A picture is worth a thousand words, right? That's why we produced this infographic, on the topic of Dermatillomania. It explains in simple conjunction of words, numbers and graphics, what currently is known about this disorder. Here it is, hope you enjoy reading it, share it and like it!
Sure, we may all pick at our skin some time: that irritating zit that begs for popping; that ingrown hair that ache’s for a tweezer’s touch. However, there is a fine line between “every so often” and “every few minutes,” and such is defined by the impulse control disorder known as dermatillomania. Dermatillomania is a compulsive, often detrimental habit that is characterized by the repeated urge to pick at one's own skin -- often to the extent of tissue damage and scarring. Linked to Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder (OCD), this uncontrollable condition is responsible for both physical and emotional trauma; hindering one’s social life and activities, and further exacerbating any existing scars. Dermatillomania is considered a form of self-injury, and people suffering from this disorder often wear longs sleeves and makeup and/or band-aids to cover up their physical scarring and scabs. In terms of prevalence, an estimated 1.4 to 5.4 percent of the general population is afflicted with this condition, with women accounting for the majority (at 86 percent). While the onset of dermatillomania varies, the condition typically peaks in adolescents between the ages of 11-13 years old. Episodes of skin picking are often preceded or accompanied by high bouts of tension, anxiety and stress. Such cases can lead to a compulsive urge for dermatillomania suffers to pick or squeeze at their skin. Interested in learning more? Take a peek at our latest infographic, which highlights everything you need to know about this condition, including causes, treatment options, and coping modalities.