I was just recently diagnosed with Impulse Control Disorder, which incluses dermatillomania, and trichotillomania.
I have been picking at my skin as soon as I started puberty, and started getting acne. I was about 10 years old when I stared picking, and now I'm 18 and I still have the same problem, if not worse. I get acne all over my face, sholders, chest and back. Not only that, with the trichotillomania, I pluck out my pubic hairs obsessively and that leaves little red bumps that look like acne and I pick at that aswell.
I will tell myself, "I'll stop picking at my acne today" then 5 minutes later, I'll be doing it again. I'll lock myself up in a bathroom for atleast an hour picking at everything. It's taken control over my life, and I honestly don't know what to do about it.
Almost everyone that I've been with have told me that it doesn't bother them, but I always get the feeling that it discusts them, probably because it discusts me. I won't let my sexual partners see me naked (which really kills the mood apperently), and I don't even like to get changed in locker rooms 'cause it's so embaressing.. and I have noticed that when someone points it out, it makes me do it more. I've really only had two people in my life restrain me from doing it when they're around, though I'm not sure if that really helps.
I would love to hear some feedback on how other people were able to stop, or any treatments for this.. I was diagnosed from a phycologist that was doing my Social Security evaluation and I'm currently not seeing a councer anymore due to them "graduating me" from councling.