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


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February 21, 2014

I'm 25 and think the point is you've got to stop skin picking now, and don't allow yourself to pick. Decide you're not going to pick the skin of your fingers anymore. It's helped me a lot; I haven't picked my fingers for almost two months. Cold turkey has really worked, but I always keep in mind that if I pick any small piece of skin, it'll start all over again.
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May 01, 2014

Please read my post up further. You are young! Seek help! That is the only way. I am 51, you can't just stop! I do for a period and start again! It is a to hide pain. Go get help! Don't be ashamed. You want to breakit. I believe it is possible, but it won't Be a quick fix. Give it whatever it takes. Don't get frustrated with however long it will take! You don't want to be doing it in 25 years, as I am. It is a real issue, and there is no shame in that. Seek help, that's the best advice I can give!
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February 24, 2014

I have ben biting and i want to stop. I always fall off the wagon immediatly after a week or so. Someone help i'm so glad there are others like me out there.
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May 01, 2014

I'm 51, and I've been picking and chewing my fingers most of my life. ItDurant stop because you want it to. I think it is a deeper issue, maybe covering pain or something. I've quit for periods of time, even I really set my mind to it, but then I think stress takes me right back there! I wish there were some easy fix, but I really think therapy may be the only way. Tricks and gimmicks don't work. It is a deeper issue. I have a lot of past garbage, and I have done counseling to learn to get past some things, but I've never done therapy for this specific issue. I think it starts out as a way to deal with pain, and becomes habit... but they both go hand in hand. My sister does the same thing! Hers look bloody and raw most the time. I and able to keep mine not looking so obvious, but they are clearly scarred. If you are able to, I would seek therapy for it. It doesn't mean something is wrong with you, it means you want to kick a habit, break a habit, that can be harmful to you. I'm sure it's not healthy to eat your skin, and I know from experience, it wears down your teeth! Seriously! You are young, get help now. It won't just stop, you have to trust me on this! I have no insurance, and I see no end in sight for me. That's my advice, from an expert finger biter!
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May 03, 2014

i'm 18 years old, and i have been bitting my fingers too for as long as i can remember. The disorder as i have researched is called dermatophagia. According to my research, all evidence points out that it occurs because i am trying to prevent adapting to a change that will not be good for my health. I also have developed compulsion for sexual intercourse. Is this the case for all wold biters in this forum?
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May 13, 2014

I have been biting my fingers for as long as I can remember. I am now 58 years old. I have tried to stop several times and have succeeded for a short period but if anything stressful comes along I'm back at it again.
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May 19, 2014

Im 14 years old and i have been picking, biting, and eating the skin around my nails for as long as i can remember.. My mom always says its embarassing because i always do it in public but i just cant stop. I do it in school, also. I have no idea how i can stop. my fingers are constantly bleeding and it hurts to wash my hands with warm water. if anyone has any ideas on how to stop, please let me know because this is embarassing AND it hurts but i dont know how to stop. thanks..
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August 07, 2014

Hi. I'm so glad I found this site! I have been biting my fingers since I was around 10. I have bitten all the way down to the knuckles on both hands and even the underside of my knuckles. My fingers look skinned. High school was a nightmare. I was extremely academic and intelligent, but did not go as far as I could because I had to hide my hands. Public speaking and presentations were horrifying. I somehow managed to stop biting my left hand and it looks normal. My right hand nearly looks deformed. I am a "fair skinned " black female and it is very obvious. The first two inches of my fingers are white and raw looking and the skin looks thick and discolored. The color hasn't returned to them. It hurts to bend my fingers and the skin always comes back thick and callused. I have been struggling with this for 20 years now. I have figured out how to hide my right hand at work and other places but bawling my hand up for 20 years has effected my joints so that I have to consciously make an effort to flatten my palm out. I have gone for a week or so without biting, but stress seems to trigger it. Nowadays I am dealing with being depressed and I have resorted to mauling my fingers. It probably stemmed from the emotional and physical childhood abuse I endured. I want to stop and be "normal," but I can't. I would love to be able to walk into a nail salon and have my fingernails done. I would love to go on a date or hold a book and not worry about hiding my hand. Or even make a fist and it not hurt. But for now I am TRULY grateful to know I am not alone. Thanks everyone for sharing your struggles.
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August 13, 2014

Had same problem for a long time too. Found solution. Email if you want more information. Thanks
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August 28, 2014

Please share your solution as I'm having the most difficult time stopping and my brother-in- law got MRSA and I'm afraid I could easily get it like how he did. Thank you so kindly! Emily Emilychambers78@yahoo.com
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September 05, 2014

Hi, Try acrylics...they work..
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August 12, 2014

Have a cure that works to stop eating around skin of nails ...for ever...want to know?
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August 23, 2014

I'm 47 and have biting and picking my fingers for as long as I can remember. I tried all the treatments when I was growing up but nothing worked. My picking usually ends with bleeding and infections in my fingers at my cuticle area. Today I've been to the doctors to get antibiotics, which I hate, as I have another infection. I can still hear the doctor from my childhood telling me to just stop doing it. Ha. If he could see me now. How pointless his chastising was. I consider myself strong-willed but I don't think this problem I have has anything to do with willpower. I just do it without even thinking. Anyway, I decided to write on this forum as I do have a way to curb my picking and if it helps even one of you it's worth the time to write. Sounds crazy since I've just been the Doctors with an infection but really, it would be 10 infections not one if I didn't go and get my acrylic nails put on. Sounds vain but I promise you that the thickness of the acrylic over my nail means I don't have the ability to pick with the usual precision that I seem to like. The other reason I think it reduces my picking is that I just can't get a hold on the cuticles to start the picking cycle as the acrylic gets in the way. I have to get them re-done (or filled) every few weeks as once they start to grow away from my cuticle I start to pick again. I've had the acrylic nails on for about 18 years and the odd time I didn't have them on, the picking just went wildly out of control. People think I have some sort of excema or dermatitis when I don't have them on. The new Shellac's or Gels don't work as they aren't think enough on the nail. Another benefit is that my nails look nice with the acrylic and paint on them which is something I hadn't been used to ever. I used to hide my fingers. My graduation picture serves as a reminder of how I would hide. I am holding my certificate in such a way that you can't see my fingers but it is quite odd. Anyway good luck to all of. Thanks for sharing.
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September 05, 2014

Hi Daffodil, I have come to exactly the same answer to my problem...acrylics. I am 49 years old and been picking since I can remember. When I have acrylics on, I stop. When I don't have them on, I'm picking all of the time..can't stop. So acrylics is the answer.Glad to hear from someone with the same problem..Elaine
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August 28, 2014

i used to peel the skin from my fingers when i was younger. im 27 now and i rarely do it anymore except i now pick the skin on my feet and my face and i chew the inside of my cheek. its driving me insane and i know i have to get help somewhere. i havent gone to my doctor for the worry that he might think im crazy. when i used to pick the skin on my fingers they became so sore that when i was in school i couldnt hold a pen and i could get no work done. then in 2004 i developed athletes foot and thats where picking my feet began. now its ritualistic. i hope you find help for your problem. im going to take some steps towards stopping this. i have picked a small hole into my face and its scaring me that i can go that far without realising what im doing
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September 05, 2014

Im 14 years old I just recently started to bite my fingers maybe the end of 2013 I cant really remember it hasnt gotten as bad as some of the other cases but I have bitten to the point of bleeding many times from what I hear it can evolve to be much worse I just got my first bloody toe from biting it and I wanted to see if I was the only and thank God I found this website so i know im not alone my Grandmother suggested putting bug spray or something bitter on your hands I did it for a time and I stopped I thought I was cured of it and then a week later I fell back into it I just wanted to share my case and hopefully I can get rid of this
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September 05, 2014

Im 14 years old I just recently started to bite my fingers maybe the end of 2013 I cant really remember it hasnt gotten as bad as some of the other cases but I have bitten to the point of bleeding many times from what I hear it can evolve to be much worse I just got my first bloody toe from biting it and I wanted to see if I was the only and thank God I found this website so i know im not alone my Grandmother suggested putting bug spray or something bitter on your hands I did it for a time and I stopped I thought I was cured of it and then a week later I fell back into it I just wanted to share my case and hopefully I can get rid of this
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April 11, 2015

Omg im another person who thought it was just me. Im 25 (male) just like most I started on my nails, eventually my nails stopped growing past the ends of my fingers, I then started on my skin alot of the time I dont notice im doing it until I realize my fingers are bleeding. Im sick of having constant sore fingers and having to make sure I avoid bumping my fingers on this but even with this I cant seem to stop.
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August 28, 2015

Hey. I'm also a guy who deals with skin picking/eating and I'm glad I've found somewhere that others like me are centralized. The only problem is that almost everyone here is female and seems freaked out/afraid to respond to me cause I'm a guy. I'm a human just like everyone one else and am a dealing derma just like everyone else here. If you wanna talk further, hit me up.
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August 05, 2015

I can't believe my relief at finding this forum. I'm a 16 year old girl and a terrible picker/biter, have been for as long as I can remember. Started on nails like everyone else, somehow ended up on skin. Now I pick everything. I bite my fingers all day and when I get home I use scissors and clippers until my fingers are bleeding and eat the skin. They're all callused and colourless. Once or twice a week, or when my fingers are too sore to touch, I attack my feet. Walking is often painful for me, and forget being barefoot. Once I picked the inside of my ear so much I got an outer ear infection that was the most painful experience of my life. I hate picking. It's miserable and ugly. But I can't stop! After recently being diagnosed with ocd (as well as a lot of other things - I have a very Type A personality, emotionally deprived childhood, struggled with anorexia, anxiety, depression and more) I can't help but think my ocd and derma is linked. My therapist wants to help me stop but I don't know if I can. I'm sad but uplifted to know that I'm not the only one and it's not just a bad "habit" that I should be able to just stop.
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August 28, 2015

Amazing!!! great post.
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November 05, 2015

I'm 15 years old and I have been biting and eating my finger nails and the skin around my nails constantly for as long as I can remember. Most of the time I do not even realize that I am doing it. It happens all the time and it really worries me when I look at my fingers and see how destroyed they look! I feel as if I cannot show anyone my hands because of their horrible look. It makes me glad to know that I am not alone with this problem and I feel that I can relate to the same problem that we are all having
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February 26, 2016

I do this too. When I get nervous I pick the skin on my thumbs by my nails with my index finger. And I bit on it. It's such a bad Habbit and i hate it but I can't stop. As much as I try I can't ! It sucks because I want to get my nails done but I'm embarrassed about the skin and small scabs around my nails.

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