STOP Dermatillomania, Excoriation & Skin Picking! And What is it? | Kati Morton

STOP Dermatillomania, Excoriation & Skin Picking! And What is it? | Kati Morton

Hey everybody! Today I’m talking about excoriation, otherwise known as skin picking disorder or dermatillomania. What’s the diagnostic criteria and what causes it? So stay tuned. So like I said, today I’m talking about excoriation or skin picking disorder or dermatillomania or whatever you want to call it. Obviously because I’m talking about a diagnosis, I’m going to read to you a little bit about the diagnostic criteria from my handy dandy DSM. And it’s actually fairly simple. The diagnostic criteria states that somebody must have recurrent skin picking resulting in skin lesions and have repeated attempts to decrease or stop this skin picking. The skin picking must, you know, cause significant distress in their life so that they cannot function. And it cannot be attributable to the psychological effects of substance abuse. I don’t know if any of you are aware, but some people when they abuse methamphetamine or different speeds and drugs, they can dig at their face and cause huge lesions that way. So it can’t be attributed to that. And it cannot also be better explained by symptoms of another mental disorder like having delusions or tactile hallucinations where we feel like things are under our skin. I’ve had patients experience that and they may pick at their skin, but that’s for an entirely different reason. So, then you’re like well Kati then why do I pick at my skin? I’m gonna set my DSM down because it’s job is done. So dermatillomania or what I’m just going to call skin picking disorder from now on, because it’s just too many words, is usually attributed to OCD. A lot of people who pick at their skin also pull at their hair, trichotillomania. Which I have a video on that, if you want to click here to check that out. I talk about that as well. Those are usually very closely linked. Have a lot of the same triggers and the same reasons that they even exist in the first place. And so OCD is definitely one of those triggers. And I have my notes here, so I don’t forget anything. But most individuals who do struggle with skin picking spend at least 1 hour a day picking, thinking about picking, and resisting the urges to pick. Just one hour a day. And for many of you, that’s actually not that long. When I read that I was like “Oh wow.” You know if you’re really struggling it may be more than that. But it has to be at least one hour a day. And many people report missing work, school and social activities because of their skin picking. People are so embarrassed with what they’ve done after the picking has happened that they don’t go out to that party because they don’t know how to cover that up. And now they have this big rash and they’ve really picked and there’s nothing they can do. And so they’ll miss work. They’ll miss school. They’ll miss that party. And that’s where it comes back to the diagnostic criteria where if it’s affecting your ability to function and be present in your life, then it’s an issue. And it usually results, obviously, in scarring and tissue damage as well as infections. So please if you have something that hasn’t healed. You have picked and picked and picked. And it keeps getting worse. Please seek medical attention. Please have them check it out. Make sure that there isn’t a deep infection. And it’s not getting worse. And if they need to stitch it up or do something for you, they can. Okay. Also many clients state that they were trying to remove a blackhead or whatever it is and then they see another imperfection. So it will start out as one thing, like oh I have this thing I think is a pimple and then it will move onto like oh, I also want to clear these out. And then, oh! And it takes over and we end up spending hours and hours just picking on our skin and looking at different imperfections and trying to, you know, fix them by picking at them. And also just like I’ve talked about OCD and trichotillomania, stress can exacerbate it. It can make it a lot worse. If we’re in a really stressful situation we can find that our skin picking which may have taken, you know, an hour and a half of our day is now taking like four hours at night and we can’t sleep. We’re just picking with our big lighted magnifying mirror, you know, until three in the morning. Now, okay so if we think we have this, what do we do? What are our treatment options? Is there anything we can even do to help with it? And the answer is yes! Just like with OCD, just like with trichotillomania because it’s part of kind of an anxiety component and anxiety disorder, an obsessive compulsive situation, therapy can really help. I know that sounds crazy. I know that sounds maybe a lot of work. And it really is, but there are a lot of things that therapy can do. Finding someone, even better, that specialized in it can make the help that much more clear and that much more direct And that much more quickly you can get better. So therapy is the first thing that I always recommend. Just talking about what’s stressing us out, talking about our OCD can really help us better manage it. And they can help you implement different tools and techniques to help you get out of this routine of obsessing, obsessing. I have to do it. I have to do it. And getting back out of that cycle so that you feel like even if the urges come you’re able to not engage. And the second, as always, is medication. And I know many of you don’t want to be on medication and that is always your choice and that is fine, but if you’re really struggling and therapy is not enough. You find yourself sinking deeper into this hole of skin picking, it may be something that is worth looking into. Make an appointment with a psychiatrist in you area, get properly assessed, and see what your options are. I always tell my clients, if things aren’t getting better we at least want to know what all of our options are. Okay. So the therapy that we can do. To go back a little bit. There are two types. I talked about obviously just talk therapy, but there are specifics. I did a little bit of research for you all about what is best with dermatillomania or skin picking or excoriation or whatever we call it, is habit reversal training. And they help you identify situations, stresses, and other factors that can trigger the urges to skin pick. And so then they have you use other tools instead of skin picking to ease the stress and occupy your hands. I know that clay has really helped a lot of my clients who struggle or silly putty or something like that can keep your hands busy. And the second is stimulus control. And this is where they work to change your environment to help curb the skin picking urges, like wearing gloves, covering up mirrors, things like that so you’re controlling the stimuli around you. So that you don’t feel the urges to do it anymore. And obviously when I talked about medication, SSRIs are the most commonly used. I just had a note there at the end so I don’t forget. But as always, if this is something you find yourself struggling with, if you’re spending hours a day picking your skin, thinking about picking your skin, worrying about picking your skin please seek help. Please find a therapist in your area. Get an assessment from your doctor. However you have to go through your insurance process to get the help that you need, let’s start it today. Because the sooner we reach out, we know, the sooner we’ll get better. And please share this video. 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100 Replies to “STOP Dermatillomania, Excoriation & Skin Picking! And What is it? | Kati Morton”

  1. Trying so hard to quit after totally tearing my skin off earlier today. I now have a nasty hole in my face.

  2. Does anyone have any ideas on how to stop perminently? There are literally no good solutions. There has to be a book or a video or something with a solution.

  3. My parents always tell me to stop skin picking, even though I tell them I can't, but they don't understand. The problem is: I cannot get any help if my parents don't understand this. They would never go and see a mental health specialist with me because of this. I just don't know how to convince my parents to allow me to see a mental health specialist…

  4. I think it's so weird that I've never been diagnosed with this, since I've been picking skin as long as I remember, particularly my lips. But I recently got to know another person who also has it, and she says here in Norway they don't really know about it.
    I also have atopic eczema, and one time I had to be hospitalized cause I had picked the skin all over my body constantly so it was infected EVERYWHERE. Every time it flares up it gets so much worse than it should and doesn't go away cause I HAVE to rip off ALL the skin, even though it's so deep that I have to constantly wipe away the blood to get the job done. And I can't concentrate on anything else until I've done it. When my skin is fine, it's usually just the lips, but I actually MISS the spots that have healed because it was so satisfying to do and was a ritual I spent a lot of time on several times a day.

  5. Im a picker and only thing that has helped me is to get a full set of 💅… I still pick but due to the nails being so dull its helps to not break the skin but I still get that soothing feeling

  6. I tell myself that i need to shower, and that i need to clean my face to avoid my cysts and the extremely filled pores that my skin loves to create. But whenever i go, whenever i go to shower and actually take care of myself, i cave in and start to pick at imperfections, undeveloped pimples, cysts, semi cysts, ingrown hair cysts , epidermoid cysts, whiteheads, bruises, and my lovley cystic acne. Sometimes im subconciously afraid of going to shower in the morning, often to the point where i dont even shower, this makes my skin worse, it makes the places ive already picked at develop into these monsters, and i cant do ANYTHING about it. My back is completely covered in brown PIH and when i look at it, i just feel the regret of the past 5 years crawling up my back. Ive come to understand that i have a decent control over my acne, for example; i have to be drinking a ton of water, i have to be cleaning myself at least twice a day, i have to reduce stress, i have to sweat a lot less when anxious, i have to avoid depression, i have to keep my self-confidence up, i have to be eating enough vitamins, i have to get enough sleep, and finally something that i have basically 0 control over is picking. In the past years ive got the determination to manage all of these factors, except my picking and showers. Now i will seek a dermatologist and a psychiatrist to maybe finally get clear, clean and pretty skin and boost my confidence to finally ask a girl out. Lmao

  7. I have several large scabs on my chest that I often pick. I also just scratched my feet until I gave myself blisters and then ripped off the skin which kept going and going until I was painfully ripping off 2 mm thick pieces from my heals. It hurt so bad WHILE I was doing it that I was taking breaks of deep breaths and I was crying but I kept going and I can't explain why. I do this kind of shit to myself all of the time. I have scars all over my body. What is wrong with me???

  8. I have been picking holes in to my scalp since I was 9 I’m 12 now and I stopped for maybe a year but I just started again and when I did it for the first time in a while I didn’t even realize was doing it……but whatever so basically when I was 9 my scalp was bleeding all the time because of that……and now it has started again and i need advice

  9. I’ll be in class doing work and I put my hand in my hair and I start picking at it… it’s not itchy I just get the urge to.. it’s so annoying and every time I say I’ll stop next time I do it again.

  10. I’ve picked at my arms since I can remember. Any blackhead, whitehead or ingrown hairs must be removed immediately. I have scabs and permanent scars. I’m not diagnosed though, because my parents ignore those kind of things. It’s frustrating

  11. I know that scratching open pimples on my face will leave dark red spots on my skin, but I just can't help it I just gotta scratch open that mf all day

  12. Try all day…scabs all over my legs and arms. Infected and pussy. For months. I can't fucking stop! I feel like shit everyday I think this is why. I think I have mild infection. Mine begins with pimples and stuck hair and I always say this is the last one then I notice more and by the time I realize it hours have passed. I also pull my beard hair out to the point where it bleeds. I need help but nobody will help me. I also have anxiety and panic disorder…i haven't left my house in a year. Lost my job and I'm at the end. Nobody will help me. I'm only 34 years old! Use to be very social and 2 years ago when I got clean off of.opistes this started with my constant health anxiety! 🙁

  13. I would like to know what meds or specific topicals can help for dermatillomania. I’ve tried manySSRIs , benzodiazepines, they don’t help. I’ve had CSP since I was a kid. Cystic pimples hurt and itch and I started from that. Now I gave scalp itch. I’ve tried many shampoos for it, hydrocortisone, other ointments, tea tree oils, lavender extract, lemon juice, hydrogen peroxide, 70% rubbing alcohol, benzocaine, triple antibiotic ointment. None of these have been working. I get relief from picking and I spend a lot of time doing it. I’m losing some parts of my hair because of it. I would like to know what topicals , RX and OTC ones would be useful. Thanks!…

  14. I started tearing my hands apart at 3…sometimes they will be completely bloody…it doesn't hurt, but looks like shit…

  15. Omg I am so happy to know I’m not alone in this, but I’m too embarrassed to tell my therapist about it. It started right after I dropped other bad habits. I don’t wanna disappoint her by getting over one thing and now there’s this whole other problem that’s come up. And she’s been so proud of me for the progress I’ve been making… she’s gonna be so disappointed in me. What do I do?

  16. Love walking out of the house with scabs and scars and swollen pieces of my face. definite sarcasm thank you for making this. I have tried to explain this to my loved ones that if I could just not have the urge altogether I would stop in a heartbeat. If I am aware there is a pimple it takes so much energy to try and leave it alone, similar to not scratching an itch that lasts for HOURS. Every time I walk into the room after I’ve picked I can see that I’ve hurt those around me. My boyfriend has stressed to me that it makes him so sad when I do it and will take my face in his hands and try to get through to me to stop. I’ll try over and over again to stop but I always fall back. I’ve recently thought about paying EXTRA close attention to skincare routine and even splurging on a couple of expensive items to help me actively do something with my skin that helps it instead. If you’re also dealing with this condition, my heart goes out to you. A lot of people don’t understand and will just tell you to “stop” without even trying to help you get there. You’re doing great even by acknowledging it. Much love.

  17. I can't even ware shorts in public anymore due to how embarrassed I am. Both of my legs look like they were shot with a shotgun. It itches so bad all the time. And it's gotten to be so painful. But I have been making new places where I can find them. Even on my arms, and if someone else will let me, I will. I feel so disgusting. But I can't stop. This is a nightmare. I thought I have tried everything to get it to go away, and I keep myself very busy. I've even thought about cutting my own legs off "at one time". I just want this nightmare to be over.

  18. Ok so I have a few questions. I do pick the skin at my nails, but not if I'm stressed, I mean I also do that, but mostly just because I see a bit of skin sticking up and I have the urge to get rid of it. I can not stop picking, unless that little bit is gone. In result, I often have cuts that really bleed, which is not that great in school. It's really embarrassing sometimes. However, after I got that little bit of skin off, I feel so much better, even if it hurts like hell. And I won't stop if it hurts, it has to be gone or else I can't rest or take my mind off of it. And that again results in me not really wanting to stop that habit, because it brings me so much release. Is this still considered Skin Picking? Or is this some kind of neurosis? Thank you for any help 🙂

  19. I literally didn’t think anyone else really had it nor that it was an actual mental thing. I haven’t worn a bathing suit/swam or worn shorts or tank tops in probably 5 years.

  20. In the fifth grade I got lice and became obsessed with picking the skin at my head to make sure I never got it again. It got to the point where no matter how I did my hair a scab was visible. I got over it (Not easily) mainly by leaving my hair up in a tight pony so I couldn’t pick. Since then I have fallen back into the habit about 3 times and it always is really bad. Once I was at camp and everyone was braiding hair and just sat there cause it would be impossible not to notice that my whole scalp was a scar. I don’t think I’ll ever truly recover

  21. I take a nail clipper and clip my skin off of my feet…. I hate it because it hurts when I walk, but I can't stop 😩. Summer is coming up, and my arms are scarred, and my legs look like a map. I love swimming, but I can't anymore without others criticizing me for my scars. I'm only 13, and I hate my skin so much.

  22. Okay, I don’t know if anyone will see this or not, but I was hoping to find some support on here please? I just wanted to say that I just sat down in front of the mirror, even turned on my bright ring light, and I did NOT touch my face at all. I looked, then I got up and walked away. I am so happy and filled with hope because that’s never happened before 😭

  23. I eat my skin on my hand palms but I just do it. It doesn’t hurt or anything it just looks satisfying and I can stop and control it but I forget sometimes

  24. My son has been picking he is 13 and the constant growth spurts we can hardly keep his medication right for his ADHD. Anxiety meds seem to be counter acting his ADHD meds. Which has made his OCD worse because he can't control himself. His teachers are noticing that he can't focus and that the bleeding is getting worse. He is in therapy. We are seeing doctors. He is in much stress because of testing and he has one teacher that stresses him out. I am trying to figure out how to address the teachers. How they can help him?

  25. two different times, I’ve picked at my thumb nail beds so much that my nails became deformed.

    I’ve also fidgeted at scabs and acne and caused scars

    I’ve also been fidgeting at my left earlobe so much that it’s discolored. I had so many attempts to stop by fidgeting with something other than my skin, but it didn’t work.

    Not sure if I have dermatillomania, or if it’s just an effect from having sensory processing disorder

  26. My skull, happened since I was a kid. A ckn pox scar on my head. It happens when I am worried bout my actions, that Anxiety. It's like skin cutters. Some of a more masochistic nature. I just need a new tattoo n that helps. Tends to stop me right in my track oddly enough.

  27. I pick my lips really bad, and what helps is to put on lots of CHAPSTICK, so when I subconsciously go to pick them my finger gets all waxy and gross, so I don’t want to pick anymore and I can’t

    This has helped me so much I really recommend to just get a really waxy chapstick

  28. I started picking the side of my nails till they bleed since 3rd grade, and I slowly noticed that I started fiddling with my hair..
    It's the feeling I get when I rub my lips with either the skin I messed with on the sides of my nails or I take a soft piece of my hair and rub it on my lips.. I've never been able to stop unless I force myself to.
    My mom used to make fun of me for doing it with my hair all the time.
    But it's like a comfort thing..

  29. Tonight me and my parents had a fight over my finger picking… I just don't know how to stop. When ever I stress I need to do something with my hands.😭

  30. So if I stop picking Wil the empty spots in my hair grow by it self or do I need to put something to heel it answer me plz

  31. fun thing, i had that jam where when i was little i had OCD because of the weird 'got smart too fast for my age' phenomenon & when i started growing out of it was around when the dermatillomania started kicking in from around 12-15 years old. wack.

  32. Anybody likes to pick their soles until they bleed? And it hurts when you walk?

    Anybody likes to bite their lip until it bleeds and you lick the blood?

    I seriously need help. My mom is starting to notice how I walk..

  33. I found my best tool is to keep polysporin near me so that I can tend to my wounds instead of exasperating them. Or after it heals I put sweet almond oil on them to help them get a smaller scar.

  34. I have skin picking disorder and it gets in the way of my life and I don’t know if I have ocd but I think I pick at my skin is because of stress and abuse I do it because it makes me see that pimples are disgusting so I pop one and I see another then I see another that looks like it and I can’t focus in school because I focus on my skin and I want it to go away but nothing has seemed to help

  35. I pick my scalp until I bleed and idk know why , and I’m scared because my hair is falling out and idk how to stop and I’m only 21 and I’m not a drug accident, but idk why I pick my scalp . I stop times and it heals but I always somehow start again idk why I feel crazy taking about this but my hair is falling out why tf am I doing this ?

  36. I appreciate this video. I do, though, really wish that the average therapist was even helpful. I’ve done therapy consistently for 19 years now. I’ve tried countless medications and am currently still on a pill-cocktail. I pick my scalp incessantly (I used to pick my legs, too) and this is just one of many, many symptoms that I’ve talked to multiple therapists about that I still have serious struggle with. It’s just really frustrating when people say “therapy and medication” as though well-informed, effective, affordable therapy is even available to most people. I don’t mean to criticize this video. I just have heard a million times “therapy and medication” as though that actually does much??? I do not mean to say that it hasn’t helped at all. It’s just not as simple as people regularly make it sound, as though one can just do therapy for a year (or 19) and they’re challenges will resolve. And, yes, I’ve taken my therapy work very seriously and have worked really hard to do it well. I do get good info and compassion from these videos. I’m just feeling discouraged at the moment. I would looooove to stop picking. I think I have an infection under my scalp.

  37. I did my scalp and my feet for years! I used to zone out on pulling the dead skin off of my heels for about an hour. I did it until it got too deep and I bleed. I remember feeling the air hit the new skin and it was like a release. I don’t know if this is like cutting, but I did it so much I sometimes couldn’t walk on my heels without pain. I had no anxiety when I did it. I’m also agoraphobic for 20+ yrs. I still pick at dandruff in my scalp, but not to sores. I no longer pick my heels, but I’m triggered through this comment😩🤪

  38. TIP! What finally helped me pick less was establishing a proper skin care routine. I saved up money and bought fairly expensive products for a full routine that is targeted toward my specific skin type. Besides these products actually healing my skin (fighting acne, fading old scars, properly moisturizing my skin) the whole idea of my skin care routine made me less likely to pick because I knew I had spent all that money on these products and I didn't want to counteract that. Obviously dermatillomania is not that easy and there have been lots of times where I've picked anyway but my skin is nothing like it was before. PS .You do not have to buy expensive skin care products, you can find cheaper alternatives, but the main goal is to buy products with good, natural ingredients that are rather gentle on the skin and have healing properties. And also do your research and make sure they match your skin type!

  39. My daughter has this problem, we use a supplement called NCA N-Acetyl L-Cysteine , she is up too 1800 mlgs 2 times a day, but it works, you can get this from your local pharmacy. The local children's Mental home has used this and still does for skin picking…..

  40. I find that creating a barrier with a hydrocolloid bandage helps. They can be cut to size and since they're expensive I won't pull them off. If left on for a couple days, the abrasion is mostly healed when I remove the bandage. If i need to wear one on my face, I just stay home for a couple days if possible. These bandaids are AMAZING! We can conquer this folks! Getting there…

  41. I’ve been picking for 3 years since my dad passed. I think it’s from stress because when I am on vacation (in Florida most of the time) I am destressed and calm and I don’t. Any help?? I have stopped a lot but I still do a little :/ (I pick my fingers)

  42. I believe I have OCD when i use to pick at my thumbs because I was so depressed and in a deep dark place in my life but after I had my son they have healed up and I dont have the urge anymore

  43. Okay so I've been researching for a few months and I really really believe it's a possibility that I have this, but I know my parents would never take me somewhere to get diagnosed or get help because I've tried approaching this topic with then before and they wholeheartedly believe it's just a "habit". Does anyone have any advice on how to get help if you can't, well, go get help?

  44. So I pick at my scalp… my goal is not to pull my hair out, if anything that's the last thing I want, but I literally will be late for work if I can't get a scan off my head. It's starting to get really bad. I have bald spots all over my head and I dont know how to stop. 🙁

  45. I literally cannot stop picking at my thumbs and fingers, and my fingernails. I’ve tried before, and I just can’t. And then sometimes I try to get pimples and stuff, and then I find another one, or I scratch at it. It’s not usually debilitating, so that might not be this, but it can get obsessive. Like, I start picking and I have to keep doing it until I get it off. My parents will tell me to stop, and I do for a moment but then I start doing it subconsciously. Sometimes I do it intentionally. Sometimes my fingers will bleed because I ripped the skin off, so 😕

  46. This video really lifted my spirits, I’ve been picking for 12 years and it’s a very hard to find people with this ocd

  47. I've been picking since I was nine, my mouth if filled with wounds where I bite there. My arms are covered in so many scares and is my face, the back of my neck, top of my thighs, my chest. Everywhere.

    I don't know if my psychologist has diagnosed me with this but I know I have it even if I didn't know what it was until recently.

  48. One time when I was younger I had a terrible sunburn and was picking and afterwards decided to eat it. Not my best moment.

  49. I'm struggling all day and I never wear shorts only long sleeves and pants. I've been struggling since 4 years old when I fell in my first ant pile then mosquito bites. I have scars that still haven't healed 😫😫 need help

  50. I literally go into a trans and don’t realize I’m picking until an hour later when I snap back into reality. So much of this makes so much sense. I needed this. Thank you. Like I relate to all of this way too much…

  51. I truly want to cry seeing everyone’s comments and stories because it’s the same way for me. I needed this so much.

  52. Okay so I am a bit dark skinned and have discolored my fingers from biting. Is their anyway to get my original dark skinned color back around the discolored areas.

  53. I have picked my skin around my thumb as long as I can remember and the skin never heals because I would pick at it every day and still do and I was wondering if that is dermatillomania or just a normal thing cause I don’t pick all over my body

  54. I've lost count of the amount of times I've been put on antibiotics for this. I hardly speak about it and I'm so embarrassed every time I have to go to the Dr's, I think with little awareness that this is actually a legitimate thing, people judge. I've also been wondering why I've recently started pulling my hair out … Now i know

  55. Yea that whole “just one zit” is so true. I spend easily an hour to two hours in the mirror staring deep into my pores trying to get everything out. And I know it makes it worse but like something tells me I gotta get it all out. Then I spend hours in bed or in the car or at work or school picking the scabs from that. It’s awful. And I’ve even gone to sleeping with finger puppets on my hands or taping off my mirrors. It’s so hard to stop but I’m proud of myself when it gets better and I stop for like an hour or two. Or walk away from the mirror. But it’s hard

  56. I have eaten my skin since I was very young and I still do. I have a skin condition so it makes it easier for me to get the skin. I eat sometimes my pimples and scabs. It can bleed sometimes or just leave my skin very red or so. I tried to Google why I do it and if others do it to. I don't think I have this disorder, yeah I have Anxiety but I bite my hand or so.. The skin eating has gone so far I cut off pieces of skin from the tip of my fingers. What is going on with me and why am I doing it?! Please help this is starting to stress me out.

  57. Ever since I was little I would chew my whole mouth my cheeks lips and everything and i thought it was just a bad habit but do I have this?

  58. I’m 13 and I’ve been picking scabs on my scalp for a year now, it started as a coping skill to stop pulling out my hair, but now I can’t stop 😭

  59. I pick my entire face, chest, arms and upper back. To me it look’s horrible. I have scars all over and i can’t stop. It has gotten a little better over the years, but it nowhere near where i want it to be

  60. I have a picking problem, but when I brought it up to a doctor and therapist they said it wasn't considered dermatillomania because it wasn't excessive enough. However, I've been picking for a very long time now (years) and feel misinterpreted. I've been given a rubber band to use as a bracelet as a replacement for picking and it's pretty helpful so far. I just wish it was more recognized as a problem because I do have a lot of scars all over my arms.

  61. Years ago when I was a little girl I ran under something and got a cut at the top of my head. It wasn’t a deep cut or a big cut. And ever I’ve always picked at it and it hasn’t healed 18 years later. Ion trying so hard to stop picking at the scab but sometimes I do it without noticing. I don’t seem to notice till I have blood on my fingers.

  62. It’s honestly so hard to stop I just have to peel off all the dead/dry skin on lips until they look super red and bleed even if it hurts I’m motivated to peel of the skin on my lips

  63. i cant stop
    i pick on my
    arms , shoulders , neck , parts of my head , chest , stomach , legs , and rarely in a privet place { and i pick till i see blood and cant stop at all }

    my parents have tried a lot but there help isint helping its makeing it worse and they dont seam to realize that

    i spend at least 5 hours a day picking

  64. i do this all over my arms, im only twelve too so im still a little kid, it really sucks because my so called "friends" make fun of me for it. it started when i was probably like 8 or 9 but its only gotten worse. my mom catches me doing it and then she tells me to stop but i physicly cant… it really sucks.

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