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May 27, 2015

hi i'm Woody J. Wyche i'm currently 15 i just came across this site i have been chewing my fingers since i was a baby and i had been told to stop because it was a bad habit and then it some how became me physically biting and eating myself no one really knows i EAT any thing they think i just chew my left pinky even though i eat my flesh i still have a simple finger chewing habit and thanks to both of these my left pinky has calluses and i feel really self conscious about this stuff recently and i know this is for skin eating so i will get back to the point as i was feeling insane i searched and found here i have developed this disorder where i well find anything i can get off my body and eat in whether it's skin, scab, acne, scalp, hair, eyebrow, eyelashes, toe nails, finger nails, calluses,the bottoms of my feet, my own blood or pretty much anything i could go on but i'm probably disgusting even the people who would be here to help (i apologise) i want to stop but i always go back to it and sometimes i even enjoy it (not on purpose) and even like the taste. thank you for your time you are wonderful and definitely deserve praise for surviving reading about my horrible habit's thus you are a wonderful person and have a great day (or night depending on time) (please copy and paste the praise to feel better when ever your glum).
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June 04, 2015

I'm very confused about this disorder. I chew the skin off my top part of my finger and down the sides of them. I chew the palm of my hand and the whole ball of my foot. If anybody could talk to me about this that'd be great
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June 18, 2015

Hi, I'm DeeDee. I'm a 13 year old female, I pick and bite at my hands and feet and have done so since I was...about 5? I hate to admit it but I also eat my acne, scabs, and dandruff. I never really knew how it all got started but so far this is what I THINK started it. When I was little, my older bother would pick at his scabs and feet but I don't ever remember him eating them. The first time I ever remember seeing this I was about 3 and he was 13 or 14. We were always close but when my brother went to go live with his dad it was like we got completely cut off. Years would have passed whenever we talked on the phone. So I guess since he was gone picking at my skin was just my way of keeping him around somehow. Either way, I hate it because whenever I have to be barefoot I completely freak out because I don't want anyone to see my feet. The few people in my family who know I pick at my feet think I'm a disgusting freak when really I'm just as confused as they are. I use to have a bad habit of biting my fingernails but that's pretty much gone away so now all I do is pick at my cuticles. I didn't start eating my acne until a few years ago. I was curious because I had popped a pimple and I saw this tiny thing that was like 1/3 the size of a grain of rice and I ate it now I do that on a daily basis. I honestly hate this all I just want to stop but I don't know how! I don't want to feel insecure about this anymore, I just want it all to stop
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June 19, 2015

I honestly thought I was alone in this. I'm 15 years old. I'm so embarrassed about the bottoms of my feet and I will never let anyone see them. If I pick way too much at night, I am sometimes unable to walk to the bus stop in the morning. It causes a lot of pain, and a very long healing process. The longest I've ever gone without picking was three days. I'm just so glad that websites like this exist because no one else seems to understand.
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August 19, 2015

My name is Marcus. I'm 17 years old. I honestly don't know when this disorder started because I've been doing it for so long. I don't know if I'm in the right place because I eat my scabs but it seems in the ballpark. I don't have a specific spot where I eat my scabs. Doesn't matter where it is, I don't know why, but I just eat it. I've tried to stop myself but I just always find myself doing it. The worst part is, whenever I get a cut, a scrape, or whatever you want to call it, I feel myself getting excited for it heal so I can rip it off and eat it. The most I can go without doing it a couple of days. When I'm distressed I feel myself feeling all over my body for anything I can pick at. I wish I could stop but I don't see any way of me doing that.
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October 17, 2015

Ah, I've researched a little about my "condition" I'm really glad I found this blog because I read threw almost everyone's thoughts and feelings and I feel better because I'm not the only one. I'm 14 and I've been biting my fingernails and the skin around them for the 13 years of my life. My mom always threatens me about biting them because she has never cut them before. I always felt disowned because I wasn't the daughter my mom wanted. When I grew older maybe around 10 or 9 I started to peel the skin off of the balls of my feet. I really would just throw them away but I ate one and I became addicted. I usually use nailclippers to peel the skin off. It's become pretty bad that I started to do the same with my heels and recently I had a hard time walking. I always either have to walk really slowly or run so my parents don't ask whats wrong with me. I've tried not to go "without biting my skin and nails" for a few weeks and it works. They grow then I get this urge and I just bite them all off. When i was little my nails were so bad i used to get infections. I'm trying really hard to stop this but so far I have gotten no were... But I'm glad some people know how i feel. >^<
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December 10, 2015

Hey if this isn't dead already I'm 20 I used to do this a lot more in high school from basic pressures. But I don't do it as much anymore only once in a good while does it happen. It will get better dint worry
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December 22, 2015

Glad to know I'm not the only freak lol (jk). But in all seriousness, I've had the same problem since I can remember (8 or 9). I'm 35 now and I've been peeling and eating my skin ever since non stop. I eat my nails too but skin especially. When I was a teen I actually used to take a needle and carefully pierce it through the thick areas of my skin on my hands and feet, similar to when you sew, and pull upwards to rip the skin and then I'd just peel it and eat it. I don't do that anymore. What I've been using for many years is a nail clipper. I clip the skin around my nails, the skin on my fingers where the joints are, the rough parts of my hands as well as the skin around my toenails, my big toes and my heels. I can't explain why I do this but I just feel a sense of satisfaction afterwards. Sometimes I do it out of hunger and sometimes boredom. Hopefully this can stop some day. But until then, bon appetit lol.
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December 27, 2015

Hello. I'm Llavon and I'm 12 years old. I have a habit that started when I was 11of keeping my nails short, so I praticly clip my nails every day, but I saw dried skin on the sides of my fingers and toe nails. So I clipped them and decided to eat it. It so became addicting and I did it with my nails too. And I still do it today. I just want to find a way to stop this habit, but I do feel a bit better now since there are others who kinda have the same problem too.
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January 26, 2016

I'm 15 and have this problem for as long as I can remeber I rip skin of my body and can't help but eat it also when I clip my toe nails I eat them glad I'm not the only one
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February 09, 2016

I'm a 12 year old girl who cuts and eats skin from my feet. I can't help it..I want it to stop cause it hurts and I don't know why I do it and I can't tell my parents cause they won't understand. I just want to know what's wrong with me and how to stop it cause I can't walk I can't take baths without crying sometimes I can't sleep because of the pain. please tell me what's wrong with me. please tell me how to stop.
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February 13, 2016

Hi I'm Nikhitha. I'm a 14year old girl and I have this problem of picking my skin off my fingers ever since I was 6. I just can't stop doing that. People say I'm addicted to it and some say I'm depressed. I just can't find out the actual reason for it. Mostly I do it when I'm stressed. I even tried covering my fingers with cloth and plastic covers but didn't work.Few days back I found this new technique to control my habit, i started to solve the rubics cube or play batminton which really works. It kinda distracts you from picking your skin. And most importantly I'm so happy to know that there are people like me with the same problem.
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February 13, 2016

If anyone finds a way to get rid this permanently please do share........
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February 20, 2016

Hi my name is Eljae, which is just my initials from my first and last name spelled out. I am a little embarrassed to ask to be writing comment on this website. I have been peeling the skin from my feet for eons. I only seem to do it when my feet dry up and start to crack. I usually try to keep my feet in shape and I'm semi successful. As of late my feet have really been bad because I had surgery. The surgery was on my ankle with my left foot. My feet have dried up and cracked very bad and snag on to my socks and bed covers. It bothers me, and that's when I start to pick. Even as I am writing this, I am eating skin from my right foot and I hate it. It's like a dirty secret that I have to hide. When I get my Ped Egg going on my feet, I usually go at it too hard and too long. This ends up with me in pain because now the bottom of feet in certain places have been over focused on. Then I am going to be walking around with the pain for weeks as a reminder of what I did to myself. At the end of the day when I feel that baby soft skin on my feet I don't feel the need the need to pick but as soon as they dry out I am at it again. Oh this is horrible.
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April 03, 2016

I am 12 and I eat the dead skin off my toes and fingers I started about a year ago ,but it has gotten worse(deeper).I want to stop because people are noticing more now. I was at a b-day party and we were swimming and off course my feet look hidious.This girl I barley know looked at my feet and was like "do you bite your toenails ??" and here I was like "uuhhhhhh...no I clip them...but sports really has them messed up " good thing nobody herd but I don't think she bought it. Pls help me
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June 12, 2016

Well this is a rare find i found people like myself however old this post may be i would still like to share my experience with this somewhat unhealthy habit i am well 13 but that doesnt mean i have less rights to speak then any other adult well for as long as i remember eating the skin off my fingers has been a daily thing for me and i have had many difficulties with it such as the opinions of others i pick and eat on my skin alot and unfortunately i have grown to like to eat it and would hurt myself over it i have had enough sore fingers and legs to finally get used to the pain but that has finally reminded me that it isnt normal and dont worry no one is alone in this world fot such a habit there are always others that will Help Get Well Soon
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June 28, 2016

Hi I'm 12 and I've been biting the bottom of my big toes for about 2 years. I've been biting the cuticles of my nails for as long as I can remember. I eat the skin I bite and pick off. When I'm at church and I bite my cuticles my mom tells me to stop and I don't, she knows that I never do so she doesn't tell me twice. When I started picking my toes my parents would tell me to stop so now I do it in a room no one else is in. Here lately I've started to pick at my heels. Sometimes it gets so deep that it bleeds and I can't walk well the next day, but I have to act like I'm fine or my parents will know I've been picking again. I get so embarrassed, for example I LOVE to swim and this year my picking has gotten so bad that I told my mom I didn't want to go to the pool this summer and she ask me why and I told her that I don't feel like it but that wasn't the truth. Here lately I've kinda been thinking of suicide but I think of how I'll miss my friends, my family, my pets and my future. I haven't told anyone about this and it was really hard for me to write this and let other people see this. I just wish I could talk to my parents so that I could get help. And I just recently got bullied by my best friend ( ex best friend now). And that made me really think about suicide. I also had a really bad teacher that accused me of being the center of drama when it was really my friend causing the problems.
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January 26, 2017

Hello there, dear one! School, friends and the teachers can suck sometimes. Not only are you not alone in this skin picking issue, you are not alone as someone who had to deal with these sucky things that make us want to give up on life sometimes! I am 52 years old. Many years ago I had a horrible teacher who tried to embarrass me in class. I sometimes didn't even want to go to school. I got bullied by quite a few people, once it was a friend of mine. It can be really disappointing when you get bullied by someone you think is on your side. I realize that I was mistaken and that person wasn't truly my friend. At least for that time. Maybe they needed a few more years to learn how to be kind and I ran into them when they weren't ready yet. So, having them out of my life was a good thing even though it still hurt. Many, many years have gone by and I'm still here. I'm still here because I know the most important opinion that matters to me is the one that I have of myself. And I'm going to always be there for myself. I know what kind of person I am and unfortunately other people don't. And I feel sorry for them because I'm pretty damn cool. I can tell you are, too! You left this post in June 2016. I just discovered it today January 2017. I hope you had a wonderful summer and you are halfway through your school year with a new teacher and a better friend! If things still seem like they suck, please go find a school counselor and talk about it. They are there for you! Just wait until you are 52 years old! You will be very proud of yourself and what you have accomplished.
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July 25, 2016

I am 12 and have been doing this forever. I pick and eat my cuticles as well as the skin around my fingernails. Lately I have even picked the bottoms of my feet and this is the reason I decided to look it up and see if anyone else had this problem. No one else knows I have this problem(although my mom knows I bite my nails). I believe I have a type of OCD in which I am compulsed to do this. It has never gotten as bad as severe bleeding or limping, but I do feel I need help. I am honestly confused as how I gave this exact problem, as I never learned it from anyone and started it myself. But I am also very relieved that I am not alone.
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August 10, 2016

Im also 14 and have a similar problem. The skin around the bottom of my fingernails always tends to get really tough since my nails are short, so i started biting it off and eating it when i was around 8. But since i have braces now, the brackets get in the way so i use nail clippers to cut off the skin at the bottoms and corners of my nails and my fingertips. I don't know exactly why i still do this, but something is so satisfying about it; maybe it's how soft my skin feels after i've cut the tops off, or how salty and strangely satisfying tough skin tastes.
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August 15, 2016

Hey I'm Miguel I'm 21 soon to hit big 22 awesome I know tho my skin eating went from small picking from my fingers/feet to now my fingers/feet/palm/and my right knuckle iv tried everything to stop putting chilly in my hands to using gloves nothing works I still do it to this day .... is it normal to me yes .... to my family and friends ... no .. idk what to do it seems I don't control my own body anymore .. I pick n pull till I bleed as well ... properly get an infection at my rate :/ ...
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August 15, 2016

Prolly*
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October 19, 2016

Hi. Im 16 years old and I have a problem. I bite and literally tear the skin off of my hands. They look gross and are very rough feeling. Im not sure what to do. Any advice?????
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October 30, 2016

Well. I bit my nails (And yes i love to pick my skin and eat them and i need help with that)i bit my nail and then they bleed sruff happed i cant stop that too i need help.
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November 29, 2016

Hello everyone, I'm Ashlee. I am a 19 year old college student. I started picking at eating the skin off of my fingers and bottom of my feet shortly after my parents divorced. I was 9 years old. I would get such relief? It was so strange, even though my feet would bleed I would still keep going. Especially the callous. I still do it to this day! It might not be relevant but I also bite and eat the skin off of my bottom lip. It's right in front of my teeth and I do it while I'm studying/consentrating/angry/sad/happy you name it! That ones my favorite even though it has me looking like I got punched in the mouth. Happy to know I am not alone!
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December 02, 2016

hi,the thing is i dont eat it, but i frequently picking the skin around my nails..it becomes a habit actually and i want to stop it.but i just cant especially in my leisurely time,like watching tv,reading.thats the time i like picking it the most .its frustrating actually, coz im not stopping 'till it bleeds..and after im satisfied it feels so painful and sore.if its still sticking up?id pick it again and again now they really look ugly..especially in my toe nails..i feel like crying
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December 06, 2016

Hi... I haven't read everyone's comments, but I know I have a lot in common with this group. Many years ago I read a novel by Margaret Atwood called Cat's Eye, where the main character peeled the skin from her feet. I was shocked. I thought that Atwood had somehow been watching me do it! I thought I was the only person in the world to do this. It was tremendously painful, and I could never understand what the benefit was to me. I know now that I was molested by a friend's father when I was little, and this may have contributed to my behaviour. Although I eventually stopped, the soles of my feet remain red. I tried to tell a boyfriend about it, but it made him uncomfortable, so I never told anyone else. I still pick at the skin around my fingernails during times of high stress. I let them heal completely, then tear at them. And I can't stop picking at blackheads. Although I'm not scarred (externally), it wastes so much time, and I can't seem to make myself stop. But I have to say, it's somehow reassuring to read that I'm not alone. Thank you everyone here for being so brave.
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January 23, 2017

I never realised til this year that I had a problem. Looking back I think this has been with me my whole life and I'm now in my early 40's. I don't understand why but of late I am getting ridiculous. I have started picking my feet til they bleed and eat all the skin. Both feet are currently so sore when I walk. I have always picked my scalp and at the moment am chewing my nails and skin all around them, I am also ripping out my toenails or ripping the nails so low they bleed and picking the inside of my nose constantly (there's a scab in there that I keep picking at) as well as other little things. Basically if I find any imperfection I just pick at them - I spend 20 minutes every night just squeezing blackheads and if I have any scab or cut for example, will just keep picking at it. I try to keep the handy work hidden ie places people can't see. I am so ashamed of what I do, I thought it was just me and I was weird. I have never thought of myself as someone with issues, I have never been abused or anything, I have had a good life and good health, so why do I do this? I have a young child and am frightened I will pass this on to them as I find myself doing it in front of them sometimes.
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February 16, 2017

For a long time I also thought I was alone in this. I have been picking the skin on my hands and feet ever since I was a child, maybe even less than 10 years old (i am now 30). Back then my parents took me to a doctor who said that it was some kind of skin eczema, but I always knew that's not what it was, because I was doing it myself, it wasn't some kind of skin condition that I couldn't control. And yet, even though I do technically have control over it, to this day I still cannot fully control it. I have largely stopped picking the skin on my feet, but I still continue to some extent on my hands. Recently, I was diagnosed with depression, generalized anxiety disorder, and obsessive-compulsive disorder, which I think explains a lot of why I have been picking for so long. I too have been embarrassed by my skin-picking behavior, but seeing this website and reading all the comments from so many people with this condition, it certainly makes me feel better and more at ease. If you experience skin picking at a young age, please first and foremost understand that there is nothing wrong with you, and that you shouldn't feel embarrassed. However, I highly recommend you try and stop it as soon as you can, because it's a habit that once you get rid of, your life will feel much better. And it's always a possibility that it could be related to anxiety and depression, even at a very young age. If you don't have access to a doctor, ask your parents to take you to your family doctor, and explain to them that it is a habit and that you would like it to stop. Oftentimes cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT) can help immensely and it works very well with many people of any age. So, you are not alone in what you posted, I know this is a late comment compared to the original post, but I hope that by adding my voice others will be helped too :). Best of luck!
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June 01, 2017

I'm a sixteen year old female with a very similar problem... I'm so glad there are other people out there. I thought I was just some freak because all I could find was stuff about people picking at their fingers and not eating it, but I seriously cannot help it. I've picked and eaten my entire bottom of my foot before. I went to get my nails done once and the lady doing my feet looked at me like I was crazy (it had been a while but it still hadn't healed fully). I am so embarrassed and it's gotten drastically worse since I was a child, I've always done this but over the past six months I have gone to some extremes and I am not proud. I'm just glad I'm not alone.
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August 13, 2017

Hi I'm 19 almost 20 I have this problem too not as severe as others but I do bite the edges of my finger tips and toes sometimes it's to the point where I use nail clippers to get the skin off and just eat it like that over time it's just seemed normal I eventually started eating my nails and toe nails word of advice keep both clean if you don't and eat it you'll have an upset stomach and occasionally bad number2-3 I got to the point where I do it less but now I'm addicted to doing my boyfriends toe nails he is 26 and has never clipped them in his life so long and flavorful I don't know might be just me but I have no intention of quitting it's who we are and it's the differences in life that make it special
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September 24, 2017

Im only 13 and find the condition really embarrassing. I find it difficult to take off my socks and shoes because I'm worried someone will see the state of my feet. My acne is also getting worse because I can't help but scratch at it. Some times my feet will start to itch and I'll scratch them but I can't stop and just continue anyway even if I don't want to. I think In my head that it will get better if I just pick and scratch my skin but I know that It won't. also, the nails on my fingers and toes are starting to look really yellow and oddly shaped from the picking and biting. It's really embarrassing!
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September 27, 2017

Hi, I'm Sadie. I'm 11 Ganna be 12 soon, I'v been doing this for like 3 years now i felt so alone for so long but not any more, thank you for this site.. I tried to quit but it started again I have a hard time walking because of it.I'm so so glad i'm not alone thanks I want to stop but the habit is so strong it's hard.. 0_o Love Sadie
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October 08, 2017

First off I want to say I can’t believe this thread has been going on for 8 years! Anyway, I’m 25 and I’ve been picking since I was a kid. I bite the skin off around my nails, and then eat it. I also do it with my toes and the bottom of my feet, I love the texture of the skin between my teeth, I’ll chew on it for up to 30 minutes, the thicker the “chunk” the better, I also love the flavor, sometimes I feel sick about myself because I feel like a cannibal but I would never put someone else’s skin in my mouth for me it’s not the same. Sometimes I rip up the feet so bad I can hardly walk for days. I also pull out my eyelashes, which I heard it associated with “skin picking” I don’t eat that though. I’ve been trying to figure out a way to stop myself, I know it’s usually a neurological disorder but can also stem through severe stress, childhood trauma, etc. my childhood wasn’t horrible, and I don’t deal with much more stress than the average human, for me I’m assuming I suffer from the neuro disorder, I know there’s no known cure for most mental health illnesses other than balancing out chemicals in your brain with pills, but it doesn’t help my picking. I’m currently taking Celexa for my anxiety because I started to development agrophobia from it. I suffer from a wide range of mental health disorders including severe anxiety which has ended me up in the hospital on more than one occasion, I was diagnosed with PTSD over something traumatic I dealt with when I was 21, I also have depression, and now finding out this could be OCD or I even read it could be categorized on the autistic spectrum has me worried, I’m not ashamed of my mental illnesses at all, I speak pretty openly about them, but to think this is ANOTHER mental disorder to add to my growing list is just exhausting. I’ve been sucicdal before so I’m just worried, maybe that’s my anxiety kicking in again. Anyway I kinda started ranting I’m just glad there’s more people in the world that pick and chew than just me. I hope someday we can find a “cure” per say.
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October 11, 2017

Hi! I'm Tanya! I'm 20 years old and I've been picking and chewing on my skin since I can last remember. I chew around my nails, middle of my thumb, bottom of my feet, inside of cheeks, inside of lower lips and my lips. My lips are chapped 90% of my life because I can never just leave them alone and the inside of my cheeks are so gross. My dentist has commented on numerous occasions and has tried to get me to stop but I can't! Reading all your comments made me so happy because I thought I was a crazy person and felt so embarrassed by this. I just really want to know why it's so satisfying to bite down on skin. I LOVE checking the bottom of my feet after I get out the shower to see if there is any skin to peel! It's also ridiculous how many times I've been caught with my finger in my mouth trying to peel off skin from the inside of my cheeks and how embarrassing it is wh I don't stop. I don't know if I'll ever grow out of it
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October 25, 2017

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 23 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.........it feel good to see that i m not alone ...there r many LOLzzzz
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October 25, 2017

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....LOLzz... m much happy to found that i m not alone anymore
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November 08, 2017

I have the exact same thing and I'm 14 too any thing you've learn that might help
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December 04, 2017

I wrote this piece in 2015. I’m sure many of you will relate to it. Through writing I have come to terms with my emotions. Ripping I rip and chew at my edges Trying to eradicate Placate Eleviate My pain The anxiety The part of me that threatens to freeze My mental disease The part I hope no one sees The inner demons I wish to appease The tattoos that your artistry Injected Under my skin With invisible ink Yet I feel it there with the words I think As I claw and bite into my pink I wish to be smoothed out Cared about As the blood appears it calms my shout Exquisite pleasure wrapped in the pain With it, some level of relief I attain I tell myself I can't I won't do it again Yet with chewing I feel my inner turmoil wane The weaker bits The inner head stitches It helps me scratch, those indiscernible itches Stopping the soul twitches In shame I hide my hands Fingers and things The evidence my body sings Strategicly placed My problems kind of erased In fabric bandages encased Still desperation has a taste Inner turmoil only temporarily chased Was I designed for this Some kind of inner sickness Expressed in a serpent's kiss As I'm hypnotized by it's hiss I wonder Is there a way to fix this I wish to be a fully healed Calmer witness Perhaps this is my litmus Another test I fail For I'm a blind man Who can't read braille I'm bound by ropes That help me cope Evidence I can't wash away with soap I wanted your yes But always got your nope Became an inner pauper Surrounded by hope Still deep down I feel like a dope I know I have much to be thankful for Greatly blessed I can't ask for more Still I fear what might be waiting for me An imaginary enemy Hidden behind the next door Threatening my hope for a peaceful shore Still I know this inner tension is a gift It's a wave on which, I've been given a lift It helps me travel far and swift As within life's currents I hear the music shift. There is a tune I wish to sing Above the maddening ring A new place from which I wish to begin Beyond tattoos And cracked and bleeding skin. Peaceful rivers Flowing from within.
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December 04, 2017

Unfortunately the poems formatting was eliminated when it posted here. I hope the piece still makes sense.
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December 18, 2017

Hi, i am Kathy. I'm 13 years old. I have eaten my skin for a number of years now (maybe since I was 8). I always feel guilty of doing it. I mostly do it in class or when I'm alone. Where ever I find a piece of lose skin I will pick around that area until it bleeds. When I get desperate for skin I get the nail clippers and push down on my heal and clip away and then eat the excess skin. I really would like a way to stop myself before I get any worse. I haven't ever told anyone because I'm way too embarrassed about it. Thanks, Kathy.
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January 06, 2018

you don't know how much relief I got when I found this. I always thought I was alone I don't know when I started but I know I started with picking scabs and I guess progressed over the years. I'm 23 years old and as I right this, my left foot is bleeding because I pulled off all the skin on my heel and ate it. I can't walk properly and I pinned it on my arthritis when my boyfriend came in and asked why I was covering my leg with a bandage( I've put gauze so that it absorbs the blood) I've been diagnosed with depression, social anxiety disorder (I get full on panic attacks just going to the door) and BPD... I guess this has become another thing in the list of mental health disorders I have thank you for this group. It really took a load off my shoulders sharing this
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January 28, 2018

Hello there. I'm only 14 years old, and imagine my surprise that I'm not the only one that does this... I've been doing this for 9 years now, and have been always afraid to tell friends about what I am doing. At first, it all started when I saw my sister picking at her nails and I started to do it too. And then it got to my nails, then my skin and my feet. I always have this weird satisfaction when this... happens. But when it does happen, my parents used to threaten me to call my doctor... I even try to grow out my skin and nails, but whenever it grows out enough it's gone when it grows out. So now, I just do it in my free time, and in school. Mostly to my fingers. (I still think I'm a weirdo)
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April 04, 2018

Hi I do the same thing as well. I have been peeling the skin off my feet and fingers and eating it. I do know how you feel when you said that you pick your feet so bad that it bleeds and hurts to walk for a few days. But I've gotten so bad if I can't get a spother started on my foot in will take a razer blade and cut just the top layer of my heel not to make it bleed but after its started then it will bleed. I'm glad I stumbled upon this website. Been doing this for years and I don't see myself stopping any time soon. So your not the only one wish I could meet you in person then we could share our compulsion and see who could get the bigger peice off our feet lol . But all joking aside we need help thx for reading and understanding
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April 08, 2018

Hi. I also belong here. I have developed an f******* annoying habit of, you guessed it, skin picking and eating. I only eat from my feet, when they look "delicious" like after an shower. They look terrible, and hurt when i am walking because some muscles are even showing. I will try to, again, stop this starting tomorrow. Hope me luck because that is an thing i will need.
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May 22, 2018

I sit here and have to pull myself away from picking to type this. I have been doing this about as long as I can remember, but recently things have been really distressing-- divorce, with custody issues. I make at least 2 of my toes/fingers bleed everyday, at least once a day. My skin pulls off in sheets where the thickest callouses are... it has always been an issue, but it seems to be more disruptive and disgusting than previous. My left thumb has been disfigured for years... the thumb nail is so rearranged. I have told psychiatrist's about all this, and they act like it is no big deal, they tell me to just quit doing it.... it's nice to know I am not alone. Thank you.
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May 22, 2018

I sit here and have to pull myself away from picking to type this. I have been doing this about as long as I can remember, but recently things have been really distressing-- divorce, with custody issues. I make at least 2 of my toes/fingers bleed everyday, at least once a day. My skin pulls off in sheets where the thickest callouses are... it has always been an issue, but it seems to be more disruptive and disgusting than previous. My left thumb has been disfigured for years... the thumb nail is so rearranged. I have told psychiatrist's about all this, and they act like it is no big deal, they tell me to just quit doing it.... it's nice to know I am not alone. Thank you.
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June 09, 2018

Hi guys, I am 21 and I am a bad skin picker. I am new to SkinPick so here's hoping it works!!! How do I start a topic by the way?
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August 03, 2018

i am so happy to have found this! i'm a 16 year old female, and i've been picking the skin off of the bottoms of my feet (mainly the heels and on the side of my big toes) and eating it since i was maybe 11. i also eat the skin around my fingernails, and my finger/toenails themselves. i thought that i was the only person that did this... but clearly not, and i am relieved. it makes sense that this is connected with an obsessive disorder. i was diagnosed with ocd alongside 3 other depressive and anxiety-related disorders last fall. each day i am learning more and more about what it means to have compulsions, and i never really connected this habit with that part of my life and experience until now. sometimes i feel like i can't stop because i want to make the surface on my heel(s) as smooth as possible after i start peeling and eating the skin. i am constantly worried that people will see the torn up bottoms of my feet and get weirded out, especially my boyfriend and family. they are very understanding but i feel as though this isn't something that they've encountered before...

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