How I healed my scalp scabs after 12 years of picking


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March 29, 2013

When there is a problem in the scalp, the main problem is itching, which feels like irritating.

April 13, 2013

Thank you, thank you, thank you. I am desperate to stop. I gasped out loud when I read what you typed. You have scared me. I just cut my nails. I am motivated. I will do what it takes. I will stop.

April 13, 2013

ladybug23, good luck! I hope you're able to stop :) As an update, I posted this over 3 months ago. I still haven't picked at my head. I have zero scabs and no desire to pick.

September 05, 2015

Good for you! I really hope that I can stop too. I'm sure I'm causing all kinds of bacterial infections from constant picking. Fingers crossed that I can be a successful quitter!

September 05, 2015

Good for you! I really hope that I can stop too. I'm sure I'm causing all kinds of bacterial infections from constant picking. Fingers crossed that I can be a successful quitter!

September 05, 2015

Good for you! I really hope that I can stop too. I'm sure I'm causing all kinds of bacterial infections from constant picking. Fingers crossed that I can be a successful quitter!

April 25, 2013

So far so good! I've also been doing some self-hypnosis to deal with the underlying triggers. I find it really helpful.

June 16, 2014

that's kinda disturbing. It's funny though because i was picking my scabs while i was reading this post

July 24, 2014

I'm 14 years old and have been picking for the past 2-3 years. It started when I was beginning to get stressed out at school: exams, homework, bullying... etc. My home life didn't help either. Whenever I was worried about something or just generally on edge, I would find myself almost slipping into a transe-like state and scratching the top of my head. Even if it wasn't itching, I just couldn't stop. I would scratch and scratch and scratch until there was blood and skin underneath my fingernails. The obsessive scratching soon formed a line of scabs at the front of my head that I would pick at every day. This was very upsetting and really knocked down my self esteem. During a summer break I promised I would never pick again. But, as many fellow 'pickers' know, this is much easier said than done. I found that I would always be in a bad mood and have an uneasy feeling in my chest if I didn't pick that day. So, the holidays came and went and I had done nothing but produce more scabs on my head. I have not been able to stop picking these since. I have recently been diagnosed with quite a few conditions - both mental and physical. Anxiety; depression; OCD; eczema; pompholyx and of course, dermatillomania. I also visited the doctor with my mum as of late and was told that there was a high possibility that I have mouth cancer. All of these have made a huge impact on me and I struggle with every day life. I know I will never be a 'normal' teenager because of this. However, this article really helped me alot. I know now that I am not alone in this. After so many years of feeling like an outcast, I feel as though I'm ready to move on without my problems and issues and that I shouldn't let dermatillomania weigh me down. I'm going to try everything I can to stop my compulsive scratching and I hope everyone else is able to as well.

October 15, 2016

I don't understand all this ..Im not sure what is going on with me I do believe im going though menopause cause I have had a light period in the last 4 months. I have always had some small dandruff but never sores ..The one day like a little over a month I had all these scabs ..The only thing I had done different was use Apple Cider Vinegar in my hair , I read how it would help with dandruff now im thinking it was a big mistake cause now im living with all these scabs and red bumps and I mean a head full of them. Now the old thing is I never scratched my head to get all these scabs and now yes I find myself picking to get them out. I want them gone I cant believe this! I don't have the ins to go to the doctors as I already have a bill racked up for going when I missed my period and was concerned as I bloated so bad and didn't eat for weeks without being hungry and didn't know what was going on with my body. I am falling apart. I am going to try and not pick or rub the scabs out and I pray it goes away! but I just don't see that happening when I never scratched to begin with and they just appeared all of a sudden. :( HELP!

March 19, 2019

I had the same problem and the solution to get over it is to cut your nails so short that it is impossible to pick at your scalp. I know it is hard especially for the ladies but you have to give up something to get where you want,so choose between long manicured nails or infected scalp.