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Hi, little by little I have become a compulsive scab picker. I can’t stop doing that, even that I know how ugly those scars look like. There are all over my body and face. Is this OCD?

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Hi, I know what are you going through. I keep picking scabs on my body since I was 21. A doctor told me I’m probably suffering from OCD, but he never officially diagnosed me, because this was the only symptom that I had. Fortunately, I don’t pick scabs on my face, I manage to control myself not to do that. I was so embarrassed when I had to take my clothes off in front of my girlfriend. I thought she would run away when she sees the scabs on my arms and legs. Every evening I promise myself that the next day will also be the first day of my recovery, and that I won’t even think about picking. However, I never manage to realize that plan.
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I have them all over my legs. It is so embarrassing being the only girl at a cocktail party with pants. I want to tell my mom, but I'm afraid she'll be really dissapointed with me. My brother is the only person who knows. I really want to get something to get rid of these scars.
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I just wanted to Respond to this. Im actually pretty young, 17. And Just realized, all these years I have always picked, scabs. I bite my nails, though not as cronicly. But I always thought its just becauase, well I don't konw what I thought. I just do it. Anytime, on my face. I pick pimples scars anything. And Im starting to worry now that somthing is wrong with me. I was rolling in the grass the other day and got millons of Misquito bites. This is like a field day for me. I itched them to the point of scaring and I cant stop picking at them. ENough that the scars are starting to grow. It dosn't matter the pain. I just pull it untill the scar is off. I dont know if in my mind im thinking its better with out the scar or somthing but. And I don't go and, Hide it really. If I have scars on my ankles from it, I will still wear shorts or somthing. And I after thinking about it, pick scars somwhat publicly. Like if im in class. I will reach down to my ankles and pick a scar, or check to see if a scar has grown over to peel it.
Well Im rambling but I wanted to know if anyone had to, get any sort of medicine, if they know of any facts about this or anything. Please help. Thank you

-Tell Sell.
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Just like TellSell, I am also of a young age, only 15. I have been picking scabs on my body for at least two years now. My main trouble spot is my scalp. It's just so incredibly addictive. I usually starts out with getting a sunburnt scalp, and i can't stand it when the skin peels so i pick it out. But sometimes i pick to deep and cause it to bleed. And thus starts the addiction. After several months, can be up to six, sometimes even more, i get rid of the scabs and are left with scars. But in a little while I get sunburnt again and the viscious cycle begins.

I cam generally refrain from picking my face as I realise how ugly the scars would look. But, say when i get an mosquito bite, say on my legs, I pick and pick and pick. and I have many scars already one both of my legs. I'm still confident wearing short shorts, and I suppose that is something but I know i'll never have perfect legs now which can become very degrading.

I've heard about OCD and have read several forums speaking about OCD and scab picking. I don't just pick scabs, that's one of a few habits. I've also biten and eaten fingernails for years, i pick my nose and eat the mucus and I'll eat the scabs that I pick off also. I feel that I may have OCD as I do all of these things but I'm never really sure and am way too embarassed to anyone these things.

What do you think?
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I'm 17. I've been picking scabs and EATING them, in addition to biting my nails since I was atleast 8 years old. Personally, i don't know what triggers this behavior but from my research its either OCD< or a result from profound depression. I only know several possible traumatic reasons that may have caused this behavior in myself.
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i have the smae thing. its like there are just these black spots all over my body! i don't wear shorts, or short sleves. it's so embarassing. and my mind is tell me that i have 2 stop, but it's usually right after the scab is off.



but i really wanna know what i should do to get rid of the scars. for me they take years o fade away, depending on how dark they are. i have 5 from 5 years ago!



any ideas?
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i have a problem with scabs all over my legs,
im 17 and i hate it... i have so many scars, and everytime a new scabs appear i cant help but pick it.. which then leads to more, does anyone know how to help?? get rid of the scars? or to stop me picking??
please


thank you x
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I know what you mean.
I can not stop picking even though i know it look horrible, and i am a light caramel skin tone so my scars turn way darker than me. my boyfriend thinks i should drink more water haha (i though that was funny) but even if i did, if i get the smallest scratch i will pick it til its big enough to have fun with. i have scars all over my face from popping pimples and picking them. everyone thinks im so pretty. i get attention everywhere i go. but once iget home and take off the make up, its not the same lol. they dont see my scars cause i where concealer and foundation and even powder at times, i even use body makeup to cover scars on my body.
i have no idea why i pick pick and pick. im 23 now and have been picking since i can remember. my dad use to think that by him putting alcohol on everything i picked that i would stop, but ii never did. i try to convince myself not to pick the next one, but im sure i will. dont know if i'd step outside if all the makeup in the world was gone forever! lol seriously

this sucks...what is this?!?! 8)
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Hey guys, I completely understand where you guys are coming from, I'm a 19 year old girl and every since I was really little I've been picking at my scabs, and it's so crazy cuz I kno it will result in an unsightly scar, I'm mixed with black and fillipino, so I'm caramel complected, which means my scars appear a lot darker than my skin tone, and the majority on my legs, THAT I DONT WANT but I continue to do it anyway, I thought i would have grown out of this by now, but apparently I haven't. I always tell myself "last one" but it never ends. I HATE the way the scars look. I dunno y i do it, I guess I jus like the feeling it gives me, it's not painful I don't feel anything but a tingle. and some kinda way i guess i get a sick pleasure from watching the blood. You'd prob never guess I would do something like this from my personality or overall appearance HOWEVER i do kno you can use MEDERMA to treat scars, the only prob 4 me is, it takes A LONG TIME for it to fade the scars. and personally I can never remember to use it like ur suppose to...2-3 times a day everyday i think, and depending on the scar it could take months to fade away. You can find it at pretty much any store, pharmacy, wal mart, u guys kno :) Anywayz, goodluck with everything u guys, hope I've been some sort of help :)
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This should sound familiar ... I haven't worn shorts in 2 years, I live at the beach, but haven't put on a bathing suit in 2 years. I always make excuses for why I can't go out on the boat with everyone that day or how I'm too busy to have drinks at the beach bar ... pretty much how I have to say "I would rather sit at home and pick at my legs than have a real social life." Oh, how I miss that social life! I have olive skin and scar darker.

The first problem with my own thoughts of "blending" the scars with the rest of my skin was going to a tanning bed. I thought 'hey, if i tan my legs it will just cover up the scars and all is well." WRONG - tanning a scar is like adding a year minimun to it's staying power. It's like zapping it to be permanent!

DON'T LET YOUR SCARS SEE THE SUN WITHOUT SUNSCREEN!!!

EXFOLIATE!!! USE A LUFA AND DAILY EXFOLIATOR ... NEW, UNSCARRED SKIN IS IN THERE ... YOU JUST HAVE TO BE PATIENT.


Below are some tips that are the best I have found ... everyone's skin is different so one that works for me might be the wrong one for you.

    - Scars tend to be more noticeable on pale skin. You can combat this with a safe self-tanner. You could also buy a natural redness - countering concealer.

    - Neosporin is ideal for speeding up healing time thus causing lesser scarring. There is also Neosporin Scar Solution.

    - You can use plain yogurt to help fade scars. Apply twice daily. It will moisturize your face, purify it and your skin will heal much faster.

    - Apply aloe vera or vitamin E; it will speed up the healing process.

    - Cocoa butter is a rich moisturizer that is very effective.

    - Try Palmer's Scar Serum. It contains Cocoa butter, Vitamin E, Shark Liver Oil,, Silicone and Allium CEPA and is around $15 available from most chemists.

    - Use lemon on scars daily. But use moisturizer before going to bed as the lemon may cause dry skin.

    - Honey Mixed with lemon & almond oil and milk = acne free

    - Moisture helps scars heal, so be sure to moisturize. (but be careful of heavy moisturizers that can clog pores)

    - Do TCA peels of 12% three weeks apart. Amazing, effective, and inexpensive.

    I found these and other tips at
    http://www.wikihow.com/Get-Rid-of-Scars-and-Cuts-Left-by-Acne
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My arms are the main part of my body covered in scars! I played sports allot when I was a kid and also played in pools allot which always caused my scabs to become soft and I'd pick them off...
Well, allot of my scars are cool! I have one that looks EXACTLY like a knife! And another that is the exact symbol for wavelength! (A greek symbol used in science!) I also have some that look as if baby dolls came up and gave my arms permanent kisses! The one I like most was because of surgery I had on my right arm (which caused it to lose 28 or 32% of its original functioning) and allot of kids are so dumb they think I committed suicide!
XD
my knees are also scarred and I have a few scars on my breasts (because of the many stray dogs/cats and the chickens I've had as pets!)
But, I enjoy my scars because they make me look tough!
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I don't really think my scab picking is extremely bad but sometimes its just so hard to leave the scar there especially if it itches or something like that.
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im and ive been doing that to since i was like 11, i hate it cause even if i just have a little scab i keep picking it and it ends up being a big scar, even though i no ill end up with a scar i can stop myself from doing it, i get really embarrass when people see my legs and i have scars all down them.
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Hey everyone,

Im 20 years old and I have had a problem with scab picking as long as I can remember. When i was in Elementary school (this was not my first scab picking experience just one i remember well) I was unlocking my bike so I could put it into my moms car I stepped in a huge ant pile and had probably 20 big bites on my legs. Even though I knew that youre not supposed to itch ant bites I could not help it and so I itched them until they bled and formed scabs.
I was embarassed about the huge scabs on my legs but couldnt stop and tried to hide them by pulling my socks up. Even in the middle of class i would get bored and start to pick trying to make sure that no one saw me. The scabs would last weeks and weeks. I picked them so much that they were no longer flat but like little pits in my skin.
My parents were worried and my dad (who is a doctor) made me put neosporin on them but I would only wipe it off. I dont get as many scabs on my legs now that I am older but I pick at the edges of my nails forming scabs there.
Also when it gets cold I am terrible about picking my lips. Then they form scabs which turn black and areextremely obvious. since scabs on your lips are a lot harder to hide then scabs on your legs I pick the scabs off so it isnt as noticable. People are constantly telling me that my lips are bleeding. Its so sad because I want to stop especially when i look at my legs and arms and can see scars that are from scabs i had 10 years ago and will probably never go away.
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