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February 20, 2013

iv picked for 10 years (well that's what I remember) but it seems to have got worse as I have grown up and been through school :)
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February 25, 2013

I'm just replying to the last post on the whole topic. The white "pods" under a scab are a part of the healing process. If you pick at them the wounds will not heal. Once the wound is completely healed over and you still see obvious white spots under your skin (though it may be scar tissue) see a dermatologist. There is no medically good reason to dig in your skin to get stuff out. That's a type of mental disorder. FYI. Maybe y'all know all this already...if you pull a scab off, dab on some alcohol and neosporin and leave it alone. It's a wound. It's gonna hurt while it's healing.
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February 25, 2013

And see a therapist specializing in skin picking/OCD.
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February 25, 2013

wow I pick to get the "pods"....
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February 25, 2013

The pods are there as part of the healing process. Pick them and they just come back.
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February 25, 2013

Which post are you talking about? I'm kind of confused. -Jasmine
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February 26, 2013

The "whats under your scab?" subject...
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March 13, 2013

I found this info useful and interesting. I usually pick those "pods". Thanks for letting me know it is part of the healing process zenbaby, maybe next time I'll think twice before picking it!
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February 20, 2013

iv picked for 10 years (well that's what I remember) but it seems to have got worse as I have grown up and been through school :)
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February 22, 2013

How old are you? Same... It's gets worse as stress gets worse (obviously...) -Jasmine
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February 21, 2013

I'm 38 and I've been picking my whole life. Nose, scabs, any irregularity on the surface of the body. These days it's generally confined to the scalp and the nose. The scalp isn't usually visible in public, except when I get a haircut. I feel ashamed when I have to get a haircut, even though the hairdressers know me and understand that I have a compulsion. They're nice, but I know it can't be pleasant to look at. I want to stop, and I'm just beginning the process of figuring out how that works. Good luck to you. Change is possible.
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February 22, 2013

I pick everywhere. About 20 minutes ago, I noticed some red bumps on my chest. Now it's one big red blotch. I pick anywhere there's not a flat skin surface. I honestly don't think change is possible for me... I've tried stopping so many times.... Never worked. Thanks anyway. -Jasmine
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February 22, 2013

I'm 30 and have been picking for almost as long as I can remember, though there have been periods of time where I have stopped/reduced how badly I do it.
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February 22, 2013

Yeah, usually when I go on vacation (where there's no stress) I kinda stop. Or if I'm just having a stress free time somewhere. Those are good times. -Jasmine
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February 25, 2013

I'm currently 17 and can't even remember when I started picking. I've picked at my fingers the longest, yet when I was around 13 I picked at my legs so much my mother took me in to a doctor thinking I had hives. If I feel any kind of bump on my arms or scalp i'll end up scratching them til they bleed and then pick at the scab. I also tend to pick at the occasional acne that I get.
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February 25, 2013

ive been picking since elementary. im 28..
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March 01, 2013

I have picked at my fingers since grade school. I'm now in my late thirties. I am amazed at how it is triggered by nothing at all! And can go on autopilot without any help on my part whatsoever. I find it gross. I did manage to stop picking by getting acrylic on my nails, they then became smooth and couldn't pick a thing. Because I cannot afford it lately, I've let it go and magically the picking reappears. It is so embarrassing. My thumbs barely have fingerprints. Sad. I can only hope and pray I have the willpower to stop.
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March 01, 2013

I'm 18 (guy) and I've been picking my fingers all my life. Unfortunaty I also suffer from dermatophagia. It's affected me all my life. my hands are disproportionatly smaller than the rest of my body and the average male hand. it has also affected my confidence around others.
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March 01, 2013

Hi, I am 26 and I have been picking all of my life. When I was a kid, I would pick and chew at my fingers/hands. I remember being embarrassed and hiding my hands from people at school. I didn't start picking my face (other than typical pimple popping that most teenagers do) till I was about 19, and have not been able to stop.
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March 01, 2013

I pick and chew at my fingers and hands. I also get embarrassed too. I pick my face because of acne.
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March 06, 2013

I pick my hands too. It's a pain to stop. -Jasmine
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May 06, 2013

I've been picking my skin nearly everywhere I can find a pimple and scabs since I was 13 years old and I am now 15 years old. I am working on stopping but its hard my friends don't understand, I don't know why I tryed to tell one friend today she tould my other friend and they laughed at me. I'm so happy that everyone on this site gets me and knows how I feel. We all have the same or similar problems. I am a girl that wants to stop right now.
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May 06, 2013

I do the same. Anywhere there's a scab or imperfection I pick at it. My friends don't understand and just judge me. They tell me "Oh you can stop, you just don't want to!" And my mom does the same. She tells me that "It's nothing bad. Just stop picking." Not very much help. I can't remember if this was a dream or not, but someone called me emo. Wait.......yeah that wasn't a dream. It was real. I found this site a few months ago and I was on it 24/7 when I found it, but since this is via the Internet, it feels distant. I need a true friend who understands. A good friend of mine has trich, but we never talk anymore. I am also female, but I've tried quitting. Didnt work at all. I honestly hope you can stop. I'm too far gone for anyone to help. -Jasmine
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May 06, 2013

Omg your online right now so am I. How old are you? Where are you from? I'm from Australia. I will be your friend. We will get through this together. My mum tells me if you love your skin you will stop. She doesn't understand my problem. Her skin is clear and looks so nice.
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May 06, 2013

Yes I'm online. Hello! I'm from Europe but I live in America. I'm happy to have a friend! And I'm glad we will get through this! No one but each other understands our problems. Non-dermas (as I call them...) will never understand. I envy everyone who has clear skin. Also, am I the only one who (please don't judge) if I see someone else with a scab, I want to pick it. I feel like that's beyond and I need mental help.
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May 06, 2013

Wow America I would love to go there one day all my famous idols with clear skin that I look up to live there. Have you met a celebrity there? You are so lucky. My background is half kinda Europe. No, you do not need mental help when I see someones scab I want to pick it too. If they have a pimple I want to get rid of it. I want them to get rid of it themselves but their was a time where I wanted to it for them but now I just want them to get rid of their imperfection because I feel weird looking at it and thinking how could they not pick that. We are very close in age only one year apart your 13 years old nearly 14 years old and I am 15 years old right? and we are both girls.
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May 06, 2013

Actually, I'm 14 now. My birthday was a month and a half ago. I haven't really met anyone super famous... I've met a couple locally famous people, like radio djs, but not many others. Also, the pimple thing on other people. Sometimes I honestly have to hold myself back from pouncing on them and picking their face. Well, maybe not THAT extreme. But it can get pretty bad. Then, I feel bad for staring at their face...
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May 06, 2013

First of all thank you for being my new friend. All my friends have amazing skin except for me which makes me upset. I really have to control myself from picking. I cry a lot about it and it really gets to me. I want to have skin that is soft, smooth and not scarred and look like all the other girls at my school. They get all the boys because of it. Can you tell me all the places you pick please? I pick on my chest, face, neck, back, legs and arms. I have some scars. My skin isn't that bad at the moment and its getting better except for the scars and scabs which are not going away. Do you have acne? I don't, I just pick my skin.
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May 06, 2013

Your welcome. I love making new friends. My friends have better skin than me. Not amazing, but still better. My dermatillomania has made me cry countless times. Also, when I'm around my crush, I hide my hands (I bit my nails and chew the skin around them) but my face I usually don't mind. I pick almost everywhere. Arms, legs, stomach, chest, neck, face, hairline, feet, hands, and I have recently had a dry scalp so I scratch open my head as well. Not fun. I have so much acne. Well, let me rephrase that. If I didn't pick, I'd have so much acne. Now it's just acne scabs and acne scars. My scabs have scarred over, so my face is the best it'll be. Anyway, it's 3:10 am here. I need sleep. So, goodnight! Talk to you tomorrow!
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May 06, 2013

Goodnight. Its only 5:20pm here. We'll type tomorrow around the same time. Nice typing with you, bye for now.
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May 07, 2013

Hey, I'm back!
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May 07, 2013

So am I!
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May 07, 2013

Coolio! I need to go to bed soon though
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May 07, 2013

Ohok, its 1:56pm here I'm at school.
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May 07, 2013

How are you talking to me from school?
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May 07, 2013

On my friends Ipod.
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May 07, 2013

Oh... Well don't get in Trouble!
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May 07, 2013

How are you talking to me from school?
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June 19, 2013

I'm 20 and have picked my cuticles and skin around my nails for as long as I can remember. But when I was 16 I started picking the skin on my upper legs and use needles / tweezers to dig. I used to bite my nails really low until they bled when I was about 9 but I managed to stop that 'habit' that's how I know the skin picking is different, I can't seem to break the routine like I did with my nails. At least now we know that it is a real illness and now I have a name for it I feel more confident that I can beat it and I'm not just the girl with 'gross' hands. Good luck, you are so lucky to have found this information early in your journey, you will always have support here =)
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August 31, 2013

I am 25 Started picking skin around my finger nails since I was very young started mouth bitting back around 2000 face picking 2000 head rubbing 2012 arm/leg and body picking 2010
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September 02, 2013

i really need a help!!!! i cant stop picking my leg, arms, even chest... i ruined my skin totally... even i can't figure out why i do it! I've been doing it about 7 years... i'm exhausted of that hatefuuuuul habit & really don't know how to stop it... i'm getting hopeless... last night i decided to not doing it for 24 hours...but this night i PICKED badlyyyy...I NEED SOME ONE TO HELP Me:((