The below is a forum entry made by one of our community members. If you want to know more about your condition, we suggest you read the following article written by a mental health professional on
Dermatillomania (skin picking disorder)

Buffyfan , 31 Aug 2010

I have began to pick the inside of my bellybutton, does anyone else do this??

Hi I'm 14 years old and I have obsessive compulsive disorder. I have a severe scalp picking problem and now I have begun to pick the inside of my bellybutton. I'm very scared, and I was wondering if anyone else here picks their bellybutton?
39 Answers
July 03, 2015

Oh my god, yes, I did this all the time as a teen. I haven't picked my bellybutton in my 20s, but I used to always have a scabby bellybutton filled with dried pus and other horrible things, which of course I'd scrape out and make worse.

July 27, 2017

I do it too! Picking my bellybytton has been my childhood comfort ever since I was a baby (some people suck their thumb but I pick my bellybutton) I'm 14 now and I've done it as long as I can remember and I cannot seem to stop. Makes me happy to know I'm not alone :))

lemon berry
December 09, 2018

This is something I'm quite concerned about, I do this. I've done this since 2 years ago, and it's the December of 2018. It's not an urge, I don't do it all the time. It happens once every year MAX. I just pick inside it, and it hurts my blatter but the next day it starts to bleed, and it has a bunch of crusty bits of skin in it. SO I give it time to heal, but it's just a constant pain! Is there something to do? I will tell you that to clean your belly button (If you pick it too clean it) you should go in the shower and rinse it. Then softly apply soap to the area. Wash it out then CAREFULLY and SLOWLY dry the bellybutton.


March 05, 2019

yes I've been picking my bellybutton since a little kid, i like to scratch it with tools i make or find,till it bleeds then i like to rip the scab off, i get a certain kind of pleasure from it, sometimes I might even pour alcohol or peroxide in it to feel the burn.

April 14, 2019

I do this as well. I’ve done it for as long as I can remember, my family says I’ve done it since I was a toddler and I’m now in my early 20’s. Unfortunately my belly button is brown and has been for many years, I can’t remember a time when it wasn’t. I have tried EVERYTHING to fix it but no luck. I’ve tried scrubs, soap, homemade skin lightning. Nothing works....has anyone else experienced permanent skin browning??

November 04, 2019

Oh my goooood, paisley22, I deal with the EXACT same thing. I can’t really remember when I started, it’s been that long. I was probably a toddler. In my house, my family refers to my disorder as me “playing with my bellybutton” which always made me very ashamed and insecure. I get a sense of pleasure when I do it, but not in a weird way. It kind of helps me calm down. I do it when I’m extremely anxious. I am 19 years old, and mess with my bellybutton mmmm...gosh I haven’t thought about it before..maybe more than 30 times a day? Good gosh. At this point, my bellybutton is very deep and hollow, calloused, scabby, and the entire surrounding area of my bellybutton is brown including the inside. I don’t ever wear swimsuits in public because it is so ugly. It has prevented me from getting a boyfriend which is a HUGE let down because I have a relatively nice body and want to feel attractive and normal for once. It’s been like this my whole life, so I aspire to get rich and get cosmetic surgery one day to in hopes, have a normal looking bellybutton and stop my addiction. :(((

November 04, 2019

And just to clarify; I do it even without noticing that I’m doing it. Even while I’m sleeping, I have completely no control, my will to stop is so uncontrollable I don’t know what to do. I feel like I would be a lost cause if I went to undergo treatment, that’s how bad it is.

April 21, 2020

Don't worry. I've been doing it since I was about two. Honestly, I was embarrassed about it, for I thought it very odd, but I'm glad to see it's not quite as weird as I first determined it to be. Also, I had half a mind to ask this question myself- in fact, I found this site when I googled the habit. And I'm younger than you are. So just know- absolutely people do.

May 04, 2020

I thought I was literally the only person in this whole world that picked my belly button until I found this page.. I have been doing it, for so long that I don't even think twice about it. I'm picking it as I right this lol. So, just like some I've been doing it since I was born. At first, I thought I had a problem. Then, when I got into my 20's I stopped caring but did it more. Now, I do it all the time. Everyday. I dont know how to stop. I have a question. Has anybody ever heard or had any sequel gratification from playing or picking their belly button?

May 12, 2020

Literally, same here. I’ve been picking for as long as I can remember. Since I was a baby so it always seemed normal for me. Somewhat similar to your story TheDarkOne85, when I was in high school I kind of stopped for a year or maybe two? It would be once in a blue moon. I’m not sure exactly when I started picking again but since about 2016? It’s been every. Single. Day ): I pick so much I don’t even realize when it do it sometimes, and my skin is so thick there that it’s hard for me to find an area to start peeling at, so before I know it- I’m in a trance of picking. Even if it may hurt and I feel I’m pulling at my chord, I won’t stop until I get the whole surface off and I it feels just right. Sometimes I’d use a sharp object to get a pick started. I’d hide sometimes to do it in public.. or sometimes my hand would be over/under my shirt without me even noticing. It wasn’t until maybe 2018 that I realized it’s abnormal- once my family pointed out how different my belly button looks. At this point I’m kind of scared because I literally can’t feel my belly button unless I pull it out and tug on it/peel the thick thick layer of skin off to where it’s bleeding and burns. My whole belly button area is dark and hard. But it brings an indescribable comfort to me. Just the thought of stopping makes me extremely sad because picking my belly button is my comfort. I don’t know what to do... because I don’t want to do anymore damage but I know I should stop...

May 12, 2020

It’s kinda like a euphoria to me... and it definitely makes me insecure with potential partners or anything outfit showing my belly button (which I avoid) because it’s not cute and I feel it’s definitely a turn off :/ idk.

September 19, 2020

I’m in my twenties & have been picking my bellybutton for as long as I can remember. It turns me on. So, @thedarkone85, I think you meant to type “sexual” gratification? For me, absolutely. I’ve gotten to the point where it’s hard to climax without my partner picking it hard (while doing other things of course). Anyone else?
I never mentioned it to other boys before him, I was always ashamed, but he embraces it. He goes right for it in bed & it’s definitely made things more interesting.
Of course my bellybutton has taken a toll- it goes through phases of redness, scabbing, and occasionally bleeding - but for how good it makes me feel, I think it’s a small price to pay honestly. I also pick it much more gently just in bed by myself as a soothing thing. Just feels good.
I do have OCD but it’s the only place I’ve ever picked.

October 19, 2020

I have a bad habit of picking at my belly button and I do everyday and my doctor says it’s bad to do it because it could cause a infection and other things but I don’t know how to stop and really want to stop messing with belly button

October 21, 2020

@belbygirl that is exactly what I mean. I havent had the courage to ask to female to pick my belly button during sex. Im too ashamed as well, like there is something wrong with me. But I've done it and it's a different type of climax. If you can get a piece of skin to come off while you climax. Its on a totally different level lol. But like you said, I think there is something wrong with me mentally because I do it so much. I also agree. In bed, I pick it, examine it and find little pieces to play with. I like waiting like 4 or 5 days after it deals to start picking at it slowly and generally that first pick it the best. The piece that you rip off is so big and then its just so sensitive afterwards. I like that feeling alot.

November 10, 2020

Maybe that was a little bit to much information lol

March 09, 2021

So, your wish has officially been granted. I made an official bellybutton picking forum on Reddit today. All you have to do is type bellybutton picking in your search engine. Come unload your wildest fantasies in the group. I’m also looking for other admins as well, to help filter out the unwanted and individuals that break the rules. You can message me and find my username in the group.

June 10, 2021

I use to pick at my scalp and since I was pregnant with my daughter I have started to pick my belly button and my whole life I’ve been picking away at my skin I just thought it might just be me and nothing was wrong with me

June 18, 2021

Honestly Dani, I don’t think there’s anything wrong with it at all. Everybody has there own kinks and perks in this life and as long as you take care of yourself, your not hurting yourself or others, do what makes you happy.

Start your journey with SkinPick

Take control of your life and find freedom from skin picking through professional therapy and evidence-based behavioral techniques.

Start Now