My experience of having a skin picking disorder

skin picking

I’ll be honest, I didn’t even realise that such a thing as a skin picking disorder existed until recently when a couple of Youtubers who I follow did videos on the topic. It was a real aha moment for me! You see, I have been picking at my skin for as long as I can remember, with the intention of causing pain and visible wounds. The condition is known as dermatillomania.

As a child I used to pick at my lips constantly. I always had sore lips and barely ever stopped picking at them. As I grew older though, my focus became the skin around my fingernails.

I find myself picking at my skin when I am bored or stressed. I love to pick my nail quicks and rip the skin until I am bleeding and have horrible sores. I pick at any skin all around my nails, then later I feel annoyed with myself when I look at the sores. I also used to have a sore on my nose that I would pick until it bled, and if I ever have spots, I will make them bleed too.

I thought I was the only one in the world who did this, so to find that it’s a condition which is possibly related to anxiety was a revelation to me. I love nails and nail polish so why I do this to my fingers is something which I don’t understand about myself.

Have you ever experienced this? For more information please see the NHS website.

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About the Author: Daisy Linden

I'm a happy mom who gave up my job to be with my child. I love sharing my ideas and opinions on various topics such as health, home, and child care. I'm also passionate about healthy food and I believe in its benefits for overall health and well-being. I love spending time with family and friends, and hope to connect with you readers through this blog. I hope my posts are useful and I invite you to share your thoughts and suggestions.

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