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What is Skin Picking (Excoriation)? Skin picking, also known as excoriation disorder or dermatillomania, is a mental health condition characterized by repetitive and compulsive picking of the skin, leading to skin damage. Individuals with this disorder may pick at scabs, pimples, or healthy skin, often resulting in wounds, scars, and distress. Prevalence of Skin Picking: Skin picking is a relatively common compulsive behavior. According to the International OCD Foundation, approximately 1.4% of adults in the United States experience excoriation disorder. It's more common among women and often begins in adolescence. Treatment Options for Skin Picking: Addressing skin picking involves a combination of therapy, support, and self-management strategies. Cognitive-behavioral therapy (CBT), habit reversal training, and mindfulness techniques can help individuals gain control over the behavior and manage triggers.
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