Dermatillomania can be hard to talk about. Let's draw about it.
This is a growing collection of art by individuals who have suffered with Skin Picking Disorder.
Acting as a visual portrayal of their journey, these drawings help other sufferers understand they're not alone.
Natalie H., 35, CA, 10/10/22
"I wish they could see the real me..."
Luce Hua, 31, Canada, 8/31/22
"Digital collage of my own face
'sk(in): the skin im in'
It feels validating to hear that I'm not just 'lacking willpower or discipline' when it comes to picking; i never used to care much about my scars, but now that it has moved onto my face, and I have a new partner I find myself very self conscious- especially about the scars on my butt. its an area that is usually hidden, so I unconsciously gravitate towards it, but it makes intimacy a little disheartening and triggering for me after the fact.
it is fun and informative to see all the fidget finds, and inspiring to hear and visualize the healing journey of others in this community.
Jolie Weilhamer, 19, Greenwood, IN
@txt2art, Ryan Thomas, 32, Las Vegas, NV, 4/20/22
"This artwork was created 100% using code which consists of a neural network, text prompts and diffusion. Since I have no artistic talent I use Disco Diffusion to create all my images and wanted to get a sense of how a computer program handled a complex concept like a mental illness. Please check out my other artwork on my Instagram and give me a follow! Thanks for the opportunity to share my work.
I've been following the Picking Me Foundation ever since I discovered I had Dermatillomania about 7 years ago after picking since I was about 8-10. I truly love and appreciate the foundation for what they are doing to raise awareness for the people out there in the community."
@shireen.thebean, Shireen Saidi, 21, Lafayette Hill, PA, 4/18/22
"Acrylic layered over oil paint was used to create a peeling effect around the fingers, which is my personal problem area. The arms are my own, and this painting closely shows how my skin-picking looks and feels."
Karis Koris, 18, Arizona, 3/13/22
"This is a metaphorical piece. The scales represent my keratosis pilaris, which triggers my Dermatillomania on a frequent basis.
The Picking Me Foundation has helped me to learn a lot not only about what I am struggling with, but also about how to help myself and others who have Dermatillomania."
@elvensailor, Mia Gagel, 22, Lilburn, GA, 4/2/22
"Painting of a girl with a white dog I did. I made my own frame and added plant details. I've dealt with mental illness and picking since a very young child. I have shaky hands, I can't keep still, and I over think everything BUT I love art. Sculpting is what I'm best at since it isn't so fragile in making, but I do love painting because it's a challenge. I prefer small pieces that really cause me to focus my hands into something I want perfect.
I found out about this through YouTube and I'm so excited to get involved. I've dealt with picking for so long and mixed with other mental illnesses I've also felt ugly and alone for so long. I'm really glad this is here."
@ausgetindert, Lis Walter, 24, Non-binary, Hamburg, Germany