Compulsive Skin Picking

Compulsive skin picking needs to be taken more seriously for you to start realizing that it is something that you want to stop

Compulsive skin picking is known as a psychological skin picking disorder. The patients with this disorder scratch and start picking at skin compulsively and cause serious harm to their bodies. Because of this reason compulsive skin picking can also be considered as body dysmorphic disorder. These people are usually not happy the way they look and believe that they are ugly. They consider themselves invaluable and have low self-esteem. All these negative feelings just increase the level of compulsive skin picking. They a lot of the times have to learn to notice when you start to pick and be aware of your actions and that is a start.

The prevalence of compulsive skin picking is around 1-2% and most of the patients in this group are between 12-35 years old. Most studies prove that the changes in the body and having acne during adolescence improve the risk of having a skin picking obsessive compulsive disorder. Some people  may have a habit of occasionally skin picking but compulsive skin picking is more than just picking here and there, if you have a problem with CSP you will usually have noticeable red marks and scabs on your choice area to skin pick which is usually the face, arms, legs and scalp.  During this period, teenagers with this problem will usually spend hours in front of the mirror and observe themselves closely. They complain that acne make them appear ugly. Although it is a mistake they believe that picking the wounds and acne will be a good idea to get rid of them. After some time they begin to lose the control and open more serious wounds on their face and skin. Because of this compulsive behavior they never let their wounds heal.

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