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Has anyone picked at themselves to the point of needing plastic surgery to repair the damage? I have picked and picked and picked a few places on my face so much that I have actually disfigured my face. How crazy is that? I'm not picking on new places, but rather digging at an old wound that can't heal because of my habit that began years ago. I've picked at this one place so long (months) that I know I'm just digging at scar tissue, but at times I can't help it because it (and a few other scars) are lumpy and itchy and I want them gone. I just want to dig everything out--aargh! Now I have a few hypertrophic scars on my face that have actually altered the profile of my jawline! Places where I have just literally carved out scar tissue and other junk are now hyperinflated with those scars...which itch and make me want to dig even more. I must be certifiably insane to keep doing this. My dermatologist has helped me get my hormonal acne (peri-menopause) under control, but my scars are making me crazy. He has injected a few of facial scars with some sort of cortisone, but they are still hard, red, raised, and itchy. I have an appt with him next week, and he will kill me when he sees the damage I've done. Has anyone had a similar experience? If so, how are you treating it? I'm trying to use silicone patches as night, but I tend to pull them off in my sleep. There's also a brush-on gel I use, but nothing really seems to be working. Any suggestions?
In reply to I have too, you definitely by cherrycolalola
In reply to Thanks, cherrycolalola. by Aargh
I can relate to a lot stated here. I too struggle with a scar that I keep picking at and try to scratch, rub, and squeeze scar tissue out of it. It's located on my cheek on the left side of my face, which looks indented now. I also feel scar tissue spread around my face from all the rubbing and poking on that area. It's incredibly frustrating and triggering to feel that scar tissue under my skin, I swear I can feel it crawling under there and it drives me up the wall! I feel terrible shame and guilt from the condition my skin is in and the fact that it was done by my own hand is what kills me. I am definitely considering cosmetic surgery -scar excision surgery to be specific, along with laser treatments after. It's what the cosmetic dermatologist suggested after looking at my skin. It's comforting to know I'm not alone because this addiction has truly affected my life in very negative ways. I wish you all hope and healing. ✌