im 20 and ive been eating my finger skin all my life.


Online Test For Skin Picking Disorder

Find Out The Severity of Your Symptoms With This Free Online Diagnostic Tool

avatar

October 26, 2010

Hi, SInce I was 3, I can recall my parents telling me to stop picking my fingers. The skin around them bled, almost healed then I had to pick again. I have sisters that never did this. They always had beautiful nails and fingers. About 9 months ago I started going to a manicurist. Even though they were getting groomed and painted each week, I didn't stop picking. The manicurist got used to "cleaning" up my scarring mess. About 6 months ago, she suggested I get acrylic nails. They are kept somewhat short, because I have trouble with longer nails. When I saw the shape of my thin ugly nails change before my eyes, I lost the urge to pick. My skin healed in 2 weeks and I have not picked since. If I wanted to pick, I wouldn't be able too, because the nails are too dull to break the skin. I look down at my nails and see the beautiful hand that I have never had. The answer for me to stop picking is to simply change my focus. I look at my nails/fingers, they are great.....there is nothing to think about anymore. I hope this helps someone.....
avatar

November 12, 2010

im 23 and have ben bit and eating my skin on my fingers for ever. i don't think ill ever stop. id some what like to. becouse sometime my hand are so swollen that is hard to change my babby girl. i like doing it it makes me fell better when i eat my fingers. i don't under stand why tho. i no it call dermatophagia and that its an ocd diorder or call wolf biters. it don't help nowing this i still cant find a way to stop.
avatar

November 12, 2010

I am so surprised to find a group about this. I am quite a bit older than most people here, I will be turning 60 soon. Since I was a little girl, I have bitten my fingernails and chewed the skin around my nails, dry skin on my lips and in side of my cheeks. Right now I have gravitational dermatitis on legs. I am also recovering from a lymphoma cancer tumor in the same area of my leg. I had 5 weeks of radiation therapy in February and have been trying to get the open wound left behind to heal. All of this has also left lots of bumps of scabs and with my OCD, it's all I can do to know pick at them all. In fact, I did the other night and opened one of the biopsy sites and blood was gushing everywhere. That led to the dermatologist for lecture about not picking at my skin. Yeah, right, like it's that easy! So now I have a staph infection that has moved to my hands, my face (from picking and scratching), my eyes, my throat (from biting my fingernails) and all up and down my leg from my toes to my hips. She gave me a cortizone cream to rub on the rash, which is agonizing because just the process of putting on the cream is the overwhelming desire to pick while I am rubbing. I've found that putting an ice back on the area helps, and drinking chamomile tea, using Rescue Remedy, and taking anti-anxiety pills. I feel like I'm such a basketcase. I have ADHD, OCD, DID.. I've had cancer twice, survived a near fatal car accident that left my partially disabled, survived the loss of four babies from miscarriages and the death of 16 year old daughter 10 years ago, and was sexually abused as a child (from age 2 to 19). I'm assuming that most of these disorders are a result of the abuse. Just when I think I'm finally getting it all together again, I find a new disorder, disability, problem or whatever. I'm really know looking for then. Sometimes I think they are being revealed to me one by one so they would be easier to cope with. I'm just so happy to learn that I'm not alone in battling this..
avatar

November 20, 2010

Wow. This is alot to take in, I am a loving stepmom to a five year old girl. I have been in her life since she was born and she lives with me and her dad. Now for the last year or so she has been chewing the skin on all of her fingers and tearing them down layers and layers. I have tried lotions, and bandaids,. Now I put vaseline on them and tell her when she wants to pick at them to just rub her fingers together and it will make them smooth. She likes it, and it seems to work... until she visits her mom. Then she goes back to doing it. She says she doesnt even notice that she is, but I dont understand how it cannot cause her pain?!?! Can someone help me with that? I mean they look horrible and she says she wants pretty hands but she wont quit. Is there really nothing that helps? Her mom is trying to put her on an antidepressent but for god sakes shes FIVE! So her dad is fighting that, but there has to be something.. please someone give me some hope...
avatar

December 18, 2010

i just turned 20, but i was one of those same kinds of kids. since everyone thinks its a phase that will pass, they never reeallllly tried to stop me. ive since progressed to also picking scabs and acne and stuff just like everyone else here. my best advice is that i do it the least when i keep my hands busy. i know shes five so its hard, but i did the little gimp things when i was little and now crochet and knit blankets to give to charity, just to keep my hands busy. i always did it when i was bored or watching tv or reading, which it sounds like she does too. ill admit there's slight pain, but theres a huge comfort/relief thing tied to it. i cant explain why, but there definitely it. keeping her hands busy with things like that might help. but definitely a great idea with rubbing her fingers together, i do that when im fighting the urge in class or something and can't just pull out a blanket to crochet haha.
avatar

September 28, 2011

Sorry this isn't much of a reply, but I'm 27, and seriously have been biting the skin sound my nails (started) then around the tips of my nails and finally I got to biting all the way down to the pads of all my fingers, until they bled! No matter how much it hurt! I would move to another finger and continue! It hurt to wash my hands, put peroxcide (sorry if that's spelled wrong) on my hands (palm) I'd feel it all over the tips of my fingers. I think I started when my dad told me something I couldnt cope with (he died when I was 15 in high school) and I started tearing the skin away from the edge of my nails and so on. I hat doing that and actually successfully managed to stop for 2 years! :D Its hard but I do want to try to help anyone here! When ever I found myself putting my hand to my face at any time, beside scratching my head or face I thought of nubs like someone who has not nails nor fingers scratching or being able to put in my mouth and I would t do it, or just the actual hurt or physical pain it caused I mean I hated touching something and it causing me pain and I stopped! It took s bit and in no way is it a long term thing because I feel that I'm not alone cause I have started again and I felt different! Every one in the military said it was!
avatar

October 24, 2011

I am 12 years old and started biting the skin off my finger when I was 7 years old. This ironicly started my MY parents got a divorce. I understand how hard it is to quit. Now that I have braces, it is harder to bite. I stopped for about a month but after I found out my dad and his wife (My stepmom) were going to have a baby, I started up again. I know this may sound a little... wrong but this gives me pleasure. It makes me feel better.
avatar

December 23, 2010

I have too my entire life. I used to have raw skin when I picked it and it was extremely painful and used to poke it with something because it hurt and I just liked picking at it. Idk why I did this but I trained myself to not let it get to the raw skin but I still do pick and eat it. Right now I have 3 band aids covering it because it still gets sore and band aids help me not to poke at it and keep picking. I know this sounds soo weird but it's me. If anyone needs to get anything out or talk about this with someone else who suffers feel free to email me at seeemily30@yahoo.com. I'm more then willing to listen.
avatar

January 07, 2011

The thing that made me stop for a good year was Bite No More from Kissusa. I still don't chew my nails now, but I'm starting to chew my skin again, and it's getting bad. Only problem...... can't find Bite No More anywhere now! Applied that to my skin for about a month, and never ate them for a whole year, would love to get some more but I don't think they maike it anymore, and I can't find anything close to that, and I have tried MANY products, but they never work.
avatar

January 25, 2011

Im 14, Always had flakes of skin coming off above and next to my nails. Used to hurt when I was younger when Id be playing and flakes would pull off backwards and sting and sometimes bleed. Nothing major... A few months ago I started biting them off (down so it wouldn't hurt). But its going too far. My fingers look disgusting. Im embarassed, it seems to grow back more I bite them off. I get hardened skin where its gone too deep and I bite those parts off too. I can't help doing it. I thought I was the only one but I guess theres a few of us. Seems like it could be ocd for me me, and for some people stress. ...
avatar

January 26, 2011

Mine problem is minor as I have cut my nail with my teeth. I have tried a lot to stop this but unintentionally it happens again and again. Now I stop trying to give up this.
avatar

January 29, 2011

Reading everyones comments on here has made me feel less alone. I've been biting the skin off the sides of my fingernails for as long as I can remember and I never knew that this was something other people did too. I usually only bite my fingers when I am feeling uncomfortable, nervous, anxious, or scared. Which are all things I feel often during school. I wish I was able to stop because I've completely destroyed my hands, but at the same time I'm not sure if I want to stop because of the enjoyment I get while I am doing it. The only thing I've found that stops me from biting is to put bandages on my fingers. I currently have bandages on three of my fingers to keep from biting them any more. Sadly, they only help for a short amount of time because once my nails grow back to a normal length and the skin on the side heals, I will do it again.
avatar

January 30, 2011

I am 54 years old and in the past two years I have finally stopped picking my skin around my fingers and stopped bighting my nails. I did this by painting my nails with this stuff I bought on the internet . It tastes horrible and actually makes me feel quite sick. Unfortunately, my daughters, have inherited my bad habit. My youngest daughter, 14, has kicked the habit by using the stuff I used. My eldest daughter, 16, won't use the stuff and is mutilating her nails and the skin around her fingers. She is contantly picking and she doesn't even realize she is doing it. What do you recommend? What professional help works?? Thanks
avatar

February 19, 2011

I'm a 55 yr. old Professional guitarist. I've been biting and eating the skin on my fingers forever! I bite the callouses off my left hand fingers mostly, but attack the right hand also. I find that most of the times I bite are when I'm pre-occupied...when I'm driving, and watching T.V. I have cloth gloves on the coffee table for when I watch T.V., but it only works if I put them on! I would love to stop this nasty habit....has anyone tried Hypnosis???
avatar

March 23, 2011

I am 29 years old and I have been picking and biting the skin off my fingers as long as I can remember. Reader other comments, I too feel better. Not happy that I do it, but I swear I feel so alone and no one understands me. I have good days and bad days. Some days I do not even look at my hands and other I cannot stop biting and eating the skin off. Just before I found this website, I was biting my thumb. This has left my hands looking worse each year. I often wear bandages on the "bad" parts. I often say I burned myself while cooking, but I swear my friends and co workers must see there is something wrong. I tend to hold my hands in positions that will less expose them and when with my husband I often sit or lay on my hands to hide. He has never asked me but I know he knows something is wrong. I mean, wearing bandages 24/7 sometimes? crazy, I know. I do it alot when nervous, anxious, or even when I am bored. Sometime I do not even know I am doing it, and I always tend to rub my hands across my lips. This makes me feel the rough parts and I tend to bite more this way too. When getting down into the layers it hurts, but the pain feels good in a way. Sick i know it sounds crazy. Who wants raw hands? not me, I cannot help it. I was told by my grandmother my uncle did it too, maybe hereditary? I don't know the answer. But I do find that I stop more when I am calm. Doing yoga has helped. I would appreciate any advise. I do however feel better knowing I am not alone. Thanks for sharing your stories.
avatar

April 07, 2011

your not alone. i know exactly how you feel . its rough to be doing it and not even know you are. what im starting to do is paint my nails and instead of biting my fingers, i take off the nail polish when its dry. i dont know if its bad for me or you but its been working dor me. ok well good luck . bye.
avatar

May 20, 2011

Hi I just finished reading your post and I am right with you. I mean everything that you mentioned is exactly what happens with me. I have had this problem for as long as I can remember and it also seems to get better sometimes but then I get right back at it and some times are worse than others. I hate the way my fingers look, and I am so emberrased when people are looking at them. I work for an airline so I am always dealing with computers, and typing, and customers, and so I try to hide my fingers some way or another but I know people see them here and there. My husband hates when I do it and he says that I must have an intervention soon because now I am doing it to my (feet) I am picking the skin off of them and they have gotten so bad that I am afraid to wear sandals now. My finger nails have never been long because I bite them off too but I mainly bite my skin off. I remember one day I got my nails done a long time ago when I went to like my senior Prom and that was one of the few times I got my nails done with acrylic at the nail salon, and since the acrylic tastes really bad and the nails are not as sharp as my regular nail, I was not able to bite them off or tear off my skin. So I think I am going to try that again because nail polish, hot sauce, or any nasty thing that people say will work, HAS NOT worked for me, and I have GOT TO STOP now before they get worse. I just wanted to reply to you because we are identical when it comes to this. I hope if you try this it helps!!!!
avatar

April 04, 2011

I am 23 years old and started biting the skin off my hands, fingers and thumbs when I was about 10 years old. I guess it started when biting my nails or an irritating skin tag - over the years it has progressed to eating the hard skin off several parts of my hands; finger tips and around the nail area, hand pads (protruding hard pads at the base of each finger) and all around my thumbs. It’s very hard to shake hands with people without feeling a sense or embarrassment and touching a lover in intimate places becomes challenging. I sometimes hide my thumbs inside my fist - so not to be seen. I used to tell people that it was an accident involving hydraulic fluid whilst at work. My hands look very scared and scabby and in some places very red and raw. Sometimes I bite off too much, a little sting and blood and then it’s back to biting. I get a sense of satisfaction when grasping a piece of skin with my teeth and tearing it off my hand, and then eating it. It happens randomly, some days I may not bite much at all and other days I bite a lot. I have been told by very close people that it could be nervs, I don’t think I'm a nervy person - I'm a director of an internet company and yes the job is stressful but I didn’t have this job when I was 9 years old when I took my first bite! I have been to the doctors twice about this. The first time I was given some hydrocortisone to help heal the hands. The treatment lasted about two or three days and then I packed it in in favour for biting my hands again. The second time I went to the doc's I was given a more hardcore cream/drug but again, I needed to bite so sacked off the treatment. I’m starting to wonder whether there is a deeper physiological reason for this? What is the correct treatment? Is it like smoking, where all you need is a little will power? I’m getting sick of the whole thing now, I’m not a nervy person (occasional anxiety but so has everyone!). What’s the answer?
avatar

April 04, 2011

Tears run down my cheeks discovering that others have the same bad habit as me. I didn't even know, that it had a "name" - I just thought that I had no backbone in quitting this habit. I'm 38 and have been biting my sides of my fingers (one finger all the way to the first "knuckle"!) since I was a teenager. It is a shamefull thing and I try to hide it, but at times it is hard when I have sores. Wooow - I'm still amazed to see that so many others have this problem. I had a short period last year, where I didn't pick/bite my fingers (well helped by the thought that I had my tooth was cracked due to many years of biting - luckily it wasn't), but now I have started again. Good to get off my chest. I have never really talked to anybody about it. When my family or husband mentions it - I normally leave the room and avoid talking about it.
avatar

April 07, 2011

Him 14 and ever since i could remember, Ive been biting the skin off my fingers. I always thought it was a habit from being nervous . With problems in family. Im in a group home and i do it now and then when i get nervous. I have never talked to anyone about it and it feels good to know im not the only one with this bad habit. Ive tried all sorts of things and when i get tired of my fingers i go to the nuckles. i was always ashamed . My nuckles were pink and when a boyfriend would ask id just turn my cheek and walk away. Im glad i know im not the only one. And it is hard to stop....
avatar

April 09, 2011

Yea..it is hard to stop..but we have to give it our best shot..just pray to God and he will help us get trought this...
avatar

April 14, 2011

Hey im a 14 year old boy i think u shuld do sommin yu realy like and do it and aventully yu wont bite them :)
avatar

April 14, 2011

Hey im 14 yr old boy from england and ever since i remember i bite my skin like crazy till its turns red raw and hurts and its grown to be a habbit and i realy annoys me and when i get my hands wet they weird like they have all been chewed to bits, but ive kind of found a hobbie and ive been recently lifting weights and it attracts the attention away from my finger biting habits, but if any of you have any cures or other ways to help me id be so so grateful and i dont like people going ewww what happend to ur thumb it f*cks me off
avatar

May 02, 2011

I'm 18 years old, and I have been biting my nails and the skin around my fingers for as long as I can remember. My dad does it as well, which I think is where I picked up the habit. I recently went to see a doctor for it, because it's reached the point where I don't realise I'm doing it until I bite too far and start bleeding. The doctor believes it is in fact an OCD behaviour, because it is a repetitive behaviour that is obsessive in the way that we feel like we HAVE to do it. I was prescribed with anti-depressants, which affect chemical imbalances in the brain, to try to reduce the nail/finger biting behaviour. I can't yet tell you how well they're working, because I'm only on my third day of the anti-depressants. But I recommend to all fellow nail/finger biters to see a doctor and get their opinion on what will help prevent this behaviour. It's great to know there are many other people out there like me, who have this horrible habit. Good luck with it, guys.
avatar

May 03, 2011

Hi im 12 years old and have this same problem.I thought i was the only one. i dont know how to stop. i never heard of this as like,ocd. PLEASE HELP!!! I really dont want to have this for the rest of my life!! I only know 2 other people with this same problem. this only started for me last year.
avatar

May 09, 2011

I am overwhelmed by the posts I have read tonight. I have litterly torn the skin off of my fingers so badly this weekend that it hurts to run them under hot water or even to bend my fingers. You know, I have never been addicted to any sort of illegal substances, but this is so sickening to me that I can't seem to stop. I am 37 years old and have been biting and tearing the skin off of my fingers for as long as I can remember. I am just now coming to understand and target where my mind is at when I have these episodes. The part that is so frustrating is that by the time I realize I am doing it, my fingers are already raw. I am constantly hiding my hands so that others will not see and if anyone does, I make up some lame excuse as to why my fingers look they way they do. The only time I have ever been able to stop is when I have allowed myself the luxury of acrylic nails. I wish I could get them all of the time because my hands look so pretty when I am not destroying them. I know why I did it this weekend. I was completely emotional about Mother's Day and Saturday evening, I was picking while watching a movie. I truly did not even realize it until the movie was over and my hands began to hurt. I cried at that point because I always tell myself that I am gonna stop and I just can't help myself. I do understand where it comes from and I know I need to get some help and or open up to someone, but I just don't know how. You see, I was molested and physically abused by my mother as a child. I live with those memories almost everyday of my life. I used to be able to hide them in the back of my mind, but in the last few years, those memories have sort of taken over my daily life. Kills me that I managed to get through so many years without even thinking about it and now that my daughter will be graduating school in a year, I am consumed with images of my childhood. I just want to scream!!!!! Anyway, seeing what so many others have written has given me some hope tonight. Well.....at least I do not feel so alone anymore. Who knows, maybe I will meet someone on here that can help me to get through all of this. Evidently, I have alot more going on in my head than I have allowed myself time to face. I honestly have never wanted to face anything, but now I know I need to. Bless you all for taking this first step. I hope we all get something out of it.
avatar

May 19, 2011

Hi I'm a 14 year old girl and I find myself biting the skin inside my mouth and on my lips. I've done this since I was about 7. I've read about how dangerous it is, but I can't seem to stop. I also bite my nails and the skin on my fingers to a lesser extent. When I was little I had a problem with picking scabs (but I've pretty much stopped doing that) and the nail-biting was worse which is why my nails look so awful today. As I am typing this, I am eating the skin in my mouth. I can't stop! When I don't think about it, I'm usually okay but sometimes (especially when I'm stressed out) I'll catch myself doing it. I try not to think about it or to divert my attention away from it but I just get all jittery and I have to keep biting it to calm myself down. I have no idea how to stop this habit.
avatar

May 20, 2011

I am 8 1/2 and my name is Elyzabeth. I have been biting my fingers for a year now and it makes me feel better. I get hungry on the playground and I end up biting my fingers. One time my dad said, "Your poor little fingers."
avatar

May 21, 2011

Hi, I also bite my nails and my skin but before I bite my skin I take the harder skin off with nail clippers then pull the rest off with my teeth, it makes my hands look awful and really want to stop but don't know how. There is now particular time that I do this, it happens all day, if I put the nail clippers away I use anything that is sharp. Any ideas anyone?
avatar

May 22, 2011

I've bitten my nails and the skin around them since I was a little girl, and over the years it's gotten worse and worse. I now bite the inside of my mouth and cheeks too and have torn my feet so badly that it actually hurts to walk on them. Acrylic nails helped me with the nail biting but really it was a poor choice as I would still be unable to resist the compulsion to 'fix' the ragged skin around them and then when the nails got to long and i'd remove it it would often tear the nail further making the habit worse. nothing helps with my feet. nothing. i've tried wearing socks, ALL the time so i can't get to them to 'fix' it.. i apply moisturiser etc in an effort to make my feet heal so i don't feel the compulsion...but it never lasts. i seem to be prompted not only by a compulsion to make everything smooth but also as a way to calm myself when i get stressed out or anxious so even if there's nothing wrong with my finger doesn't mean i won't attack it when i get overly nervous. I never knew before tonight that this condition had a name, and I was so relieved to see that I wasn't alone in this. But now...realising that there isn't really any cure..there's no magic pill i can take that will fix the problem. Has anyone had any success in breaking the habit?
avatar

June 01, 2011

hi, I just started grabbing this ugly demon by the horn and bee somewhat successful in taking this over the counter medication called NAC- N-Acetyl-L-Cysteine. I was referred by a therepist who I found on the TLC-trichollamina learning center website. it is suppose to cave the urges and impulses. my picking has reduced drastically. I still rub, but not like I was. also I have been getting hypnosis, seeing therepist and talking to the little girl inside by jouraling. I ask her a question with right hand, close eyes and switch to left hand and answer in sribble and as if I was talking to a child. it also has been helping. especially since I was traumatized and violated when I was 7yrs. old.. also been rubbing vitamin e oil/bleaching cream on scars, wearing band-aids throughout the day. so far so good. see the scars fading. I know I have a long ways to go. I live moment by moment. im tired of isolating and carrying shame ,guilt,embarressment, and low self worth on my sleeve. I will not be defeated. My God didn't bring "us" this far to self inflict pain on ourselves. one day at a time, we can recover. hope something works. love ya!
avatar

May 29, 2011

A picky eater turns to cookbook writing as a way to overcome a lifetime of bad eating habits. I like to visit this post once again thanks for sharing the information. Regards, Jack - <a rel="new tab" href="http://terrificparenting.com/parenting-solutions/bye-bye-bedtime-battles/index.htm">kids bedtime</a>
avatar

May 31, 2011

im 24 and i pick and eat my skin on my fingers and feet, and have done so all my life. my husband hates it and does not understand why i do it. its relaxing for me, i just hate having hangnails, scabs ect... i used to bit my nails too, but have stoped by using acrilic nails. my feet get realy bad, and sometimes it hurts to walk/stand on them. im not sure it this is some form of OCD, or just simply a bad habbit. nothing has worked, ive tried puting bandaids on all of me fingers, to applying no bite nail poplish to my skin, i just cant stop. any sudjestions? my son watches me do this and i dont want him to start doing it as well.
avatar

June 01, 2011

I'm 17 years old and I pick the skin on my fingers and bite my lips and the skin inside my mouth. I am so overwhelmed right now because there are so many others with this problem! I don't even really remember when it started. I only know that I once, for about 1 or 2 years, didn't pick and then "found it again" and never stopped ever since. Yesterday I tried not to pick for the first time which was pretty difficult due to the fact that it's exam time and stuff. But I tried anyway and failed miserably. It just happens. I pick when I'm not aware of it. At those moments I cought myself yesterday in the strangest situations. Like when I'm waiting in a car or waiting for the computer to load something. Like right now I want to pick my fingers >.< But I'm very happy to know this webside now. It lets me know that I'm not alone and that there are loads of people out there with the same thing. And i hope for all of us pickers that we will stop one day.
avatar

June 20, 2011

OMG! I am exactly like you! I am 17 in 2 weeks but I pick the skin on my finger and bite the skin on my lips and cheeks! I am doing it right now as I type! I have done it ever since I can remember and I hate it! There was a period of about a year that I stopped doing it. That was when I was about 7 and a=to this day I still remember the moment that I remembered I used to do it and decided to carry it on again! But I have always done it. I only just found out recently that it was a disorder and now I know I am going to get help, Especialy as I am going to University in 2012 and will be making first time i9mpressions and don't want my ugly fingers to ruine that :) I am happy I have found some EXACTLY the same :) Lets break this together! x
avatar

June 04, 2011

I'm a 20 year old female who just realized that my skin picking tendencies are a problem. My fingers hurt from all the damage I do to them often after biting my nails too short and stripping my cuticles. I also eat my toe nails. Even though I understand how repulsive and damaging my skin eating is, I cannot stop. This tendency is embarrassing to admit because I am a psychology major, but self-reflection and criticism is incredibly important to personal growth. From reading articles on obsessive behaviors, they say it is important to consciously attack the problem. It is often when you are not thinking about it that one will bite their nails out of nervousness. In order to solve the problem one has to face the problem head on and correct the behavior when you catch yourself. I find myself skin picking when I am nervous or brainstorming. Luckily I don't do it in public and never speak with fingers in my mouth. I am going to try the conscious method and consider putting band-aids on my fingers to prevent myself from being able to bite them. If this doesn't work I will have to speak with my parents about receiving professional help for my disturbing habit. This website and everyones stories are a true comfort. I am glad to know that I am not the only one in this struggle for normalcy.
avatar

June 04, 2011

I hate this habit I've been biting my nails,skin off my fingers and feet since i was 3 years old and now im about to be 17. Two years ago i got braces and supposedly it would help stop the biting, but i learned to bite with them on which only made it worse because every time i would go to bite it would do a double bite and go really deep, but i just cant stop and with my feel i compulsively clip the skin off the side of my big toe and heels of my feet to the point where it hurts, i've tried acrylic nails and I ever bite those off, I'm thinking of going to the doctor soon i've also noticed that i have become extremely addicted to the clicking sound the skin or nails would make between my teeth helps my stress, i have no control over this problem at all im so glad im not the only one who suffers :)
avatar

June 06, 2011

Hi I too am a psychology graduate and have become aware that what I am doing and have done since I was a child ( I'm 32 now) is somehow psychological. Most obviously today I had an argument with my husband and have spent all day ripping the skin from my fingers to the point I now can't sleep as my fingers are so sore. It often occurs when I'm preparing for exams or other stressful situations and my husband has to physically move my hands apart when we watch thrillers or scary movies! I feel like a fool but it is comforting to find out that I'm not alone and there is a name and potential cures for it. I also realized recently that both my brother and my cousin have the habit and alarm bells began to ring when I noticed my son beginning to bite too. It makes me feel sick to think of him having this awful stressful condition too. My only light relief has been when I have had a manicure or acrylic nails applied. It is too expensive to keep up with permanently but I rarely did it then firstly because I think they looked good but also I think it helped that the skin around the nails were regularly filed as it feels there is almost too much skin around the nails and that feeling prompts me to pick. I feel as if I need to pull the nail away from the skin. Also when you have regular nail treatments you put moisturizer into the surrounding skin. Which helps to dull the need to pick/ bite and does not taste too good if you do. Its almost like a throbbing sensation. That is somehow temporarily eased once you get that bit of skin off - before the pain sets in that is. I also form reading these posts realized that I have always bitten my mouth and lips since I was a child too. Especially in times of anxiety. I know recognize my obsession for Vaseline. I cannot go a couple of hours without applying the lip treatment to my lips as they feel sore dry without and I cannot stop myself from biting. Thank you for providing me with a place to say all this out loud as it were! I feel better knowing I'm not alone. It is such a worrying and embarrassing thing to admit to so it is nice to know people understand. Xx
avatar

June 18, 2011

Can you stop? will your skin grow back?I have been doing my fingers the same way and I really want to stop before it gets so badI have been doing this since the 2nd grade though I need to stop before it gets worse but the bad part I've been hiding this from everybody so no one could help me
avatar

June 18, 2011

I do the same thing and yes it always grows back within days. i've always said they were burns when people ask. I didn't even know it had a name until today
avatar

June 19, 2011

Am really surprised i even found this forum because i thought i was the only one with this problem. i used to bite my nails and bite the skin under my nails when i was younger. i recently enrolled in an accountancy course and i noticed that i started biting the skin on my thumb until it becomes sore. this happens when am studying or concentrating on something. the skin has become so rough and now i have no idea how to make it smooth again. i have tried putting lotion and band aids but so far it hasnt helped. its so embarrassing. am so relieved to know that there are others out there like me:(
avatar

June 24, 2011

I just realize there were a symptom of this, used to bite skins on my thumb + skin on my hand (part between the finger and thumb) out that it bleed so much for 5 hour without stopping + also on my mddle finger i bit on the bones that it was almost to the bone, until i found a medicine lotion call "Herudriod" that help me stop biting because if i do the medicine said "If eat, will die".
avatar

June 25, 2011

I am 15, and I just recently started picking. I started about 3 months ago i believe. I have stress, but not a whole lot of it. I believe i have minor depression so every once in a while I will get really unhappy and it Souths me to bite the skin off my fingers. I usually just do it out of habit so i am biting them all day long. I find the feeling of chewing on the skin very unique in my mouth and enjoy it, but I know it's bad for me. Well I don't want to post this and not help somehow. I have found one thing that helps other then chewing gun. I play guitar a little bit, and calluses help. If the tip of your fingers becomes hard from playing the strings then you can't bite it, it becomes really smooth, and slides between your teeth unallowing you to bit, but I still haven't found a way to stop myself from biting the skin on the edges of my fingertips.
avatar

July 08, 2011

<strong><a href="http://www.prostop.nl/effecten-van-stoppen-met-roken.htm" rel="dofollow" title=" Effecten van stoppen met roken " rel="nofollow"> Effecten van stoppen met roken</a></strong> De effecten van stoppen met roken zijn voor veel mensen vervelend: prikkelbaarheid, nervositeit, slapeloosheid en transpiratie. Gelukkig heeft Prostop Therapie een unieke methode ontwikkeld waarmee u zonder deze negatieve effecten kunt stoppen met roken. Het geheim? Een speciaal ontwikkelde lasertherapie zodat uw lichaam snel geen behoefte aan nicotine meer heeft.
avatar

July 16, 2011

"OMG! i though i was the only one with this bad habit! im 14 years old from new york and i think ive started bittin my nail skin since i was about 10 or 12 years old. It was very interesting reading eveyones comments and i compared a lot to my habit. it made me feel better now that i know there are other people like me out there with the same habit and some even my age. Also, others older than me that had this for a real long time.. im surprised and i just found out theres people that pick there hair also! okay, let me tell you about my bad habit. i though it was a nervous problem but whenever i am nervous, stressed out or studying hard i start biting my nail skin. sometimes i dont even notice im biting it just happens and its ruining my fingers =[ when i think to much i bite and double bite real deep. sometimes i go in to deep that i start bleeding and my fingers hurt to blend or when i use hand sanitianzer it burns ! :o im scared that this bad habit won't go away. i remember how it started. i was going thur a lot that year then idk how but out of no where i started off with bitting off the skin of my nuckles. soon, it was became a bad habit, i bite too much that my knuckles were sometimes pink! i always tried to hide my hand away from everyone. it was an embrassment. well, happily that habit went away but my nuckles are somehow still alittle pink and it looks ugly for me ! while that habit went away i went to biting the side of my poining finger then my other finger in the left hand well, all fingers. (the sides and back of the finger). i hate this habit. i tried acholic, it burns but it just won't go away and ive even said i'll stop but somehow i just can't keep those words. im disappointed, i really need to stop. i feel werid to let anyone see my hands and i try but still i get caught sometimes. when i do, i make a lame excuse and walk away or say i got hurt. uhm, i also bite in between my pointing finger and my thumb for both hands. left and right. i have a bad habit and both my parents hate it. they try to help me but it doesnt work. their going to take me to a skin doctor to see if they can help and hopefully they could help me. Im just feeling so normal now that there are others like me and im happy i found this page, to let all ive been hiding out of me and sharing it with others.i also have a bad habit of picking my skin on my humerus. i hate these habits i have and good luck for everyone. God bless you and i'll pray. One day all our bad habits will go away." [= P.S. if there are any ways you know how to make yourself stop from biting please contact me or if you have any questions. Feel free to ask.
avatar

July 31, 2011

I'm 15 and have been picking and eating the skin on my fingers, on the sides of my toes, and at the bottom of my heel for a while now. Im scared to wear flip flops because I'm afraid someone will see my feet because they look terrible. I dont know why i do it but i need to stop because I'm at the point where I have to hide my hands and feet so carefully that no one will see it and ask what happend and stuff. No one in my family even knows about my addiction.
avatar

August 03, 2011

Hi everyone. I am 21 years old and have had this horrible habit of biting my cuticles and the skin around my fingernails for as long as I can remember. It is very embarassing, for the fact that around my finger nails are all red and swollen all the time! It's even more embarassing when I go out with my friends to a beach or someone pool because once I go in for to long and become pruney you can see where I bit my nails. I dont know why I have had this problem, and my mother used to tell me when I was younger to stop or I would get an infection in my fingers and they would have to cut them off, but that didnt stop me either. Its also embarassing when I go to get my nails done or someone askes to see my nails, or when someone askes to see my rings. If your young and just started Im telling you to stop while you can. It becomes such an addiction that half the time I dont even realise Im doing it. I will do it all the time while driving, working, laying in bed, in the shower and everywhere. I would really like to find a cure to this and find out why I do it so I can stop and get my hands looking somewhat lady like again. My boyfriend hates when I do this, but I dont think he understands the fact from me doing it so much for so long its become an addiction and a habit. : / I'll be even more embarassed when I get married and we have to take pictures of our hands for the rings -_- . please someone help me!!! * i also have a 4 year old son, almost 5. and i do it so much that i got him into the habit of biting his nails. He sees mommy do it and he wants to. so someone please help me better myself and my son
avatar

August 12, 2011

O wow!!! I can not believe these many people are dealing with this. This is just insane! I've been dealing with this issue for a while now. I started when I was like 12 and now at 21 I can't seem to stop. I've tried quitting as sad as that sounds countless times but it never lasts. My hands are always dry, rough and just not pleasing. It always hurts when people ask" What's wrong with your hands" and I have nothing to say because none of them would understand. The only thing that copes for me not biting on my fingers and hands is gum. But I can't have gum every second of the day. Usually if my mouth and hands are kept busy I do well. But again that won't always be the case. But as a group I think we all need to make efforts to stopping the embarrassment and the pain by sharing our methods to quitting. I think we can do it guys :)
avatar

July 19, 2012

Hi, I went on this site about 6 months ago and was stunned to see how many people did the exact same thing as myself. I went to a psychologist to try and stop and she told me I'd probably never stop biting my fingers. I couldn't accept that and I didn't go back. I found a CURE!!!! It's been over 2 moths and I haven't biten. My fingers are healed and my compulsion dissolved within 2 days. Have you ever heard of energy medicine or energy psychology? Emotional Freedom Technique or E.F.T. is what dissolved my compulsion. All in all it took 15 minutes and I haven't had the urge to do it since. I read on this site a tip that some girl gave about using a nail file and filing the skin on your fingers in the direction it grows. I started doing that. It made it much easier but really it wasn't hard at all. I want everyone to try this. I also healed an old knee injury, have been losing weight AND have been treating my husbands fibromyalgia so he is free of pain. This is no joke. This works. I am now studying to become an Eden Energy Medicine Practitioner and hope to spread these techniques as far as I can. So, I can't explain it in writing but if you go to youtube and search EFT for compulsive behaviors you will find a wealth of information. The idea is that you tap on certain accupuncture points on the body while saying out loud phrases to reset your subconscious. The way I describe it is that my conscious brain and subconscious brain finally had the same intention and the electromagnetic pulse from the tapping is what made that connection. PLEASE go and help yourself. It will be the best thing you could ever do. I suffered from this disorder for 34 years and in two days it was GONE! POOF! I had so much guilt and shame attached to this compulsion and it rippled into the rest of my life. A weight has been lifted. I never thought I would see my hands like this. I am a new person. It seems very silly at first but keep an open mind and do it anyway. It's not the type of thing you have to believe in for it to work. If you do it it will work. Peace and Love Cara

Pages