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Cedarshakes , 24 Dec 2023

Im new here and need help!

Hi this is my first post so Im sorry if this has been asked before! 

Im just looking for effective preventative measures some other folks take? Im pretty sure I have dermatillomania, I have a pretty bad compulsions when it comes to my fingers and destroying my skin, I do this daily: consciously and subconsciously. I occasionally pick my face skin and other places when im in an “episode.” 

Ive tried talking to my doctor but unfortunately I live in an area where hospitals are understaffed and underfunded so theres not many resources in that area. But Id love some suggestions to help prevent further picking. I know many fidgets toys help a minor bit, but im open to trying anything out. 

Thank you! 

1 Answer
December 30, 2023


Welcome, we are so pleased to have you here!

I'm sorry to hear about the challenges you're facing with your skin picking. It can be tough when resources are limited, but there are other ways to manage your skin picking. Fidget toys are a great start. FYI, Skinpick is having a webinar on the 24th January on all things fidgets.

Have you tried creating barriers like wearing gloves or using adhesive bandages on the fingertips to make picking more difficult? Keeping your hands busy with activities like drawing, knitting, or playing an instrument might also help redirect the urge. Additionally, practicing mindfulness and deep breathing exercises can assist in managing the impulse to pick.

I'd also encourage you to join online communities or attend webinars that discuss strategies for managing skin picking.

I'd highly recommend considering therapy as it can help minimize the urges and provide effective tools to manage skin picking behaviors. Our program offers unlimited access to therapists specializing in Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT), Habit Reversal Training (HRT), Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT), mindfulness, and various other techniques tailored specifically for body-focused repetitive behaviors.

Having a therapist who understands and specializes in these areas can provide invaluable support and guidance. They can assist in developing personalized strategies to cope with the urges, identify triggers, and work towards reducing skin picking episodes. If interested, our program offers a supportive environment to explore these techniques further and connect you with therapists who can assist you on your journey to managing dermatillomania.

Wishing you well on your healing journey. All the best.

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