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November 07, 2009

Hey Alice, I'm 31 and have chewed and eaten the skin around my finger cuticles since I was at least 6. In fact, I pick and eat all my scabs and acne. I hate it, as does everyone on this site. That's why we are here :) We are all ashamed of our compulsions...some pull hair, some pick their scalps, and many chew and pick their feet and fingers. Just posting on the site is a great first step to recovery. We have dermatillomania. It's a form of obsessive compulsive disorder. Check out the forum and welcome!

August 30, 2011

Hi. Im 11 years old and I have had this problem since I was 9. It all started when I seen my sister biting her nails out of habit. I always had long nails so I tried it and was addicted fast. When I nearly bit my nails down to the nub I took a bite out of my skin and loved it. My fingers were raw completely the next couple of days. I still have this problem. It's not only my fingers I eat the skin off of. It's also my feet. My heel is raw and I can't barley walk on it sometimes. I have tried so many different things to stop my addiction but nothing works. I need help.

August 30, 2011

Hi alice. Im luisa and im 22. I've been picking and eating the skin on and around my fingers for as long as i can remember. I wait for it to get hard and calloused and then i peel it off and lay it out, then i pick it up and eat it when im done. *sigh* i stopped for a couple of years. I started going to the nailery regularly and getting acrylic on my nails. This seemed to have put my compulsion on pause until recently. I'm a nursing major and long/artificial nails are prohibited for health reasons. They're a reservoir for germs, so i was forced to take them off. Lo and behold, my compulsion is back at full force and, again, i am picking until my skin is red and raw. Smh. Alice, you are not alone.

April 15, 2012

Hi Everybody...i found this site by accident. I am so tired of this addiction that I don't know what to do. I started picking and eating my finger-skin ever since i was a very young child. I lived in a home with alot of stress: watching my dad beat my mother, daily and dad was very verbally, emotionally and sexually abusive with me. I remember my dad trying to bargain with me to get me to stop picking at my fingers. He told me that he would buy me a doll if I could stop doing it for 1 week. I did it and got my doll, but...the habit has continued throughout my adult years and i am now 52 yrs old. Within the past 3 years i began picking and eating the skin on the bottom of both feet. I cannot understand why i do it. If anyone knew I would be so ashamed but to be honest with you...this habit relieves some kind of inner turmoil..i cant explain it. I am "driven" to do it, and i look forward to doing it daily...as if it was some kind of reward or enjoyable activity. I never, ever thought that others did it much less find a blog on other's who do it. Then, come to find out it is a compulsive disorder. I guess it felt good to know there was an answer to what i was doing but on the other hand it only makes me feel crazy since it is in the DSM under emotional disorders. I take Prozac 20 mg daily for depression and am also on Adipex to lose weight. I have noticed that ever since i started Adipex that the obsession with peeling and eating the ginger and foot skin has increased. Not sure if there is a correlation. Thanks for letting me vent...maybe i will peel & eat less if i blog more..rofl!

May 08, 2012

Hi all, i have always chewed my finger nails and ate it. 10 years ago, while i was pregnant i started peeling my heels and around my big toe and eat the skin. Horrible habit that has cause infections and the inability to walk at times. My husband say that one day i will end up in the hospital, i just brushed him off, not thinking much about it. The other day, i was talking with a girl who is much younger then me. She told me that she was a "cutter" i of course i thought "thank god i have never done that" but, i after i thought about it for a while, it really is a form of self mutilation. The girl prayer over me, i still pick, but i catch my self and try to differ the temptation. I really didn't know that it is a disorder. OCD of what i have been told. i don't think i am going to get on meds or see a professional, but would be great to get support from other pickers.

May 13, 2012

I'm 13. I've had this habit for... I can't even remember. 7 maybe? I eat pick and chew the skin around my fingers and the bottoms of my big toes. My future step mom wants us to get pedicures for her wedding and i really wanna quit cause I don't want to say no but I never want them to see the bottom of my toes.. It freaks me out because I'll get stressed and before I know it, there I go AGAIN eating and picking the skin off my toes and I can't stand not stopping. I've tried the no nail biting stuff but it didn't work.. I need to stop.. Soon.

June 27, 2012

I feel less weird now, I ALWAYS have bitten the skin around my finger/toe nails (along with biting the nails) I just try and catch myself do it and say "no, you'll die if you do it." (No, it probably won't kill you, saying it will just detours me from snacking on my own flesh.)

October 31, 2012

Oh my! I never ever thought there were other people like me o! This nasty habit freaks my family out, my fiance cannot comprehend it, and in my country stuff like this just don't make sense. I'm totally tired of it and no matter how ugly my toes get I just can't stop peeling them and eating the skin, same for my fingers. My mom keeps asking if I'm hungry. It's frustrating and I've tried all I can to stop. Fake nails, nail varnish, plaster; I'm a 30 year old female, I need to stop this before I have kids and they pick up d habit too.

November 11, 2012

I am so happy I found this blog. I have been picking my skin for as long as I remember, I have noticed that it comes and goes as episodes during some months though. I take antidepressants Lexapro and I notice that the picking comes back when I miss a dose, but it has never gone away. I get a satisfying something when I pick and eat the skin of my feet, it is gross and sometimes I can't walk right because it hurts. There have been months when my feet are perfect, no biting my nails, no picking the skin of my fingers and toes or the bottom, my fingernails are grown and pretty, but then I find myself back, I am learning this is some sort of compulsive disorder, which I will now tell my psychiatist, I have never told anyone. I have noticed though that the urge is very strong when I am reading or watching a movie. Please share anything that you have found works to stop please.

January 02, 2013

Hi! I can't believe I found someone with the exact same problem! I pick at and eat the skin around my cuticles and on the calloused areas of my feet. I am doing so as I type! I am 12 years old, and I can't remember how long I've been picking my cuticles, but my feet just started recently.

March 12, 2013

I've been eating the skin off my fingers since I was a few years old. I'm fourteen as of last month. I bite my nails, the skin on my fingers, all of them, and my big toe. It's nice to know that I'm not the only person suffering from this. I've self diagnosed myself with dermatophagia. Many of the websites and articles I've looked at say that this disorder is because of traumatic events in your childhood, which never happened to me. ADD/ADHD which I don't believe I have. Anxiety and depression, self esteem issues, and OCD. All of which I've encountered. My parents are offering me $120 to stop biting the skin off my nails and biting my nails in general. If anybody has overcome this, please let me know! My parents and friends are scared for me as I grow up, but I think I'm fine, denial of course. Most days I can't write in school, or type on my phone or computer. People often ask me what happened to finger and I just say I accidentally cut myself. It's a horrible habit, and so embarrassing to tell people! Please help!

April 05, 2013

I'm also a teenage girl, age 15. When I was about 8 I chewed my fingers and nails. One day I decided to cut my toe nails, I peeled them off and skin came along with it. I ate it. The feeling of peeling and picking felt great. And eating it was the reward. I started exploring other parts of my feet and digging deeper with anything I could find and picking the skin and eating it. It hurt but I didn't care. I was too focused on getting the next big piece of skin. The next day I wouldn't be able to walk, I'd have to hide my limp and my gouged feet. No sandals in the summer and no swimming in the pool, I was confined to my self. Secretly destroying myself. I haven't done It very much lately. But I get these compulsions and I can't control it. Is there any help for me?

May 28, 2013

I just found this blog and I have been bitting my nails and picking t scbs since I was a small child. As I got older it progressed to my cuticles,feet,etc. I am now 48 yrs old and I have gone through almost all of those years with bitten up disgusting lookiing nails and cuticles, but its not just the fingers, I pick at my feet, scabs and anything else that can be picked, I have full blown Dermatophagia and I can tell you there is no cure. Take it from someone who has been suffering from this compulsive disorder for almost a half a century now. Furthemore its hereditary because my Mom suffered from it, but she's 78 now and was able to stop. My brother still does it,my brothers son, my nephew has it bad. Okay now here's the scoop. I have litterally tried everything possible over the years to stop and nothing ever worked for long term. Those nasty tasting nail polishes did nothing. Keeping my hands lotioned up only worked temporarily. I tried the mouth guard thing and that was an uncomfortable waste. I went to all kinds of therapy for compulsive disorders and wasted a lot of my time and money doing that. I go through band-aids like water wrapping the butchered fingers up when they become so disfigured and causing me terrible pain. Its just amazing how the human body and mind build up such a tolerance for pain. What I found that worked a little bit,but always temporarily and was only possible in the confines of my home was lotioning up my hands really good and wearing very thin tight fitting cotton gloves, which by the way are very hard to find . This prevented me from picking and healed them up quicker so I can unmasked them and leave my home to destroy them again. Its a terrible decease and its embarrassing as I always find myself hiding my fingers because I don't want people wondering and thinking what is wrong with this persons hands. About 3 years ago I broke my wrist and had to see a doctor and he immediately asked me whats going on with your fingers so I had no choice but to tell him my problem and he says to me as most people have said in the past ' YOU NEED TO JUST STOP DOING THAT" oh how I wish it was that easy, but then he tells me how he hs seen people have their fingers amputated because they did what I do . Infections occure from bacteria in the mouth. So I ask him how bout I use sterilized tools to pick would that be better, by the way I was dead serious. He told me I need a behavior therapist that specialzes in compulsive disorders such as mine. I told him i'v been there and done that so the bottom line is this is something I have to live with and if they amputate a finger or two al least i'll still have some fingers left to work on.If anyone knows a sure cure or something I don't know about stopping this madness let me know.

June 10, 2013

There is a cure! I too suffer with this condition but not as much as I use too. Step one you must buy your self a chew toy whether it be a dog toy or a teething toy. buy some and start chewing on one like a piece of jerky every time you get an urge. believe it or not it is the chewing motion your body craves not the ingesting of the skin. your brain will purposely put you in pain to tell you to stop cannibalizing your self. step two cover up your extremities! wear socks whenever possible if you cant see something it cant rouse your attention right? wear those light winter gloves all around your house and when your out stuff them in your pocket. this will take care of the compulsive behavior mostly because you wont be putting your trigger in your face. by not hiding you hands and feet its like leaving out a case of beer in front of an alcoholic and telling them not to drink it! the last step is to surround yourself as much as possible with someone you would be embarrassed chewing around. I hang out with one of my best friends a lot because I am obviously embarrassed to whip out my feet and chew right in front of him! the clue is to get close to someone you would hate getting caught chewing in front of! I hope this helps everyone I'm only 14 but I know my stuff! Good luck with your fight!

June 15, 2013

I feel some amazing wave of relief knowing other people do this. Considering no one ever "showed" me how, I've always been curious as to WHY I started doing this. My thing is taking nail clippers to the dead skin on my feet and eating it afterwards. It's caused some minor trouble and forced a few white lies out of me over the years. It makes it hard to walk sometimes, which sucks because I love being barefoot outside and in. I also bite my fingernails and toenails, but since they're always so short there's rarely anything for me to eat. But I do swallow it. Pretty sure I have dermatillomania and/or dermatophagia at least a little bit. Not seeing a way out other than maybe getting myself a chew toy, heh.

June 16, 2013

I do this also along with picking my teeth and pulling my eyelashes you. I am so messed. I cut or clip the calluses off my fingers hands toes feet. This is so ridiculous. I don't always eat the clippings but I am always clipping

December 21, 2013

I eat skin off of my feet, especially when their sweaty and, I eat the toe jam between my feelt, also I've got athletes foot, will it harm me inside if I keep eating my skin off my feet?, also I have been picking scabs that have recently appeard n my scalp and tried to eat it, why am I doing this? Help

January 21, 2014

Hi my names danielle and ive been doing this for years now been picking my feet till it bleeds and then eating it im glad im not the only one that does this im only 18 and i suffered alot with school been bullied and stalked all my life and ive been with a therapist and everything and im still not healed i still have the memories when I was bullied and some reason picking my feet relaxes me but i also don't wanna cause any damage to myself...

January 28, 2014

Wow. I've been doing this for so many years now, I don't remember when it started. I know I had a really bad nail biting problem in youth. Also used to pull my hair out and scalp pick until i caused wounds, then pull all the hair out of the wounded area. Now I only do those occasionally but still cause minor bleeding. I think I've built up pain tolerance in my scalp because it doesn't hurt when it's bleeding. Pulling my hair doesn't hurt, either, so if I ever get in a fight, the other girl better have another move haha. I pull out my eyelashes and love how that feels, too but only on the inner corners. I found clipping off skin way more satisfying than nail biting. But, now I cut my nails obsessively, they have to be all the same size and shape. The skin clipping started with the sides of my nails, then spread to the tops and undersides of my fingers and also feet. It's extremely frustrating, I literally lose hours in the day because of this habit. I will even do it at red lights when driving. All of my fingers are unnaturally smooth, sometimes raw. I get cut easily because of thin skin and can't do things like open jars because it hurts. I had a job that required a thumbprint for clocking in and it never worked because my skin clipping would deform my print. I also scrape the skin out from under my nails. I carry a certain pair of clippers that are really efficient at clipping skin and get weirdly frustrated when I forget them. Nail clippers are all over the house. I very rarely break skin anymore, but used to a lot when I started. I don't eat them, but chew. I eat some accidentally, but spit the rest out. I just love chewing on them. I can't explain how satisfying and relaxing it is. Now, it's practically a requirement because the skin grows back callused. When my hands are wet, I can see uneven spots that I have to clip. I never thought this was a serious problem to seek help for, just a quirky, weird habit. I'm still not sure I consider it serious enough to seek help. I guess it's normal now because I've been doing it for about 15 years, I just don't remember exactly when it started. My boyfriend of 7 years is the only person who knows about my skin clipping and he doesn't act like it's any big deal either, we call it 'mongling' (like mangling), haha. It's definitely my favorite weird thing to do that I've never had a remission from, not more than a couple weeks at most. Just thought I'd share, too. I never knew or heard of anyone else who skin clipped.

January 30, 2014

I pick,pull, and bite at my cuticles, lips, and feet (well not exactly biting my feet, but I pull and pick at it) all the time, which is why I am so happy to have found this website, because now I know I'm not alone in this! so anyways, a lot of the time somehow, a piece of skin I've pulled off ends up in my mouth. Mostly I just chew it for a bit, and every once in a while I'll actually swallow it. I don't know why I do this, but I'm really glad that I'm not the only one suffering from this!

January 30, 2014

I pick,pull, and bite at my cuticles, lips, and feet (well not exactly biting my feet, but I pull and pick at it) all the time, which is why I am so happy to have found this website, because now I know I'm not alone in this! so anyways, a lot of the time somehow, a piece of skin I've pulled off ends up in my mouth. Mostly I just chew it for a bit, and every once in a while I'll actually swallow it. I don't know why I do this, but I'm really glad that I'm not the only one suffering from this!

January 30, 2014

I pick,pull, and bite at my cuticles, lips, and feet (well not exactly biting my feet, but I pull and pick at it) all the time, which is why I am so happy to have found this website, because now I know I'm not alone in this! so anyways, a lot of the time somehow, a piece of skin I've pulled off ends up in my mouth. Mostly I just chew it for a bit, and every once in a while I'll actually swallow it. I don't know why I do this, but I'm really glad that I'm not the only one suffering from this!

January 30, 2014

I pick,pull, and bite at my cuticles, lips, and feet (well not exactly biting my feet, but I pull and pick at it) all the time, which is why I am so happy to have found this website, because now I know I'm not alone in this! so anyways, a lot of the time somehow, a piece of skin I've pulled off ends up in my mouth. Mostly I just chew it for a bit, and every once in a while I'll actually swallow it. I don't know why I do this, but I'm really glad that I'm not the only one suffering from this!

March 02, 2014

Hi. I just found this site today. I've got the same picking problem as you. I'm not that old and I am in high school. I've picked for four years. Your description of how you pick is the same as you. It started when I was in 6th grade with needle. My hands hurt so bad I moved on to my feet. I think Band-Aids and lotion helps me not pick as much. I really want to quick asap.

March 27, 2014

I've been picking and eating the skin on my hands and feet for years I don't even remember when it started. I picked to the point that my feet get sore and I can't walk on them or hurts to. my hands have always looked like Boy hands and that sucks cause I'm a female. I'm 28 years old and I really want to stop doing this because it weird and I have these weird stomach issues and I don't know if that's why.I make my hands and feet bleed and my boyfriend is constantly complaining about the way that my fingers look. I'm really happy to have found this website because I thought that I was the only one and that I was Sick like a cannibal. it's great to have other people to relate to

January 02, 2015

My gawsh, I also have boy hands because of my picking...augh...glad I am not alone...

March 28, 2014

I am nearly 40 and have been picking since about 6 years old. It's always my fingers and feet (heels). Right now my fingers are so sore, I wish I could stop. The only time I can seem to break the habit is if I go away for a week on vacation...I guess the salt water helps heal them. I pick when I am feeling a bit down, stressed or just bored. I think ohhh I'll just get that bit it will help tidy it up, then I can't stop. Nobody understands, I just get ugh stop that it's terrible. Yep I only wish I could just stop. Good to hear everyone else's experiences, makes me feel less alone with this.

March 28, 2014

You're definitely not alone

April 10, 2014

I'm 30 years old and have been picking and eating my skin on both my feet and fingers since I was in my teens. I never knew anyone else did this. I've been able in recent years to control my urges enough to keep it from preventing me from doing things in my life. There have been times were I cut/pick too much and limp for a day or two but never more than that, and even that has become rare. Though I still eat the skin on my fingers in public a lot, I try not to let anyone see. It makes me more self conscious and adds to my already shy demeanor and I imagine has it's own part to play in why I've never had a girl friend. It is a condition I wish I did not suffer from but out of all the bad habits I could have, I'd say I got off lucky. Not sure if my story helps anyone feel better about themselves but I thought I'd share it for the first time within a community that would understand.

January 02, 2015

You are not alone, mate. I know exactly how it feels to have to wonder if others will accept this condition we have, especially the opposite sex. Glad I am not alone.

April 14, 2014

Omg i have the exact same problem. Im 12 and a girl, but hear me out. I have been doing this for as long as i can remember. I thought i was the only one. No one knows about my problem. I feel so gross, but i cant stop picking/eating it. Sometimes i use a tack to help peel the skin off, especially right after i take a shower. Its mostly my heels and big toes but i chew on my fingers when im in public. I do it until i bleed sometimes. I tell myself i could stop if i wanted to and the reason i havent is because i cant find a reason that outweighs the pleasure i get when doing it. I always get nervous about doctors/dermatologists appointment because im worried someone might see. My only problem is that i dont want to become "addicted" when im older.

April 19, 2014

Hi, I have ben gdoing the same thing since I was very little, Ive moved from the balls of my feet to the sides and even the heels, it gets very painful but the bleeding stops quickly. The name of this is 'self-cannibalism', although I wouldnt suggest seeing a doctor about it because the medication that can be prescribed is very addictive and there are other ways to get control, such as concentraating on other things or going to get something to snack on. Best of luck to you all. I aldo havean enquiry of my own though, Im twenty years old and nine weeks pregnant. Im scared of anything happening to my baby and have tried so hard to quit munching away at my feet, because i dont know what effect this could have on my little one. Is it alright to do this weird thing while expecting?

May 02, 2014

Hi I'm newly 15 and I have have the same condition. I usually take a cuticle cutter and dig it into the balls of my feet then cut it off. This started last year, not because of stress, I just didn't like the yellowness of the dead skin. If picking ur nails and skin isn't worse enough I started to ingest The nails and dead skin. Tbh I am not stressed at school (93 gpa) and I am what people would consider "popular" Ig. I've have been biting my nails as long as I can remebrr who ever is going through this ur not alone!! No matter how weird u feel just try covering up your feet with socks.

May 04, 2014

I am 14, female and I started this about 2 years ago, at first I automatically started because I decided to stop biting my nails so I found a way around it by biting the dead skin around my finger nail. Then I started with the feet and it became more serious. When I realize what I am doing I find it disgusting yet I cant stop. For me, it only happens when I am stressed which means that over summer I barely have any problems but during school or before exams, its terrible. I feel so self conscious about and im scared that people will judge me for what I do. I used to lie and say it was just cuts and I fell, but that doesn't work. If I ever go to get a massage,I always lie and say that I dont like having my feet massaged but really its because I scared that they will find it disgusting. I also rarely get my nails don't because I don't want them asking. I really want to stop, but I cant :(

May 12, 2014

Hello.so glad to know am not the only one who does this.just turned 18 and i started doing this last year during my exams.it was meant to be a way to stop biting my fingures.now its gotten out if hand.i pick them so bad that sometimes i bleed and it just looks pink and horrible.i mostly do it when am bored stressed or even just relaxed.my dad gets really woried because he says i have open wounds an could easily contract other diseases and my friends dont understand why i do it and always hit my hand when they see am gettin too much.wat is this condition called and how can u stop

May 24, 2014

So glad I'm not alone. I have been doing this skin eating since I could remember. I'm now 25 yrs old. I know I should stop but I can't. I'm married and have three kids.my husband doesn't even know I do this. Sometimes I think I should tell him. But than its something maybe I should keep to myself besides on here. Thanks for being the community I was looking for.

July 31, 2014

Hi, I'm fourteen and female I've been picking my skin off of my hands and feet every since I was 5 it started as me just biting my nails then it took of from there I finally stop biting my nails but Im still picking my skin I can't stop I do it when I'm bored,stressed or even nervous some of my friends always ask what happend to your hands but I always tell them I fell and scraped them. My parents know about it and always tell me to stop I can't no matter how hard I try. I have been to councils but I still do it.I even chew gum it still doesn't work. What is this called anyway.

August 02, 2014

Hi everyone, I am 35 and been biting and eating my fingers since i was young, and started picking and eating my heals for about 8 years now im not sure what started it but i do it more when bored or stressed . Some times i have picked my feet so bad i cant walk without limping in pain. I would be very grateful for any help or tips to stop this disgusting habit .

October 26, 2014

Like others have stated, I am so happy to find this site and find other people who have similar problems. It definitely makes me feel more normal when everyone around me doesn't seem to understand. I am 18 years old and I pick and eat the skin around my fingernails and the inside of my lips. I started doing this when I was 9 years old. I've found that it gets much worse when I'm stressed. The stress is typically due to schoolwork. There may be some underlying emotional reason as well, although I don't like to admit it. At any point there may be up to 13 open sores on my fingers. I hate swimming with friends since my fingers turn white and peel from the water. I have tried to stop and it only works when I'm not stressed (during the summer) and/or when I pay for manicures. Unfortunately, I cannot afford to keep getting my nails done with acrylics, nor is it very healthy for my nails (not that eating my fingers is really healthy either, but...that's why I'm typing this). My fingers always hurt and my family and friends are completely grossed out by it. It makes me feel ashamed. I have even asked my parents to get me help, but it still hasn't happened. The most they've done is bought gross nail polish and remover, but it doesn't stop me from mutilating myself. My lip biting is as frequent as my finger biting and I'm always bleeding. I feel worse about eating it as I do about just biting it, yet, I cannot permanently stop. Thanks to SkinPick for bringing all of us together. Thanks to the people reading this. I feel good voicing my problem to those who understand. - <3 PenelopePicker <3

December 17, 2014

Hi I'm Meg. I'm only 14 but I pick at my feet almost every day. I'm so glad that I have found this sight because I don't feel so alone anymore. I wish there was a way for me to stop picking and eating my skin. It has got to a point where I take a pair of nail clippers and started to cut off pieces of dry skin at the bottom of my feet. Now I always where sock and never get pedicures. I claim I don't like them but really I'm dying to get one every time my mom takes me to the salon. I'm ashamed to show my feet to anyone and I often back out of events because of my problem. The picking gets worse when I get my migraines (which happen very often) and when I'm stressed with school. If you have any tips or tricks to stopping please help -with love Meg

December 19, 2014

Hello, I am blown away by this website. I've been chewing and eating my skin for.. I can't even tell you when I began. I remember being 9 and my dad saw my feet.. He duct taped socks to my feet so I would stop. I really believe this made it worse. I'm really glad to know I'm not alone, and there is actually a word for this disease...And yes I definitely consider it a disease! I am almost 23 and have a beautiful child and fiancé. My fiancé doesn't know about any of my habits. I've been with him for over 4 years now. In fact, I have hid this for so long from everyone that it has became my little secret.. Which I'm so ashamed of. On top of this habit I also bite my nails, pick my nose, and eat my acne. I sound disgusting saying it out loud. I think I have gotten pretty good at hiding the gross side of me. I would like more than anything to stop. I'm so glad I'm not alone.

January 02, 2015

I literally teared up a bit reading all of these comments because for the first time I don't feel alone with this disorder...I am a 25 year old female who has been suffering with this for as long as I can remember. My family are aware that I pick at my skin around my fingers and bite my nails but they have no clue that I mutilate my right foot to the blink of bleeding excessively. And even with that, I continue my ritual. I have grown a pain tolerance, and I am afraid I am starting to grow immune to the pain which will only make it worse. This has been a secret that only my sister knows about, and as of last year I shared this secret with my grandmum. Sometimes I do it out of impulse....it is sad to say, but I even have a set of x-acto knives I use to cut my flesh. Needless to say, I am glad I stumbled on this site and I am also glad to know that I am not alone. I understand that what I have is a form of OCD which brings a little relief to know because it helps me better understand whatI have.

January 02, 2015

I also left the part where I also eat my skin. Sometimes I eat it instantly soon after it has been extracted. Other times I collect the peels of flesh and leave them so they can dry then I consume it as if it was a snack. As I mentioned before I do it out of impulse, but other times i do it when I am feeling stressed, depressed, or even when boredom hits.

January 05, 2015

Hi I'm mel I'm 17 I have the same problem I can't stop eating the skin around my fingers I eat my nails and often pick the skin of the bottom of my feet and also bite off skin from the inside of my mouth I've never really thought of it as a huge problem its just normal to me but I'm often told off for biting and eating my nails its really annoying how I can't grow my nails soon as I try I bite them down to the point I have no nails left basically glad I stumbbled across this its been intresting to see that a lot of people have this problem I mean my bad habbit isn't as maybe severe as others but its something I can't stop I do it out of boredom or when I'm down or angry ive read its a mental disorder self canabalisim whatever I'm really unsure think that's maybe ott but its definately a habbit I need to stop just can't seem too:/

January 07, 2015

Hi , i' am George and i have the same problem, its too hard for me to stop eating the skin around my fingers and feet, i am looking like idiot with that fingers , i fear that someone will see, i had this problem since i was 7 years old , and i am now 18 , my mom saw that thing but she everytiem tells me to stop eating , but i cant , its hard , but still i found something , if i stay too much in home i start to eat the skin . but if i go with my friends, doing sport or anything i eat less , guys its very important to control it , try to not eat , if you want to eat idk go out and do something else..(sorry my english is not perfect , i am not native speaker)

February 01, 2015

Hi, my name's Olivia. I'm 10 years old and I've been biting the skin off my fingers ever since I was 9. I just can't stop doing it; it's an addiction that I hate. At school last December we did a fingerprinting project and I didn't have any fingerprints. There's no blood, I'm only biting the outer skin. My fingers are all red, and now there's no outer skin to bite off, so I'm starting to stop. Though occasionally I'll chew lightly on the fingers. I've found that when I do things with my hands I'll stop thinking about it and my fingers have a break, so as long as I'm active the habit probably will disappear. You might want to try that; it really works for me!

April 05, 2015

Hi my name is brianna I am 11 years old I had this habbit since I was in 2nd grade. I chew on them like everyday or at least 5-6 days a week. I chew on them at school and when ever someone sees me do it I normally make it look like I'm willing my face or even if someone ask me about my fingers and what's wrong with them I always tell them that my dog chews on them at night. I always try to hid the fact that I chew my skin. My mom tried to help me stop so whenever she sees me she says she would ground me (but I think that she was only saying that to make me stop ) but whenever she sees me do it I would always tell her that I was resting my hand on my face. Now I just started to chew the skin on the inside of my mouth on the left and right side of the inside of my face like on the cheek part. If anybody could give me any ideas that would help me stop I would appreciate it. I also looked up what could happen if you tell your fingers a lot and I found out that your fingers will start to have a infection and that you will need a special treatment

May 27, 2015

hi i found that getting something that tastes bad (obviously nothing harmful or gross) on your fingers will stop you chewing usually (i usually ended up attempting to chew so much i got it off then didn't bother) so you could do that and just rub your finger on the inside of your cheeck every now and again hope this helps if not just delete it also have a great day

May 24, 2015

I bit the skin around my fingers all the time, including my nails, but it seems alot of people have that addiction be that so much the skin, I have bitten the skin and ripped it off around my nail, and on the sides of my knuckles on my first two fingers of both my hands. My first knuckle on my pointer finger and my right hand is chewed off so much, it gets sore sometimes and hurts to chew on it, but I can't help it. It's so hard to stop once you start and I apparently do it when I'm bored, and I do it ALOT during class at school. I'm a 13 year old female, And if skin is sticking up from biting it, I'll bite it off again.