Skin picking disorderOverview


Skin picking disorder is a mental health condition where you cannot stop picking at your skin.


You may have skin picking disorder if the picking causes cuts and bleeding. You may do it when you're stressed, or not always realise you're doing it.


Skin picking disorder is usually treated with talking therapy and medicines. Things like wearing gloves or squeezing a soft ball can help.


It's not clear what causes skin picking disorder. It can be triggered by boredom, stress or anxiety, and feelings of guilt or shame.

Page last reviewed: 18/01/2018
Next review due: 18/01/2021