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I Have Dermatophagia

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Dermatophagia 268 People

    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 31-35 Dec 7, 2014

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    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

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    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

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    So! Apparently this thing has a name!

    Who knew? I have been biting the skin on my fingers (mostly thumbs) since age 10 (or younger). I'm now 53 and still at it! I actually had a crack in one of my front teeth and through excessive biting caused the crack to spread to the root of the tooth which allowed bacteria to...
    shellygirl33 shellygirl33 51-55, F Sep 24, 2014

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    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 18-21, F Apr 23, 2013

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    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...
    shadowhunter221 shadowhunter221 13-15, M Jan 14

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    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 16-17, F 6 days ago

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    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 16-17, F 1 Response Apr 5

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    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...
    shadowhunter221 shadowhunter221 13-15, M 3 Responses Oct 7, 2014

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    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 18-21 2 Responses Apr 29, 2009

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    I didn't even know this was a real diagnosis

    until recently. I'm 25 and I used to bite my fingernails, when I stopped I started biting the skin around my nails. I've done this for a long time. My fingers are mangled. It's terrible and embarrassing. I find myself doing it at work, in my car a lot of the time. I really would...
    FutureMidwife06 FutureMidwife06 26-30, F May 1, 2014

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    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

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    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

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    I just recently found out this

    even existed. I always thought it was just a bad habit I had. My fingers are soooooooooooo bad. I have anxiety really badly and I go thru spells where I dont bite or pick and my fingers heal up and look great. Then when I pick I go crazy! I cant stop. I am at my wits end. I am...
    deleted deleted 26-30 1 Response May 21, 2014

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    From the age of 7 to 15 i ate the skin around

    my fingers and was so embarrassed when people used to point them out and ask what happened. Im 16 now and now i only bite on my thumb joint and its gotten really bad due to a thick layer of skin covering it which always looks puffy and red and is always dry. I have to keep my...
    hamfish hamfish 16-17, M 1 Response Jun 17, 2014

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    Unbelievable...

    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 18-21 2 Responses Mar 22, 2011

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    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 22-25, F 1 Response Mar 10

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    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

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    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 26-30, F Dec 10, 2014

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    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 18-21, F 2 Responses Jan 17

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    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 31-35 1 Response Oct 2, 2010

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    I have known that this was an actual thing

    for a couple years now. My parents still don't believe that it's an actual form of OCD and they keep telling me to "just stop". I have tried so many times, and my fingers actually start to look normal, and then for no reason, no trigger, I start again and they get worse and...
    cyrn97 cyrn97 16-17, F Aug 28, 2014

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    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 31-35 102 Responses Aug 24, 2008

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    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

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    I am currently 13 and I've had this

    since I had about 6 or 7. I didn't know it was a disorder until I started questioning why. I Googled "disorder where you eat your skin" and the Wikipedia page for dermatologic popped up. It's a form of OCD. OCD isn't just about symmetry, either. It stands for Obsessive...
    PiplupLover488 PiplupLover488 13-15, F Jan 25, 2014

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    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 16-17, F 4 Responses Oct 30, 2012

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    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 13-15, M Feb 17

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    Hi People I just set up what I hope to be a

    supportive & inspirational page over on Instagram for my Fellow Fighters of Dermatophagia & other related BFRB conditions: www.instagram.com/DermaToSaviour - if you'd Like to Look Follow or Share I'll see you over there - good luck with the Fight, this could be the Beginning of...
    SoloSista SoloSista 36-40, F Oct 9, 2014

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    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

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    Disgusted to say that I too have this condition

    with my feet. Now in my 80's - I can't remember never not hurting myself and being ashamed to go barefoot. I have found a chiropodist who, when my feet are not too sore, he treats them and for a time they look fabulous - that is until I start all over again. Be brave and find...
    footsydream footsydream 70+, F May 29, 2014

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    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

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    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 1 Response Oct 27, 2014

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    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 1 Response May 1, 2010

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    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 18-21 1 Response Apr 6, 2010

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    A little bit different to most on here.

    . from the age of about 6 or 7 i chewed my nails and the skin around it, i finally managed to stop around the age of 15, however within a month i had started chewing the inside of my mouth and lip.. so although there are so many people here with dermatophagia, i still feel alone...
    KatanyaB KatanyaB 18-21, F 1 Response Feb 6, 2014

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    Relieved

    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

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    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 41-45, F 1 Response Feb 10

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    Day 1⃣: I have been struggling with

    compulsive skin/nail biting and I want to stop. It's gotten to the point where my fingers are constantly bleeding and in pain, and I'm embarrassed by how disgusting they look. My dad keeps telling me to just stop, but it's not that easy. I find it nearly impossible to resist the...
    jaclynbeth jaclynbeth 16-17, F 1 Response May 29, 2014

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    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 26-30 1 Response Oct 9, 2009

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    I just now found out

    that this was an actual problem with an actual name....and I am relieved that I'm not the only one. I try hard to hide it and get super self conscious about my fingers (especially the sides of my thumbs) whenever someone points it out. At first I'd make up some bogus "joking...
    lerapp lerapp 22-25, F Sep 7, 2014

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    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.
    BrutallyHonest13 BrutallyHonest13 22-25, F 2 Responses Apr 20

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    I just realized that it had a name.

    I have been biting at the skin around my nails for years thinking it was just like biting fingernails. It is actually something else entirely and it relates to my OCD. Does anyone else have it or used to have it? I really need to stop and it is so compulsive I cannot stop.
    allykate27 allykate27 18-21, F 1 Response Apr 13, 2014

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    I've always had this.

    Ever since I was a child I would pick at and bite my toes. My little sister would call me scab toes because both of my big toes were torn up on the bottom. I would rip off so much skin with my teeth and I would bleed. Eventually I stopped biting my toes and I began picking at...
    AudreysMommy AudreysMommy 22-25, F May 17, 2014

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    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

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    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

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     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 22-25, F 1 Response a week ago

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