Decades of Dermatillomania / Skin Picking / Excoriation Disorder


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March 24, 2020

I'm 52 and have had this disorder since early childhood. The earliest I recall is about 7 years old. At that time is was inside cheeks and lips but (shall I say "thankfully") it has moved to just my finger tips but it is daily and I've kept a list of everything I've tried to control it. I'm currently on Fluvoxamine (sp) which has helped a bit. Niacinamide, Inositol, and N-Acetyl Cysteine in larger amounts has helped a bit too but it's something I've basically accepted after having it for 45 years. In fact, I'm writing a fictional novel and the MC in it has dermatillomania...actually, she's a "wolf biting" dermatillomaniac (wolf biting being dermatophagia) for those who aren't aware. I'd like to bring more awareness to the disorder because, yes, it isn't cutting and I've been through everything mentioned on the skin-excoriation sites. Happy to help however I can. I also find products that soothe to help. I don't have acne, but what about salicylic acid (sp) or hyaluronic acid or my friend swears by Proactiv. Good luck!
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March 24, 2020

Hm, interesting idea for a book! I am wondering how much it will relate to your experiences with the disorder, or take on some fictional elements...? When you say wolf biting, (even though I don't quite know what that means), it sounds like the potential for magical realism and animal transformation-- Just a thought...... But although we have different skin picking issues from the read of it, it sounds like we have tried similar ways to curve our related mental disorders! I currently take NAC, about 3,000 mg's daily... I also met with a psychologist who thought Fluvoxamine would be a good idea... I don't know if I had a negative placebo effect, but it made me super depressed? As for the other two you mentioned, I will look into those! Question: If you had to take just one pill from the ones you mentioned, which one have you found to be the most helpful? And how big of a dose? Thanks, Samuel
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March 30, 2020

Hi Samuel. I have some tips for discolouration. Please refer to my post. I am sorry to hear you have suffered like most of us on this forum. I really understand I have been an on and off skin picker for about 3 years. It does get extreme sometimes but you just gotta soldier through it's the only way.