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


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August 14, 2011

it's great to know that I am not the only one out there that has this horrible habit. I been picking at my skin for as long as I can remember. I have tried to stop but nothing seems to work. I hate it when I go in water and my hands become all pruny like and you can see where I bite. It is very embarrassing. I bite around my nails and i even bite the inside of my hand where my knuckles are out. I used to put band-aids on my fingers but that didn't work out well. When I bite my skin it feels relaxing but when it's over, my fingers are sore and my hands look disgusting. I guess I don't have much self-control. When I get married I don't want people looking at my pictures where you can see my hands and them thinking, "eww, look at her hands, they are so ugly". I just hope one day I can stop for good.
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August 17, 2011

I used to have this problem too! Im 14, and it started in grade 5, i quit biting my nails and finger skin, i was going to graduate with ugly hands, and i wouldnt be able to do my nails like the rest of my friends, that scared me. To quit, i took a calender and each day i went without biting my nails/skin i checked it off, and for every week i went without biting my nails/skin, i would buy myself nail polish, go out for lunch, do something to reward myself, i am now totally out of the habit! I hope each and every one of you are able to stop this habit one day!!
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August 23, 2011

Im 15 years old and ever since i burnt my hands at 5 years old, i always bit the skin off my palm, and parts of my finger... It is really addicting, even ointment on my hands will not stop me... Its a powerfull addiction and it really calms me down when im nervous... Idk how to stop this thought .. My hands look horrible and feel ROUGH .
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August 30, 2011

Hi. Im 11 years old and I have had this problem since I was 9. It all started when I seen my sister biting her nails out of habit. I always had long nails so I tried it and was addicted fast. When I nearly bit my nails down to the nub I took a bite out of my skin and loved it. My fingers were raw completely the next couple of days. I still have this problem. It's not only my fingers I eat the skin off of. It's also my feet. My heel is raw and I can't barley walk on it sometimes. I have tried so many different things to stop my addiction but nothing works. I need help.
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September 15, 2011

Hi, im 18 in college and have suffered the same problem as you all.. however, ive found a solution. Ive only made it a week so far but i havnt had the deep desire to do it anymore. Your all gonna think im crazy but what makes us do this is subconscious, we cant really control it. Well I performed a hypnosis on myself, nothing magical or mystical, but more of a deep relaxation type thing and basically got rid of the habit, though i do still hafto try too avoid it, it hasnt been as hard like all the other times i tried. for more info on the hypnosis technique just email me at mecode@yahoo.com or codyasmith@valdosta.edu. It really did work, i had trouble believing at first as well.
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September 18, 2011

I am almost 14 and i have been picking at my cuticles ever since i can remember. I could've swore i was the only one with this problem. I used to bite my nails but i stopped that and started picking at the skin on my fingers. Its embarassing! I absolutely hate when people draw attention to my fingers/hands. It has become an addiction, and i can't stop myself! Its especially when i try to tell myself not to pick at them, that i bring myself to pick. I've tried chewing gum but even that can't stop me! >:( It would be great if someone could give some suggestions(:
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September 28, 2011

What I am curious about is, if there are any negative health issues to ingesting skin and/or nails. and What does it cost to the body to have to replace the torn off skin and nails? Are our bodies suffering silently? I know that our mind and emotional health suffers because of the low confidence when people notice bitten and bloody/scabby fingers and hands, arms etc. I am worried that my body may be trying too hard to compensate for the loss of skin tissue and nail tissue. I'm also worried about whether or not there are any negative consequences to ingesting the skin/nails?? Does anyone have answers?
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September 30, 2011

I'm 13 and I've done this since I was about 11 and I can't stop and when I go swimming or get my hands wet they look awful and people can see where I've done this it's an awful habit but I'm addicted
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October 01, 2011

I just turned 20 and i have been doing it my whole life. but not only do i bite the skin on my nail bed and my nails, i ripe the skin off my feet and eat it, i tear of my big toe nails, like the whole thing and chew on it, but it doesn't stay just to my external skin i have eaten holes in my cheeks to the mussel, all of these things are extremely painful but i just cant stop, i don't know what to do, especially with biting my cheeks but i'm too scared and embarrassed to tell my doctor. I'm afraid it may be something i will do for the rest of my life.
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October 03, 2011

I'll be 50 in 2 months and I'm sad to tell you all that this problem does not go away. :-( I used to bite my nails and pick my skin. I don't bite my nails as much now, but the skin picking continues and is so embarrassing. Several of my family members suffer from this too. It is an anxiety release. It's terrible that any of us have to deal with this, especially as women. We love to have pretty nails and hands. I've even considered hypnosis, but am worried that I'll just develop some other weird means of processing that nervous energy. I do have a little trick to share though. If you use Neosporin cream (not the ointment) and Bandaids, it really helps to heal the skin overnight. I blob the cream on and put the Bandaid right on top without working the cream in. I wear a Bandaid on any given finger most every night. It's even better if you can soak your fingers in very warm water for a few minutes before placing the Bandaid on (dry your fingers first of course). I have gone so far as to apply concealer cream using a Qtip if I've really done a number on my fingers...especially if I have a date or something. You do have to reapply every time you wash your hands, but it's better than being so embarrassed. PS I'm on Paxil and although it GREATLY helped with my anxiety, it did nothing for the picking.
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November 02, 2011

Wow it is crzy how we do this!but i guess its better than releasing it anothr way i guess. My mom is 62 and still does it. I do the blob of neosporin cream also and bandaids and it helps but i noticed i do it mre at nt when im watching tv... its so frustrating. Well thx for ur comment, i hpe i can stop this but it looks like it will nver end :(
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October 18, 2011

Im 24 years old and i have been biting my nails and picking the skin around the nails since i can remember. The past few years my anxiety has got alot worse but i am able to control it, but i am not able to control picking the skin. Every finger has small blood around it but i focus more on one finger, it has got so bad it looks like it will never look like a normal finger again. Its strange because i began to think i was the only one who did this but reading other comments i feel alot better. Please someone give tips on how to stop.
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November 02, 2011

Hi, i use neosporin and bandaids or carmex and it helps, but when u wash ur hands u may need to keep bandaids on them. They will always heal it just takes a few days, if u use fingernail clippers to cut off the skin, not too deap but just to get that excess skin off u may not pik as much. Also with the bandaids i usually pik the bandaid so i wont pik my fingers. My thumbs are the worse and i knw its frustrating and hurts. Are you taking an anti depression med? That helps also... i hope this helps and u feel bettr. :)
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February 22, 2012

Like I said in A previous post having acrylic nails has really helped me stop the picking which I've done for almost 20 years. With long fake nails I'm not able to go the picking damage I could before.
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October 19, 2011

I am 25 now and ever since I can remember, I have picked at and ate the skin off of my fingers. I cannot tell you how good it feels to finally talk about it. It is something that I have tried to hide for years. I have noticed that my mother will pick at her fingers when concentrating and my dad told me that her mother did it as well. It seems to be a learned habit passed down through the generations. I don't want my kids to pick up the bad habit so I am determined to stop. Here is my understanding of at least what is going on with me and I hope that it helps some of you. Psychologically: I thought I was just a sick minded freak for a while until I really started to study my own brain. I do it the most when I am nervous, concentrating, or just simply have nothing to do with my hand. I would say that it is due to nervous anxiety. I love to pick at things: skin, paint, you name it. I got in trouble my freshman year in college for picking all of the paint off of my door. Half of my hall got started on the habit and it all had to be repainted. Anyway, its a habit that has been reinforced hundreds of thousands of times...every time we pick. The habit is incredibly strong. When we perform this habit, we derive a certain amount of pleasure and satisfaction from it. This is the result of certain chemicals in our brains being released which reinforces it even further. We are not totally without hope though. Breaking the habit is not something that will happen overnight, but I am determined that it is possible. I think that this discussion is a great idea so that we can support each other on our way to having fabulous fingers. Haha. Biologically: Our bodies are constantly in a state of breaking down and building up again. Someone asked the question about if it was too taxing on your body to have to heal all of the time. Probably not. If you have a large area that has skin loss there can be complications such as risk of infection, loss of fluid, hypothermia, and others. With small areas such as the hands and feet being picked at, I would say that the largest threat to us is infection. Our hands and feet get dirty pretty fast. Even after washing with soap there are still quite a few bacteria that still stick around. Almost every year I go to Africa to work with people out in areas that have no running water or electricity. I don't get the chance to clean up out there a lot and my hands usually turn the color of the dirt pretty quickly. I have noticed that I don't pick at and eat my skin nearly as often as I do here in the US because I am so aware of the dirt and bacteria that are probably on my hands. Putting my fingers in my mouth could be a matter of life and death in that case. Solutions: Here are a few solutions that I have encountered. I haven't tried them long enough to actually break my habit, but they work long enough for my skin to heal back most of the way. White paper medical tape-when I notice that my fingers are starting to look bad or that I have decided to target specific fingers, I wrap them with the tape so that my teeth can't get to them. You might look goofy but I just tell people its from practicing my guitar and that it protects my fingers from the metal strings. Bandaids and neosporin- someone else posted this idea as well. At night put some neosporin on the areas that are raw and throw a bandaid over it. This will help fight off any infection and helps it heal faster than any other method I have tried. After you take the bandaids off in the morning, wash your hands and then put the white paper medical tape on them. That way they are constantly covered and you don't get the chance to pick. The longer they are covered the less the habit has control over you. Crochetting- I have taken up crochetting not necessarily so that I have make a pretty scarf, but so that I can keep my hands busy. It helps me channel my nervous energy into something useful and non-destructive. It occupies my hands so that I can't pick. Granted, this works only short amounts of times and I do get a pick in once in a while, but it is better than just sitting there and picking during those times where I am watching a movie or just relaxing. For those who pick at the whole hands and feet-I don't know if you have tried this but here is my suggestion. Put neosporin on the areas and bandage them up. Put socks or gloves on and leave them on. If you need to, tape the socks on so that in order to get them off its inconvenient and it really makes you have to think about what you are doing. REMEMBER: If it gets too bad and out of control, talk to a doctor and/or a therapist about your problem and REMEMBER: YOU have been created by a loving God who molded you and knew you while you were still in your mothers womb. He says, "for I know the plans that I have for you, plans to give you a future and a hope." Does he care about our strange little habits? Absolutely. It also says that I can do all things through Him who gives me strength. During my times of self loathing and disgust with myself for what I do to my own body, it helps me to just talk to Him about it and ask Him to help me to stop. This works until I decide that I want to pick and don't need His help any more. Its an ongoing battle that we all face and struggle with. After all...we are human. Remember, there is hope. Be slow and steady with it and don't give up the fight.
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November 02, 2011

Hello skinner, ur story or comment was very helpful. Thanku
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October 27, 2011

Oh My Goodness, i had no idea other people did this, it's really endearing to see this, i want to stop this vile habit i think i must have been doing it for about 10 years and i'm 16, i used to suck my forefinger and occassionally bite my nails, but i have found that since i started college and can where nail polish it stops me biting my nails. I can't kick this habit thought, i searched nail biting and how to stop and there are some techniques like... limiting yourself to one finger on each hand then stopping or telling friends and when you do they should give you grief. I don't know if that would work though... How do people stop??? I can't stand it when people see it and ask what's wrong i just lie and say i burnt it or something, but if they ask me if i bite the skin i don't deny it, there's only 3 people who know i do it and it is impossible to stop, any ideas???
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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
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October 28, 2011

my names Deborah i am now 17 years old ever since i was a kid have been biting my nails and this habit has progressed starting age 15 i started to bite my knuckles they are extremely discolored, they are very very dark compared to my natural skin color it is sometimes painful due to cracks and bleeding and irritations people think i bleach my skin due to their appearance i don't know how to treat them and make them better and healthier right now they look extremely abnormal what can i do
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November 02, 2011

Wow i am so glad to be reading all of your comments. Im 33 and Ive been biting the skin around my fingers for awhile and my mom does it also. Ive noticed if i have fake nails i wnt bite, i guess because my nails look nice, but as soon as they r off, im bak to biting. I mostly do it when im watching tv and do it without realizing but i cant stop. I do the neosporina and bandaid thing but as soon as i wash dishes or take a shwer and take the bandaids off, i start doing it again, its so irritating. Right now im layed off and have been for almost a year and ive notice im doing it mre often since im bored all day. I have two kids and my son always tries to remind me to not bite lol so im hoping he wnt do it. Well thx for the suggestions and if u have any more pls leave them for me. :)
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November 03, 2011

I have had a LOT of luck with the amino acid N-acetyl cysteine, which is sometimes sold as N-acetyl L-cysteine, for my 11-year-old daughter who severely picks her skin (arms and legs). I'm hoping that everyone on this group will check it out. We started out at 1200mg each day, 600mg in the morning and 600mg in the evening. Then we worked up to 2400mg, 1200 mg in the morning and 1200 mg in the evening, within about 3 or 4 weeks. The study that was done in 2009 showed the best results were after 9 weeks of continuous treatment with this amino acid, also just known as NAC. We saw great results after 6 weeks. Please consider trying it. I am not a doctor, so please weigh out the risks for yourself. It has truly been a godsend. My daughter used to pick to the point of staph infections. She has scars all over her body. It works by regulating the URGE to pick. You can download the summary text of the 2009 study on this website - http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/19581567. The study was for hair-pulling, but skin-picking and nail-biting result from similar sets of urges.
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November 03, 2011

I have just started using "Hoof Hands: Kick the Habit", which I have avoided doing for almost one year because I did not want to stop biting my fingers. I have used it for about 4 days now and have only tried to bite on a few occassions. The bitter taste of this stuff prevents me from chewing further. The only draw back is if your eating food with your hands, you can sometimes taste it if you dont get it all off beforehand. Also, I will sometimes rub my knuckles still around my mouth and then the taste will rub off on my lips...ewwww. But I guess that is the price I have to pay to get myself to stop. I still want to bite and am waiting for my skin to smooth out so they are not as easily "pickable". It works best to rub the stuff on first thing in the morning (after u shower) and then periodically throughout the day. It tends to last even after washing your hands. Also, it goes on like clear nail polish, so you can sometimes pick it off and it will still work because the taste doesn't get "pciked off" along with it!
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November 10, 2011

Hello all you other finger pickers. I am Amy and I'm 33. I have been picking at my cuticles for ever. I don't even remember when it started. I also chew on the skin I get off my fingers. I some times do it to the point that every finger is bleeding. My husband hates it when I do it and tries to hold my hand so I will stop. I don't bit my nails because they are to hard and hurt my teeth. I think the habbit started when I started getting hangnails. I now do it when I'm board or watching tv. One thing that helps is if I take the toenail clipers and clip the hangnail off. I keep neosporin next to my favorite chair so i can keep it on my cuticles when they get dry it gets worse. I still have not been able to give up the habbit. I just want to get to the point where I don't make my fingers bleed and hurt. I thought i was the only person who does this. Know one else in my family does this. My children have not picked up this weird habbit and I hope they don't.
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November 13, 2011

I have had this problem all my life. I will literally see a dry piece of cuticle on ONE finger bite that and then before i know it all of my fingers are bleeding. The only thing I've ever done that has helped is I will spend the time with a cuticle nipper and cuticle remover and make my poor fingers look as good as I can get them avoiding the parts of the cuticle that already have scabs. Then I will paint my nails and make them look nice as a sort of motivation to keep it that way. This is by no means a solution because I still pick my fingers I just find that if I make them look nice I can hold off the urge to pick longer. And if you don't trust yourself to not do further damage with the cuticle nippers (I didn't for awhile) then have a manicure. I hope this helps Also I know what you mean about it making you feel better I find myself picking more when I am stressed and for some even though it is painful it makes me feel better.
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November 14, 2011

All my picking started like this. Instead of biting my nails, I bite the skin around them. I've done it as far back as I remember. Now it's spread. To my hands, my arms, my shoulders and my legs. Its scary that it all started with something so small.
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November 14, 2011

Are there any guys who do this apart from me? I've been doing this since I was a child (I'm 16) and I bite my fingers (the skin). I never knew it was a condition... It's so bad that my dad has offered me 500£ to stop, but I just can't. My dad doesn't understand that the wounds don't hurt and that it feels good. It feels so good and never hurts (I stop before it bleeds). They look horrible when they get wet. I even get a pencil and use the lead to open new 'gaps'. I really want to stop, any tips? Also have I got dermotillophagia? (I pick and bite) EDIT: I literally just cried after reading the other comments. So sad to see so many who have this condition.
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November 16, 2011

Hey Guys!! I'm 30 years old and I also have been picking at my fingers (and sometimes lips) ever since I can remember! Its always my thumbs, fore fingers and middle fingers on both hands, even as I think what to type here that split second I stop typing, I pick, and hate hate hate it!!! I get cross when I make them bleed, and I'm sick to the back teeth of having disguisting looking fingers!! I always try to hide them or position my hands/fingers so people cant see the rawness of them. My husband constantly moans at me to stop, but this has been going on for 25+ years and I dont know how to stop!! Please if anyone has any suggestions on how to stop would be greatly apprieciated!!! HELP!!!!!! I'm at my wits end!!! :-(
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November 19, 2011

I'm A 14 Year Old Girl And I've Been Doing All This Since I Was Like 4 And I Can't Stop Biting My Nails Off And My Skin I Even Take Off My Lips Skin Off And Even My Skin From Inside Of My Mouth And I Even Take Off My Skin From My Toes And My Nails From My Toes And I Use To Eat To Eat My Nails And Skin But Now I Only Bite It Off And Throw It On The Floor I Only Eat My Skin From Inside Of My Mouth And There Was Only Like 3 Times That I Stopped From Biting My Nails And Those 2 Or 3 Times I Only Stopped For Like 2 Or 3 Weeks But Than Later I Started To Again And I Just Can't Stop For Ever But I Just Have To Stop My Dad Get's Pissed And My Nail's Look Ugly, ):,'
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November 29, 2011

Well i have been biting (and eating) my nails since probably the 4th or 5th grade, but I stopped this summer. I still pick and eat the skin around my fingers but they never bleed. Usually, to stop me from doing that, I remember this gross scene from Black Swan where the ballerina was ripping skin off her cuticle and ran all the way to her knuckles (I'm seriously shuddering just thinking about that). Even though I know that that was fake, it was a prop hand or something, it really creeps me out so that works! Also, I got support from my mom, who told me that she would consider buying acrylics when my nails reached a certain length (FYI, I never got them because I don't need them! :D ). I also did stuff to keep my hands away from my mouth and face or distract myself from eating them. For example, I would eat snacks when I wanted to bite my nails or I would draw some project. Even when I was watching TV, I would try to cross my arms or even sit on my hands!! Putting nail polish never worked for me, 'cause I would keep trying to bite my nails and the polish would chip and peel easily. Sometimes rubbing garlic on my nails, eating a lollipop or chewing gum would work. I hope this helped anyone who is reading this:)
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December 09, 2011

I am nicole i am 17 years old and i have been eating and picking my finger(skin) since i can remember i bite them til they bleed i cant stop it started with my nails but i dont bite my nails any more my mom and pyschichist think its anxiety and i think my anxiety has to do with it but i take medicene for it and it does not effect my finger biting i awas so happy when i saw im not the only one with these habit or whatever you wanna call it kids at school call me alien fingers and i dont like to hold hands with my boyfriend or write in public because people notice the redness of it and i also bite my lips too :( i really wanna stop does anyone know of ANYTHING i can do to try to stop i have tried mittens but i have the iphone and i cant text with mittens ive tried creams and i mean they work at night but its annoying to have greasy fingers at school and on my phone and everything i touch
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December 15, 2011

The OCD Center of Los Angeles offers individual therapy for the treatment of adults, and adolescents with Compulsive Skin Picking (Dermatillomania). Uses Cognitive Behavioral Therapy techniques to teach clients with Compulsive Skin Picking to learn to respond differently to thoughts about their skin, and to resist the urge to pick. There are four therapists on staff six days a week, including evenings and Saturdays. If you would like to discuss treatment options at the OCD Center of Los Angeles, you can call (310) 824-5200.
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December 21, 2011

hey, i'm tiff and twenty, i googled "cuticle picking" and came up with this website. i have had this problem for quite the while when a friend noticed how gross my nails were looking and yelled at me. like most of you sometimes i don't even realize i'm doing it, and usually stressed. it's annoying because while i'm doing it it's enjoyable, but after i look in disgust. i want to get my nails done but have been told by the nail place that i should let them heal first which is kind of humiliating. i am now putting neosporin on my fingers & band aids. i used to do it to all my fingers, but lately i only really pick both of my thumbs. i really hope the band aids help, i notice how band it is since whenever i go to pick i feel the band aid rub up against my mouth or finger. the band aids are pretty torn up at this point but they're helping, we'll see how this works i guess. it's really nice to see how everyone's so honest about how they feel since i feel that way as well. happy holidays everyone
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January 05, 2012

I'm almost 36 and I've been doing this since I was at least middle school age (12?). For the past several years Ive been getting more and more self conscious about picking my nails and the skin my fingers- when I was in law school I'd realize that, after a class, I would leave a noticable area under my seat of nails and skin that I had picked off. That's sort of gross, you know? Plus the oozing/bleeding fingers. Not super professional looking. Im probably about ready to do something about this. Basically, every time Im concentrating on something, my fingers just default to picking at stuff. Usually its my own fingers but its also paint, basically anything on a smooth surface that I can scrape off. Why the hell do I do this? It makes it hard to read actual books because I cant hold the book and pick at the same time, and I just cant stop picking when I read. The internet is better because the keyboard/mouse keeps my fingers busy. It also explains why I can play video games for hours and hours: I concentrate deeply and my fingers are occupied the whole time. Anyways, thanks for being honest about your problems. Thats a really good thing and I appreciate it.
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January 06, 2012

I'm 20 and have been biting and eating my skin since primary school. I went through a phase of using a craft knife to cut the hard buts of skin from the bottom of my foot. It was oddly THE most rewarding sessions ive had because they were large pieces of skin as apposed to the little titbits you get from fingers or lips. Ive noticed that I always seem to have an area for picking at, thats scabby, or "chewable" Even now I absent mindedly am chewing at myself. I paint my nails. but i just end up picking that off and eating that too. I cant eat a snack because ill rush to finish a mouthful so that i can eat whatever little bit ive noticed. I hate that I favour my own flesh to actual food.
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January 08, 2012

I used to bite my skin off my lips when i was around 7 for about a year until i blead really bad. I'm 13 now and I stopped that but now I'm always biting or picking off my nails and peeling/picking/biting my finger skin by my nails off! I start to do it when I don't even notice, I usually do it when I'm really bored or watching television. But i don't eat my skin or nails. I really want to stop because from reading what other poeple said about how bad their nails got, it just seems so horrible!! And i don't want mine to get that bad. Putting on finger nail polish doesn't help for me because i still end up peeling that off to get to my nail. I do it on all of my fingers, but not my pinky much. I can never get my nails done or anything because my nails are already so short that you can see the underlayer. I have been doing this for around two years, biting my nails, and about 1 year picking off my skin. Does anyone know what kind of condition this is? :(
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January 12, 2012

I never knew that biting the skin on my fingers was a conditon and honestly I've tried so many things to try and stop but I end up doing it without thinking. It sucks really bad and I end up hurting myself not being able to touch things a certain way or use my fingers for strenth. Ive been doing this since I was really little and I am 19 now. Is it true that finger biting can lead to insanity? So many people have told me you go crazy but Idk what to believe.
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January 18, 2012

Im 12 turning 13 on febuary 1st i eat my fingertip skin since i was a baby i guess my fingers look crusty and dried blood i cant stop its so addicting i wish i never started to eat my skin :( Hope you try to stop if u stopped please tell me how!!!!!
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January 24, 2012

Im 13 and a lot of people dont understand why i chew my nails down so short. I've always thought it was just a bad habit, and that i could stop whenever i wanted and that with everything else in my life I've just been too busy to really tend to my nail biting, until i met a friend who had the same problem this year. She would bit off the skin around her nail too, nearer her knuckles and i, becoming afraid that if i dont stop now, this will happen to me and will just get worse and worse. I have to sleep with socks on my hands at night so i dont chew them when falling asleep. Even as I type this I am tempted to start nibbling again. The addiction is just too strong, and after reading these stories, I've finally accepted that it is a psychological problem and im going to try my best to stop it. Starting today. Thanks guys.
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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
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January 24, 2012

Hi my name is Harry, Im 12 years old and i cant stop biting my fingers i dont understand why i do it, i always try to hide my fingers when im near people because they look disgusting. My mom says that they can go septic and docs will have to cut off my fingers which scares me so i really want to stop so if any one can help i will appreciate it. i thought i was the only person who bites my fingers. Ive tried hand cream, ive tried wearing gloves and ive tried putting plasters on my fingers but they dont work
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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
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January 26, 2012

I used to bite my fingernails and chew my finger ends all the time until I was about 17. I realised that getting to eat the nail and skin was the reward, so I decided that if I spat out the nail or bit of skin I wouldn't get the reward. This worked like magic. As soon as I was no longer getting the reward the desire to carry on chewing and biting went away almost immediately. It took a bit of willpower but it worked. Try it. I'm 55 by the way and I haven't bitten them since.
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February 07, 2012

ok...so i eat the skin off my knuckle. this has been going on for like 21 years...my middle finger looks rather disgusting as the skin on its knuckle has hardened..its dry.. it looks like a dome ..now i know by removing this , ill lose the skin thats supposed to secure my bone(knuckle) . i am lucky that this didnt happen on my wedding finger as the ring would most def not go in.. i cant even show my left hand as there is a HUGE dome...i would like to know.. if i stop..will my skin fix itself. will i be able to place a rind on my middle finger again.. self esteem issues i tell yah
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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
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February 22, 2012

I just wanted to comment that I've picked at my finger skin since I can remember I use my index finger to pick at my thumbs. So much that my skin is almost duscored from surrounding skin bc of the continuous re healing. The only thing that helps is having acrylic nails. When my nails are long it's hard to pick. Sounds like a weird remedy but it works. I still find myself trying to do it but it's much harder. It's been a few months and my thumbs look great. I've never had much a problem chewing At the skin but I'd recvomend getting some acrylic nails
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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
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March 08, 2012

Hiya all well im over 60 years of age and still bite my nails till they hurt, so my granddaughter taught herself to do acrylic nails and does mine now so that has stopped me, I used to bit my knuckles as well and they looked disgusting, so to get the knuckles looking a bit better I used a nail file on the knuckles to take off the hard skin and rubbed moisturiser on them and they are now fine, my nails are growing slowly with the acrylics but at least they look a bit better and I don't have to hide my hands now so let's hope that helps them togrow
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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
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March 08, 2012

At 12, I pick at/eat my finger skin, too. Usually by nibbling them after a shower when the skin comes off very easily on the side of the finger. I think it might have started with a hangnail or something.

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