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any miners with skin picking/excoriation disorder/dermiotilliomania? Anonymous 12858

>how long have you had it?
>where/what do you pick?
>how does it make you feel?
>any coping mechanisms/tips?

Anonymous 12859

I do that thing where I pluck hair and put it on my tongue. Ive slowly gotten better but the hair on the front left of my head is visibly thinner from the whole process.
I started wearing a beanie to prevent me from doing it, a little barrier to entry helped me realize when I was doing it (since the muscle memory was jarred) and I think helped me do it less overall. Not sure if that would help with dermiotilliomania.

Anonymous 12860

>how long have you had it?
It’s been a habit since I was a kid and I’ve mostly outgrown it besides me picking at my cuticles/skin around the nail or the occasional scab when I’m anxious
>where/what do you pick?
Growing up I had eczema and I remember always picking and peeling off large layers of skin from my knees, inner elbows and especially the skin behind my ears. It was weird because they never bled or felt sore but there was always some kind of liquid-y substance left after
>how does it make you feel?
The picking itself was a self soothing technique I guess, but it made me extremely insecure and growing up with eczema was very difficult to say the least
>any coping mechanisms/tips?
I apply many layers of nail polish until it’s thick enough to peel off - just make sure it’s completely dry (I wait an hour) between coats otherwise it won’t peel. I don’t like peeling base coats because it tends to come off too easily and rids the joy of picking it but that could possibly work for someone else. I also find wearing rings being able to twist and play with them on my finger, anything to keep my hands busy. It’s mostly not a problem for my anymore though since my eczema break outs are under control after fixing my diet/finding products that work for me.

Anonymous 12945

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>how long have you had it?
i have had it since i could remember

>where/what do you pick?

it all started with my nails, the skin surrounding my nails, cuticles, scabs, scalp, and lip skin. When I entered puberty, I started picking on my face or any other bump that would appear on my body. I also started getting a lot of pimples on my head and I would just repeatedly pick at a pimple before it would heal completely. I am pretty sure if i shaved my head, it would be scarred. I also recently started picking my shoulders a bit, but its all getting better and I dont do it as much as I used to (i would still get episodes though)

>how does it make you feel?

the fixation that comes with it honestly feels good, but afterwards i would feel this heavy feeling of uglyness. When I was little, I would pick at my nails untill they were stubs, and it felt nice because I was so fixated on it, and it just felt good to do it. I welcomed any pain because I associated the pain with the problem going away like it was a cost or something. Even if I bled, I kept going. I would be left with jaggedy nails, and I would feel regretful and ugly afterwards. It was even worse with my lips, because constantly feeling roughness or skin hanging out made me want to "smooth it out". Thats really what I was doing most of the time, just smoothing my imperfections out. I think puberty was the absolute worst, I felt so disgusting and when I tried to not pick my face, I would go back to my nails and scalp and I couldn't stop… I think the worst thing that has happened though was when my face was starting to get an infection, my face was always warm and red. The antibiotics really helped. Thank God though that this was during a time that I was recovering from my habits, so my face is healing very nicely :)
and now for the past 2 years I have been getting way better through recognizing my own patterns, and I just started going to therapy which has been helping too. I can actually let my nails grow out and they are now so long and strong!! It makes me so happy that nails look prettier than before.

>any coping mechanisms/tips?

I have recovered very nicely, for someone who has been doing this for years. I hope that this can help any other miners going through what I am going through :3

>I avoid any large mirrors or those zoom mirrors, I set a time limit (a minute) for how long I stare closely at my face.

>if I have been feeling my any part of my body up the whole day, I would avoid looking in the mirror and try to fixate on something more physical/ tactile (knitting, drawing, gaming, etc)

>hobbies!! as listed above, some hobbies can distract your hands which really helps. I recommend taking up a hobby that you really like and when you are about to have an episode or even after one, to go back to that hobby. doing that helped me to slowly start leaning towards my hobbies than picking.


>after care. you are going to pick so make sure that you at least have clean hands and tools, and that you clean your face afterwards and use something like Neosporin.


>When it comes to nails, cutting/filing them short really helps. Developing that habit has helped me ignore my fingers and now i can grow them out :D


>taking pictures of picked area, and looking at the progress you made. It sort of helps you face yourself and see how worse/better you have gotten


>moisturize/care routine make sure to at least boost your picked areas by developing this habit, and it makes you feel pretty too!


>gloves. this personally helped me alot, I also have carpophobia and sensory issues and gloves just make me feel safe and protected. i also like the way they feel :D


>face masks and hydrocolloid patches are SUPER helpful!! it feels like something is "healing" you and esp with the patches, seeing all the gunk get sucked out makes it super satisfying and it feels like its melting it off. I remember buying like 4 packs of patches in a month when i first started using them lol i really recommend them!


I know I wrote a lot, but I hope it will help other miners who went/is going through the same thing I am still trying to recover from. Its really hard and slow progress helps, and I think hearing someone else go through the same things I did makes me feel like I am not alone or disgusting. I hope everyone will heal from this and please, dont give up!! You are the only you out there, root for yourself and take care of yourself, grit your teeth!! Its get tough but its worth it!! luv yourselves, s i wish you all well (≧◡≦)

Anonymous 12971

>>12858
>how long have you had it?
I've been pulling out my hair since age 7, picking at my skin since age 10ish. I'm in my mid 20s now.
>where/what do you pick?
face, scalp, sometimes back, chest, fingertips, or toes. I basically pick on blemishes such as acne, hangnails, calluses. Mostly harmless. I pick on pimples until they start to bleed a little bit, though.
>how does it make you feel?
Idk, kinda gross if I do it too much, but kinda satisfying in moderation?
>any coping mechanisms/tips?
Not really lol. If you aren't doing to the point where you're causing serious injury, I think it's no big deal. Stressing over it probably will just make you do it more lol. The important thing is to keep your hands and fingernails nails clean to avoid infections. I do think it also helps to do what you can to keep your skin clear, especially if you pick on acne like I do.

Anonymous 13017

>>12858
>how long have you had it?
Can't remember specifically, but since childhood
>where/what do you pick?
Mostly the sides of nails and skin on the sides of nails. I get extremely sensitive and uncomfortable over having anything but very short and rounded nails for some reason, if they are edgy in any way it bothers me a lot.
I have keratosis pilaris where some hair on my legs is spiraled into a tiny bump and sometimes I also get urges to unravel them (which damages the surrounding skin a bit).
Rarely I'll randomly bite inside my mouth for similar reasons but this is much easier to control.
>how does it make you feel?
It helps destress and feels satisfying when I do it, but I also feel anxious/ashamed because it leaves damage. Sometimes my hands or feet feel a bit sore because I picked off too much of my nails, or I have some small scars on my legs, and I feel bad about the way it looks.
>any coping mechanisms/tips?
Since I mostly do it (somewhat unconsciously) when stressed, I guess general stress management stuff helps. I try to not look too closely at my legs now because the bumps aren't that noticeable at a distance. Still struggling with the nails thing because I don't like to keep my hands or feet covered and I can feel it when my nails get long, which makes me feel compelled to cut (too much of) them.



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