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SameOldTrik2 , 16 Feb 2011

I'm 50 & picked all my life...

I pick every waking hour..I look for loose skin just to pull it off..My finger tips are sore all the time...I eat the skin...I bite & chew the skin from my fingertips..I don't even stop when the blood comes out...I've picked my fingers,feet,toes & the palm of my hands...I feel helpless & want to be able to stop...
2 Answers
February 19, 2011
It is so nice to finally be able to talk to somebody about this. I am 50 and have been picking at my cuticles since I was a teenager. I notice it more during stressful times such as holidays being around family, but I also pick without even thinking about it during movies, at church or at dinner with friends. I don't bite my nails but my cuticles at times can be horrible looking. I work a job that requires me to process paper work and sometimes there is blood on the paper from my cuticles. If my fingernails are short, I bite my cuticles or use scissors, clippers, paper clips or whatever is available. I have tried wearing bandaids with neosporin, sanding down cuticles with emory boards, hand lotion and wear gloves. They all help initially but then I pick anyway. My rationalization is that I like smooth and even looking fingers, no jagged edges and I have to "fix" it. Well, it is a compulsion that brings alot of embarrassment. I get really paranoid when someone glances down at my hands. If I go out to eat with friends I make sure to put bandaids on my thumbs and pointer fingers. (Those are the main 4 fingers I pick.) In the winter time I wear gloves and that helps. My fingers are scarred and they look like they were burned. When people ask I tell them that I have really dry cuticles for some reason and they get irritated when I pick them. I look forward to reading the posts. It makes me feel less crazy to know other people are also in my situation. Thanks for listening.
February 20, 2011

In reply to by Slimpikn

Is it weird that I look foward to alone time so I can pick ??? I don't find that stress increases my picking...I could be having fun with friends & still be picking like a crazy fool...I've even used fine sandpaper on my fingers to try to smooth the loose skin so I won't pick...After writing this I do think I'm crazy...I think I need a good shrink :) Kirt in New Orleans

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