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What causes skin picking disorder?

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It usually happens in one of two ways:

You may pick at a scab or rash, which causes more injury to the skin and keeps the wound from healing. More itching leads to more picking and more scabbing, and the cycle continues.

You absently pick at a scab or the skin around your nails during a time of stress. The repetitive action eases your worries and becomes a habit.

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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