Infographic Provides Information on Skin Picking Causes and Treatments

January 30, 2014 Updated: April 24, 2016

If you’ve never heard the term dermatillomania then you’re probably not alone. However, chances are that you know someone that has suffered from this disorder. The word dermatillomania was instituted as the medical term to describe impulse control disorder. The infographic created by Skin Picking Treatment Center details the condition and its symptoms.

The way to know if a person suffers from this disorder is by the way they constantly nitpick at their skin. Dermatillomania is associated with the extreme urge to pick at your skin. The affected area can lead to scarring and damage to skin tissue. The term dermatillomania stems from the phrase skin pick madness.

The condition is most commonly associated with Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder (OCD). It can also lead to emotional and physical issues. The cause of skin picking can stem from emotional issues, stress and extreme anxiety. It’s considered as a form of self-injury.

Around 1.4 to 5.4 percent of people within the population experience some form of dermatillomania. Women amount for up to 86 percent of the total people that suffer from this disorder. Young children the ages of 11 through 13 pick their skin more than any other age group. The infographic provides further details and treatments for dermatillomania. 

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