Anyone picking near genital area?

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August 19, 2009

yes! for me i think it has a lot to do with pulling out my hair, which leads to ingrown hairs, that i get easier in that area, and ultimately lead to huge sores and whatnot. i pick at my skin all over, but my genital area and underneath my arms definately look FAR worse than anywhere else on my body. its also an easier area for me to pick at, because i can immediately hide what i have just done, and convince myself that i can just keep that part of me hidden until it heals, which of course NEVER heals, becuse i spend hours picking and poking and plucking and scarring my skin. but yes, you are not alone :)
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August 20, 2009

yes, i literally had to have a cyst lanced in my labia once because of it. it sucked. a lot. and was sooooooo embarrassing. i also pick at the ingrown hairs in my bikini area.
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August 20, 2009

I do, it started when I was a teenager, I am 26 now. I have always been a regular picker, scabs, nose, nails, zits... but for some reason I started scratching my anus (ugh i hate to write this) with my underwear when I was under stress. It would be extremely painful if I made it raw enough that if pee ever touched it I would scream so after about a year or two of that I stopped and I started scratching the outside of my labia (vagina). At first I would scratch it with my underwear until it was red and sore because the next day there would be this layer of skin that would start to grow back and I could peel it off like a sunburn. I LOVED peeling off that skin. Now, I've been doing it for so many years I never get that good peel anymore, but I still do it. Its like a habit. If I am really stressed or anxious I just ache to run into the bathroom and I scratch it with my fingers and its just this huge release. It feels so good even if it hurts a lot later. I usually don't scratch it hard enough to form scabs but I do occasionally. I am just so embarrassed and mortified that I do this... I am in a steady relationship and I always try to make sure we have sex in the dark because in the light you can see that it is scar tissue not a regular, pretty vagina :( UGH.
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November 17, 2009

i know exactly what you mean, that peel is so amazing... i have a different branch of OCD but i do pick all over. i don't know what we can do but i would be so happy if we could all stop without using any medication!
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August 21, 2009

I'm new to this site, but already have taken comfort that I'm so not alone with my issues. I pick the skin on my fingers (left thumb to be specific). Just recently I've started picking and plucking the hairs around my bikini area. I've been getting waxed for years and the trade for being hairless is waxing causes more ingrown hairs. It's just within the last month I've started. After my last wax I noticed an ingrown hair so I excised it...literally. Now I just can't stop. I have a needle and tweezers beside my toilet so I can pick at hair that hasn't even grown up through the skin yet. I'll take the needle and poke or scrape until I can grab that hair. I find myself with my hands in my pants feeling for hair. I love how it feels, but I hate that I can't stop. I have narcolepsy and my medication was recently changed. With that change I've noticed an onset of some other OCD issues I never had before and while I could control the urge to pick my thumb before I can't now. I think this new fixation with my bikini line and my inability to control picking urges can be linked to the medicine. It's Nuvigil. Anyone else know of the onset of OCD with use of this medication?
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August 21, 2009

OMG! I do the same thing as you guys. I used to scratching on my vagina in my sleep and sometimes when they are not around here so I had to do it so bad. It wasn't picking or anything but just itching/scratching until it gets sore. I sometimes to hold on when I had to go pee in my sleep but I was overtired somehow..I don't plucking or picking on my binkni area but when I shaved under there and there was a fews red bumps so I won't pick but I leave it out alone under there thank god! So, your are not alone too!
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October 03, 2009

I have the EXACT same problem! I recently got married, and my husband is so loving and understanding. Sometimes I can stop picking and tweezing at my bikini area(at least to the point of bleeding and scabbing) so that there is little *noticible* scabs and scars, but they are still there, and I have to wear modest bikini bottoms. For our wedding, I stopped for a few weeks (nearly!). But now that I am jobless, and wrecked my car, I feel hopeless and depressed, and that's when I retreat to the picking. My cuticles, skin on my feet, boogers, pimples, eyebrow hair, skin on the scalp, I do it all! It seems like I can stop for a while when I'm not distracted and things are going well, I am travelling, or don't have time or access to tweezers. But then I start again. I have had this problem for as long as I can remember - and it includes genital mutilation as well. I really want to stop and want help, and have tried on my own - to no avail. I will have to check out that Tyra show you guys are talking about! My problem is the same as yours - how do you talk to someone about this shameful, embarrassing behavior? I also smoke, drink, and eat compulsively. I am fit, and excercise, but have had bulimia, and drug problems in the past. I will continue to research and work on this problem, perhaps trying the 12 step proccess would help? My love and support goes out to all of you.
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July 21, 2012

I've also wondered, seriously, if I should start going to AA meetings. The picking I engage in is an addiction like any other. Anyone else use AA and see any successes?
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October 04, 2009

:( sometimes i do it near... and i hate that!
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October 08, 2009

If there is a pimple on my vaginal area...boy am I happy! It's one of my favorite pops. I know it's sick, but it has to do with the fact that I am a chronic smeller. That is, I smell the puss that comes out of any type of pimple. The smell of vaginal pimple puss is quite rank, but I enjoy it immensely. WHY???!!!
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October 12, 2009

ahh! yes =/ the places i pick are mostly hidden, such as the bikini area and vagina.. i dont know exaclty when i started this and i didnt really even notice until i went to the beach one day and my friend pointed out the sores and scabs at the bikini line. that was at the beginning of this past summer, and now whenever i shower or shave i find myself digging at hairs and pimples and bumps down there... its.. i dont know, it is embarassing but i feel good doing it. im just glad im not sexually active, i dont know how id explain the sores, and i dont think id be able to stop to easily
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September 30, 2012

you sound just like Me.... I thought I was the only one. People have commented on my bikini line. after I pluck I save and it will shave the skin right off certain areas.My friend caught me with my finger down my bikini.. I was trying to determine the growth, and how I could lock myself away in my bedroom and pluck. Good luck Im going to try to stop.....Its a compulsive thing right now.
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November 14, 2009

oh my gosh, this is weirdly such a relief to know that there are other people out there! seriously had sort of convinced myself that i was the only one crazy enough to does this stuff. it is sickeningly embarassing. i've never been able to tell anyone about it. any time that i get close enough to a guy to start thinking about sleeping with him i get absolutely terrified of what he'll think once he sees the state of my skin down there. it's ruining my relationships as i'm a commitment-aphobe and keep pushing any guy that gets close to me away. any of the rest of you guys on here have had any success with trying to quit it?
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November 17, 2009

im new to this site and im glad iv found other people like me.i didnt think realize that other people had this problem too.i compulsively pick at my arms and it leaves disgusting scars but i just need to do it.im 19 and have been doing it for 2 years and my grandma just doesnt understand.it kills me becuase she thinks i can just stop on my own. does anybody else feel that way
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January 08, 2010

oh thank God I decided to read through more of the older topics! This is actually the first area that I started picking... mainly because I was a swimmer in middle school and high school and this was the only place that wasn't noticeable (at least thats why I think I picked and scratched and tore at my skin down there). I also remember my mom catching me picking down there at one point (sometime in middle school) and she asked me if it itched. I said no and from that point on I have been a bathroom picker hiding it from everyone. I scratch and pick while I'm asleep and every time I go to the bathroom (sanitary I know...). I have done so much damage to my pubic area (im talking about skin discoloration, constant scabs, white hairs because I have damaged the tissue so much (and im only in my 20s)). As I have gotten older, I have started picking in more areas including anus (ugh...), back, shoulders, chest, nipple, scalp, face, hands (im a rower so I constantly have blisters on my hands that I pick at)... basically you name it ive picked it (with the exception of my legs... not sure why I've left those alone). Last year I had finally had enough so I sought help (having no success so far but hopefully soon). The only thing is I didnt tell my therapist about the genital scratching (she does know that I pick at pubic hairs though). My therapist doesnt seem to know too much about skin picking though and is just treating me as an OCD patient (which I also have other signs of). So maybe I should start looking for someone else??? Random question to all of you other genital pickers... Have you been to a gyno or doctor and shown the area to them? I am terrfied to show my pubic area to anyone (which is why ive never had a true relationship) but I really should go to the gyno since Im at that age now. Plus I've been having a lot of symptoms (serious weight loss (over 15% of body weight without trying), abnormal bowel movements, swollen lymph nodes for several months in head, neck and groin that didnt go away with antibiotics or steroids) which I fear may cancer related (especially since my body is constantly having to repair my skin, it wouldnt be unreasonable for some of those cells to get out of hand and become cancerous), but I am scared to go to the doctor for fear of how they will react... So basically I'm just wondering how the doctor reacted to your situation... Thanks...
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January 09, 2010

Hi there. It sounds like you are in a lot of pain and fear. I pick my genital area very mildly, but I still feel anxiety wondering if my gynecologist can tell. I know this will take a lot of courage, but I hope you can push through to go see a doctor. Picking and the anxiety associated with it already causes us so much agony. It would be so awful if it also caused you to neglect your physical health. One of my main issues is scalp picking. Going to a hairdresser is a rare, stressful event that takes months of planning for me so I can let some scabs here. The one time I had a good experience was when I took a different approach. I walked into a supercuts, and as I was sitting down I just said very matter of factly that, by the way, I have OCD and I often scratch my scalp. Don't be alarmed if you see evidence of that. To my surprise and gratitude, the stylist went on as normal, and even started chatting to me about other clients he's seen that are hair pullers. I know my anecdote is mild compared to what you are facing, but I share it to make the point that you don't have to apologize to anyone. Gynecologists and hairstylists have no business judging you. If they do, get a different one. (Or, you can schedule a brief appointment just to get to know each other before a different appointment for the actual exam. That way you can see if you feel comfortable with them before you show them anything). You don't have to explain all the issues around your picking, because you are there to have a conversation about your other physical symptoms. Good luck, and Courage!!!!
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January 12, 2010

Thank you for your reponse and for the support Alameda!! I definitely understand your example because I often just avoid getting my hair cut because I'm embarassed by my scalp. Almost always the stylist confronts me about my scalp and I come up with some story (including allergic reaction to a hair product and chemical accident in the lab I work in... pathetic I know). But next time I may try your approach and just tell the truth :) While I am not as embarassed about my scalp as I am my genital area it is still a point of concern and I never let anyone I know touch my scalp. Because of your encouragement I now have a doctor appointment with my PCP tomorrow afternoon (its not the gyno but at least its a start... and we can try to work through my symptoms and run tests as needed). I am going in with the intention of telling my PCP everything, hopefully I remain strong and dont chicken out... thanks again for your support... its great to know that I have people to discuss this with :)
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January 12, 2010

Omigosh, good for you!! Please, tell us how it goes. Hang in there.
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January 21, 2010

soo... i didnt do so well with the whole telling my PCP everything... I did tell her that I was OCD and had anxiety but I left out the part about the skin picking. Grrr... I guess this is a baby step towards where I need to eventually end up. My lab work came back normal, but I think that scares me more now because many cancers do not show anything on a normal CBC (hopefully im worrying for nothing). Also, my lymph nodes are slowly getting bigger (but they are nontender... another indicator that something more than an infection is going on). The nurse I talked to told me that I should just rest and eat well... I love how everyone thinks they know my body better than me (especially family and friends who just keep telling me its stress... yeah everyone loses 15% of their body weight when they don't change their eating habits and stop working out) I don't know... I'll probably stick it out through the weekend and if things still havent changed ill end up back at the doctor and hopefully tell her everything so that maybe she'll order more tests and we can figure out whats wrong
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January 22, 2010

Dude, what you did was not a baby step. It was a really hard thing for you to do, and you still went in! That alone is a really big deal. Good for you!!!! It sounds to me like there are two things going on. One, the anxiety of telling a gyno that you pick. Second is the fear and obstacles to getting the medical attention you need. The picking may or may not impact the overall health issues. It seems like the picking is more a barrier to you being willing to be your own advocate and being willing to keep opening up to a really sensitive issue to Drs until you find one that takes you seriously. I totally agree with your comment about ridiculous it is for someone else to think they know your body better than you do. Drs and nurses may have more technical knowledge about the body, but you are the best person to know about your overall wellness, and identify if something is off. For me, my anxiety issues often leave me having a really hard time determining if it is legitimate for me to be concerned about something, or if it is just the incessessent anxiety spinning around my head. Of course it's impossible for me to comment on what may be going on with your health! But whether it is a serious medical issue or just worrying, I agree that it is worth more than just one doctor's visit to find out!. It's so difficult that the burden can often fall to the patient to not only face their own fears to just go talk to someone, but then have face even more fears by pushing back if you don't get the answer you want. I don't mean to act like some armchair psychologist, but I just feel it's really important to celebrate all the successes you've already achieved by getting this far! I wish you all the courage and comfort in the world as you keep moving on with this.
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March 27, 2010

Well, its been quite a while since I've been on the site... I've been trying to get my life in order but things are still not great. I have been to quite a few doctors and had lots of testing but still don't know whats wrong (as far as the weight loss and lymph nodes among other symptoms goes). I now have a new PCP and a gastroenterologist but I failed to tell them about the picking. But the good news is that I have selected a gyno from my insurance companies website and I will be calling to make an appointment with them at the beginning of next week. I figure once I have the appointment there is no turning back (since I told myself I was going to tell both the PCP and gastroenterologist (especially him since he was going to be performing a colonoscopy) but I didnt say anything...) because it will be inevitable, they will see the damage no matter what. I need to do this otherwise I will just keep putting it off (and my lymph nodes all over my body are continually getting larger...). I've also looked for a therapist to start behavioral therapy because I have realised that I cannot do this on my own!! so wish me luck as I take this next step!
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March 27, 2010

omg ... i wish you luck ... i wish you strength ... i wish you determination ... i wish you compassionate doctors ... i wish you effective therapy ... i wish you a speedy recovery ... all the best to you! <3 <3 <3
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July 21, 2010

Hi sls, I'm new to the site but I have a lot of the same symptoms as you (generalized swollen lymph nodes, weight loss, stomach problems, PLUS fatigue, night sweats- all signs pointing to C) and am afraid about cancer too. Many blood tests, CT scans later and I'm still having no luck finding out what's wrong! I stopped picking the day I felt my lymph nodes swell up-the hardest thing I've had to do after picking in my ear on and off for years-but of course it did not stop the swelling. I hope you're doing better, and I was wondering if you could update us on your condition?
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December 13, 2010

Hey heavymetalfan, Sorry I didn't respond sooner, I haven't been on the site for quite some time. I admire your strength to stop picking once you felt your lymph nodes, no matter what I try I always find myself picking. If I have a good day then I find myself waking up the next morning having ripped my skin apart during the night. I still don't have many answers about my health (and I think that some of that stems from still not being truthful about my picking with the doctors) but I did determine that some of the GI issues were due to lactose intolerance. The last time I've had any testing done was in March and at that point my white count was high. Anyway, my lymph nodes are still enlarged (and I find more lumps quite often... recently I discovered that I have 7 along my jawline) but when I asked the doctor about them she basically told me to stop being a hypochondriac (and this is why I haven't been back...) So I still have no answers about the lymph nodes or tiredness, am still picking at every inch of my body, and have no solutions to share :(
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July 21, 2012

I agree wholeheartedly with you about celebrating every little stride, Alameda. Thank you for being such a supportive voice in this forum.
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January 28, 2010

I don't pick at my genitals however i do have scars all over my bum checks from picking, I have had to show these in a gynocologist appointment and the doctor merely asked if they itched, how long and i simply said there were from spots and he didn't ask any more. He wasn't judgemental at all and acted in a very cool and professional manner. I suggest you go see one as soon as possible, it's probably a really bad infection from picking but please go as soon as possible.
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March 14, 2010

Hi Delta...Yeah I also had sores appearing on my bum cheeks too that I couldn't stop picking at the end of last year 2009.....luckily they've healed now but not 100%....for some reason no sores on my body ever go away 100%.....always leave just a tiny little bit behind just incase 6 months later we decide to start picking it again AHHH......go away sores 100% please and leave us alone.....
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March 14, 2010

I've picked my inner vagina as long as I can remember. It's so embarassing I've never talked about it. My skin is a mess down there some is white and raw that's usually what I pick off. My doctor has never said anything about it when getting a pap or anything but now i am 5 months pregnant And am sure someone will end up seeing soon :( I do it alot when my fiancée is sleeping. It makes it so intercourse often hurts :( I also make sure we are always in the dark. I also pick my lips constantly they look horrible. How can I stop this?
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May 03, 2010

hey all i have started pickin at my face for more then 8 years just a year back i started thinking this had to be more serious the i thought well thats not all! ive been picking arrounr my genitals for quite a while also, not inside of my vagina but in the outer lips and around the anus too and i have developed this zits that just dont go away, does this happen to any of you? hey get better en then they come back! i had surgery in 2 of them where they opened them and extracted what ever was in there, bu this 3 new ones habe been active for more then 8 months now and in going vrizzy because this doctors an ginecologist keep prescribing the same pill for infections and nothing happens!!!! i fell that i have to extract the infection because they itch at night and i just have to extract whats inside. i dont know what to do any more because the last time i went to the gino he told me no more surgery ( of course i at like i dont know waht going on i i never admit is an ocd) you have a hormonal disbalance and prescribed me nore medicine again.... i dont know if this has happened to any one or what kind of advise i can get ANYTHING HELPS. o my sexual life is ruined too by the way..... but im sure this has a cure and in the dark wont be such a big deal. till he whants to go down grrrrr!!!
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May 03, 2010

there is no magic bullet to stop someone from self harming behaviours ... it takes a lot of determination and maybe some antidepressant medication and maybe some therapy, but there needs to be the deep desire to stop it ... try to see how long you can go without doing any picking ... try again if you have a setback and see if you can go longer ... if you manage to go longer than a month, then go back to your doctor ... his approach might be different if he realizes that you aren't self harming any longer ... imagine a doctor's frustration with patients that keep harming what he tries to heal ......
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July 21, 2010

Hi all, This is my first time in this forum so be gentle with me. I have a problem and its bad. I have anxiety issues. I used to be a upscale escort for 13 years. 4 years ago I stopped I had met a great man who later became my husband. just luck I soppose. I had scratched big holes in my left foot I mean the top of my foot looked mangled, the scratching and picking was and is so painfull yet when im doing it I feel relaxed untill it hurts. That had been going on for about 8 years. well 4 years ago I uped the anti and went after my vaginal area. Look I don't have any stds or yeast infections I checked alot. I scratch and scratch I pull out the hairs on the inside of the lips. I have had abcesses down there and had 3 lancings. but I can't help doing it I scratch when I go pee or when I shower, before I masterbate and after. The dr said that escorting was my release from stress. and now that i don't do it I have all this pent up anxeity. Look I think theres something really wrong with me becuase I do this and I see im not alone. is there any dr's out there that have real answers . I mean I cut my nails off I wear gloves and socks. but still do it I have had the same wound on my foot for 5 months now. errr. Thanks for reading and letting me vent .
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July 21, 2012

Oh my gosh. I am so sorry! Thanks for posting your testimony. What an interesting concept that the escorting was your stress relieving outlet. I'm going to ponder that for a while. I need to get better at wearing the gloves; plus someone posted above about putting band-aids on the parts of your skin you've destroyed so that you can't see it or get at it. In order for me to do this, I would need to buy, basically, a whole body compression sleeve. I ordered some sleeves for my arms, but it didn't fit right. I should probably try and order another pair / custom pair next time so I can't get so easily to my frequent picking spots.
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July 25, 2010

Yep I do. I have genital psoriasis... which makes it worse!
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August 28, 2010

Yes. I don't do it any more but I used to do it constantly. Something like an ingrown hair or razor bump could start the avalanche. But I loved the sensation of plucking the hairs out, especially around the lips. My husband couldn't understand it especially since most women hate this part after a wax, those random pluckings. He always asked me why I don't just shave if I'm so bothered by it. But again he didn't understand it wasn't that I didn't want hair there as much as it was the sensation of pulling the individual hairs out. I'd be especially excited if I nabbed a hair with a particularly bulbous tip on the end. Those really thick ones were like striking gold. I found it much easier to pluck here than my upper thighs, which were also a source of contention. I'd go after all and everything, my pubic region, inner and upper thighs and groin....but nothing was as satisfying as the hairs from my labia. It's strange, it felt like an accomplishment. I started out just doing a little and found myself going farther and farther back, in terms of proximity, especially the more anxious I got. Have to admit it, this was/is by far another one of those things I would swear no one else in their right mind does. If my husband has even one ingrown hair he turns it into this huge traumatic deal of getting the one out (because to him he wants to preserve his skin and you know, be healthy and all that stuff that many of us don't think about when we go on our missions). To me I'd be like, "oooh, let me help you with that! We just need a needle and a pair of tweezers!" Sheesh, he's been shot twice so I'd think this whole "pain" thing would be put in perspective. One pubic ingrown hair was like the Gulf War. He'd rather face an armed assailant.
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July 21, 2012

Thanks for the humor in your post. I loved reading it. Have you ever wondered whether it's not the repetitive hair pulling and picking that we love, as much as it is the repetition of such painstakingly tedious and small-scale work? Sometimes I wonder if I would have as much passion and find as much joy in, say, carving kernels of rice under a microscope.
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September 07, 2010

i do... when i get bumps/ingrown hairs from shaving i pick at them. there usually isn't more than 1 or 2 and my bf knows about my problem and thankfully is understanding and doesn't judge me for it. still hate it though :(
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October 21, 2010

always in the morning I wake up with stuff in my fingernails from itching my vagina and bum while I am sleeping. I really think its digusting and dirty and would like to know if there is a way to stop it.
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November 05, 2010

i pop black heads and whiteheads downthere around shaft and on shaft
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November 29, 2010

Wow!!! I thought was the only person who picked down there... Iv been picking for as long as I can remember and I got scares all over my legs and my inner thighs and butt and arms.. And I'm tired of being embarrassed and coving up my body.... I can't even go to the beach In A bathing suit I wear shorts and a t-shirts during the summer I wear jeans always.. I wanna feel pretty... Is there any advice I can get for stopping...
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December 19, 2010

My name is Rachel, I'm 21, and I've picked all my life. Starting in middle school, I began to over-pluck my eyebrows. Eventually I stopped but then I began to tweeze my pubic hairs. It doesn't hurt as bad as you think it might. This behavior went on for years. I had my tweezers and my needle. I would teeze and tweeze and tweeze for hours at a time. I dug deep holes into my skin and would take a needle and dig it into the holes as well, convinced there was an ingrown hair. Sometimes I would hit a nerve with the needle and the pain would be terrible. I had a bloody cloth under my sink that I used to wipe the blood away only so I could still see what i was doing. In high school, I had sex for the first time and I didn't even allow the guy to take off my underwear. I just had him move it to the side. This habit continued until last year. I really can't explain why I stopped. It just happened. I no longer had an urge to dig out the hairs or to go at any bumps with a needle. The behavior just stopped all together. Now, I shave and will occasionally get ingrown hairs bit I can just take a pair of tweezers, pluck them, and move on. No big deal. No blood. The skin no longer has any scabbing or discoloration. I look like a normal girl now. I pick at my back as well. I've been picking at it since middle school. Last week, I decided, like so many times before, that I wanted to finally stop. And guess what? It's working. My back is healing. The scabs are going away and it doesn't hurt to scrub my back in the shower anymore. I can't explain what happens to make a person just stop one day what they've been doing for years. It's not like I had hit a significant breaking point or anything. I just didn't care to do it a anymore. Someday, all my scabs and scars will fade and I'll have confidence I've never had before. I already feel more confident than I did two weeks ago. I'm going to heal completely. I don't need therapy and I don't need medication. It's in my power to stop and that's exactly what I'm going to do.
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July 21, 2012

Congratulations! Wishing you the best with your recovery. I'm jealous of your progress. I'm in my 30's. I will go on streaks where there is minimal picking, but being back at it in full swing, I know, is always right around the corner. Keep us posted.
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December 19, 2010

lol my name is rachel as well and not only have i picked at my body and face hair, but i have had some times where i pull out my pubic hair in the lips of my vagina. I've gotten big bumps, and ingrown hairs, and i'm wondering if there is a way to atleast stop from picking. Sometimes i'd look in my underwear after going to the bathroom and there would be pubic hair there even if i ahdn't picked that day or even that week. Does it cause it to fall out or what?
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June 02, 2011

Hello, my name is Angie and I am in my 40's, I have picked compulsively at my genitals and inner thghs for the last year or so, it started when I got thrush which I have had constantly for the last 2 years but I find the scratching/itching cycle gets much worse in this warmer weather. I have been chronically depressed for the last 10 yrs or so and am taking venlafaxine antidepressants, but find the urge to scratch is much,much worse when I am having a bad day or am stressed out. The pain is "good" in a way but then I feel like my whole genital area & thighs are on fire and I cannot sleep, I am also restricted as to what clothes I can wear because of the constant friction and pain. I'm thoroughly disgusted with myself bedause I can't stop picking, and I have absolutely no friends who I would be comfortable enough with to talk about this problem. Sorry to ramble on and on and if I seem self-pitying but this problem makes me feel downright suicidal sometimes. Hope to hear from you anyway and please take care everyone xxx
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July 21, 2012

Hi Angie. I'm new to this group and I appreciate your post. I have wanted so many times to talk with friends or boyfriends about my picking, but I don't think it's their problem. It is such a big, complicated, scary, full-time issue that I don't think anyone should be burdened with it. I have seen counselors, doctors, plastic surgeons, and no one so far has been able to help me. If the professionals haven't been able to help (and if a sharp and determined person like myself can't get a grasp on a 26 year addiction), then I much doubt my friends will be able to help. I don't want anyone to feel like they need to take time out of their schedule to counsel me, nor do I think it would help. The few times anyone has called me out regarding this issue, it's made it worse. The stress is so much that I end up picking through the night and wee hours of the morning. I didn't overreact this way with the counselor I was seeing; she just wasn't very experienced and couldn't provide the level of help a seemingly put-together, closet freak like me needs. Thanks for listening.
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August 10, 2011

hi. am getin real scared. my genital is itching and the pink round my hole has turnd white and is peeling off.what to do.
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August 15, 2011

Hey y'all, I'm reay excited because I've been dealing with my dermatillomania for about 3 years, I can't really remember what started to but yeah. "down there" is my favorite part although there isn't an area on my body I haven't picked. I like the sight of something coming out and I feel like I've one a prize when I pick out a hair that hasn't even surfaces. It's pretty horrible down there because I do you needles and tweezer and will dig till I bleed just to get the hair. My boyfriend knows and it kinda hinders us, but I just make sure it's always dark. I can lock my self in my room or bathroom for hours on end just to do it and it really interferes with my life because I have stuff to do but my ocd distracts me. Hopefully i can stop soon so I can have a child one day . . . Because I'd hate for anyone to see me down there . . .
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July 21, 2012

I am exactly the same way. I can literally lock myself in the bathroom for 2... 3.... 4 hours? Just searching and searching for the next bump or hair or discoloration or slight imperfection to dig / cut out. I now have such extensive lower back troubles (that I know stem from my contortionist picking ways) that some days I can barely walk. :(
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September 30, 2012

Why the bathroom? why not the bed where its comfy?
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February 23, 2012

I can totally relate to you. Ever since I picked up a tweezer at about age 11 or 12, It became apart of me. I always had a fascination with hair I guess. When i was young, I used a scissor and cut off my eyebrow, from what I recall my mom telling me. As soon as my pubic hair grew it, i would pluck pluck pluck and now I have scars and bumps. I just really can't stop. I'm 19 now. It's been going on for 7 years. I can't tell anyone or go to the doctor because I'm embarrassed. I'm not ugly and I do want to have sex. I just don't want anyone seeing down there because its not pretty. =/ I'm not sure how I'm going to stop.
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February 24, 2012

i was in the same boat as you, until i later met my bf (when i was 20). i managed to stop completely when he told me its ok to have hair down there, its normal! i was really embarrassed to show or even talk about it, but he was understanding. i guess what started in my early teens was i thought having hair there was imperfection and it got scarred/bumps. if you let it grow out, the scars are not visible anymore and you can maintain the length with trimming. less maintenance too. its been 3 years since. -coming from someone who kept plucking for 9 years.

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