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Dermatillomania’s name explains the condition, which is compulsive picking of the skin despite causing physical damage. People who pick at their skin experience skin damage as well as psychological and emotional distress. What makes the condition a disorder is the amount of time someone spends doing it, usually impairing their ability to go to school, work, or socialize. Additionally, people with skin picking disorder devote much time and expense, covering up the damage.
While not very common, skin picking disorder affects 1-6% of the population and usually begins in early adolescence. Although it lasts a lifetime, picking behaviors are often episodic and correlate with stress, anxiety, or depression. However, every person is different, which is why thorough assessment by a qualified professional helps determine the best course of treatment. Therapeutic interventions include cognitive-behavioral therapies like habit reversal training and acceptance and commitment therapy. Successful recovery is possible and usually consists of a healthy lifestyle, therapy, and social support.