QUESTION: I seem to always have scratches over one leg, that I pick at, it has been for years, I have kept making excuses and even seen doctors, can u skin pick on just one part of your leg?
ANSWER: Everyone has their own pattern. For some people it is just a leg, or an arm or a lip, others cover a wide area. I have never seen anyone who covers 100% of their body, Sometimes there are good clues in the Why There? question. One woman who had relationship fears picked her breasts and told herself that she could never go out with a guy looking like that. For others it started with a mosquito bite that might have been anywhere. Underlying acne or eczema got the picking started for some others. From a treatment point of view it is much the same. Generally if the picking has been going on longer, or covers a wider area it will take more effort to beat it.
Ted A. Grossbart, Ph.D., Harvard Medical School, Boston, MA