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Hi Everyone! I'm new to this site.... I'm 26 years old and I've been picking away at my skin since I was 10 years old. I remember that it started when I was on vacation and got some mosquito bites and started picking at them, and it all went downhill from there! :o( I've done some research on this and I just dont know WHY I pick my skin. I've never been traumatized and abused in my life and I'm not depressed or anything. Sure, I've had some career-related stress in the past couple of years, but my picking started way before that. Everytime I am going to a wedding or party that I know about in advancve, I'm really good and dont touch my skin and it heals very well and Im happy! BUT, after the party I start picking again! I Hate IT!!! I just cant stop! I pick so much that its almost like second nature to me....I dont even realize that I'm picking! I can even pick in front of people....it looks like I'm rubbing my back or neck but Im actually picking!!!! :o\ I've also noticed that if Im upset or worried or stressed about something, I tend to pick even more....like I'll sit there and pick pick pick for 15 minutes straight!!! It's disgusting!!! I can only imagine what other people must think when they see me! When I was younger all of my picking was on my legs, but I dont do that anymore and now my legs look perfect! :o) (I have no idea what made me stop...if I did I woulda done the same thing now). But now I've moved up and am picking all over my arms, back and chest!!! :o( My family tells me to stop, but they dont understand that I just dont have the will power to stop on my own. I'm wayyyyy too embarassed to discuss this with my doctor. I was sooo happy when I found this forum...gives me some relief knowing that Im not alone! Anyways, I'm looking for tips and advice on how to stop picking at my skin! I'm sick and tired of being self-conscious about my skin and always trying to cover-up with long sleeve shirts or make-up! PLEASE HELP!!!! I'm open to any and all suggestions! What has worked for you??? I'd like to get married soon and I dont want to be covered in scabs and scars on my wedding day! :o( PLEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEASE HELP ME!!!!!!! How Can I Stop This Horrible Urge To Pick At My Skin??????? Thanks!