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.
@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
@scarabocchi_senza_cuore, Laura E., Italy
"Dermatillomania, portami via", (namely "Dermatillomania, take me away") wants to represent what it means, in a contradictory and paradoxical way, to suffer from this disorder. In fact, it not only presents cons, but also pros. It is a way to escape, to get away, to release anxiety and anger. And these pros make it so hard to fight."
@low.light.s, Nate Rudy, 27, Australia
I used to hate seeing the little fraying around my nails. How i wasn't able to keep it neat and clean. This has lead to me chewing the skin around my nails. Looking back this was my first unintentional method of managing my anxieties. I always found it strange knowing that I was trying to keep my nails and fingertips neat from the fraying with the biting. It's not like my fingers looked any better after I was done. I guess I was just trying to keep something in my control even if it was damaging myself.
@mementomushi, B Elkholy, 25, Lisle, IL
hi! i’m B, i’m a young adult illustrator in the midwest! i suffer from severe mental illness and BFRB, i try to make my art cute and silly while also sticking to myself.