Dermatillomania and PTSD


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June 21, 2008

hi artist girl, I have mild PTSD too, however my skin picking started a couple years before the event that caused my PTSD. I'm sure that they are related at least in that they both are caused by stress and the ability to cope with stress (or rather inability to cope). I pick when I'm spaced out and deep in thought too. I've tried cutting my fingernails super short so that there isn't anything to pick with and I've even tried wearing lightweight cotton gardening gloves in the house when I'm worried I'll absentmindedly pick...both worked for a bit, but weren't long term solutions. I think the key to beating this thing is figuring out how to deal with stress which might best be done through a therapist. I've read that cognitive therapy is more effective than talk therapy for skin-picking, but I suspect both are helpful when you throw PTSD into the mix. hang in there and good luck! p.s. I have found a couple of beauty products that seem to help with healing and the scars: -Olay Regenerist Serum (I wouldn't use it if you have a lot of fresh, raw spots) -Aveeno or Nuetrogena sunless tanning lotion (I have found these to be the best for healing. I don't know what's in them that does it, but it works for me and I don't use very much because I don't want the color, just the healing) -Proactive Repairing Lotion
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June 21, 2008

Hey thanks :-). I reread my post. I think I made things sound worse than they are. The scarring isn't that bad but it's there. I don't tend to space out luckily but definitely do this when deep in thought. I'm going back to therapy (or trying to). I think probably the best thing is to get the anxiety level down. Thanks again :-)