I Thought I Was the Only One.
I have been embarrassed by this problem since right around puberty. Usually I will pick at the backs of my hands or my shins, but no area of my body is exempt. I will start out with a barely perceptible blemish, and work at it with my fingernails until its an open wound. At any given time there are 3 or 4 open wounds somewhere on my body.
Although I know that I am causing damage to my skin I can't seem to stop, despite repeated promises to myself. I start up without even thinking! Although I'm certain that others around me know about it, this is the first time I've admitted to anyone else this problem, and I am deeply ashamed of it. I normally have a great amount of willpower in most areas of my life, but with this my so-called willpower is completely non-existent.
Then there are the inevitable questions like, "Why are you wearing long sleeves, it's over 100 degrees?" or "What are those sores on your hands?" Trying to come up with an answer without revealing my uncontrollable urges is certainly not one of life's more pleasant moments.
I am glad I found this site. If nothing else, I now know that there are at least a few others.