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Hi everyone. I'm 20 and I have been picking at my arms off and on since highschool. I have small raised bumps under the skin of my arms and shoulders, my dermatologist said it is some sort of condition where dry and dead skin particles get trapped in the hair follicles. Anyhow its not really that noticeable, but I find myself popping them like zits. I had eased off with it but started doing it again last winter. I think it was a result of being really stressed out with school, and now it has become sort of an anxious compulsion. I find myself sitting in the bathroom, and I say to myself "oh I'll just get one" and then the next thing I know 30 minutes have passed and my arms are covered in welts from pinching. I have always had a nervous tick where I have to be twirling something or picking at something. It actually seemed to subside when I started smoking my freshman year of college, but has gotten even worse since I quit. I got better about it over the summer since I had to wear short sleeves and bathing suits. Now its fall and the stress of college is back and I can cover up my scabs with sweaters and cardigans and Im noticing that I'm getting bad about it again, I can't even help it sometimes it's like I get into a trance and just start picking. Needless to say, I really want to quit before its too late and my arms are scarred up forever. If anyone has had the same experience and would like to share some things that helped them quit I would really appreciate the advice!