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.
@ubismind, Fien Vanhaverbeke, 23, Belgium
"I wonder how many wounds in my lifetime have healed on their own. Everything that disturbs a smooth feeling of my skin just has to go, only then my nervousness goes away.
The last few months have been hard for several reasons and I fell into a vicious circle of self-harm and picking. Luckily I quickly got help from professionals and friends. Still it's not easy to explain how this urge to pick is sometimes very overwhelming. Reading similar stories via the Picking Me Foundation has really impacted me to claim my voice and formulate my experience in order to get help. Thank you!"
@recriartd, Eduarda Duarte, 19, Brazil, January 2020
Ana Sofia, 20, Portugal
"It feels like my hands move on their own and there's nothing I can do to stop them."
Wendy S., 45, Chicago, IL
"This is the chaos of my mind. It's the me you can't see."
Tim Frank, 18, Texas
"My legs and ankles are where I have the most open wounds from picking, and I wanted to highlight the effect it has on me by showing the wounds and scars in color on a black and white image."
Inès Popovich, 19, France, 2021
"When I go through a crisis of Dermatillomania, I feel like my weak side, the one which gathers all this anxiety that I have, is taking control of me. I lose track of time and space, as I'm mesmerized by the mirror, stuck in the shadowish areas of my mind that I try to silence on a daily basis."
@brownie2661, Del Terese, 23, Oregon
"Sometimes it just feels like everyone else is perfect."
@mdmart.shop, Molly Delaney, 29, Ireland, 2021
"As someone with derm, I felt that a self portrait was the most authentic way for me to portray the disorder. I’m a huge believer in the healing power of art and positivity. I tried to convey that by marking the areas where I pick most frequently with smiley faces. Even though I have these very visible effects of derm, my attitude and mindset don’t need to be negatively effected. We aren’t our disorder and our disorder isn’t us.
I started picking many years ago as a child. I have scars from picking at chickenpox, I’ve had bald spots from picking at my scalp, I’ve had countless nosebleeds from picking at my nose. My arms, my face, my scalp, my chest; all bare the years of derm’s attempts to self sooth. Had safe spaces and advocacy groups like the picking me foundation existed when I was growing up, I would have had a very different experience. The normalisation, knowing that you’re not alone, you’re not disgusting, you’re worthy of love and respect and appreciation from yourself and those around you- that mission is life changing. But the most important thing that Picking me has done is creating a supportive community to fight our struggle together, no longer."