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Dermatillomania, or skin picking, now appears to be one in the spectrum of compulsive disorders, and could be genetic in origin.
Body Focused Repetitive Behaviours are often abbreviated to BFRBs. The BFRB we support here today is Dermatillomania, which is a condition marked by picking one's own skin. BFRB's can affect people of any age, although they most typically start in late childhood to early teens. The better known behaviour of nail biting is also a BFRB. Cheek chewing and lip-picking are also BFRBs, for which the treatment is the same.
The compulsive element is what makes it distressingly difficult to avoid picking, and extensive behavioural therapy is needed for some, to help control the compulsion.
Simple, relaxing yet flexible recovery strategies.
Hypnotherapy can be very helpful and the Clarity CD in particular has helped many overcome their picking.
Arrange for someone to place mirrors and pins out of your reach, and only use the mirror twice a day, for grooming purposes, if necessary under supervision.
Gripping ice can help to distract you, and if you're a biter, biting ice can help too.