Picking, scarring and Keratosis Pilaris

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    Thumbs down Picking, scarring and Keratosis Pilaris

    I am so glad to have an online forum of "my people." I am 26 and have suffered from Keratosis Pilaris (I just discovered this week what it is) since infancy. I have never hated anything so much in my whole life. It started out on my arms and legs, but the older I get, the more places it goes and the worse it gets. That's not the worst part for me. The worse part is that I also suffer from PTSD, and therefore have an anxiety (mood) disorder, and I pick. I am a skin picker - isn't that gross? It grosses me out. Right now, I am typing with gloved fingers. I create thousands of little scabs and scars all over my body. Currently I am attempting a typ of hypnotism with my therapist, but I've only done one session, so I don't know how it's going to affect me. Anyway, as you can imagine, this has been the cause of great stress and low self-esteem for me - at times in my life, I've hated myself. Today I am very happy with myself, but the Keratosis Pilaris still plagues me. I still pick. Has anyone else had this problem? Is there any insight or support anyone can offer? I am looking forward to learning from this website!
    I have attached a picture of me with my 8 month old daughter!
    Marlena

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    Don't feel alone. I am the exact same way. Even if i stop picking for a while, i have trouble with the ugly brown scars. I've tried everything but i can't expect things to work if i keep picking. lately i've been working on a peel regimine that hopefully won't give me anything to pick. i've purchased a body peel from platinum skin care. the tca 20% peel. she said it should cause the affected areas to peel and clear away the scarring. i've tried to be good the past few days so that most everything heals in time to use the peel. we'll see. hang in there.

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    Wink whew!

    It is so nice when you find out you're not alone! Let me know how the peel works. I did a peel a few years ago and it did get rid of a lot of scarring, but here I am picking again! I found a website called selfinjuriousskinpicking.com and it has some good information on it. My therapist tells me that the symptoms are the same as an addiction - with which I am familiar as I am a recovering alcoholic of almost 6 years. I've been trying to remember to wear gloves around the house lately.
    Good luck!
    Marlena

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    Marlena,
    Like you, I am also a recovering alcoholic coming up on 2 years on the 15th. It was strange with me, it seemed like right after I stopped drinking, my KP started. I guess that I always had it on the back of my arms a bit, but nothing major. Then, all of a sudden, I had KP on my lower arms and legs.

    I also have some anxiety issues too and used to be on Xanax and a couple of other things, but quit all of that when I stopped drinking.

    I bring this up because I wonder sometimes if some peoples KP are related to nerves and our central nervous system.?. I know that now that I am not drinking and not taking meds for anxiety, I have had to learn to deal with nerves and anxiety in a different way. Maybe it is just a coincidence that my KP started when the other stopped, maybe not.

    So my question to you would be, did you notice any changes in your KP when you gave up alcohol?

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    Absolutely! That's when it moved from my arms and legs to my back, face, rear, lower legs and stomach. Also, I pick more now that I don't drink which makes total sense, like you said, that I would find new ways to deal with my anxiety. I am seeing a therapist, as I mentioned before, and I am learning some techniques. It's going to take a while, but I've worked hard at other things and to change myself, I can do this too! Good luck!
    Marlena

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    hi there, my name is Marsha, and I am new here. Thank you all for making me feel so at home. I deal with anxiety and Keratosis Pilaris. It seems that my Keratosis Pilaris has gotten better since I have been on anxiety meds. I am also feeling better about myself. Maybe there is something to Keratosis Pilaris and anxiety..

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