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What is skin picking disorder?

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Many people pick at their skin once in a while, but sometimes it crosses the line into a condition called skin picking disorder (excoriation).

When this happens, picking at the skin -- for example, picking a scab or the skin around your nails -- can become so frequent and intense that it causes bleeding, sores, and scars.

Some people with this disorder repeatedly scratch to try to remove what they see as some kind of imperfection in their skin.

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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