severe lip picking


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February 20, 2018

hi i'm new has anyone taken the test for dermatillomania yet? i took it and got moderate (40 percent) what did you get?
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February 20, 2018

by the way i pick my lips not my skin. just letting you know.
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March 18, 2018

I am 20 years old, Female. I can’t remember not picking at my lips. I have Anxiety and I feel like I pick my lips in a way to hide my face with my hand, almost to feel invisible when I’m out in public. I do pick at home but I have recently noticed that I only really do it at home if I have been picking while out and about because there are bits of my lips hanging off. I really want to stop picking at my lips so much but if I don’t pick my lips I either grind my teeth or bite down hard on the inside of my cheek or just bite my lips and I would rather pick my lips than do any of those things. I have got traits of OCD and when I asked a family member what they thought they said that it could be because of the OCD, like trying to make my lips perfect by ripping bits off them because I am a perfectionist with a lot of things due to my OCD. I don’t know how true this could be but it really got me thinking about other people that pick. Do many other people who pick have traits of OCD too? This page has helped me to understand more about my picking tendencies and I hope that when I read further that I may find some tips to make me stop because although my mind may be thinking that it’s trying to ‘perfect’ my lips, it really isn’t! The bleeding and scabbing and slight scars on my lips from picking and pulling really deep skin off my lips, make me feel more conscious and in turn make me more anxious that people are looking at me. My boyfriend puts it down to my anxiety but I feel like it’s a whole lot more than that.
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March 18, 2018

Another question that I have thought about since posting my comment. Do many others also have Eczema or other skin conditions? A thought is that they could be linked?
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April 10, 2018

Wow! I had no idea so many people did this! I’ve been picking my lips since I was a little kid but it’s especially got worse the past few years. I’ll pick and pull at them until they bleed and I have blood all over my fingers. I unfortunately pick my nails a lot too. Not the skin around it just the nails. But now I try to keep my thumb, pointer , and middle nails longer to make sure I can get ahold of the skin and it just makes my hands look so ugly! And y’all already know how ugly the lips get! I miss wearing bright pink lipstick so much! But I can’t stop! Idk if it’s from anxiety or what. I’ve never been diagnosed but pretty sure I do have an anxiety disorder. The funny thing is when I’ve picked all the skin off my lips and there’s just one itty bitty spot left my anxiety gets worse until I get it off lol
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July 13, 2018

Hi everyone, I'm so relieved to have found this forum because I thought I was the only one with this disgusting habit! I am 22 and have been chewing and picking the skin off of my lips since I was about 5. I notice that I do it whenever I'm stressed or dealing with an issue, or even just thinking. When I go through periods of intense happiness, like if I'm on vacation, I notice that I won't do it. But it's such an awful habit and i'm so sick of looking in the mirror and seeing my lips gnawed and bleeding. I can get them to heal completely in about 3 days using Carmex and buying myself a nice lip gloss or something to constantly keep on them, or by cutting my nails so that I can't pick, but I've unfortunately mastered the art of ripping my own skin on my lips off with my teeth. I agree it definitely has something to do with stress or anxiety. I find myself backing out of romantic plans or avoiding making eye contact because of it. And I really love my lips, they are actually quite pretty when they're healed but they almost always look nasty. My mom will swat my hand away and yell at me if she sees me doing it. Please if you have a good solution besides what's on this site, let me know!
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July 16, 2018

I stopped only 60 hours ago and my lips have completely healed!!!! Wtf?! All I can say is that my lips have been very forgiving. I took pics of the healing process, and journaled a line or two every time I had any feeling. I also quit on a weekend. Even though I had been picking my lips for probably 5-10 years non-stop, 60 hours (2.5 days) was all that was needed to completely heal my lips. First 24 hours just felt weird, second 24 hours I got scabs on my lips and by 12 hours after that all the scabs (which were pretty grotesque at this point) had fallen off, revealing *completely* soft (and waaaaay less triggering) lips. I don't know what's next but I know that I really expected the healing process to take way longer. Usually I quit on day 1 or 2 (or rather minute 1). Never realized 2.5 days is exactly what it takes to physically start new.
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September 19, 2018

Hi, I have just come across this forum and felt I had to give my input on the subject of lip picking. I too have picked and chewed my lips since being a child, I am now 36!!!! I would not even have thought I had OCD, however, reading these posts have made me wonder. I have thought about seeing my doctor about my ‘problem’ but somehow I find myself embarrassed...... I have also thought about hypnotherapy to see if this will prevent the urge? I pick my lips everyday, I make them sore and overall not very pleasant. I have put off dental appointments as my lips have been too sore and also I’ve felt embarrassed. I’d like to know if anyone has tried the hypnotherapy and all f it has worked? I’ve had enough of my habit now and would love to have smooth looking lips.
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September 19, 2018

I tend to pick my lips when I’m drunk bing more than any other time.
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September 19, 2018

Sorry when driving that should say.... not drunk. Stupid predictive text
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October 23, 2018

Admittedly, I did not read all these entries about lip picking. I read enough to feel hopeless though. Sounds like the overwhelming majority of people have not figured out how to control or stop their lip picking impulse, like me. I’ve been biting, chewing and picking since before I could talk, my mother tells me. At 8 months old, I would chew my fingers til they bled. Knowing this and being aware, while trapped in this body, of the inescapable and constant urge to pick/bite from the moment I wake until I fall asleep, I am convinced it has more to do with hard-wiring than it does anxiety/stress. I’ve noticed that if I stop biting my finger nails, asi am sometimes committed to doing, it only escalates other urges. My nails can look great at the expense of my lips. If I stop picking my lips, I will literally chew the fingersnails off my hands. Barbaric, I know. I feel like I was born into a war between my teeth and anything they can tear apart. When I was ten, I bit a hole through my cheek to the outside of my face. I got a few stitches and to this day, everyone, including my parents thought I had fallen off the sink while I was brushing my teeth. I was too embarrassed to admit I chewed through my own face. Right now, my fingers look great but my lips look like I have leprosy. I always pride myself in being a strong willed and determined woman. Hopefully one day, I will actually be able to prove to myself that I am. I miss smiling confidently. I live my life now, trying to avoid any attention. I’m too embarrassed and I know people around me must wonder why my lips always look so raw. I feel like the elephant in the room.
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December 01, 2018

Hey everyone! Like most of you i have struggled with peeling my lips/biting them. I started in middle school maybe and never could stop no matter how much I tried for years. I wanted to share my journey kinf of ti lend some hope because it is possible to stop and to fully heal. I picked for a good 10 years everyday all day. I couldnt remeber what normal soft lips felt like because they were always raw,bleeding or scabbed. I had discoloration from old scars and always felt like crap about my lips thinking they woukd never fade. Today ,I havn't picked in about a year now and my scars have mostly healed leaving almost no discoloration. The first thing i woudl tell you is to see a mental health specalist. I've never felt stressed or anxious when picking but this is most definitly a sign of some mental stress. You dont have to be consious of the stresser for it to affect you. I chose a repitable homeopath to help me find a medicinal remedy to help me but 80% if beating the habit was lifestyle changes. Overall living healthier, waking up early, excersing eating healthy meals and staying hydrated were just the start. I always ALWAYS kept a mint lip balm on me at all times. I chose mint because if i cheated and picked my lips the mint would burn like hell when i reapplied the balm reminding i fucked up. Becase for me -like alot of us it was automatic. My hands be just peeling by default all the time. I couldnt tell myslef to stop beacsue i wouldnt realize i was doing it. At some point i graduated and allowed myslef to get regualr lip balm and that was a small victory for me. But seriously, ever since i started seeing someone about my mental health and i realized i have had underlying ocd since around the time i started peeling- and i started being more mentally healthy - it has almost eliminated the urge comletely. I wont lie a year in and i still feel like picking sometimes and its still hard to resist-espescially when something in my life changes but ive managed to stop. I dont know if the feeling ever goes away but you do feel it less, you do heal and CAN stop. Just wanted to leave that here for someone who is feeling like crap. I remember the feeling too and i wish on days like today when you feel like the worst about it someone woukd have given me hope too.
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April 16, 2019

I am almost 15 and have been picking my lips as long as I can remember... I pick them until there is no skin left to pick, and even then I try to keep going. The only thing that stops me from pocking is getting my nails done, which I can no longer do due to sporting issues. my lips constantly have scabs and sores and cuts on them due to constant picking. Even as I write this I have to keep stopping for ten seconds to pick. I just want to get over this, because it is really annoying and impacts school and my appearance and makes my lips so dry all the time. What can i do to stop this?

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