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Dermatillomania, also known as compulsive skin picking, is an impulse control disorder often categorized alongside obsessive-compulsive disorder. Both CSP and OCD involve repetitive compulsions used to manage anxiety. CSP can lead to permanent scarring or infections at the site of the picking.
I have suffered from dermatillomania for a number of years. I’ve have OCD since childhood, ranging from intrusive thoughts to trichotillomania. In my early years of college, I began picking at my face in an attempt to get the “dirt” out. When I worked at my university’s library, I’d often find myself in an unused bathroom for upwards of half an hour, leaning over the row of sinks to investigate the pores on my nose.
Even now, when anxious, I run my hands over my chest and shoulders, feeling for any little bump. I pick, I rub, I use my fingernails to excise anything that may be in that bump. It’s painful, and it leads to what you see above: red, irritated skin, swollen areas, and pain throbbing all along my skin. It’s absolutely no fun, but that’s anxiety disorders for you.
For more information on dermatillomania, please visit this site.

Dermatillomania, also known as compulsive skin picking, is an impulse control disorder often categorized alongside obsessive-compulsive disorder. Both CSP and OCD involve repetitive compulsions used to manage anxiety. CSP can lead to permanent scarring or infections at the site of the picking.

I have suffered from dermatillomania for a number of years. I’ve have OCD since childhood, ranging from intrusive thoughts to trichotillomania. In my early years of college, I began picking at my face in an attempt to get the “dirt” out. When I worked at my university’s library, I’d often find myself in an unused bathroom for upwards of half an hour, leaning over the row of sinks to investigate the pores on my nose.

Even now, when anxious, I run my hands over my chest and shoulders, feeling for any little bump. I pick, I rub, I use my fingernails to excise anything that may be in that bump. It’s painful, and it leads to what you see above: red, irritated skin, swollen areas, and pain throbbing all along my skin. It’s absolutely no fun, but that’s anxiety disorders for you.

For more information on dermatillomania, please visit this site.

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  1. vanilladreamsandcoffeebeans reblogged this from backonpointe
  2. offbeatworlds reblogged this from backonpointe and added:
    this same problem! But...didn’t know it was...anxiety...
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  5. proper--fucked said: Awesome post, there’s so much shame and stigma associated with CSP. People who have this disorder should know that they are far from alone…I did this for years (still do sometimes) on the face too…not pretty.
  6. amandaintransition said: I have this! I usually just pick my fingers compulsively and usually don’t realize when I’m doing it. Sometimes I pick so bad I bleed. As shameful as it is, it’s reassuring that you’d post something like this. Most people just don’t understand it..
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  8. lip-stick-lick reblogged this from backonpointe and added:
    ohmygod. i have this.
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  10. youvsyou reblogged this from backonpointe and added:
    skin pick like mad, especially...hands. And I’ve thought
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  12. slacker-turned-gymrat said: omg I do this and I didn’t even know it was an actual thing. I’ve picked my lip since elementary school, and my chest usually looks like yours once or twice a day…
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  14. 110bychristmas reblogged this from backonpointe and added:
    Well then. I didn’t know this had a name. I have a problem with my cuticles. Gross.
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  16. cannawitchbitch reblogged this from backonpointe and added:
    I have this too. :/
  17. failingtoday said: I do exactly this
  18. thenthused said: I have CSP & OCD as well. Glad to see you raising awareness through your blog! Love all your posts. xx
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