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June 20, 2009

Hi! Yes, I've just recently tried this approach; have had one "fill" so far. Dang disorder has me trying to "outsmart" my nails and trying to see if I can still pick. So far my cuticles are doing MUCH better as a result of the acrylics, and the nails deter picking of some finer hairs on my legs/arms. It's been interesting to want to pick SO BADLY at something and be thwarted. Almost annoying and frustrating tho I ought to be happy, right??! I'm still able to pick at my kp arms; the nails are thicker and blunter, so I think that helps with lessening the injury/'breaking the skin. Also, just the new sensation helps to bring the picking to my consciousness, at least it did moreso during the 1st week. The downsides: After a few weeks some of the edges are coming off my nail beds, which I find rather unsightly. It gets expensive and time consuming to get them filled. I'm a naturalist, so I was petrified that someone would notice and think I was a fake (yes, caring what other people think strikes again!) Let me know what you decide. I'll email you, too, as I'm seeking all the support I can get and I would love to support you on your life-changing journey! Best wishes, Katie
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June 20, 2009

I have long, natural nails and am considering the acrylics even though they damage your nails just to stop this picking! I agree the cost of maintaining the nails is something to think about. Thx for emailing me as well. I can totally understand you trying to find ways around the nails to continue to pick! Is this the first time you've done the acrylic nails? Let me know how it goes for you and if it seems to work for you, I will get them done as well.
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June 24, 2009

I got acrylic nails to stop biting my nails but because I couldn't feel my fingertips I just ended up doing even more damage to my skin. Although it it a lot harder to pick with them on I ended up with bigger bruises on my face from trying to pick with them. I don't know if it is just me but that is my story ;)
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June 24, 2009

Yesssss it does help!! I recently started growing my natural nails out....SO proud of myself for not biting them - and it's made my scalp picking exponentially worse. The only thing with the acrylic nails is - it's easy to cheat by using the sides of the nails, which are sharper. Or by digging in WAY harder to get to the scabs. It does help, though.
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June 25, 2009

I wish it were that simple... I pick with my knuckles.
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November 14, 2009

i know what it's like to pick my knuckle. when i was 11, i got a cut and scar on one of my knuckles and for years after, i proceeded to pick and chew on it and it got huge. family and friends noticed and made comments constantly. i was so confused as to why i couldn't stop. for some reason i was able to stop. i have however been a cuticle biter and picker for 33 years, since age 7. the only thing that slows me down is artificial nails.
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July 05, 2009

I'm new also to this site, but yes, acrylic nails help, except they have to be very thick to were you really can stab your self with it. I did use acrylic nails in California wich the style is thick! and it really does help. I am very open about my scab picking problem because I find out that they do have some kind of problem similar to our and it makes me feel better because I feel that I'am not alone. They also open to the situation and let me know they have some kind of OCD problem them self too. It makes both understand each other that we all have some kind of problem and that we are not alone. I think that many people have some kind of obsession or addiction but we have to find a solution to this problem. Back to the point of scab picking I also think that triming your nails as short and close to you skin will also help reduce the picking. Also, what helps me is putting band-aid with antibiotic on them and it heals them faster. I notice this also heals them super fast and don't have to worried about the scabs on my arms. My back is my problem. It looks like someone shot me all over my back and is so enberassing that I have to wear a t-shirt when I go to the pool with my kids. I also have been a long time scab picker ever since I was a little child. Another of my problems is that I want to pick the scabs on other people. I get so obsessed that it's on my mind and I just picture peeling that scab off of another person.
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July 24, 2009

I have been picking for around 10 years,although I have always scratched my scalp.Mostly I pick at my face,but recently, I have begun picking everywhere.The problem is,because it is such an automatic thing when I feel stressed (which is pretty much ALL the time),I have actually picked at my bum cheeks in public ! Embarrassing. Also,having my family yelling at me to " STOP PICKING YOUR FACE !" doesn't help,just makes me more stressed. Also, if I am rubbing my boyfriends back, I have to pick at him if I feel any bumps.I think I am going to try a fidget item,and Vitamin B injections (my girlfriend is a nurse,so she can do it for me) I am glad there is a forum where we can discuss this without having to feel bad about it.
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February 21, 2010

please tell me... what is a fidget item, i've never heard of it? and how do the vitamin B injections help? xx
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July 08, 2009

Hi, I'm brand new here and this is my first post. I pick my scalp. I'm a nail technician and constantly wear nail enhancements. Unfortnately I found it hasn't helped at all, but maybe that's because they feel like my real nails.
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July 10, 2009

If i was a lady i would use acrylics and concealer.... take every advantage that you can. On the other hand, being a guy made me face my picking more directly simply because i could not hide it, therefore motivating me to pick less. <stay strong>
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July 24, 2009

I think you are right that women can hide their picking more then men which sometimes enables us to keep picking. Good luck to you
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July 24, 2009

Hi I 22 almost 23 and I've picked my face since I was probably 12, or whenever I first started getting zits. I have had a clear face for 1 year !!!!!!!!! I had gel nails that whole year. But I can't afford them anymore and I broke them so now they're gone as of 2 weeks ago and my face is really picked all of a sudden all over again. i am very sad about this :( When I wasn't picking my face for that year though, I bit apart all inside my mouth, my cheeks, my tongue. Ewww i did the picky thing inside my mouth :'( Now after ive take off the fake nails, my nails are completely wrecked, they will take at least 6 months for my nails to grow back to normal... u kno when they tear up a road ?.. yea thats what my nails look like !! So now my face, my mouth AND my once beautiful nails are all wrecked all at once within the last 2 weeks :'( :'( :'(
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July 15, 2011

Hi! Yes, I've just recently tried this approach; have had one "fill" so far. Dang disorder has me trying to "outsmart" my nails and trying to see if I can still pick. So far my cuticles are doing MUCH better as a result of the acrylics, and the nails deter picking of some finer hairs on my legs/arms. It's been interesting to want to pick SO BADLY at something and be thwarted. Almost annoying and frustrating tho I ought to be happy, right??! I'm still able to pick at my kp arms; the nails are thicker and blunter, so I think that helps with lessening the injury/'breaking the skin. Also, just the new sensation helps to bring the picking to my consciousness, at least it did moreso during the 1st week. The downsides: After a few weeks some of the edges are coming off my nail beds, which I find rather unsightly. It gets expensive and time consuming to get them filled. I'm a naturalist, so I was petrified that someone would notice and think I was a fake (yes, caring what other people think strikes again!) Let me know what you decide. I'll email you, too, as I'm seeking all the support I can get and I would love to support you on your life-changing journey! Best wishes, Katie frank verdin
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July 24, 2009

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July 31, 2009

i have found that when i do get the acrylic nails i still pick... but it actually doesnt do as much damage to the skin bc the nail is thicker... so i still picked it just didnt scar as bad bc they wont let u dig so much and wont break the skin as easy
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August 01, 2009

Finally got my acrylics done today. Had to let my thumbs heal first! Well, its too hard to pick at the skin on my fingers but I've been going at my face with them. This is such a destructive disorder, How depressing for us all..............
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August 11, 2009

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August 11, 2009

I just pick until the nails fall off. I found myself actually enjoying the acrylic nail-picking as if on some sort of vacation or perhaps like, a challenge. I found it maybe lessened the picking but barely anything noticable. You get used to the nails like you get used to wiping your butt with the nails on. :(
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August 12, 2009

Yeah, I've found ay around the nails to continue picking. I can still pick my face with the acrylics and somewhat my fingers. Seems I've been worse on my face now. What a vicious circle this is................
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August 13, 2009

Acrylic nails were like a fun, hard tool that let me have a free-for-all on my face. I have a cheaper, and for me, more effective option. I clip my nails down to the cuticle and then I use a little electric/battery-powered nail-file to thin out my nails, pretty much almost to the point that it is painful, and then smooth down any lingering rough edges. I can't open a soda by myself, but when I'm feeling really desperate, it gives me a few days of peace to deal.
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August 13, 2009

I keep mine that short too.
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August 14, 2009

My face picking has gotten out of control with these nails! Trading one for another.............
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August 19, 2009

I've tried using creams, but I never remember past the first day to keep using them. ... of picking and they begin to hurt is when I even realize I'm doing it. <a href="http://www.epione.com/treatments-face/">face treatments</a> | <a href="http://www.epione.com/cheek-implant">cheek implants</a> | <a href="http://www.epione.com/laser-eyelid-surgery">laser eyelid surgery</a>
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August 22, 2009

Hey girls, I'm a scalp picker. If I can find scabs on my scalp, I am one happy camper. Isn't that terrible?! Well, I must say this topic really caught my eye because acrylic nails were like an instant CURE for me. Actually, I'm a scalp and lip picker, but I also have a tendancy to rub at my skin in a destructive way. Acrylic nails literally prevent me from scratching and picking at my scalp to the point where I even forget I have this compulsion to do it. It completely goes away. Sometimes I will feel a little ... I don't know, I guess lost? Because I can't pick with the nails. But it goes away quickly. It also helps me to forget that I want to rub my skin, too. The acrylic nails are literally a god-send for me, I really cannot cope without them. Which is unfortunate for me becaue I lost my job almost two months ago and I haven't been able to afford the nails since then. Before that I constantly had acrylic (or gel) nails for almost a year. My scalp had completely healed. But as soon as the nails were gone, I was picking again, even with the flismy and damaged nails that I had! Also, my boyfriend is black and has a naturally dry scalp and dredlocks and he loves it when I scratch his scalp, which is horrible for my own personal scratching condition, which he knows nothing about. I'm sure he sees me scratching my scalp, but I think he just thinks I have a dry scalp, too. I even pick off his little clunks of dandruff, but he doesn't realize how nasty it is because i think he just thinks I'm soothing him and trying to get the gunk off of his scalp, I know he doesn't realize that I'm enjoying it. Ugh. Fake nails make it hard for me to peel my lips, but I definitely still feel crazy and like I need help. I can't afford it though, I don't have insurance. I hope this site helps.
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August 22, 2009

I'm 50 and have been picking my skin for years. My picking is mainly done on my fingers and the palms of my hands, but I also have a difficult time leaving cuts, stitches or sunburns, etc alone. This past winter I had surgery on my elbow and kept messing with the incision until I had opened it up. I had to have another surgery! When I was in my teens I mainly picked at my lips and the inner cheeks of my mouth. A couple of years ago, I began peeling off pieces of skin and then putting them in my mouth to chew on. I still do this. I get almost like a "high" when I pick my skin. I tried using the acrylic nails to keep myself from being able to pick, but that didn't work because I just went out and bought a pair of tweezers for getting out splinters.....these kinds of tweezers have very sharp points on them and makes it really handy to peel with. I've been in psychological counseling for about 2 years now for past sexual abuse and for an abusive marriage. I take 90mg of Cymbalta daily which helps with depression, but so far as I can tell, does nothing for the skin picking.
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August 23, 2009

Hi, I am an nail biter and skin picker as well. I have used acrylic nails in the past and for me it really was a life saver. I bit my nails so that there was not nail left at all. I felt a sigh of relief when I had them put on. I make them really short. I went in maybe every two weeks and had them revised. My nails grew back under the acrylic nails. If one fell off I went back in and had them reseal it. It took about 6 months for me to feel in control and at that point my nails had no flaws and I was able to stop biting.
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August 26, 2009

Thanks for all your input everyone. Really appreciate it. I still pick at the cuticle skin and my face with these nails. Having the acrylics for the 1st time was like a challange for me to overcome to continue picking. I won of course so no sense getting these filled anymore. Too much $$ when I still pick anyway. Any advice on getting these off? Plan on soaking in 100% acetone when I can let my cuticles heal up enough to avoid the pain against raw areas.........
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September 02, 2009

The first time I got acrylic nails they almost did not put them on for me because my nails were so short from nail biting. They said if I started biting on the acrylic I wouldn't want to bite my nails anymore. Well...The acrylic didn't stop me. I also had to dig more to get the dead skin out from under my nails but it was time filling...Yes it is expensive and a lot of maintence to keep up. I am the most highest low maintence chick I know lol.
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December 21, 2009

gmom I tried the fake nail thing. At first it helped because the acrylic nails and thicker than your own nails. But the picking won out. Instead of using my nails, I started using a tweezers to pick. My skin was beginning to get better when 2 weeks ago, one of my business partners left our practice. My skin got really bad almost instantly. I don't remember beginning to pick more. I had one leg almost free from scabs and my arms looked great. But almost immediately, I noticed that I was scratching. My arms got tiny little bumps from my scratching. I am awaken at night by my itching. What really frustrating is that I can go the entire day without picking at my legs - but at night in my sleep, I start picking and that wakes me up. And I can't get back to sleep. I do have a hypnosis CD for stress and weight loss. When I listen to that, it helps me sleep. I always fall asleep before the CD completes. On the worst part of one of my legs, the skin is so thin that there is a sound of scraping when I pick at that skin. I wish that picking weren't so satisfying (in the moment I am doing it). It's like eating when stressed. It really does calm me down. So each time I pick (or eat when it's not mealtime) I am reinforcing the behavior because it does relieve the tension. A psychiatrist friend suggested I see a behavior therapist. I will make an appt because if she can teach me techniques that also have immediate relief of tension then I could substitute the new techniques rather than pick. Thanks to everyone who posts. It really helps just to know there are others like me out there.
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January 01, 2010

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January 07, 2010

Acrylic nails never worked for me altho I have tried them many times. Sure I would stop for maybe a day or two, but it never lasted long. Id find finger nail clippers or tweezers to pick at my skin. Even the glue to adhere the acrylic to the nail would get on the skin and just cause me to find something to pick it off, and then I would just end up picking the skin since I was going at the glue. I stopped spending the money on them once it wasn't working. The only reason why it would work for a short period of time is because the acrylic was thicker than the actual nail, making it harder to use the nail to pick the skin. After several attempts with acrylic nails I just gave up on it and I continue even now to just find other ways to stop or postpone the picking.
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January 07, 2010

Acrylic nails never worked for me altho I have tried them many times. Sure I would stop for maybe a day or two, but it never lasted long. Id find finger nail clippers or tweezers to pick at my skin. Even the glue to adhere the acrylic to the nail would get on the skin and just cause me to find something to pick it off, and then I would just end up picking the skin since I was going at the glue. I stopped spending the money on them once it wasn't working. The only reason why it would work for a short period of time is because the acrylic was thicker than the actual nail, making it harder to use the nail to pick the skin. After several attempts with acrylic nails I just gave up on it and I continue even now to just find other ways to stop or postpone the picking.
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January 19, 2010

The solar nails worked for me until I bought a cuticle cutter. I went out and bought neosporin and bandaids and I'm healing the fingers that are really bad. If I can throw away the cutter, then I should be able to go back to stopping. I also use cuticle oil and try rubbing it in rather than picking...sometimes that works too.
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July 14, 2010

Over the summer I had nice fingers and cuticles. I was proud to paint my nails and show them off. But since school has started, there has beena a lot of stress. It’s my senior year of high school and I’m more stressed than ever. I’ve noticed my fingers are also worse than they have ever been. It must be a nervous habit. That, cracking my knuckles and swallowing. i think I need to add a goal to my list: make a list of things that calm me down when I am nervous. Marta K www.directory2009.com
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July 22, 2010

its really hard to do this so thank you everyone for making this available and free,... im going to be 22 years old and since i was 5 have been biting my nails untill there was nothing left, my parents tryed meds and even got me hypnotised to get me to stop, but the only thing that seemed to work was getting me acrilics. i have had acrilics since i was about 13 and about then is when the picking started, i had never had nails of my own so when i got the acrilics i got acustomed to them really fast, and now i cant stop the picking. it makes it worse cause 2 years ago i was told i had psoriasis and all i do is constantly pick at it and what ever else is on my skin, som im not sure if its a good thing or a bad thing what has happened, i went from being a horrible nail biter to an over controled picker, and its not just on me i pick, its on my family as well. i want this to stop but if i take off the nail i go back to being a horrible nail biter, what do i do??? is there any way i can stop both or is that not a possibility??? and all the doctors can tell me for the cause of it all is its from "unconscious stressing," which really doesnt help me to find a cure....
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July 22, 2010

i can't begin to say how sorry it is to hear that you now have dermatillomania in place of your nail biting habit and that you either have one or the other depending upon whether you have acrylic nails on or not. perhaps exploring medication(s) or hypnosis together with determined behaviour modification techniques supervised by yourself and supporters and/or a therapist together with your more mature awareness and understanding of the disorder will help you make changes to conquer the biting and the picking of yourself and others. i can understand how difficult it would be for a youngster to address behaviour modification but i'd think that in your twenties you might be ready to truly get serious about it. i'm interested to know, though, what are your nails like if you don't have the acrylic nails on after wearing them for so many years? what is the state of health of your nail beds? i sincerely hope you can pull together a plan of attack to address your compulsions and get your fingers and nails and skin healthier.
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July 28, 2010

You could try putting a taste you don't like on your nails so when you to bite it might help you to stop. Hot sause worked for a friend of mine
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August 05, 2010

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August 08, 2010

I tried that, then I just RIPPED off the fake one's and started again....:o(
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August 15, 2010

Hi All, I have tried acrylic nails to stop picking but i found that instead of taking the skin off my face i was pressng into the pores, even in my sleep, and causing really bad blemishes that i would then use tweezers to pick. So it actually made it worse. Because not only do i pick but i use the tweezers all the time and have to try hiding them around my house to stop myself from getting to them. Nuts huh.
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August 31, 2010

Ditto. I loved the way my nails looked with fake nails, and it drove me MORE nuts that I couldn't "feel" or "sense" where my nails or fingertips were. That lack of control actually made things worse because, instead of digging with my nails (which I still attempted for some stupid reason despite knowing it was futile), I'd dig out the pins and tweezers and I think probably caused a worse and definitely deeper hole. I may not have got the red bruising I got from pressing/digging with my finger tips, and definitely I didn't "slip" on my oily skin as much, but I'm confident the utensils I resorted to just added insult to injury. Literally.
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August 15, 2010

I had acrylic nails once as a treat from my parents after exams were over. They looked lovely at the start and i found that i stopped picking purley because i couldnt physically as the nails were too long to do so. Although once the nails came off i instantly started picking again. I used to think I could keep getting my nails done and eventually get out of the habbit but i need to stop the habbit first then maybe have my nails done as a reward...something to look forward to maybe...
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September 07, 2010

I have used them before to stop picking! And it use to help me A LOT. But eventually I began carrying tweezers with me to use to pick when I got the urge... or at work I would go into the restroom and use the pin on the back of my nametag. :( sigh
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March 21, 2012

this sounds like OCD - obsessive compulsive disorder. i also am a picker but i take medication for it. i am not a nail biter per se but i do peel my nails when they get chipped. ask your doctors for something for the disorder and see if that works. good luck ---------------

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