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DERMATILLOMANIA PRO TIP: How to Deal with Dermatillom

Okay guys many of you know or don’t know I have horrid Dermatillomania. I have been suffering it for 10 years. It’s annoying horrid and prevents me from wearing things I want cause its on my Chest . I had tried everything to stop it Stim Toys [though they help with my anxiety it doesnt help with the Dermatillomania], behavioral therapy. My Skin is still a mess.

But recently I found a something that helps actually alot cause sheer will power doesnt work. And that is Lotion. It’s because when you put Lotion on the area where you pick it makes it harder to pick your skin cause of the moisture and your skin is softer. That and I like the feeling of cold on my Skin.

It is imperative you have a skin Care regiment if you have Dermatillomania. If you take care of your skin. Youll have less blemishes and breakouts. I can  do a video demonstration of my face and skin care regiment later, but what do you do when you are on the go and you feel the need to pick? Well I will tell you what I started this week. You get a Travel tub of Lotion Like this:

I got this from Target for under two dollars. You dont have to have Palmer’s specifically I just use it cause Coca Butter is good for Scaring. But any sort of travel lotion will be good. You carry it in a bag and keep it somewhere you can see it. So everytime you feel the need to pick you instead rub it on the area you pick instead.

If its a more private area like I know the inner thighs and breasts are targets, simpy go to the bathroom. and apply the lotion there.

I hope this helps! It really helped me so I hope by sharing it helps others.

if you have an excoriation disorder (skin picking)

definitely look into getting hydrocolloid adhesive plasters. you can get them at CVS or Walgreens or even Walmart if you look carefully. they’re blister bandages that can be cut into little squares and put over picked pimples or any small infected wounds (such as cuticles, which I’ve got right now) and left on over night or for a few hours and they draw out infections and protect the wound from getting more germs in it. they’re really easy to use and the results are amazing, plus, they’ll keep you from picking already existing wounds, while helping them heal. if you’re using one on your hands, I recommend putting a bandaid over it just to keep it in place just because your hands move around a lot, but other wise they’re self adhesive and don’t need anything else to hold them on.

they’ve helped me a lot and I haven’t seen much about them anywhere so I hope this post helps some people!!

I know summer can be tough for people with dermatillomania (like me)

I know how it feels to suffer through the heat in pants and long sleeves because you don’t want people to see your skin

I know how it feels to work up enough courage to wear shorts or a t-shirt or a bathing suit and then people ask “oh what happened” or “what are all those spots/scabs/scars/etc. from” or “are you ok? your skin doesn’t look so great”

So this is for me and anyone else who needs to hear it:

My skin isn’t ugly, my skin isn’t gross, my skin isn’t ruined. And neither is yours.

I can wear whatever I want to this summer. I can wear shorts and a t-shirt, I can wear a bathing suit, I can wear a crop top or a shirt with a low back or anything else that shows my skin. And so can you.

And if I don’t feel comfortable showing my skin this summer, if I need to cover up to feel safe that’s ok too. I don’t need to be ashamed of doing what’s best for my mental health. And neither do you.

And if people make comments about my skin, I will do my best to remember that that reflects poorly on them not on me. I will try to remember that even though their words hurt there are people who think I am beautiful and perfect even with all my spots and scabs and cuts and scars. It’s really really hard but I will try to believe the words of those who care about me over the words of strangers who feel a need to comment on my appearance. And I truly, truly hope that you can too <3

witch-without-a-social-life  asked:

I, too, pick at my face & arms & legs, but I specifically pick at my lips. I'll rip the skin off my entire lips and all I'll think is: 'Why can't I get this one tiny piece in the corner?'. Im trying to stop but it's so fucking difficult

OH YES. In middle school, there were up to 3 bloody cracks in my lips at a time. I’ve switched to other body parts, but I try to keep two chapsticks around for when I feel it starting up again on my mouth (multiples are better if you’re as forgetful as me).

celineofrps  asked:

Hey! I myself have dermatillomania, and I am writing a character who also has it. Even though I have it myself, I'm having trouble writing a person who has it. Could you give me some links that show how to write a character who has either dermatillomania or trichotillomania (they're extremely similar)

A few blogs with many posts with lots of resources and many involving personal accounts:

Other tumblr resources:

Off tumblr resources:

I, too, have dermatillomania, so if anyone needs any further personal account information I’d be glad to help you out. I’d prefer to answer questions off anonymous, though.

I hope that helps you, celineofrps! Sorry this took so long.

process of picking

• feel urge to pick (usually triggered by feelings a bump on my face and wanting it gone)
• try not to pick
• fail
• try to compromise by only picking one section of my face
• pick that section
• try not to pick other section
• fail
• pick other section
• dispose of skin
• get a wet piece of tissue
• gently clean my face with the tissue (maybe be harsh if I’m pissed off at myself for picking)
• apply cream
• relax until the next time I feel the urge to pick
• repeat

I’ve come to realize why it’s so hard to stop picking. this won’t make it any easier to stop picking but at least I’m self-aware. 9/10 times you pick, you leave a mark, it’s red and puffy, bloody, and the pimple comes back in the same spot or around the spot and it could even come back bigger. but that 1/10 time that you pick, you get the best sounding pop, the most satisfying pop, you completely clear the dead skin away, the bump goes away, the black/whitehead goes away, the area looks cleaner and better than it has ever looked. and we crave that feeling of satisfaction every time we think about picking, because we know how good it feels. and although you don’t get that feeling every time you pick because 9/10 times the picking isn’t successful, eventually that feeling will come back and you will crave it even more. picking appears worth it because of that one successful pop that you know will come eventually, you just have to be patient and deal with the scars and the bleeding and the embarrassment and the comments.. because it’s all worth it for that one pop, right?

Little dermatillomania things: oh god my skin is too rough. Oh god my skin is too dry. Oh god my skin is too oily. Oh god this freckle is slightly raised off of the rest of my skin. Oh god my skin is red. Oh god is that a PORE? A SCAB? A PIMPLE? A FUCKING TINY SKIN FLAKE?

*exfoliates, wipes with oil remover pads, scratches entire top layer of skin off, attempts to fix every pore, exfoliates again, steams face with hot water, exfoliates again, scratches some more, squeezes every inch of skin, exfoliates…*

*an hour later, looking basically the same but with more blood, more redness, and sore hands* I am now gorgeous

Am I the only one with derma that does this shit? I do pick, but I mostly just obsess over how my skin feels and scan it for imperfections constantly. It’s like a cleanliness thing. I need to feel clean and I just feel gross with any dead skin, oil, or pores showing on my skin. Especially my face :s