Help for Dermatillomania – Chronic Skin Picking

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In this blog we are going to talk about dermatillomania, or chronic skin picking (CSP) Chronic skin picking is a serious problem, and one that can make those who experience it pretty miserable. People who suffer from dermotillomania repetitively touch, scratch, pick at, or dig into their skin. People use their fingernails or sometimes instruments like tweezers or pins. They are usually attempting to remove whiteheads or blackheads, small irregularities, scars or scabs, or what they perceive as imperfections in the skin. Chronic skin picking may result in scarring or infection. In more serious cases, severe tissue damage and permanent disfigurement can result.

Dermotillomania is what we call a Body-Focused Repetitive Behavior in which a person cause harm or damage to themselves. Other Body Focused Repetitive Behaviors include chronic hair pulling (called trichotillomania), biting the insides of the cheeks, and nail biting or picking at the cuticles or skin around…

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4 thoughts on “Help for Dermatillomania – Chronic Skin Picking

    fletchertherapy said:
    November 18, 2013 at 11:20 am

    Thank you so much for sharing! I have some videos on picking and pulling here:

    Just put together a basket full of fiddles to keep in my office!

      tlckelly responded:
      November 18, 2013 at 12:14 pm

      Sounds awesome! Thanks for sharing the video links–I’ll check them out!

    rh said:
    December 9, 2013 at 4:31 pm

    What about children who start with skin picking and progress to pulling out their hair?

    Should the progression be worrisome or be expected?

      TLC said:
      December 9, 2013 at 5:13 pm

      Hair pulling and skin picking are related disorders. It’s not uncommon for children to exhibit both picking and pulling traits.

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