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Dermatillomania by xSuicidalCupcakex Dermatillomania by xSuicidalCupcakex
- Episodes of skin picking are often preceded or accompanied by tension, anxiety, stress or paranoia.
During these moments there is commonly a compulsive urge to pick, bite or scratch at a surface or region of the body.

- Dermatillomania can be translated to mean that someone has an illness that produces an overwhelming desire to pick, pull and plow away at his or her own skin, even though they know it is painful, unsightly and almost impossible to justify.

- Aware of the damage they are inflicting, many sufferers feel and recognise a need to stop the behaviour but are physically and mentally unable to do so without aid.



Yup. Dermatillomania sucks.

Edit Wow, I put this into google images and found that loads of people have uploaded / reblogged this piece, I'm really happy that people connect with it so much, never thought anyone would find my artwork good enough to share with others. Thanks to everyone who views this, and to everyone who shares it with others.
If you would like to use this on your website / tumblr / facebook etc, then please do! :) but if you do please would you credit me and possibly leave a link back here? Thanks. :heart:
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LadyCharis Featured By Owner Feb 14, 2016
I still don't know why I pick.  I just do.  Not really stress, cos I do it when I'm not stressed.  Not boredom, cos I do it when I'm not bored.  Not pain, not anxiety.  Just "habit" that I "should break".  Yeah.  Not that easy. :( 
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TheAwkwardFangirl Featured By Owner Mar 13, 2015  Hobbyist Writer
You have no idea how relieved I was that there was a technical word for what I go through; I hope it will make it easier to explain why I am always examining my fingers and why they are always bandaged. I'm especially relieved that there's art for it. :)
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xSuicidalCupcakex Featured By Owner Mar 13, 2015  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
I'm very glad that my art helped you :3

Honestly I didn't expect people to like this piece as much as they did, but the fact that I could help people like you makes me feel good. 

I know what you mean about feeling relieved, I found the technical term randomly, while browsing wikipedia, and just knowing the name of it made me feel a lot better. :heart:
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TheAwkwardFangirl Featured By Owner Mar 14, 2015  Hobbyist Writer
I think your art helps because this is considered a "Strange" condition that not many people hear about, or mistake as a simple bad habit. Seeing that other people not only know what dermatillomania/excoriation is, but that they are making art about it, helps. :)

I have already been diagnosed with OCD and an anxiety disorder, but knowing that there is a specific sub-category for pickers makes people feel better. :D
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Madigan731 Featured By Owner Sep 12, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
I'm one of those who just stumbled across this via Bing search. OMG it's always such a relief to see that I'm not alone. I'm going to borrow this for one of my Facebook pages and I'll be sure to link it right back here. Absolutely stunning image.

For reference, it's going here: www.facebook.com/pages/The-LIN…
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xSuicidalCupcakex Featured By Owner Sep 13, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Hi there, I'm so glad that you connected with my piece, it makes me feel good knowing that maybe I'm helping people feel less alone :heart:

Also, thanks for giving me credit, you're welcome to use the image on any website you want :3
I did check the link, I'm glad there are people out there like you who're trying to raise awareness! 
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AyumiYue Featured By Owner May 16, 2013  Student Interface Designer
Hi! I was wondering if you'd agree to let me use this drawing for my blog. I'm brazillian and I'm writing about dermatillomania in portuguese, you can see it here:
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I will give you the proper credits and link it here.

Many many thanks, beautifull, and accurate, art!
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xSuicidalCupcakex Featured By Owner May 17, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Hey! Yes of course you can use my art, I'd be very happy for you to do so!

Thanks. :heart: :la:
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AyumiYue Featured By Owner May 22, 2013  Student Interface Designer
Ow Ty!
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Insaniactic-Kreep Featured By Owner Apr 1, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Bravo, my friend. I have suffered from dermatillomania since I was 4, no joke. It really sucks. Didn't find out it had a name til last year. This an excellent depiction of what people say to us who suffer. :iconrespectplz:
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Nari-Moor Featured By Owner Feb 12, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
All my life, my mom and my grandma used to tell me it was just a bad habit. And I actually believed them. I have scars on the sides of my arms and the middle-inside of my thighs from picking. The nerve endings at my fingertips are damaged because some times I pick so much, I tear away at several layers of my skin, and still don't stop. I stay away from my face....that I learned quickly when I was little. My mom noticed it whenever I was picking at my face. And when she'd get on me about my hands, I'd pick on the bottoms of my feet. Sometimes it would get so bad, the picking at my feet, that I would limp to and fro. People would ask me about it, and I would tell them that my ankles hurt or something. I've had to throw away tons of pairs of bloody socks to cover it up when I was a kid.

The only thing I've found that "helps" is having fake nails. Because they are thicker than my normal nail, I can't get into the skin as easily, so it's a lot harder to pick. I still do, though, and sometimes I bite at my skin to peel it away.

I've had tons of people ask me why I do it. My only answer is, "I dunno," because I don't. I've done it since I can remember.
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Archercat123 Featured By Owner Feb 6, 2013
I hate how this makes my head so goddarn bloody all the time
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Kitten--Mittens Featured By Owner Feb 2, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
i love this picture!

ive been picking for my whole life, mostly on my thumbs. lately its been really bad and it hurts to bend my right thumb right now :/ i know i should stop, but i just cant D: sometimes i dont even realize im doing it.
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ChiaviDiNotti Featured By Owner Jan 30, 2013
I've seen this pic so many times and now I found it's owner xD I have the disorder as well
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xSuicidalCupcakex Featured By Owner Jan 31, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Wow really? Where've you seen it? :) (Out of interest, if people are using it in blogs or whatever, I always love to see it.)

Awah, that sucks, it's a horrible disorder to have. :/
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ChiaviDiNotti Featured By Owner Jan 31, 2013
I've seen it in some videos related to dermatillomania =)
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xSuicidalCupcakex Featured By Owner Jan 31, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Ah awesome, I might have to look around on derma videos and see if I can see it, I always love to see my art in things like that because I feel like maybe I'm helping people understand. Or making people with this disorder see they aren't alone. :)
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ChiaviDiNotti Featured By Owner Jan 31, 2013
actually, I first saw it when Angela Hartlin posted it on Facebook...it always helps when you have someone to talk to who also suffers...finding out about the problem and hearing for Angela and her book really made an impact on me...now I'm picking much less than few years ago
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SouthParkFan99 Featured By Owner Dec 31, 2012
I have this disorder which makes me pick my scalp and gums. I have so many scars and I'm starting to get a bald spot from it. I also have ADD and anxiety disorder which probably contributes to why I pick. I feel so guilty for doing it but it's like an addiction. Only my close family knows so that felt good to get that off my chest :)
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xSuicidalCupcakex Featured By Owner Dec 31, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
I'm glad you felt comfortable enough to share that, and I'm also glad you feel better after getting it off your chest. :) :heart:

Yeah, I know how you feel, it can kind of be a viscous cycle, you need to pick and you feel anxious, so you pick, but then after picking the anxiety comes back.

I hope you can beat it one day, stay strong! :heart:
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SouthParkFan99 Featured By Owner Dec 31, 2012
Thank you <3
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kickingmyderma Featured By Owner Dec 27, 2012
Hello, this is [link]
I was wondering if I could use this image in The Derma Project, which is to raise awareness about dermatillomania. I could credit your username or real name in the description or onscreen if you'd like! I love this image. Let me know!

[link]
thatusedtobetrueofme@gmail.com
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xSuicidalCupcakex Featured By Owner Dec 28, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Heya, yes of course you may use this image in your project, I would be very happy for you to do so. :)
You can credit my username and perhaps leave a link to the picture here on dA as well? I'd appreciate that, but still, feel free to use it! :heart:
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IndieRose95 Featured By Owner Sep 4, 2012  Hobbyist Photographer
this is sooo good. all of this goes through my mind when i start picking. i haven't been diagnosed but after looking it up, it describes me perfectly. :/ pretty much sucks. :p but i appreciate the awareness. most people don't know about this disorder. (: thanks.
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xSuicidalCupcakex Featured By Owner Sep 4, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Well, I'm really glad you like it! :)
A lot of people don't know it's a real disorder, just think it's just because of nervousness or whatever. But it's good that people on dA have been really appreciative of this piece. :)
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IndieRose95 Featured By Owner Sep 4, 2012  Hobbyist Photographer
definitely. (: it helps a lot.
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Megamonster99 Featured By Owner May 26, 2012  Student Digital Artist
I wish i could stop it >.> I love this so much, though :D Great job.
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Nyxie-QM Featured By Owner Apr 23, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
My mom has Dermatillomania, and I believe I have it as well. I pick at the zits on my face and shoulders when I'm frustrated, upset, or even just bored. I have to chew on things, mainly my nails, and I'm constantly scratching at my head or biting my lips to peel off the skin. I haven't been diagnosed, and it's not that bad, but it does affect my life. Hell, maybe it's a learned behavior from my mother. I really don't know. But either way, it's a beautiful piece. It reminds me of the work my mom has done with a nosebleed, paper, and a lighter. Bravo.
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xSuicidalCupcakex Featured By Owner Apr 24, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
It sounds like you do have it to me, I mean, it doesn't have to be really bad for you to have it, but yeah it may just be possible that you're picking up the habit from your mom, that doesn't make it any less serious though.
Perhaps you and your mom should have a talk about it and discuss possibly getting help if it makes you upset. :)
If you're getting help together it might be easier, or if you don't want outside help you could help eachother understand it more. Either way I wish you the best of luck. :heart: I'm glad you like this piece, means a lot that people like it so much. :)
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Nyxie-QM Featured By Owner Apr 24, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
I'll definitely think about doing that. Thanks for the advice, and you're welcome.
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LancasterBeldam Featured By Owner Apr 12, 2012
Reminds me of my trich, especially "just stop picking".
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xSuicidalCupcakex Featured By Owner Apr 12, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
They are very similar disorders. Well, not physically but, mentally I think they are.
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Muskitear794 Featured By Owner Mar 15, 2012  Student Traditional Artist
i really love this piece. Very inspirational.
Just recently i had taken up writing notes on my hands to help me stop picking and it helps to see things like this
thank you
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xSuicidalCupcakex Featured By Owner Mar 16, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
You're very welcome. :) I'm glad you enjoy my piece. =D
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Fayxe Featured By Owner Mar 6, 2012
May i use this illustration for my Dermatillomania paper cover page?
I have it also and im in psychology and i chose to write my paper on this disorder. :)
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xSuicidalCupcakex Featured By Owner Mar 6, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Sure I'd be very happy for you to use it! :)
I just ask that if anyone asks where you got it, direct them to the actual page on dA... so that more people can see it. :)
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Rogander Featured By Owner Feb 19, 2012  Student General Artist
:) i got it too im 16 , for as long as i can remeber thank you and best of wishes
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Amelie-or-Ami Featured By Owner Feb 14, 2012
The blood... oh the blood. I had a particularly bad bout yesterday and had a tissue covered in blood from my right ring finger. It's always my ring fingers. And my thumbs and pointers. Not really so much my pinkies or middle fingers. I don't know why. But, then again, I don't know why I pick at all. It's gotten a bit better since I stopped biting my nails two months ago, but not by much. When I try to stop, it comes back tenfold. I'll keep trying though. Because I dealt with trich and won, and I know that one day I'll win against derm, too. Beautiful picture. Painful for me to look at, but beautiful, especially since the pain of derm isn't usually beautiful.
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xxxmcrmyxxx Featured By Owner Dec 19, 2011  Student Traditional Artist
Ah, So, so true, I happen to love that you put blood in the picture. Because for me it is bloody. I pick at my fingers, I love the outside voices saying to just stop, yet no one realises it is not that easy. I really wish it was though.
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xSuicidalCupcakex Featured By Owner Dec 19, 2011  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
I thought it was a nice effect...well, it's not a nice effect - it's bloody and messy but that was the point. :P but yeah I know what you mean, the number of times I've gotten blood all over the keyboard, or paper or my pencils, and then realise it's because my fingers are bleeding...and no, it's really really not that easy huh? :/

But I'm glad you like it, thanks for the coment. :heart:
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xxxmcrmyxxx Featured By Owner Dec 19, 2011  Student Traditional Artist
Exactly, sometimes I don't even know I am bleading and it gets all over.
And I really love'd it! It is so very true, really true :D
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Evil-Eggplant Featured By Owner Oct 16, 2011
This is a great representation of dermatillomania. It doesn't seem like a big deal to people who don't have it, but it can be pure hell sometimes. :/
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xSuicidalCupcakex Featured By Owner Oct 17, 2011  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Thanks for your comment.
And I agree...to most people who don't have it, it seems a little silly. I mean, I guess it's hard to understand why someone would pick at their skin, willingly.
(I say willingly, it's more of a compulsion than just a random fancy, but you get my meaning.)
I really feel more awareness needs to be spread though. :/
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Evil-Eggplant Featured By Owner Oct 17, 2011
Yeah, I don't think people realise when I tell them I compulsively pick, that my arms don't tan properly anymore, and that I used to pick on my ex-boyfriend as well to the point where I was putting him in pain... I guess you'd have to experience it yourself (or be close to someone who struggles) to see how the smallest, weirdest things can turn into compulsions that affect your everyday life.
It's nice to see an artist working to attract attention towards a lesser-known problem! ^^; I hope this piece will make people who don't suffer with compulsions stop and think as well!
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xSuicidalCupcakex Featured By Owner Oct 17, 2011  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Mmm I know what you mean there, I struggle not to pick at my boyfriends face all the time, and I know he hates when I do it, but sometimes I just can't help myself, heck I don't even realise I'm doing it, which really seems odd now I'm reading it.
But it's true, you have to personally experience it, or be very close to someone who is experiencing it, to fully understand. It's the same with most disorders I suppose.

but thanks for the kind words :) I wish you the very best with your struggle! :heart:
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Evil-Eggplant Featured By Owner Oct 18, 2011
Thank you! Best of luck with yours! :heart:
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witchlady750 Featured By Owner Sep 15, 2011  Professional Photographer
It's so wonderful to see people doing artwork about this mental/compulsive disorder. I have it, very badly, as well and have never been able to figure out how to cope with it. 13 years. Yep. It sucks.
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xSuicidalCupcakex Featured By Owner Sep 15, 2011  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Thank you for the kind words. :) I have noticed there isn't much "publicity" about it, in the sense that it's generally quite an ignored disorder, unlike something such as trichotillomania, which people seem to know a lot about.
I wish you the best of luck in coping with it...it certainly is a challenge huh?
I think it has the hardest toll on my boyfriend to be honest, he just can't understand why I've compulsion to do it. It breaks his heart to see me picking, and it breaks my heart to know I'm hurting him, which just leads to more picking, which has been very difficult to cope with.
But, best of luck to you, sincerely.
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sabakunorebecca Featured By Owner Sep 14, 2011  Student
Do you have any other dermatillomania-related artwork? I love this. (I have it too.)
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xSuicidalCupcakex Featured By Owner Sep 15, 2011  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Not at the moment, but I was thinking of doing some more soon, it's thinking of ways to express myself without being over the top. But keep an eye open, I may have some up soon. :)
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