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Dermatillomania (also known as excoriation or skin picking disorder), is a condition where a person affected will compulsively and repetitively pick at their skin. This condition is categorized by the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders (DSM-5) as an “obsessive-compulsive and related disorder.” Symptoms of dermatillomania include skin lesions, repeated attempts to stop the behavior and and clinically significant distress and impairment. Individuals who engage in skin picking often target multiple body sites, picking at both healthy and previously damaged skin. Treatment for dermatillomania usually involves Cognitive-Behavioral Therapy (CBT) and medication. It is important to note skin picking may be a symptom of another psychiatric condition and it is not helpful to hear “just stop picking.”


Information provided by our partners TLC Foundation for BFRBs and Mental Health America.

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