Specializing in the Treatment of OCD, Skin Picking Disorder, and Trichotillomania
Reflections on Skin Picking and Hair Pulling
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Rhianna TomlinsonYes!! Acrylic nails saved me from endlessly picking at my skin. For a start, their thickness made it almost impossible to do, but I also found I distracted myself by looking at my pretty nails! I know that sounds silly but I guess my attention turned to looking after my nails and feeling how smooth they were, rather than scratching and picking at my skin - much less destructive!
They also just made me feel good about myself. Acrylic nails stay looking perfect until you get them redone so it was nice to have some part of my appearance that I didn't have to waste hours working hard to maintain..
I now no longer have fake nails. In my experience, having acrylic nails does help to get rid of the habit of skin picking (although it made my trichotillomania worse..) but it's tough coming off them; it's easy for something stressful act as a trigger and then the habit's back. I relapsed the first time I went back to normal nails but since the second time around I haven't started again, so there's hope!
Fake nails really are a lifesaver when you feel like you're in the grips of dermatillomania and I think everyone should at least give them a try.
You can get through this and you are beautiful! Xx