Dermatillomania or skin-picking disorder manifests in many forms. Common areas that are the focus of skin picking include the face, arms, neck, and scalp. Skin-picking disorder is part of a cluster of disorders known as Body-Focussed Repetitive Behaviour (BFRB). When dermatillomania presents as an obsessive-compulsive scalp-picking behaviour, it can often be confused with another BFRB called trichotillomania. Trichotillomania is a hair-pulling disorder, which leads to hair loss and sometimes baldness. However, scalp-picking is motivated specifically by the person’s urge to pick at the skin of the scalp, whereas hair-pulling is the urge to pull the hair out of the scalp.
Cosmetics brand Dermablend Professional recently launched an advertising campaign on YouTube called the Camo Confession Campaign. The cosmetics industry is often slated for being superficial and encouraging women and girls to strive for the unrealistic ideal of perfection. Dermablend Professional hopes to challenge this view with the Camo Confession ad campaign. The campaign kicks off with a young model named Cassandra removing her make-up and sharing her personal story of shame and ridicule as a young teenager because of her terrible facial acne. Even though she is talking about acne, we thought the heart of the story is something that many who suffer with skin-picking disorder can relate to.
Becca is a vlogger who covers her life with trichotillomania on her YouTube channel, TrichJournal. She recently made a video discussing 6 useful tips that will help you have a good time at the conference, and even make a few friends in the process
1. Being Nervous is Normal Doing anything for the first time can make you anxious. And that's fine because there are lots of things to take care of: settle down in your hotel room if you're from out of town, find the venue, and finally register. If it all makes you feel nervous, look at people around you. Seeing that everybody is going through the same experience will help you relax.
2. Respect Others' Privacy Each person has a different attitude toward their condition. Some are more outgoing about it than others so, if you want to take photos with other people, ask them for permission first.
3. Make Friends! Trich affects 2 to 3 percent of the population. For that reason, people with trich or skin picking sometimes feel isolated and alone, ashamed and hiding their condition. At a conference, you will be surrounded by people who understand what living with BFRB feels like. So use this opportunity to open up - listen, learn, socialize, and make new friends.
A picture is worth a thousand words, right? This infographic concisely explains Dermatillomania.
Dermatillomania’s name explains the condition, which is compulsive picking of the skin despite causing physical damage. People who pick at their skin experience skin damage as well as psychological and emotional distress. What makes the condition a disorder is the amount of time someone spends doing it, usually impairing their ability to go to school, work, or socialize. Additionally, people with skin picking disorder devote much time and expense, covering up the damage.
While not very common, skin picking disorder affects 1-6% of the population and usually begins in early adolescence. Although it lasts a lifetime, picking behaviors are often episodic and correlate with stress, anxiety, or depression. However, every person is different, which is why thorough assessment by a qualified professional helps determine the best course of treatment. Therapeutic interventions include cognitive-behavioral therapies like habit reversal training and acceptance and commitment therapy. Successful recovery is possible and usually consists of a healthy lifestyle, therapy, and social support.