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How does therapy treat skin picking disorder?

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There are two main kinds of therapy for skin picking.

In habit reversal training, the therapist helps you identify the factors that trigger your skin picking. Then he'll help you find other things to do instead, like squeezing a rubber ball. This eases your stress and occupies your hands.

Stimulus control therapy involves changing your environment to help curb skin picking. You might try wearing gloves or stick-on bandages so you can't feel your skin and get the urge to pick. Or you might cover mirrors if seeing facial blemishes or pimples brings on picking behavior.

From: Skin Picking Disorder (Excoriation) WebMD Medical Reference

SOURCES:

Trichotillomania Learning Center: "Skin Picking Disorder: Frequently Asked Questions" and "Expert Consensus Treatment Guidelines."

International OCD Foundation: "Skin Picking Disorder Fact Sheet."

WebMD: "N - ACETYL CYSTEINE."

Reviewed by Smitha Bhandari on February 21, 2018

SOURCES:

Trichotillomania Learning Center: "Skin Picking Disorder: Frequently Asked Questions" and "Expert Consensus Treatment Guidelines."

International OCD Foundation: "Skin Picking Disorder Fact Sheet."

WebMD: "N - ACETYL CYSTEINE."

Reviewed by Smitha Bhandari on February 21, 2018

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