember and I really do mean to shreds. I've actually deformed the shape of my fingers from biting so much and probably from biting through development age. I'd say I've had some considerable trauma growing up, more so than most. My childhood was poor at...
    itsmeamyyyyy itsmeamyyyyy
    22-25, F
    1 Response Jul 22, 2015

    Doing This For As Long As I Can Remember....

    I have been chewing on the skin around my fingertips and my knuckles ever since I was a very small child. I was always very ashamed about it and tried to hide it from my family and friends. I would lie about how the wounds got on my hands. The knuckle on my right hand at the base...
    Wolfbiter Wolfbiter
    22-25, M
    Oct 6, 2010

    Wow so I'm not crazy.

    I am 43 and a lifetime nailbiter but about 10 mths ago I started chewing on my index fingers. I have gotten where I only chew my left one but I have chewed almost half of it off and I don't know what to do. I am in college now and I am so embarrassed.It hurts so bad and my nail...
    deadbutterfly1114 deadbutterfly1114
    46-50, F
    1 Response Feb 10, 2015


    I am 20 years old. I have been biting my fingernails for as long as I can remember, but in 5th grade, it changed to my knuckles. In about 6th grade it started moving to certain parts of the palms of my hands, and it hasn't stopped since. My hands look as though they have been...
    lwcfootball10 lwcfootball10
    2 Responses Mar 22, 2011

    Wow. I can't believe this biting has a name.

    I thought I was the only one out here doing this. I can't even remember how old I was when I started. I realize I had a problem when my sister seen my hands and out loud to my cousin say "do you see her hands". After that I've been hiding my hands. I'm now almost 40 and been...
    venusgirl3 venusgirl3
    Dec 7, 2014

    Wow it's so nice to know

    that other people understand what I'm going through as well.
    deleted deleted
    Sep 28, 2015

    okay ao I've decided to use this

    as a blog on a day to day basis. (except from the 27th to the 5th as I will be on holiday. I'm determined to get over my dermatophagia. I have only today discovered it's a form of OCD and always just assumed that I was just much worse at nibbling than most people! my fingers are...
    itsmeamyyyyy itsmeamyyyyy
    22-25, F
    Jul 22, 2015

    I am 50. Had Dermatophagia

    since about 5th grade. Was not diagnosed with OCD until I was 42. I finally went to a psychiatrist. Just last week with the help of this forum finally understand my condition much better. I implore anyone with symptoms of this disorder or any other mental disorder to seek...
    lucky1ofus lucky1ofus
    51-55, M
    Mar 2, 2016

    I Have Dermatophagia...

    I've been suffering with Dermatohpagia since i can remeber, I'm 18 now and i have been biting and gnawing at the skin around my fingers my whole life i never knew why i did it or what caused it until recently when i learned that it in fact it is a disease and there are...
    Incubuslover06 Incubuslover06
    1 Response Apr 6, 2010

    Well, I Never Figured Biting My Skin Was A Disorder...

    Well, ever since I was around 11, I have always bitten around my finger nails, I would just bite off the skin and eat it I guess, I didn't think much of it, I got to the point where it began to hurt, I wouldn't really care, I would continue to bite it off chew it up and swallow...
    Exario Exario
    18-21, M
    1 Response Mar 3, 2013

    so how do i cure this,

    i have a habit of chewing my skins, i want my scars to heal, everytime some ask i have to explain to them about it.
    deleted deleted
    Jul 12, 2015

    I started biting the skin around my fingers

    when I was around the age of seven, and I'm sixteen now so that's nine years of biting. For me that feels like forever as it's just over half of my life, but I've seen that many people on here have been biting for over fifty years. I'm desperately trying to stop; each day I...
    aswiftdisneyfairytale aswiftdisneyfairytale
    18-21, F
    2 Responses May 16, 2015

    I didn't know they have a name

    for this. I have been biting the skin around my fingers every since I can remember. I'm 25 and scared to death because my 7 year old son has been doing it since he was 2. I finally faced my fear to help him because I don't want this life for him. I've been ashamed my whole life...
    angel89perez07 angel89perez07
    26-30, F
    1 Response Mar 10, 2015

    Finger Skin Eater

    I have been peeling then chewing my finger skin for as long as I can remeber. I have no idea why I do it I just know I always have and I can't stop. The only time I stop is if I have my nails done. The nails are too thick n it prevents me from picking at my skin. I will do it...
    Steph1313 Steph1313
    26-30, F
    Jun 11, 2012

    I Really Want Help?

    ...Hello there.  I'm new to this site and think it could be the help I'm looking for.  I'm a 25yr old girl that has picked her face since I was 17 (earliest realisation).  As a teen I had flawless skin but as I grew older I became obsessed with my skin, especialy...
    blackwell25 blackwell25
    22-25, F
    3 Responses Oct 11, 2010

    LIFE SAVOR!!!! My Dermatophagia has no chance

    now! I got Touch-Gloves! Now i can wear gloves, without ever putting themk off! Of course i have to put them off sometimes. But this will help ALOT in my fight against Dermatophagia! I love these since, theyre so different from other gloves. They never make my hands sweat, cold...
    deleted deleted
    Jan 14, 2015

    This is hard because I have had it ever

    since a traumatic experience 2.5 years ago. It left me stressed and anxious... Paranoid. I have OCD tendencies and one of these includes dermatophagia. I came here hoping to find someone who is in the same boat as me so that I can try to stop. I've been trying to stop for as...
    allieallie2796 allieallie2796
    18-21, F
    1 Response Apr 5, 2015

    Hello! How is everyone doing?

    I recently discovered that my skin-eating is an actually disease! I thought i was the only in the entire world because how abnormal is it to eat your own skin. I am 14 years old and i started when I was 6, yes I'm doing it for 8 years and probably who knows how much longer and...
    deleted deleted
    2 Responses Oct 7, 2014

    My fingers are so bad.

    I have been trying everything to stop, but the compulsion is so strong that I do not even notice myself doing it.
    allykay27 allykay27
    18-21, F
    Apr 22, 2014

    Im so glad i have found other people with this

    i dont feel as alone but anyways ive been biting my nails and the skin around it for as long as i remember and i really want to stop its been a major problem with me because i really dont want people to stop hanging out with me because of this problem... btw im 12...
    Wowimhere Wowimhere
    16-17, M
    Feb 17, 2015

    How Do I Stop?

    After suffering from this for over 20 years today I have found out that me biting and picking at my skin is a condition that has a name! I cannot tell you how happy I am that there are more sufferers out there and that its a medical and not purely a mental thing that I do. My...
    redfish08 redfish08
    118 Responses Aug 24, 2008
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