Hi there everyone, my name is Monica and I’m 27. I have a extremely severe skin picking problem. I pick and eat scabs, sebum from white/blackheads and skin. I also compulsively bite my finger and toenails (I do not eat these but I do chew on them) I also pick my nose and eat the boogers.
I’ve done all of these things for as long as I can remember. Most of my picking unfortunately happens on my face due to acne breakouts. I’ll pick a bump until it becomes a sore then I’ll pick the scabs. So as you can imagine my face is almost always covered in open wounds and terrible scarring, leaving me never wanting to go out in public.
My family doesn’t completely understand and usually gets very angry when they see what I’ve done to myself. I would like to stop but I can’t ever see myself actually quitting unless I were to chop both my hands off or something else equally insane. Although I am lucky enough to have a wife who loves me and understands the problems I have. But even she makes comments at times. And I can’t blame her.
This really isn’t about reaching out for help as much as it is finally sitting down and writing this out and getting feedback from those who are like me. Especially seeing as I thought I was the only person in the world who had this issue for many years.
Thank you so much for taking the time to read this any and all comments and feedback are welcome.