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i'm a 30 old girl from the netherlands. I started by biting my fingernails untill I was 11, then I discovered that I could remove the nails of my toes (yeah, why not remove almost all of my toenails...) For me the problem was hidden untill I was 16 and it got worse when I was about 20. My hands, back, feet, scalp, face. Last year I read somewhere on a forum that getting acryl nails would help against picking my skin. Simply because your fingernail gets much thicker, and it's much more difficult to get grip at your skin. I didn't want to spent that money before trying, so first I tried a couple of days with plastic fingernails which you can easaly remove. I noticed immediately that it was more difficult to pick my skin. But the best effect was that I felt relaxed, and even forgot about my hands (and a lot of other places that I pick my skin). So Indecided to go to the nailsalon and get my first set of acrylic nails. I experienced with my new nails that it was even better! It took about 2 weeks before my skin closed, but the redness was gone in a couple of days. It is even good for me and my husband because me picking irritated him so much and that made me hide it from him... but ofcourse he would often see the results of my moments, and he didn't understand it or knew what to do. He has been very supportive, even though he hates long fingernails :-). But The best effect I have from my new nails is the relaxed feeling I have in my hands. I notice I still touch my fingers with my nails, some of the fingers that have been open for a long time the skin is still a bit hard. But the sensation I used to feel is now different, and that is not from therapy, it's just because it feels different! I can't say I'm completely free off picking my skin, sometimes the allergy on my hands returns. But when I get it open it's not for that long, it's more easy to let my skin heal because it doesn't feel like it used to. Sometimes when I get to this point I ask the girl from the nailshop to make my nails even thicker, and that helps. But that only happend ones in a year. Long story, sorry about my English, but I really hope it will help others to! As a bonus you will beatifull hands with those nice nails you see around you. And if you hate those, most of the time I have just naturel looking nails :-).
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