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pumpky1107 , 20 Jun 2009

Anyone begin using acrylic nails to stop picking?

Was wondering if getting acrylic nails would curtail the urge to pick since using my own nails to do it adds to the sensation. Maybe with fake ones, it would be too hard/awkward to continue picking. Sort of like gastric bypass for over-eathers! Let me know if you tried it. rdonnelly2021@comccast.net Would also like to be a part of a support system for picking with antone who wishes it as well.
59 Answers
Sleep the Cloc…
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.
Diva Who Picks
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.
Deidre
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.
bobbyking
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.
pumpky1107
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.........
Becca
September 02, 2009

In reply to by pumpky1107

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.
gorillamom
December 21, 2009

In reply to by pumpky1107

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.
robinhood
January 01, 2010
It may be possible. To be very honest I have not heard about it. Just I have some Idea about the nail art... and if we talk about fake things. I use Fake Handbags which are awesome. Regards: http://www.replica-handbags-shop.com/
hmf_74
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.
hmf_74
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.
psych client
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.
corimic
February 12, 2010
I am young and I was tired of trying so hard all the time to get rid of the pockets of fat that I had on various parts of my upper body. I decided to get CoolLipo done and I am pleased with the results thus far.
xaritos
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
pobrenina59411
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....
wildflower
July 22, 2010

In reply to by pobrenina59411

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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