The mutual question our customers ask is: “What causes scalp picking and how to stop picking at the scalp?” If you too have the same question in mind, you are right. If you are reading this post and endure same disorder, don’t freak. The information laid here will help to identify the symptoms causes and how to stop scalp picking.
- It is majorly due to compulsive skin picking (CSP) disorder
- Immediately after picking the scalp or during this process, the victim enjoys pleasure and relief that outweighs the pain experienced during the process
- Treatments and control measures for dermatillomania disorder is available and varies
- Face and scalp are the major affected areas by CPS
Usually, many people with scalp picking disorder (dermatillomania) don’t usually unveil the problem and thus insufficient knowledge about this frightful disorder. So, this has the limited scientist or doctors` research about this problem and hence almost no literature concerning it.
Despite the insufficient information about dermatillomania, there are few treatments methods that can work for you, remember not all treatment procedures suits everyone. Such treatments will also depend on your symptoms and the underlying causes.
Here are some of the possible dermatillomania causes or triggers of scalp/general skin picking:
Compulsive Skin Picking
Picking scalp or general skin picking can be a compulsive psychological disorder. “There is inner force thrilling you to do it but no one or a condition forces you” stated one of our experts. This urge will overpower you and you will thereafter find yourself picking your skin or scalp.
In many cases, this condition indicates deeper or extreme distress or anxiety. According to medical researchers, treating the symptoms alone is not the solution to the problems. Psychological counseling is also a very important part of the solutions. Now, what can causes compulsive skin picking? Well, several conditions are known to trigger it. Many of the causes are interconnected in their spectrum.
The exact cause of compulsive skin picking disorder (CSD) is not clear, the symptoms are similar to those of obsessive-compulsive disorder (OCD). In fact, about 30 % of OCD patients get involved in skin picking or specifically scalp picking. Another condition with several similarities as to this one is a disorder is body dysmorphic disorder.
Medical experts also believe that CPS is a common process just like body-focused repetitive behaviors (BFRB). Examples of BFRB include behaviors like compulsive lip and nail-biting, compulsive hair pulling among others.
Here are the factors that can trigger compulsive skin picking:
- Body chemical imbalances
- Stress, anxiety or other psychological conditions
- Traumatic events usually occurring during childhood can advance this condition in teenage or adulthood
- Neurological disorder of the nervous system
Factors for CPS illustrated above can have further causes such as hormonal shift and more. There are more causes and triggers but it is worth elucidating the most common causes anyway. As we had said before, these cases are connected or dependent on each other, so after your doctor has done diagnosis, he/she would be able to establish more underlying causes.
“Sometimes it starts because of a skin condition and turns into a habit over time.” Explains [Livestrong.com]. All the skin conditions that are capable of forming scalp lesions or sores can also as well be the beginning of picking scalp. People can pick at the bumps or lumps on scalp or crust/scabs formed after the sores on the scalp has healed.
At the beginning you will pick at true scalp lesions or scabs but, later over time, this will become your habit. In fact, it will turn to be body-focused repetitive behavior. Examples of likely involved diseases include dermatitis, psoriasis, and even dandruff that may lead to scalp skin itching and thus the development of scalp scabs.
In general, all the factors causing skin conditions or lesions are able to contribute to the formation of scabs or crusts that can be picked. But don’t forget, when skin picking has become your habit, you will tend to pick it even if there is no true lesions or scabs to pick at. Scalp picking can also be a result underlying health problems.
The usual and common symptom of picking scalp disorder is persistent unsympathetic picking of the scalp skin to causes damages. Normally, the face is the hard target for this disorder but still scalp, elbows, kneecaps, backs etc. can be affected too. But have you ever asked what people normally pick from their skin? Good, this is the true story. People with dermatillomania usually pick the pre-existing sores, scabs, crusts or just assumed skin lesions that are actually not visible to anybody.
During the process of dermatillomania, the victims can use ‘devices’ such as teeth and fingernails, tweezers, pins and more other instruments. This may result in several dreadful symptoms such as serious infections, permanent damage to the skin, bleeding, scabs or crusts, painful sores, and bruises. During the healing process of the resultant sores, the itching sensation may dominate the process.
Very worth to note, despite all the known or unknown effects of scalp picking, still victims will not resist picking their scalp since the relief or pleasure attained during the process outweighs the pains.
Any common symptom with compulsive skin picking disorder is evident when the bearers tend to avoid public places such as churches, schools or markets. This is to prevent others from seeing the scars, scabs and even sores that come from scalp picking. “Dermatillomania patients often feel alone and peculiar, even unlovable at times. They go to great lengths to conceal their habit and the physical signs of it” explains further Healthyplace.Com. This actually will be a source of shame and embarrassment the may lead to more anxiety and thus mores episodes of scalp skin picking.
How to stop scalp picking
Of course, picking at scalp can be stopped by treating compulsive skin picking condition as well as treating the linked skin conditions. This can help to avoid skin picking anywhere in the body including the scalp. Another important stage of treatment we should not forget is the treatment for resultant symptoms such as sores, itching, skin scars, bleeding and more.
So, in the efforts to stop skin picking, remedies should be employed before, during and after scalp picking. All the three stages are very important.
Treatment options for
Here are some solutions that can be employed to control or treat dermatillomania. One point we must acknowledge, no specific treatment is suitable for everyone.
There is some medication that can be recommended to manage CSP but they are not yet approved to be the valid treatment. They are only effective for certain individuals but not all. This follows the facts that there are variant side effects such sores, weight gain, reproductions disorders etc. may emerge and this will require several different treatments. Medications such selective serotonin reuptake inhibitors may be applied along with other treatments such as Habit Reversal Training.
Habit Reversal Training (HRT)
This is among the major behavioral therapies that can correct compulsive responses. During this treatment, your medical expert will work closely with you to determine both the emotional and the environmental triggers of your scalp picking disorder. Once the diagnosis is successful, your expert will train you on how to avoid compulsive situations of picking. He/she can train you on how to avoid stress i.e. you may be advised to play with hand toys to avoid stress etc. The main aim here is to control the urge to pick the skin in a healthy manner.
Stimulus Control (SC)
This technique usually helps to find alternative ways in your physical environment to help you reduce the urge to pick at your skin or scalp. This for instance, if you usually pick at your lesions or bumps on your scalp, you may wear hand gloves or bandages to be physical barriers so that when you develop the urge to pick the blemishes unconsciously, the handwear may remind you to stop the act. More stimulus control is out there that your expert may recommend for you.
All in all, Compulsive scalp picking is a complex disorder that one approach may not be enough to fix it. In fact, no specific therapy is suitable for each person. This now reflects that you shouldn’t be discouraged if one therapy fails, another one may succeed.
Compulsive skin picking is not merely innocuous occurrence, it can trigger secondary infections, skin sores and more appalling symptoms that may be complicated when it comes to treatment. So this is a basically serious problem that needs prompt intervention from qualified mental health expert to help you manage the resultant sores, scars and even embarrassment from the public.
Home remedies are also available for treating the emerging sores and scars. Some of them include aloe vera, coconut oil, lavender oil, tea tree oil, egg yolks among other more. Find a qualified medical expert to guide through the home remedies and more therapies.
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