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gostephi , 21 Sep 2009

lip picking/chewing

i have, just today, found out that my lip chewing (actually, inside my bottom & top lip) has a name! ok, lip picking. i have done this for more years than i can remember. i'm 47, i've done this since i can remember. lately, last couple of years, i'm chewing all my waking hours. i have developed wrinkles around my lips and chin from the constant twisting/pulling of my lips. honestly, i have major wrinkles! i'm not sure why this habit/compulsion has accelerated, but i'm powerless. all i want to do is sit and chew. sometimes i wish i could just stow away and worrying about the wrinkles or stares from people because of my contorted facial expressions. kinda like a crack head just wants to sit alone with their crack pipe and smoke crack! i really feel like an addict.
2 Answers
September 25, 2009
I do the same thing. Thank god that skin heals really quick. It helps me if I keep a tooth brush/paste with me and brush my teeth/mouth every couple of hours to make the skin less "spongy" on the insides of my mouth. Mouth wash has helped me with this also. It just keeps the clean feeling longer and makes me not want to waste the "clean" feeling by chewing. I still do it sometimes till I can't stand the pain, but the brushing helps a lot.
September 28, 2009

In reply to by vannahleigh

I used to do the same thing when I was younger, expcept it was usually inside my mouth, though occassionally my lip. I would litterly bite my lips, and would often wind up with sores. I thought I was just prone to cold sores, but since I've stopped (Not sure why, I just seemed to quit for some reason) the cold sores, and other mouth sores have virtually disappered. I still chew on the inside of my lip sometimes when I am anxious.

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