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Skin Picking Disorder (Excoriation)

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Some psychiatric medications are occasionally used to treat skin picking disorder, but none are FDA-approved or well-established for this purpose.  SSRIs (selective serotonin reuptake inhibitors) such as Prozac are the best-studied class of medicines for skin picking.

Early studies also have begun to examine the possible value of some anticonvulsant medicines, such as Lamictal (lamotrigine).

If you think you have skin picking disorder, it may be hard to find a doctor who is experienced with this kind of issue. The Trichotillomania Learning Center keeps a list of professionals who are trained in therapy for BFRBs. If there is no one on the list near you, you can also look for a therapist who treats obsessive-compulsive disorder. They are often trained in similar types of treatment.

It is also a good idea to see your primary care doctor or a dermatologist about any skin lesions, wounds, or scars caused by the repetitive picking.

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Reviewed by Joseph Goldberg, MD on February 14, 2014

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