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.
@birdsbeforehoes, Nox Everglade, 16, Washington
"I had picked open a good chunk of my finger, and decided to use the blood for something as it was just spending its time getting all over my school work."
@jacqueline.sknpckng, Jacqueline D., 23, Germany
"This drawing is called "waste of time". My dermatillomania consumes so much time in my everyday life. While I pick I don't have any sense of time. Sometimes I am sad because this waste of time is so unfair as I want to take care of so many other things... Because of my skin picking I have so much less time for important things or hobbies. And the drawing shows that it's in our hands what we do with our time.
Thank you for all of your amazing work!"
Nia Estevez, 15, Salt Lake City, UT
"A combination of acrylic paint and markers, showing my face and hands and bandaids.
I'm so glad you're here. Thank you."
@leozartz, Leo Fitzsymons, 17, Great Britain
@art_by_sophia, Sophia Narod, 20, Louisville, CO
"This piece was one I created at 3 in the morning one night after hours of sobbing about the hopelessness I feel surrounding this condition. Because of my Dermatillomania along with my other various mental illnesses and trauma, I have incredibly low self esteem, and I wanted to draw what I see when I look at myself in the mirror. I have a lot of work to do on myself, and I’m hoping to repeat this art challenge when I have (hopefully) gotten myself to a better place to see how my self image and skin have changed."
@nanaseble, Naara Santos Torres, 21, Brazil
"At 18 years of age I was diagnosed with skin picking. During high school I suffered a lot of bullying because of acne and injuries, I was upset because I never understood what was going on. As soon as I left school my mother took me to a psychologist, so I started treatment with prescription drugs and support group of women who helped me a lot. From that I regained my self-esteem and confidence, I wearing skirts and tank tops that before I was ashamed because of the injuries.
So I create an account on Instagram to post my drawings reporting how I live with skin picking, and I hope to help as I was helped. Thanks"
@skyes.arts, Skylar Serrano, 18, Naperville, IL
"This piece is one of many in an in-progress portfolio about barriers, specifically ones I’ve encountered in my life. I used oil pastels in rough, textured lines to portray the skin I see in the mirror every day, and the skin that I struggle to leave alone because of my dermatillomania. I’ve rarely seen art portraying textured skin, and I wanted to show it in a realistic way."
@dionysus_on_nyquil, Charlie Hayes, 22, Canada