Dermatillomania can be hard to talk about. Let's draw about it.
This is a rolling 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.
@art.jali, Anjali Karustis, 22, Chester Springs, PA
A piece about how having bfrbs looks like to me. Done with gouache paint, colored pencil, and pastel on illustration board.
@moodyillustrations, Daniel Moody, 29, Britain
A series of works I'm working on linked with anxiety & depression and the effects it has on the body as much as the mind. Linked with current symptoms I've personally been though or seen in others as well.
@noelsquareroot, Noel Root, 19, Oakdale, NY
@ericclaremiller, Eric Miler, 22, St. Louis, MO
The cosmetic result of my many years of dermatillomania with testosterone-induced body acne: the mottled surfaces of my arms, shoulders, and chest. Even though my acne has calmed down, the urge to pick at the uneven skin left behind is still going strong. I'm not ashamed of my sleeves of little round scars, but it would be nice to be able to quit adding to the collection.
@4amcreativity, Victoria Seibel, 16, Germany
I drew this piece because I sometimes get angry at my hands for picking at my skin uncontrollably. To remind myself that my hands can do much more than that, I draw and paint. Seeing my hands create art instead of picking at my skin makes me happy and reminds of how much i love them.
@melykurutta, Melissa Vitiritti, 20, Italy
@itseemsyoucaughtme, Alex Kovacs, 21, Austin, TX
I drew this character when I was dealing with some feelings of loneliness over being covered with bandaids and scabs. I like depicting cartoon characters with the same illness that I have because it makes me feel like less of an outcast, and a little more proud of who I am.
@blankcanvasabstract, Jenny Glowe, 24, Akron, OH
As someone who has struggled with dermatillomania for over 10 years, there are times where I have felt "less than" or not enough because of the noticeable damage it has caused my skin. I want people who struggle with skin picking to know that they are still whole and beautiful no matter what scars, or marks they may have in their skin. Becoming comfortable showing my scars instead of tirelessly hiding them has been one of the number one factors in my healing. I hope that this drawing can help someone to feel a little less alone as well as remind them of their own beauty and worth.