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Old 07-01-2005, 12:30 AM   #1
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excessive skin rubbing

I've always had problems keeping my skin ocd's under control. It started when I realized the pores on my legs get dirty, so I picked at them constantly. Even though this left me feeling bad about myself and afraid to show my legs, I continue to do it.

Lately though, I'm always rubbing all areas of my body. I can't figure out if it's normal to have skin constantly coming off when I do this. I rub it all pretty hard too, so it might not all be dead skin waiting to fall off. Sometimes my hands even get raw.

I'm not obsessed with hygiene in the normal way of washing my hands all the time or showering more than once or twice a day, I think this is my way of being hygiene-obsessed though.

Can anyone relate or tell me if I'm possibly damaging my skin by rubbing it off like this? I know I shouldn't be picking or rubbing but it's all habit and I don't know how to stop.

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Old 07-01-2005, 12:07 PM   #2
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Re: excessive skin rubbing

see my reply to rick, theres probably info about picking on the net and perhaps rubbing

Old 07-01-2005, 06:28 PM   #3
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Re: excessive skin rubbing

I'm a skin picker. I have horrible sores on my scalp because there's abnormalities or scabs there, and I have to pick them. Same with my fingenails and toenails. I can't stop until it's "perfect" and/or "feels right." I know I shouldn't do it, but it's uncontrollable- if I don't, it really bothers me, and that's all I can think about.

Old 07-02-2005, 09:46 PM   #4
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Re: excessive skin rubbing

I'm just the same gatsby, and I wish I could find some way to stop the urge to pick/rub, but I'm not sure how to do that. It's almost just as miserable to try and resist it as it is to see the damage I've done to my skin.

Even the embarassment of having constant scabs on my body isn't enough to make me stop. I'm not sure what to do.

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