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never-lose-hope , 16 Aug 2012

Dermatillomania Support Chat Room

Hi everyone, I've been lurking here for quite some time and I noticed some people were asking about this site making a chat room for support. I went ahead and made one here: us7.chatzy.com/78035489600965 The password is: csp If anyone would like to discuss problems they are having trying to quit, or they know somebody who is hurting, please feel free to chat! Even if you are picking right this second and you want to talk to someone, come on by. :) I hope this chat room can help those who are feeling lost and confused. I have had csp for 7 years (I'm 20 now) and I am trying so hard to stop. I picked yesterday and now my jaw is covered in band-aids and I feel like hell. But I know my skin will heal in a week and I shouldn't worry about it so much. Take care, guys! xoxoxo Claire
15 Answers
headup
September 07, 2012
I've been suffering from dermatillomaina for about 11 years. It's under control now but still a persistent problem. My body is covered in white "scab spots" that serve as a constant reminder of the scabs I used to cultivate on my skin. I still scratch my skin vigorously every day and create scabs and scars in places. Now I desire to help others who share my problem. Feel free to visit me at facebook.com/kev a delic. By the way, I tried to login to the chatroom you started but was unsuccessful :(
bluemarble
September 03, 2014

In reply to by headup

Hiii, do you still pick your skin? This is a very recent problem for me and has started exactly one year ago..for the past year it has become bad I cry and I can't stop it still feels early and I just need someone to relate to.
bluemarble
September 03, 2014
Helloo, I have been picking at my face since August 2013..so about a year now. And I have tried, and tried to stop. It has led me into what feels like depression, I feel sad and anxious most of the time. I am 19years old and it all started with a rash on my forehead from stress..after that everything seemed to go downhill from there. For the past year I have been dealing with an extremely difficult breakup with my boyfriend of 4years and also I am in beauty school studying to become an aesthetician and work in a spa environment. But how am I able to do that with this disorder.. I am constantly seeing beautiful woman my age with gorgeous flawless skin and I can not stop picking at mine..I want to to stop so bad but the more I think about it the harder it becomes to stop.. I CNN not stop over thinking everything and I.just want my life back. This past year or two has been complete hell for me. Someone please help poor relate to me.. no one seems to understand and I just need someone to talk to to about this.
Bellator Fortis
October 18, 2014

In reply to by bluemarble

Hi, your post stood out to me because we're the same age and both looking to become an aesthetician while dealing with the same problem. I just wanted to tell you, you are NOT alone. It may feel like it, but look at all these other people that are here because of the same reason. It's frustrating. I know. It takes a toll on your mental health and social life, but remind yourself, YOU are in control. YOU have a disorder, IT doesn't own you. Again, it doesn't feel like it, in fact it constantly feels like it's the other way around. But I've found it helps to give yourself positive affirmations until you're so used to hearing it you start to believe it. If you can control your mind, you can control your body. Please don't give up. Keep your chin up. You're young, beautiful, and have a great future ahead of you. One last thing, it may suck to be the guinea pig, but think of all the people you could help because you've gone through this and the career you are pursuing! I have no doubt in my mind that you can conquer this mental disorder. I believe in you. It is time that you do to. xo

lost
September 06, 2017

I feel so helpless about my condition. So alone. And the most frustrating thing is seeing how long I can go without doing it and see how nice my skin can be.... then I just ruin it all.

serene
September 06, 2017

Lost, the fact of the matter is that you can go certain periods of time without picking. That's already a good sign. What particularly triggers you to pick? Is it a painful pimple, an obvious whitehead, or a clogged pore? You say you go into a trance when you pick. Is it after you have been triggered by a skin imperfection or does the dissociative feeling come over you spontaneously and you feel tempted to pick in order to dwell in that feeling?

nani
December 13, 2017

I have try everything to stop my onychophagia nail biting since I was 8 years old , now that I have gotten into adult hood it gotten worst , am so embarrass of my fingernails . I just got promoted after 23 years begin at my job. All my co-workers have beautiful nails except me. I have insurance but don't know where to look for help.

Singlemumof3
December 21, 2017

Don’t know what to do, OCD has gotten so much worse this last few weeks! Intrusive thoughts are bad enough! But last night I picked all my face, this is by far the worst it’s ever been.
Covered in scabs, picking my daughters up at 11.30am from a school parents house. What am I going to do? Can’t let them see my face! Can’t stop crying! Why have I done this to myself! I look horrendous! Feel like I am losing the plot. Got no one to talk to. Feel so alone.
What do I do ?

Singlemumof3
December 21, 2017

Don’t know what to do, OCD has gotten so much worse this last few weeks! Intrusive thoughts are bad enough! But last night I picked all my face, this is by far the worst it’s ever been.
Covered in scabs, picking my daughters up at 11.30am from a school parents house. What am I going to do? Can’t let them see my face! Can’t stop crying! Why have I done this to myself! I look horrendous! Feel like I am losing the plot. Got no one to talk to. Feel so alone.
What do I do ?

LULU268
February 12, 2018

Hey everyone! I have been struggling for years (since high school) with picking at my skin. Whenever I am stressed or anxious, which is often right now, I pick. Even when that is not the case I struggle! I have been researching how to stop, and would really like some accountability. I need a partner/buddy who is willing to chat anonymously! Does anyone know how to locate something like that? I am getting Married this year and want my skin free and clear and my addiction defeated!!!! SO BAD!

Kitty2001
April 19, 2021

Hi!
Is there a chat room for people suffering with dermatillomania? As I’ve struggled for around 6/7 years now and would like to chat to people who have similar experiences.

Thanks :)

Helpplease
April 19, 2021

I have never seen hope for this and I am so depressed and ashamed about it I don't go out of my house except for dog walks and places where I know people are not going to be. No one knows and most people assume I do drugs when they first see me

Bobs
October 30, 2021

Been severely skin picking around my nails for 20+ years, don’t know anyone else who suffers from this or similar so looking to chat to people that can relate

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