Skin picker... (scalp, face, back, thumbs, bikini area) HELP
Posted September 24th, 2011 by mm12345
I am 19 years old. I pick my scalp obsessively to the point where I bleed. I don't know if it's dandruff or build-up that causes the picking but I find little grooves and bumps and pick them off relentlessly. Once they're gone, I continue to look for more. It stings to shampoo my hair because of this. People notice red marks on my hairline. I've been doing this since I'm 10. I also pick my face, squeezing out any remote signs of blackheads or pimples, and leave disgusting, swollen red marks on my face and then scabs and scars. I've been doing this on a regular basis since I was 14, and am forced to wear makeup most days to cover it up. I also pick at my back whenever it breaks out, also to the point where I am bleeding and scarred. I pick at the skin around my thumbs and underneath my thumb nail, pulling off cuticles and ripping off the surrounding skin. This I've found is an obsession with making the skin feel "smooth"... but in reality it's left my thumbs permanently bruised when I'm not picking, and red and bloody and disgusting when I am. My newest obsession is plucking the in-grown hairs from my bikini area. Sometimes I have whiteheads from waxing. I pop these and try relentlessly to pluck the hairs out underneath, which leaves me with swollen, red bumps that look like some kind of STD. I can't stop myself. I am hurting myself in so many ways and I don't know why. Anyone have any ideas, tips, or helpful advice? I'm sick of having to cover up my scars and cuts. I'm sick of the anxiety... I don't even REALLY know why I'm anxious. Help.