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Maya617 , 29 Dec 2009

inner lip and cheek removing

ok, i've read most of the posts here and haven't read about a SINGLE case that resembles mine, so i'm more than a little frustrated. my picking, if it can be called that, is that i remove the skin of my inner lips and cheeks with my hand. i twist my mouth to all angles with my hand, botton and top lip and bite of the skin with my teeth. i rip it off untill its raw and damaged to an extreme, and very painful. i draw blood, and get these see through little bubbles that are infected and if i'm able, i pop those too. why am i doing this and how can i stop? is this considered compulsive skin picking? do i need meds? and if so which ones? phsycotherapy? cognitive behaviour therapy? hypnosis? god, i wanna stop. anyone else doing the same? can anyone give me advice?
5 Answers
December 30, 2009
Hi Maya, For at least 6 years now, I have been practically eating the inside of my mouth, to the point that I had to get veneers on my teeth from the damage I've done. I guess this disease can play out several ways. As a child, I chewed my fingernails, then when I decided not to do that anymore, it moved to the cuticles and sides of my fingers. Then during one period of my life, I remember picking callouses and chewing on them. Got disgusted with that, and started chewing on my lips and inner cheeks. The dentist said that I had bruxism. I told him that was not it - I was not doing it in my sleep, I was doing it while awake, but he didn't believe me. I got a mouth guard, and was able to quit that habit by wearing the mouth guard, but just recently I started having problems with my skin, and now I've probably got 50 open sores on my back, left arm, and the backs of my legs. I think this all has to do with dermatillomania. Have you downloaded the guide? It has a list of therapists that deal with this disorder. I'm thinking about making an appointment with one, even though he would be 1 1/2 hours away. I'm very afraid of the sores I've got now - with MRSA around it's scary.
February 18, 2010

In reply to by ssw-0760

Hello, it's been over a year now since i posted here, and the problem is still as severe. I live in Israel, and haven't heard of any therapists treating this problem exclusively..... If you read this and have been able to overcome this, please post me how you did it. Agonosing about this daily....
April 10, 2013
I am definitely starting to realise that this can play out in so many different ways and also realising that although my worst problem is picking at my acne, I have many other obsessive impulses too. I too bite at my cheeks, especially when I'm feeling anxious - to the point where it stings to eat but I just cant stop, even now I can feel myself running my tongue along the inside of my face ready to bite at one of the healing 'scabs'. This can go on for a few weeks at a time and then I'll stop for a month or so. I am finding it really helpful to find other people going through a similar problem and its really helping me to link different obsessive complusions that I have and get to the deeper problem of my anxiety which I've never really given much thought. Somehow its easier to deal with the anxiety on a superficial level by pulling at picking at skin rather than deal with the real cause of the problem.
July 21, 2018

Maya617, i have the same exact problem!!! I can't believe i finally found someone just like me! The only difference is that instead of using ny fingers, I've come to find out that using clippers is a much more useful tactic.(Though it's nothing i should brag about.)

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