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My NAC Experiment

My NAC Experiment

Before I had the chance to appear on The Doctors and receive twelve weeks of therapy for my skin picking, I heard about varied levels of success those with trichotillomania had using the dietary supplement, N-Acetylcysteine (NAC). At the time, Dr. Jon E. Grant had only completed a trichotillomania trial because excoriation disorder was not a diagnosable condition before the DSM-5 was released in 2013.

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Common Misdiagnoses for Excoriation Disorder

Common Misdiagnoses for Excoriation Disorder

From dermatological issues to other mental health afflictions, excoriation disorder can be misdiagnosed as many conditions before being properly addressed and treated.

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Famous People Who Pick Their Skin

Famous People Who Pick Their Skin

When celebrities talk about skin picking, their platform brings much-needed awareness for excoriation disorder and other body-focused repetitive behaviors (BFRBs). Many of these influential figures have come out with their struggle, helping to shed stigma and reaching many who still suffer in silence and shame.

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Skin Picking Coaches; Are They Legit?

Skin Picking Coaches; Are They Legit?

Coaching professions such as life, holistic, financial, health, quantum, etc., can assist people looking to improve their overall wellness or reach their next goal in life. While searching for help with your excoriation disorder, you may come across a Skin Picking Coach- but can they treat you for what the average mental health professional is not trained to? Are there any out there who are actually qualified to help you manage such a complex compulsion?

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Does PickFix™ Help with Skin Picking?

Does PickFix™ Help with Skin Picking?

PickFix™ is an essential oil/ serum marketed to people who have a “nasty habit” of picking their skin for $28 USD/ $48 CDN. The choice of words presented on Carter + Jane’s website shames potential customers by stigmatizing the results of an anxious behavior. Immediately my alarm bells go off as people with excoriation disorder are being targeted and offered hope that this product will mysteriously manage the compulsive nature behind their body-focused repetitive behavior (BFRB).

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How I Walked Away From a Pimple

How I Walked Away From a Pimple

In learning about Acceptance-Commitment Therapy (ACT) as it relates to excoriation disorder, I had to experience how intense an urge was in order get through it, including recognizing physical reactions to finding or resisting an urge. With my teeth clenched, when I held back on this urge I also felt a hollowness in my chest.

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My Dermatillomania Challenges During Pregnancy

My Dermatillomania Challenges During Pregnancy

Despite being in recovery from dermatillomania since 2015 with a few minor blips along the way, I wasn’t sure what to expect from my skin picking disorder when I became pregnant in May of 2019. With body-focused repetitive behaviors (BFRBs) having links to hormones I prepared myself that my recovery could waver during pregnancy.

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The #1 Misconception About Dermatillomania

The #1 Misconception About Dermatillomania

While efforts have gone a long way to inform the population about the existence of BFRBs, people with visible marks can be mistaken for having a skin disorder, or a stigmatizing condition such as AIDS. People with dermatillomania can also be stereotyped as unhygenic, based on tropes that people with acne don’t take care of their hygiene or diet. These immediate judgments can have devastating emotional consequences for someone sensitive to the appearance of their skin, causing them to isolate and have an increase of social anxiety (among other possibilities).

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Resource Review: "Doesn't It Hurt? Confessions..."

Resource Review: “Doesn’t It Hurt? Confessions…”

Edited by Sandy Rosenblatt, “Doesn’t it Hurt? Confessions of Compulsive Hair Pullers” is a compilation featuring powerful stories of pain and perseverance from those living with trichotillomania, a body-focused repetitive behavior (BFRB).

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How to Accept Your Dermatillomania

How to Accept Your Dermatillomania

It’s hard to accept a condition that you didn’t want and never asked for. The difficulty in coming to terms with having a mental health disorder that causes visible wounds on the skin can be overwhelming in day-to-day life. How can a person look at their skin and be okay with what they see? I learned how

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