does anyone pick their thumbs?

I am nearly in my thirties, and for as long as I can remember, I have been picking the skin off my fingers. ESPECIALLY my thumbs, along the sides. I know of 1 person who has this issue, but we've never talked about it. I'm shamed. Is there anyone out there that suffers the same specific problem? I'm sick of looking down at my hands and thinking, "wow, I really did a number on my thumbs today, people must notice" And then I procede to give them maybe half a day of healing before I just start all over again, and re-open the same wounds. I'm afraid that my skin on my thumbs will never be the same. The scarring is so ugly, the skin is a bright red compared to the rest of my fingers. I can't even begin to describe the inner agony I go through everyday. The soreness. It's painful, and embarassing. What's worse is that I'm getting married next year, and I'm afraid that I won't be able to fix this before then. I don't want to be looking at my red, raw thumbs in my wedding photos for the rest of my life....

I peel my thumbs and I peel my lips too. In fact, I have been doing that ever since I was probably 7 or 8 (I am 38 going on 39 now). Because of the peeling, sometimes, my thumbs and my lips would bleed too. At the same time, also because of my decades of experience in peeling, I can manage to peel off just outer skin (or the dead skin) without bleeding. Unless my lips or my thumbs are bleeding or if my skin touches any citrus juice (ouch!), I don't feel pain at all. I have not noticed a particular pattern in my life when I peel my lips/thumbs though. Starting about 3 to 4 years ago, I have been peeling my fingernails too. So, technically, I don't need to any fingernail clippers because I can peel them off when they get long enough.
I knew there were others out there who did it .i first remember picking at the sides of my thumbs in 6th or 7th grade. The teacher would come to my desk to help me, and I was afraid he would see how awful it looked. Later, I would peel my toenail.s. I won't get descriptive, I still tend to do the thumbs IF I don't have on my gels nails from the salon. They are thicker than real nails, and it stops me. If not, look out. I will make irritation on my gums with my fingernail and irritate that to make pain. WHEN STRESSED! Every day. Think about it., I'm 53 now, I started doing this when we had family dysfunction in our home. I'm creating pain. This is like cutting! Same thing. Yep. Same thing. I just do not make it ever visible like others. Gum line.....?
WOW!!! SO I AM NOT TOTALLY CRAZY AND ALONE!!!! I HAVE PICKED AT MY FINGERS AND SKIN ON MY FEET AND LIPS SINCE I WAS YOUNG. WHEN IN MY TWENTIES I WOULD FIND A PIECE OF DEAD SKIN ON MY HEEL AND WOULD PICK UNTIL I WAS TOO SORE TO EVEN WALK. SEEMS LIKE IT SUBSIDED FOR A COUPLE OF YEARS. THEN I GOT A LITTLE PLANTERS WART. THE SIZE OF BLACK PEPPER ON MY PINKY. I WOULD PULL IT OUT AND IT WOULD LEAVE A TINY HOLE BUT WOULD BLEED EVERYWHERE.. ANYTIME I THOUGHT IT WAS POPPING BACK UP I WOULD START THE HOUR LONG TASK AT PICKING IT TILL IT OF COURSE BLED. I ALSO HAVE SUFFERED FROM ADD FOR MANY YEARS AND JUST NOW AS A 39 YEAR OLD STARTED SEEKING TREATMENT. I STARTED ON VYVANSE AND LITERALLY THE WEEK I STARTED ALONG CAME THE FINGER SKIN PICKING. I WILL HIDE UNDER THE COVERS AT NIGHT WITH MY CELL PHONE LIGHT AND TWEEZERS SO MY HUSBAND CANT SEE ME. IT BECAME AN OBSESSION. I WOULD HIDE IN THE BATHROOM AT BREAK AT WORK. I CANNOT FIGHT THE URGE TO PICK. ONCE I HAVE TORTURED MYSELF... I CAN HARDLY WASH MY HAIR OR TYPE ON THE KEYBOARD AT WORK.. I HAVE TO PUT BANDAIDS ON ALL MY FINGERS..VERY EMBARRASING. I READ SOMEWHERE ON THIS SIGHT THAT STIMULANTS INCREASE AND SOMETIMES CAUSE THE URGE TO PICK. I ASKED MY DOC TO PUT ME ON WELLBUTRIN XL IT CONRTOLS HABITS (SOME TAKE TO QUIT SMOKING) AND IT HAS EASED IT UP A BIT... BUT STILL PICK SOME. I MAY HAVE TO HAVE THE DOSE INCREASED. IF THERE IS ANYONE OUT THERE SUFFERING... YOU ARE NOT ALONE. IF I FEEL THE NEED TO PICK.. I GET MY PHONE OUT AND PLAY A GAME THAT REQUIRES ME MOVING MY FINGERS... GOOD LUCK TO ANYONE ELSE OUT THERE.. I HOPE YOU GET HELP SOON
I understand, have picked for a long time
I am 13 years old, and I do this to the outer sides of my thumbs. I have been peeling since I was 8 years old, and REALLY want to stop! I have never had a manicure because I know it would draw attention to the ugly peeled skin. I am also a competitive swimmer, so when the skin gets soaked, it turns soggy and white! People are noticing it, and I tell them that they are just blisters from canoeing, but that is a major lie. I told my best friends to tell me to stop when they see me do it, but we are no longer in the same class. This habit affects the way I hold things, grip, and write. At night, I put polysporen with a bandaid and it seems to heel very well, and then I peel again. Are there any other easy solutions? I'm only grade 8, my parents or doctor don't know, so it can't be anything I have to go to the store for, thank you!
I am 13 years old, and I do this to the outer sides of my thumbs. I have been peeling since I was 8 years old, and REALLY want to stop! I have never had a manicure because I know it would draw attention to the ugly peeled skin. I am also a competitive swimmer, so when the skin gets soaked, it turns soggy and white! People are noticing it, and I tell them that they are just blisters from canoeing, but that is a major lie. I told my best friends to tell me to stop when they see me do it, but we are no longer in the same class. This habit affects the way I hold things, grip, and write. At night, I put polysporen with a bandaid and it seems to heel very well, and then I peel again. Are there any other easy solutions? I'm only grade 8, my parents or doctor don't know, so it can't be anything I have to go to the store for, thank you!
I've done it since I was your age. Do you notice you do it more when stressed? You don't need to answer me back, but can....do you have troubles you can't talk to anyone about? I had big time family problems in my home when I started, I'm still doing it!lbut...not when I have on gel or acrylic nails Because they are thicker and I can't grasp the skin. So it's a good idea!l Try real hard to stop for a week They heal up fast. Our hands have a great blood supply, plus you are young. And go do it!lit will help,you Good luck
DO YOU TAKE ANY ADHD OR ADD MEDS? IF SO, THEY COULD BE CAUSING IT. HOPE YOU FIND HELP SOON...YOU MAY NEED SOME ANTIDEPRESSENTS THAT SOLEY HELP IN FIGHTING URGES OR HABITS. WELLBUTRIN IS A GOOD ONE... TALK TO YOUR PARENTS AND DOCS ABOUT IT... GOOD LUCK
I also pick at the inside of my thumbs as well and my fingers, at the top by nail. They hurt so bad. They do bleed at times too. I had to wrap my thumb with a bandaid and ointment to keep it from hurting so much. I know I do this when I am bored and or anxious. But it's gotten worse over the past several months. What I also notice is how my heart rate goes up and then I get more anxious. It is such an awful feeling and the pain is so bad in fmy ingers. Then I become obsessed with the pain. Going to try medation excerises and working out to ease my stress level. I am so glad I ran across this site. I thought I was the only one. I am hoping I can get a grip on this soon. Aveeno lotion helps sooth the pain, although when you apply the lotion it may hurt for a few seconds and then it goes away. Do this over night and your fingers will feel better.
I have picked my thumbs since I can remember. I am now 40, and wondering what took me so long to google this condition. I have tried many things, including an rx that actually helped tremendously. I had almost normal (well, relative to my norm) thumbs and nails after about 1.5 yrs, but the rx caused a drastic increase in my prolactin hormone (the one that makes women lactate), so I had to stop taking it. I had my son a few months before I started taking the drug, and the my obgyn said it can take up to 18 months for milk to dry out completely. So, it took me way too long to realize the hormonal effects. After I quit taking the medication, I quickly resumed my reign of terror on my poor thumbs. It is such an embarrassing thing...my nails and the skin are horrific. While I am not happy to hear others have this same compulsion to pick their thumbs, it is comforting to finally know I am not the only person who can't stop.
I have picked my thumbs since I can remember. I am now 40, and wondering what took me so long to google this condition. I have tried many things, including an rx that actually helped tremendously. I had almost normal (well, relative to my norm) thumbs and nails after about 1.5 yrs, but the rx caused a drastic increase in my prolactin hormone (the one that makes women lactate), so I had to stop taking it. I had my son a few months before I started taking the drug, and the my obgyn said it can take up to 18 months for milk to dry out completely. So, it took me way too long to realize the hormonal effects. After I quit taking the medication, I quickly resumed my reign of terror on my poor thumbs. It is such an embarrassing thing...my nails and the skin are horrific. While I am not happy to hear others have this same compulsion to pick their thumbs, it is comforting to finally know I am not the only person who can't stop.
I have picked my thumbs since I can remember. I am now 40, and wondering what took me so long to google this condition. I have tried many things, including an rx that actually helped tremendously. I had almost normal (well, relative to my norm) thumbs and nails after about 1.5 yrs, but the rx caused a drastic increase in my prolactin hormone (the one that makes women lactate), so I had to stop taking it. I had my son a few months before I started taking the drug, and the my obgyn said it can take up to 18 months for milk to dry out completely. So, it took me way too long to realize the hormonal effects. After I quit taking the medication, I quickly resumed my reign of terror on my poor thumbs. It is such an embarrassing thing...my nails and the skin are horrific. While I am not happy to hear others have this same compulsion to pick their thumbs, it is comforting to finally know I am not the only person who can't stop.
I also have this same problem....it's terrible, and I've been doing it for years. So much so, that I have huge horizontal dents on my thumb nails, which are the worst. I know it comes from anxiety and it has progressed into a very bad habit. Most of the time, I don't even realize that I'm doing it, until I hurt myself. All of my fingers are typically red and swollen from agitating/picking them. Any advise is welcomed. I'm afraid that even if I stop, my nails will not grow back smoothly.
I have been picking my fingers for years. It's like a uncontrollable urge to control if that makes sense. I do it because in my own mind I'm trying to make my fingers skin look smooth but I only make it worse. One pull leads to another and I never have pretty nails. There so short I can't even get a manicure. I pick the cuticles also and it's not just one finger its all of them. If there is a piece of skin that I can feel or see it starts until I am bleeding and in pain because the pulling is so close to the underside of the nail. I also pick at any ant or mosquito bite until my skin on the legs and arm form a deep hole then a scar. Every time the bite heals to the point a scab forms I pull the scab off so it will bleed then another scab will form. A bite that should normally heal in a few days turns into a few months and then I have an awful black scar. My legs and arms are full of deep dark scars, I have tried everything to get rid of the scars even prescription ointments to no avail. I have been on an antidepressant for most of my life but not for this, I do have an anxiety and depression disorder but never connected the two issues. I take citalapram for depression and was wondering if one antidepressant is better than another for this disorder or are they all pretty much the same. Undoubtably an antidepressant is not working for this on me.
Hi all. Im 24 and i have been picking, biting and tearing the skin down the inside of my thumb since i can remember. I think it started when i was around 9 sucking my thumbs, and when they became soggy and pruned i began picking from there and its been an unstopable habit since then. My girlfriend is sick to death of me doing this and says it disgusting, but after only just doing some research now im amazed it has a name and at how many people also suffer with this. I hope to resolve this problem sonetime soon
Hi, I am in my thirties and I have been doing exactly the same as you for years. My right thumb is worse than the left. I am right handed and when my thumb is really bad I cannot even hold a pen to write. It gets so bad that I cannot bend my thumb and I know what you mean about being in agony. My right thumb is the worst as I bite the back of it but I also pick the skin on my other fingers - just on the sides. I have recently started picking my feet too which I am really ashamed to say. I have only recently discovered that our condition has a name! I am actually going to the doctors tomorrow to talk about CBT therepy because I realise I need help. Maybe you should consider the same... Good luck, you are not alone.
I am 68 yrs old and began picking the skin around my thumb nails probably as a young teen, msybrt even younger, I don't know when exactly.I really enjoy picking and tearing and try to do it gently so it won't hurt. Sometimes I pick and tear for hours at a time...even lying in bed. I tape my fhumbs every day and nite, but always pick the tape off so I can start again. Sometimes I tape one thumb and pick the other one. I really love to do this! It feels good to me My thumb nails are not normal because I have damage the nail beds. I have been doing this alot for the past several months, before that I did it rarely. I do not know how to stop and feel I need God to intervene. I smoked many years ago, and the picking is kind of the same, bad for me but I enjoy it as long as they are not sore . I am under treatment for bipolar and depression and this picking is getting worse.
Hi! I could never have imagined that there are umpteen number of people who suffer from the same problem! I started picking my thumb when I was seven... Both my parents were working so they never noticed! My sister was not too old either so even she ignored it! I used to hate my bad looking thumb... But could never stop! In 6th my best friend noticed it and said she would tell my mom..she told me not to pick again or she won't talk to me for a week.... I tried to stop but years went by but I just couldn't ...Now I'm 16..last year my mom and dad saw it and told my aunt who is a homeopathic doctor....since then I started asking myself how do I feel when I do it? Why do I realise when I've already done it... I noticed some of these things and told my aunt....1. I did it when I was idle like watching a movie or sitting in the class.... 2. When I peeled the skin I was so focused that my actual conscience mind was lost so deeply that I could only realise it when it started bleeding. THE FIRST THING THAT I DID WAS TELL EVERYONE AROUND ME THAT WHENEVER U SEE ME PEELING MY THUMB STOP ME!!!! because sometimes I myself did not know I'm doing it.... I applied a mixture of honey and turmeric and wrapped it with a piece of cloth just like a bandage... Trust me my thumb looked pretty ugly and the yellow tinge due to the turmeric made it look even worse but it heeled my thumb.... From then I regularly applied a homeopathic cream calendula and over it I applied petroleum jelly every night and the results were phenomenal! My dad used to say that If I don't stop then maybe they would have had to cut my thumb!! During my 2 months summer vacation I did this regularly and during the day applied pet. Jelly whenever my thumb felt dry and picky...now the 2 months are over! Just like all of u I never imagined I could see a perfect thumb ever.... i still apply petroleum jelly whenever it feels dry......but REMEMBER :GIVE IT TIME BECAUSE YOU,VE BEEN DOING IT FOR SOO LONG! I waited 2 months and did not pick in this time...... Whenever I felt the urge I covered my thumb with a bandaid or put pet. Jelly.... First of all tell ur family to stop u whenever they see u doing it...don't worry ! Ur no different !! If I can control myself for 2 months to finally see a normal thumb y can't u ??? Don't think because that satisfaction of seeing ur normal thumb is so much more than the one u get when ur picking... ALL THE BEST TO ALL OF U FROM MY HEART! :)
I have picked the outside of my thumbs for years and years. In fact there is no skin on each side of my thumbs all the way to the thumb joint. My thumbs scars are exactly symmetrical. Today I picked both until the scars are red, so I googled this problem and am here. Today I received some especially distressing news so it wasn't an unconscious act as it usually is. I hate having these disfigured thumbs so I really thought about what MAY cure it........................................................................................................................................... 1. Realize when you are doing it and more importantly WHY? I picked mine because of bad news and I don't remember picking when I've had good news so I think it is important to address the root cause............................................................................................. 2. Always clip the nails that you use to pick very low. Since I use my index finger's nail on the outside cut it at an angle to reduce picking ability................................................................................................ 3. Put tape around your fingers until the urge to pick subsides. I have medical 1/2" tape by 3M that I have used. Now you will be picking at the tape which feels ridiculous but at least it makes you aware............................................................................ I'm still looking for a cure but today provided the most important finding for me - WHY am I doing this to myself? Anxiety, depression, loneliness, regret, despair. Picking my thumb skin won't help any of those symptoms unfortunately, yet I pick like it will. Time to stop.
I have read so many of these comments and am utterly shocked and relieved at the same time. I am 40 years old and have more or less mutilated my thumbs to the point of no return. I have torn the cuticles, nail beds, nails and skin all around my nails to such a deplorable state. I can barely remember when my thumb nails didn't look this bad.... I have trashed my cuticles so badly that when my nails do grow, they are dented, ridged, deformed and horrible. I always have band aids with me to cover them up in emergency. The state of my nails/skin is so embarrassing and awful, I feel so ashamed. The rest of my nails are actually quite nice so it makes me even more self conscious because my thumbs truly stick out like a sore thumb!!!!! (excuse the pun, but it's fitting here) I really want them to grow back and have 10 lovely fingers, but I can't seem to stop. It's horrible. I recently got engaged and everyone wants to see the ring and all I can focus on is hiding my thumb by nearly making a fist. I've tried the fake nails, clear polish, etc, but nothing seems to really help. I always go back. I really feel awful about this. My father seems to have nearly the same problem, but he just rips the skin off the sides along the nail so that his thumb nails are arched and really narrow (but equally ugly). Has anyone tried anything with any success out there?? I'm so desperate to fix this...
I do this constantly to my thumbs as well. The only thing that seems to help is carrying around mini finger nail clippers. If I can clip the hang nail or skin before picking, I can sometimes stop.
I'm 16 and I've been doing the same thing, but I can't remember when it started. It wasn't until recently I began to pick at just more than my skin on my fingers but also my eyebrows, eyelashes, nails, and even my scalp. My family doesn't really notice any of this either. My mom saw the aftermath one day after I had a field day with my eyelashes, but that was only because I take eye drops 3 times a day, so she was bound to notice sooner or later. My mom told me it wasn't normal and to stop because my eyelashes are there to protect me, but her pep talk didn't help much, she even said I looked like a freak but it hasn't stopped me yet. I can't really control any of this though. I know what I'm doing to myself, but I don't seem to care at the moment I'm actually doing it. I've literally bitten down all my finger nails and my thumbs, and parts of my other fingers, are super raw and sensitive to touch, I'm scared that I'm messing my fingers up, but I keep finding myself picking even though I have no nails to pick with now. I read somewhere that it's a way to keep your hands busy and your mind quiet, and they're right. The moment I was picking at my thumbs I was watching TV, and when the show was over I had a bunch of skin and nail bits all over my lap. It's getting worse, I know it is, but I don't really wanna tell anyone because they won't do anything anyways besides tell me I'm not normal and to stop, and to be honest, I wish it would be that easy. To just stop and be "normal".
Also, today I had to use tweezers to actually get the job done with the skin around my thumbs because my nails have become too short and started to hurt after a half hour of picking at skin and nothing came along...The tips of my thumbs are beat red and aren't feeling to good about being stripped down a layer or two...
i agree! im 12 years old and i have been peeliing my fingers since i was 6. In my first school, BridleWood Public School, nobody knew i was picking my fingers. In my second school, nobody knew i was picking my fingers there either! (i was in grade 4 that time). i stayed there for a month then i moved to Sts.Cosmas and Damian. Through Grades 4-6 nobody knew... til grade 7. Ms.Nocera saw me peeling my fingers and she told my friends about it! and now 15 people know i pelel my fingers! Whenever Teresa ( my friend) saw me peeling my fingers, she would go to the office and get me 3/4 bandages! 2 on each side so i wont pick my fingers! and if i keep this up i will get infection and im might need a new hand. (a perfect cream to heal your thumbs is PolySporin Anti-Biotic Cream) put it on everyday for a week also put bandages on after you put the PolySporin Anti- Biotic Cream on and after a week your thumbs will be good as new)
Yeah I'm 17 and have the same problem and I only do it to my thumbs.Though there is no one I know or have ever met has this and I've tried to stop especially when I get embarrassed by my family commenting on it and making rude remarks.
Male or female? Em ale? Try getting gel or acrylic nail, it stops me. They are thicker and I can't pull up,skin
I've been picking my thumbs since I was little. I'm 36 now and I can still at any given time, especially in the winter, look down and see purple peeling nail beds and skin all down the sides. We tried medicated lotions and band aids but nothing works. I will agree, the only time I don't pick is if I'm wearing fake nails. I read somewhere there's a paint-on Nu-Skin or something that helps the skin lay down and regenerate but I figure I'd just pick at that too. My boyfriend is noticing me doing it a lot lately, and I've started to actually become worried there's an underlying issue especially after reading thru this site. I pick my thumbs, all my fingers, hangnails, any bumps on my body, my face, acne, it's not good. My face clears up and the scars go down but I'll have another monthly small breakout and make it that much worse messing with my skin, without even realizing I'm doing it. I pick at stickers, fingernail paint, anything around. I've resorted to cutting my nails short and paying attention to what my hands are doing. I'm also doing fake nails again this week to see if that helps my need to pick go away. I'm relieved to know some of you have found yourself able to get past it and stop! Thank you!
After another weekend of picking the skin off around the cuticles on my thumbs and making them bleed I decided to google and found this site with people who have the exact same problem. I'm mid 40s, male and have been a picker and biter for at least the last 30 years. I managed to stop biting my finger nails about 12 years ago so my fingers have healthy and normal nails but this has made my thumbnail picking even worse (transferred the compulsion?) to the point that the nails themselves are warped and no longer grow straight. They are red with skin missing on the inside and cuticles and a constant source of shame. I have developed many ways of hiding my thumbs from people including my partner of 10 years who has never noticed them. My previous partner gasped in horror at the site of my thumbnails so I have been sure to avoid this since. I also have same level of compulsive disorder with my face and seem to always focus on one particular area... for 7 years it was in in-grown hair and cyst under my chin, now a cyst under my eyebrow which I cannot leave alone (the one under the chin has gone). Like others on this forum, my behaviour feels like one of a perpetual cycle - picking makes me feel that I am 'fixing' the affected area to achieve perfection, it makes it worse, and then I pick even more to fix the faults I have created. I know that I need to break the cycle but know I cannot do this without help. I was wondering if there existed any help/support groups out there?
And I only recently found out 1 month ago that when I pick at my eyelashes that a condition also! Seriously no one talks about this! I have both and just thought it was a bad habit! Thank you skin pick.com!
I have this too, I am In my thirties and have been doing it as long as I can remember, my thumbs are sore, to me they don't look too bad, I only realised that this was not normal today! When I got married this was a big fear for me also, I got acyrillic nails and I could not pick with them! It was great! I got them a couple of months before so that my thumbs healed up, I have kids now and they are not practical for my everyday life but my wedding pics look good! My son hates it when I pick, he tells me to stop and he's only six!
I am sitting here with band aids on with neosporine. I just cannot believe there are other people out there with this problem. I am embarrassed all the time and hide my hands. My thumb nails are so destroyed I cannot even get fake nails. My hair, make up and clothing is perfect to a T every day but my thumb nails are disgusting. I am a nervous nelly and cannot sit still for two seconds. I am 48 years old and my mother is constantly telling me to stop picking... I have been doing this for as long as I can remember.
Hello. I am 16 and have been picking the skin around my thumbs my whole life, as well the skin around my other fingers, but like you, my thumbs are the worst. They are red and raw, and constantly bleeding. I have done it so often, it hardly hurts anymore. I am embarrassed to go to a nail salon, and when my friends offer to do my nails at parties, I hurt their feelings by saying no, and then taking my hands from them. If people notice my torn up thumbs, I lie and say I cut them. I know people notice, and it is awful when i catch them staring at my thumbs. I am interested in becoming an actress, but i know i can never follow my dreams with my fingers torn up like this. I try and stop my self constantly, but i don't have any will power. Occasionally, i will wake up any the wounds on my thumbs and fingers will be partially healed, and i think to myself, this is it, time to stop, but i just reopen the wounds. Most of the time, i barely notice what Im doing until i draw blood or i hurt myself. Please help me stop.
oh yeah me too i dont have any control and will poer to stop! :-(
I'm going to have to reiterate what others have been saying in that I'm really glad I've found this website/forum..didn't know it existed and that there are loads of other people going through the same thing! Alike sorethumb, I've also been picking the skin along the sides of my thumbs. I think they're the worst off, followed by a few other fingers..but my problem is that most of the time I don't notice that I'm doing it because I'm so preoccupied thinking about something else, and I only notice once it hurts or I start bleeding..! Which is annoying considering I've been trying to stop for a long time! I don't quite remember when I started, must've been during my early teens, and I'm 23 now. Really hoping to stop, and trying to keep mindful about it as well, to no avail! I would really appreciate any suggestions =) Many thanks everyone! This forum is so helpful to me already!
there is the perfect cream called PolySporin Anti- Biotic Cream. You put the cream on then put bandages and continue this for a week. Then after a week your thumbs will be brand new!
there is the perfect cream called PolySporin Anti- Biotic Cream. You put the cream on then put bandages and continue this for a week. Then after a week your thumbs will be brand new!
there is the perfect cream called PolySporin Anti- Biotic Cream. You put the cream on then put bandages and continue this for a week. Then after a week your thumbs will be brand new!
I have been picking the skin and chewing it off my thumbs! Its like smoking or drinking i cant stop. And the bad thing is im 13 and i want a Girlfriend its hard to get one with red all over your hands. But now i've found a solution GUM! its cheap and easy just chew it should help the habbit. however you might do it in your sleep so
I'm 17 and I do the same thing to my thumbs. I won't even realize I was picking them until my fingers start to get wet, then I realized I picked enough for them to bleed. Sometimes I'll realize i have been picking so I'll put a band aid over them but that usually doesn't do much. I've been doing this for as long as I can remember. I don't get harassed or asked why. Only one person tries to make me stop. My thumbs are often sore and red with scabs all of the inner sides. Both thumbs. Usually tend's the be the thumb I can get a better grip on. I don't think I know anyone else that does this. I tend to find satisfaction out of pulling up the rest of the skin that I have already started picking at. And I don't think I'm quite able to stop.
WOW, I thought I was alone in this world. I have been picking and biting and tearing at my thumbs for years. I have caused so much damage to my nail beds that my thumb nails grow with horizontal and vertical deep ridges. I start picking and don't even realize that I am doing it until I notice blood and wonder where it came from then I see the mess I have made of my thumbs; my right thumb seems to always be worse as I am right handed. I have tried to keep them moisturized but nothing seems to really help soften the skin long enough. I most recently had acrylic trips on them but had to remove them due to fungus caused by an inadequate seal. People say "Just stop picking already" but they have no idea how hard it is; it's like telling a smoker or an alcoholic to just stop. I find myself picking while driving in the car or like yesterday while talking to a friend who came back home to visit for the holidays. I turned to finish my shopping and the throbbing started; I looked down at my thumbs and thought "Why? boy you did a number on them this time." I have pictures of myself with friends and you can see me picking at my right thumb with my ring finger...
I'm so pleased to have found this site. I really hope there are people using it frequently as I need help. I am almost 32 & have been lucking my cuticles, the sides of my nails where they join my fingers & my finger & thumb skin, for as long as I can remember, at least 20 years but probably more. My thumbs are the worst & my right hand is usually a lot worse than my left. I am right handed so put this down to using my right hand more & therefore the skin get harder quicker so has to be removed for that smooth feeling! I bite, pick, pull, gnaw & cut to get all the skin off. I can peel large layers off at once. The sides if my thumbs are always red, raw, painful, hard to bend, bleeding & if I'm honest, permanently damaged, as is my right middle finger to the point where my nail bed has been damaged & my nail doesn't grow properly any more, it's completely mishapen. I've NEVER googled the problem until today. So here I am. My husband nags me & says really nastily that I look like I have dead hands. He shouts & gets stroppy when I say I can't stop. He doesn't understand but doesn't really want to. My sister does it & although I have no contact with my Dad, Mum says he did it too. Genetic?!!!
I have a problem where i use tweezers to rip off my cuticals from my finger nails. I think i do have a problem because 3 times a day or more. I don't know how to stop, someone please please help me find a way to stop :(
I use tweezers & scissors for the satisfaction of removing the scags. x
I am so happy to find this site and read about people who have been dealing with the same issues I have for my entire life. I am 40 years old and have been picking my thumbs since I was a small child...as long as I can remember. The sides of my thumbs and cuticles have no feeling except when I pick until I bleed, which is often. I am constantly covering my bloody thumbs with bandaids and my hands always look gross. My picking is not limited to my thumbs...I pick all my other fingers too, though not as often. I have also graduated to picking the skin on my heels and the outsides of my feet, often untill I bleed. I have GAD (generalized anxiety disorder) and have read that the dermatillamania is closely associated with anxiety. I agree with some of the posts I have read...acrylic manicures help a lot because the nails become too thick to do too much damage. But I cannot afford to keep up with it. Any other tips on how to deal with this thing would be greatly appreciated:) Stephanie Crystal
I have the same problem...I am female...the only way I have found a fix for the problem is to go get my nails done with fake ones....then I cant pick at them because they are not sharp enough to cause any significant destruction...but as soon as they come off....Im back at it.......my thumbs look raw ,even bloody at times,hurt even and over all horrible.I dont understand why my obsession with this picking of the skin around them.... but getting my nails done again will be the only fix... let me add some info here...before making a embarrassing trip to the nail salon and them seeing my mutilation of my thumbs...I will get a loofah scrub pad you use for your feet and scrub them back down smooth to were they are not as jagged with skin hanging off and are more smooth...then I put as much oil and lotion on them to make them look a presentable as possible before a trip to my manicurist...I wish i knew a way to stop doing this besides getting fake nails...but thats the only solution so far Ive came up with that truly works...at least while they are on.
It can be done!! I've made it over 1 month without biting my thumbs longest in my entire life. Now the urge is almost completely gone! The first few weeks I bit the skin on my lips, I know I was just trading one area for another but it helped, plus the skin on my lips completely heals in one night. By the third week I started using chapstick and lip gloss everytime my lips felt dry to make the possibility of biting lower. And now I just find something to chew on and it's helped me this far. Good Luck everyone.
I'm reading your post and thinking that I could have written that! My thumbs are always a mess and I am usually sporting two band-aids. It's SO hard to stop, but I think keep it moist helps. Either lotion or neosoprin - it's the dryness that gets me going! Good luck on stopping before your wedding - you can do it!
I thought i was the only one. I pick my skin around my thumbs and on the side of my big toe.
You are not alone
I shave the skin off the sides of my thumbs. it is not painful. i do not go deep enough to draw blood.
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