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September 01, 2012

Hi :) I am self diagnosed too as I am too ashamed to go to the doctors about it. The way I look at it is like this: Yes many many people in the world pop spots, chew their fingers or whatever, but thats as far as it goes for them. It's like if my boyfriend pops a spot, he does it and thats the end of it. For me if I get a spot, I panic, then I pop it and keep going until every last bit is out. Then I will keep checking it and touching it, I will then check my face and get scared if I find any other 'potential' spots and pop all the pores unti my face is red and sore and want to hide away from the world. Thats the difference. People with Derm don't know when to stop. They believe that they are making it better, when they are making the situation worse. So if you are like my boyfriend, then you are fine. But if you sound like me, then you have Dermatillomania. If it is affecting your life, then yes you have it. I don't suffer from finger picking, I only pick at my face. I have mentioned before on here, that taking pictures of me before and after i have picked and then the days leading up to the healing helps me to see what I am doing to myself. Yes, I relapse, but I have noticed it subsiding slightly in the last year. Hope that helps! and sorry if this was too long an answer :3 x