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I am a 28 year old female and my life is revolves around my picking. I'm married with one son and have a very good family. As I'm writing this I can't stop crying because I know I have a problem but don't know what to do. I pluck my eyebrows but I don't pluck them all off. Under my eyebrows where the hairs are trying grow back I will push (like trying to pop a zit) or dig to get the hairs out. Most haven't even broke through the skin yet but I can see them. I will spend hours digging and pushing until I get the hair. If it starts bleeding I will wipe it off and keep going. I have scars and sores that are horrible. I try using concelear to cover it up but most times it doesn't help. I have spent all of the beautiful memorial day weekend hid in my house because my eyes are swollen with huge painful sores and yet I just spent 3 hours picking the scabs and picking at new hairs I see. My husband doesn't understand it and I don't either my family looks at me like I'm a freak and I feel that way to. I have never sought help for this but really need to talk to someone who understands. With all this being said the thought of giving up my tweezers makes me sick to my stomach! Why do I keep doing this to myself! HELP!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
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Hoooooly crap. I thought I was the only person in the world with this problem! I've done many google searches but haven't been able to find much relating to eyebrow digging (for lack of a better term). I know I'm a tad bit late to this conversation but I thought I'd share my story.
I started picking at ingrown leg hairs when I was about 9 or 10 years old. I'm a woman who has been cursed with my dad's thick Italian eyebrow (yes, singular) and I started to become super self conscious about in it high school and that's kinda when the eyebrow plucking thing started. I'm 33 now and unfortunately, not much has changed. It's actually worse now because I have so much scar tissue from years of digging that my hairs can't break through the skin which means more digging to get them out. Which leads to more scarring, and so on. If I didn't have ingrown hairs, I wouldn't need to pick! But because I pick, I have ingrown hairs. It's a vicious cycle that I don't know how to stop.
The area under my eyebrows usually heals fairly well with minimal visible scarring (I'm really pale and my scars usually fade over time). But the area in between...my unibrow...The scarring is so bad that I don't know if it will ever heal or look "normal" again, even if I do stop picking. The skin is so raw and rough looking that it's getting harder to hide with makeup. Sometimes the skin is so raw that it hurts to put makeup on but I do anyways. I don't remember the last time I left my house without concealing my shame. I'm so self conscious about it that whenever I talk to someone face to face, all I can think about is how they're totally looking at my scars and judging me, or whatever. No one has ever came out and asked me about it but I'm sure they want to.
I really want to get laser treatments to help reduce the scar tissue or electrolysis to stop hair growth but I'm too embarrassed and ashamed of my problem to talk to anyone about it. I've tried all kinds of over the counter products like Mederma, vitamin E oil, Aquaphor, etc. and Neosporin (which usually does help prevent infections), but nothing seems to really help the scarring and obviously doesn't address the underlying issue (whatever that may be).
Anyways, I'm glad to know that I'm not alone with this godforsaken problem. I wish you guys the best of luck in your recovery!
I'm a tad bit late to this conversation too but wow, I relate to every single one of these previous posts!!!!! For me it started with the "unibrow" plucking and digging, scarring, and ingrown hairs, and repeat and repeat. I do not know the trigger to the start of the whole eyebrow plucking fiasco but I started doing this at a time when my face was literally blemish free because I was on acne medication. However I came off the acne medication because I was trying to get pregnant. Well, I started to break out :((( and now not only do I dig at the scar tissue by my eyebrows but I have been "digging" out the pimples as well. My once blemish free face has now become the looks of a battle ground, with both fresh wounds and very thick, ugly scars. I have seen both my PCP, derm doc, counselor, got back on my acne medication and some other OCD/depression meds, and now I'm doing this online therapy which is going alright. Besides this big "problem," I am a what most consider a normal 29 yr old woman, my life is normal, Im married, have a good job, live in a nice neighborhood, etc. Have always been somewhat shy and not the most self confident person but I just can't figure out why I do this to myself. I would say I have a mix of dermatillomania and acne excoriee. I have as well gone after some of the fresh scars to make them flatter yet it only makes them redder and deeper. I've basically turned the problem over to God's hands now, not that I haven't been praying to him all along to help me but now I've really come to accept the problem is bigger than me and so is He. He give's my body the power to heal the wounds I create, I believe with prayer and his Grace and Mercy, he'll heal my mind as well. If anybody wants to talk, I would love to hear how things are going for you. I've responded to a couple other forums but never get responses so I will just keep trying :) Just respond to this forum and we can get in touch that way. Prayers for all of you, no matter what you're all beautiful and you're all loved.
I would like to respond to "what is wrongwithme" since you have a most recent post. Sweetheart, is you read my above note, I've seen almost everyone I can about this problem, I've even left a pamphlet out at my workplace for others to read and understand what I'm going through and I tell you what, it was the BIGGEST relief by doing that, by letting everyone know all the truths, laying it out all on the table. I have learned i can't tell every stranger why I look like I do but doing all the things I can to get help and having people tell me they care and offer help makes me feel good. Also, I don't want to push religion onto anybody but if you read the word of God and read some daily devotionals, it's amazing how much the words lift your spirit and can make you face the world. It's other people's problem if they want to judge but I will always accept them.