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.
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
@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.