hidradenitis suppurativa, picking in unusual manifestations, and mandarins


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August 28, 2010

I haven't heard of the skin disorder you mentioned, but I'll look it up. Since childhood, I've had a skin picking habit, along with depression, anxiety and ADD. When I hit menopause, I thought my skin would finally lose the excess oiliness. Instead, I developed some sebaceous gland disorder, also diagnosed by a few dermatologists as acne rosacea. It threw the skin picking into overdrive, and it took 2 and a half years to stop creating open sores all over my face. It was absolute hell. It got better, but lately I'm making a mess again. I cannot believe the permanent damage, the scarring I've done to myself. Sometimes, it feels soothing when I'm stressed or restless. Sometimes, I think I'm creating justification to stay home and isolate, because I look so lousy. I've tried every drug for depression and OCD, and nothing has helped. I've been single all my life, with a few relationships with men here and there. I'd love to conquer this, meet the right person, get off disability, get a life, but I'm losing hope at age 54. I've had decades of therapy, and have a lot of psychological insight, just no behavioral or attitudinal change.
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August 28, 2010

Ditto on the hormone thing as I'm 47 and that nasty ole menopause is wreaking havoc. It's amazing how somehow all my life I never imagined being "this old." I always felt like that was beyond me and I'd never do things like put on weight, get depressed, or gosh, pick at my skin? I've picked at my fingertips for as long as I can remember. As my husband says, I have "working" hands. They've never, ever looked feminine. I always compared them to sausages. I've also always been jealous of those women with long fingers and long finger beds. I think that's one reason I would dig at my cuticles, to try and not have such short round stubby nails that added to my bulbous finger tips. I have a type of "clubbing" occuring. I definitely use the scar and picking thing as a reason not to go out. It's also definitely dictated a lot of what goes on in my life. I've never heard of this disease that blue talks about, but I do relate to a whole bunch of the behavioral aspects. Please share more.