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I'm Bec, I've had dermatillomania for at least 12 years but have only actually learned it was a disorder a couple of years ago, and despite having been through therapy over the last 4 years for depression and anxiety, I'm only now starting to tackle my skin picking behaviours. I guess they became so habitual and I didn't really want to lose the feeling of release. But after some particularly nasty episodes recently I'm really trying to face it. I mostly pick at my acne which is on my face, chest and back. I also bite cysts in my mouth and also ingrown hairs typically on my legs. Basically anywhere there's a bump where there shouldn't be a bump. Occasionally I'll pull out normal body hairs that bother me too - they're darker or out of place or just feel wrong.
Anyway I recently put a band-aid over an acne wound and was amazed by how effective it was. The pressure of the band-aid on the wound was satisfying, and if I brushed my fingers over it I just felt the smoothness of the band-aid rather than a wound or scab. I didn't take it off until it started to fall off a few days later and it was almost completely healed! I'm most conscious of skin picking when it's something new, I hadn't realised how much I subconsciously pick at scabs too. The band-aid actually felt like it had performed some healing magic.
My problem is. I have a lot of acne, scabs and wounds. My face would turn into a giant band-aid if I covered them all up. I'm using spot band-aids but they're still quite obvious. Does anyone know of any super tiny dot band-aids, or something that can be cut to shape and adhere straight to the wound without needing the sticky bit around the outside? Perhaps there's even some kind of make-up concealer spots? I live in Australia but can order stuff online too, even just having an idea of what exists overseas I might be able to find an australian equivalent.
Thanks for reading :)