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Beth , 18 Nov 2009

Bumps on breasts

Of all the places on my body that I pick, I'm most upset with myself about my breasts. The areas around my nipples have bumps (I've read they're oil glands for breastfeeding), but there's always stuff that comes out when I squeeze them. People say that they have a purpose and to leave them alone, but it's hard. Some of mine are quite large, and I wonder if I've made them bigger over the years. If I pick at them my breasts look horrible and swollen. Sometimes I'm embarrassed to even to let my fiancee see them. To make matters worse my fiancee admitted that breasts are his biggest turn-on. I felt awful, because mine feel the exact opposite of sexy most of the time. I wish there was some way to get rid of the bumps, but they seem to be permanent. Does anyone else have the same problem?
24 Answers
November 19, 2009
Yes I have the same problem and have done the same thing as you. It does really make you feel awful especially since the breasts are such a focal point of sexual intimacy. Kind of like how you feel if you've picked at your face, which is my biggest problem. Anyway, try to let them heal and then make an appointment with a dermatologist. You don't have to tell him/her that you pick at them, but really let them know the bumps bother you a great deal, regardless of whether they are normal or not. Then make sure the dermatologist gives you several different things to do to make them go away or at least be diminished greatly. Also, the bumps may not go away completely but they should shrink some & maybe you can live with that.. They are normal I believe but I don't see other womens breasts and never have asked anyone if they have them. I did however look up some sites about a breast lift for myself, and was surprised to see alot of different breasts that had them. And I realized that most people have them and some don't and they are also in varying degrees of prominence and not always symetrical either. I think part of the problem most of us have is that we are so focused on what we don't like and try to rid ourselves of it in a very harmful way. It certainly doesn't explain all the underlying causes of why we do to ourselves what we do but maybe in part. Anyway, that my 2 cents and I hope it helps. Good luck. :O)
November 30, 2009
I have the exact same problem! Ive been too embarrased to just go and show the doctor my nipples so ive just ignored it, but im starting to pick around the breasts now and its just getting worse. I thought i was the only one with this problem, I say to myself every day "Right im not going to pick tonight" and then as soon as im in the shower i just cant help it! Then i feel terrible afterwards and cant even look at my breasts in the mirror. Have you managed to speak to a doctor or anything about it? If so what have they said?
December 02, 2009
They're called Montgomery glands, and yes, the lubricate the nipple so it doesn't get dry and crack when you breastfeed. Every woman who is normal should have them. I have breastfed three babies and when my breasts were engorged once, I picked at the glands and it really just made everything worse. You can't try to treat the oil gland like acne because you can actually cause eczema on your nipple (it happened to me). Basicallly, you should leave them alone, you're not helping them by squeezing them and you probably are enlarging the pores. I know this is easier said than done but maybe you can try to limit your picking to another area ? Or pop bubble wrap ?
December 31, 2009
I do the same thing too. or even the skin right above my chest so i can't wear v-neck shirts or feel comferable wearing a bathing suit.
January 02, 2010
I have had a similar problem (on top of everywhere else!). The picking started there and progressed outwards to the skin around my breasts. Wearing bras can sometimes be uncomfortable due to fresh "wounds" or scabs accidentally pulling off on the fabric. (gross!) I wish I had some suggestions for you, but I am still looking for help I haven't found yet...
January 03, 2010
i have the same problem, thats the place i pick most or at least it was, but now that ive stopped picking there, its worse on my shoulders back and face, but anyways... i was able to stop picking my breasts with will power, noxema in the morning or evening, and vasolene (spelling?) before i go to bed. and the vasolene not only helps skin, but the massaging part of it will help prevent lumps by increasing blood flow i hope this helps
February 08, 2010
I was thinking about Anna Nicole and I am wondering how long her breast implants will last? Will the implants shrink? Will the insects try to eat the implants?
February 14, 2010
This past week has been so overwhelming. On Thursday my breasts suffered for it. My boyfriend is all about my butt , so I can usually use a cover-up for my hideous boobs but on ocasion he wanders to that area and after a big stir-up in on my weakend sense to cope- he cupped a feel and his reacction was subtle but enought to tell me I'd overdone it. So Today I looked it over- found out it even has a name (dermatillomania). After I found out that a heck of a lot of people have it, I was looking for people who do it on their breasts. For one thing- this plain out sucks, and I've been on this boat for 14 years- I'm 26 now. When I relax I do a sugar scrub- I shower with cold water and scrub with raw sugar and then rinse with cold water. It's not exactly high- end stuff- but it helps a bit. It also helps to wear cotton bras, antibacterial soap after a sweaty day or such. Once I got desperate on a really hot day and I felt like my skin was begging to be marred- since I wasn't hope to take a decent shower I poured hand sanitizer- it felt as if I'd picked my skin for hours and the pain condensed to seconds. I'm pretty sure I'm not one to give advice on this topic- heck I signed up 'cause I still tell people it's a rash and not self induced. For one thing it's a relief to know that I'm not the only one. By the way I completely agree "out of all the places to pick" It's self -derrogatory, when it come to being a woman an'all. I couldn't bear to even breast feed, like their very purpose was obsolete because I can't cope. I'm ranting. Anyways, best of luck with this.
February 17, 2010
When I am super frustrated because I can't find anything new to pick I go to my nipples because I know I will get something out them every time. I also was wondering about the safety of picking the areola bumps but sometimes safety is the last thing on my mind. Today I was super embarrassed because I am recovering from a big breast/chest pick from the weekend and I wore a new shirt I just got which has a V neck. I thought I was healed enough...I was wrong. As soon as I got out in the daylight I saw the damage and to make matters worse I decided to pick a few of the "ready" ones. I covered with makeup but the irritated bumps were still there. I'm so ashamed that I would put myself in this position and that I have to be so aware of the clothing I wear every day.
January 07, 2013
I have struggled with this particular area for almost 10 yrs now. It's tortuous, I would have great breasts if I could just leave them alone! It's always caused problems with intimacy as well as my self-esteem. I've tried quitting so many times over the years but they always just feel like I need to pick at them.. I HATE IT! On top of that I'm now pregnant with my first child (7 1/2 mos now) and still haven't been successful in quitting picking. I'm very afraid that I won't be able to breastfeed my poor baby and I'm too embarrassed to talk to my doctor about it. I feel very ashamed and disappointed in myself.. It is a little relieving to know that I'm not the only one doing this, just wish I knew a sure way to stop! Any advice would be greatly appreciated! Good luck to everyone!
January 13, 2013

In reply to by OCDPicker

It might help you to know, I have the same problem, and I have been successfully breastfeeding for 9 months. Congratulations on your pregnancy. Your dermatillomania shouldn't affect your ability to feed your baby, but I have found since I have been breastfeeding, my anxiety about my montgomery glands has been much worse...
January 22, 2014
Same here I hv been wif that like forever n It mks me feel awful plsssssssssssssss it took me Decades also Jesus moment to tell my Booboo that thars one part of me that look mysterious .My mum doesnt even know wat it is cos at a point I poked one n it converted into big bump .plss hlp diagnosis sumfin or I dont know hlpppp
January 22, 2014
Same here I hv been wif that like forever n It mks me feel awful plsssssssssssssss it took me Decades also Jesus moment to tell my Booboo that thars one part of me that look mysterious .My mum doesnt even know wat it is cos at a point I poked one n it converted into big bump .plss hlp diagnosis sumfin or I dont know hlpppp
January 22, 2014
Yes I have the same exact problem felt like I was reading my own mind when I saw ur post. I was looking for the other breast picking forum that's been on here for years and was just thinking how we really needed to start a newer one so I'm glad you did. Now my question to all you ladies is this: I've picked my areola bumps/ glands since before I can remember and I'm pretty sure I've desensitized my nipples over the years bc I've never been into guts playing w em like I let them bc they like it but I get nothing frm it I can barely feel they're mirth around it. Not trying to be gross but it's the truth. Maybe if they bite nipple clamp down in it suddenly i feel a little pressure but not much. My gf says hers is super sensitive. Can anyone else relate? And how do I reverse this? Or ease it up? If that's possible? bc I really do want to feel wo having to get all rough lol that's not my calling jess :D
January 22, 2014
I'm sorry to hear that. I believe in love and I think that he will love you no matter what. There's no easy way to quit. I haven't succeeded in it myself. (Yet) But if you find someone to talk about your problem, it will be alot easier. Feel free to contact me at :)
January 31, 2014
I have also been picking those little glands for years, and get stuff out of them as well. in my experience, the bumps DO get bigger the more you pick at them. theres one breast i pick at more than the other and the bumps are much larger. i even get little scabs on them making the bumps look worse. its a bad place to pick and definitely has made that area alot less sensitive, i pretty much have no feeling there anymore. one thing ive been making sure to do is moisturize them alot with cocoa butter to help the scaring.
January 29, 2015

Hi there,
I,m 27 years old and I have been a breast skin picker since I was 19. I have been doing all the things you do, and unfortunately havent found a solution either. Although last year my new year resolution was to end it somehow, so I went to a dermatologist in a laser clinic. I had 3 very expensive sessions where my breast skin was vaporized. Very. Painful. I thought that if my skin was healing, then I would not pick it and had just enough time to stop this habit. The second session was very strong, and my skin got worse. It happened 8-9 months ago, but my skin is still has the laser marks. And guess what... I had not quit the habit. I thought that I started this habit (first year in college) because I wanted to avoid dating guys, but I will have to take a test in the near future, so I have to study and my skin picking habit got worse. That was the point when I realized that stress causing it. I was really glad to read that some of you have fiancées and expecting babies. I really struggle to open to guys and show them my breasts. It,s also dangerous because I have been avoiding to show them to doctors (gyno) and we had breast cancer in the family, and I,m really scared that if I continue this without regular examination then one day I might get cancer. Also thought about tattooing my breast, so I will not see my breast skin... (idiotic idea). Let me know if you find anything that helps, please.

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