Do you think this could be hereditary?
Posted March 19th, 2011 by Lissy
I always thought that I was a lone crazy. Last night, my parents came from a couple of states over to visit. My mom noticed a sore that I've had since last summer when I got a mosquito bite there, and asked what it was from, and I said "Well, it's kind of embarrassing, but I neurotically pick at my skin when I'm watching a movie, or just not thinking about NOT doing it'. I generally try to do it where it's not noticeable. My dad said "Hey! My mom did that too!" I couldn't have learned it by association though, because she died when I was two. Do you think that skin picking could be hereditary? It seems like a weird thing that could be inherited genetically though! I found this forum while searching for the answer to that, I never knew that there were lots of other people with this problem. Personally, I don't think that I'm too bad, I try to not pick at my face. In the summer, if I get mosquito bites or chiggers, my legs are pretty much destroyed for the rest of the summer though, because I literally CAN'T leave the spots alone! I also pick at the dry skin on the back of my arms, that's probably the most embarrassing I think that I pick there because I am subconsciously am trying to hide it, but I'm only hiding it from myself, because everyone else can see!