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How Do You Deal With Hair-Pulling And Skin-Picking Compulsions?

If you deal with trichotollomania, excoriation, or another body-focused repetitive behavior, we want to hear your tips.

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Dealing with a body-focused repetitive behavior (BFRB) like compulsive hair-pulling or skin-picking can be exhausting and frustrating, to say the least.

"Body-focused repetitive behavior" (BFRB) is a general term for any disorder that makes someone touch their hair and body in ways that result in physical damage — like bald patches, skin discoloration, bleeding, or scarring. Trichotillomania (hair-pulling disorder) and excoriation (skin-picking disorder) are two common BFRBs.

And while working with a professional is the best way to move toward recovery, lots of people have found little ways to keep picking and pulling compulsions at bay day-to-day.


Or maybe you've discovered ways to camouflage the effects to help reduce anxiety during recovery.

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Like, maybe finally learning how to get a great brow look with makeup was really empowering — and helped you keep your hands off.

Share what has worked best for you in the comments below and your response could appear in an upcoming BuzzFeed Health post!

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