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Mamasher , 02 Feb 2013

Ichthyosis and cuticle picking

I am wondering how many people who are skin-pickers also have ichthyosis. Ichthyosis vulgaris (ik-thee-O-sis vul-GAY-ris) is an inherited skin disorder in which dead skin cells accumulate in thick, dry scales on your skin's surface. The scales of ichthyosis vulgaris, sometimes called fish scale disease or fish skin disease, can be present at birth, but usually first appear during early childhood. Sometimes, mild cases of ichthyosis vulgaris go undiagnosed because they're mistaken for extremely dry skin. Most cases of ichthyosis vulgaris are mild, but some are severe. Sometimes other skin diseases, such as the allergic skin condition eczema, are associated with ichthyosis vulgaris. No cure has been found for ichthyosis vulgaris, and treatments focus on controlling the condition. Glycolic acids, lactic acids are the only thing that treat ichthyosis; but you must use them regularly. When you stop treating the skin with acids, then the ichthyosis will come back. I have deep lines on my palms and the soles of my feet which are characteristic of ichthyosis. I also have very wrinkly hands. I also pick my cuticles when they are thick. I often wonder if I had smooth skin whether or not I would pick.

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