[–] disco_metal 11 points Edited

I’ve got a problem with excoriation, that is, skin-picking. Sometimes I’ll viciously attack my face till I’m bleeding just to destroy any acne or what looks like it could be acne on my face. For me it’s a compulsion sort of thing, or anxiety related. But sometimes it’s a form of self-harm, as I’ve learned from the times I’ve had to clarify. And now, just thinking, I wonder if there’s similarities between that sort of behavior and chest binding. (For me, I know full well that I should leave my face alone, you know, but I can’t stop myself. That’s what got me thinking.) Whether chest binding could be considered a form of self harm, or maybe it is related to some sort of body image disorder (body dysmorphia, or maybe some something related to obsessive compulsive)

No advice, but sympathy from a fellow sufferer. For me it seems to be a sensory issue, combined with being a maladaptive coping mechanism for anxiety. I have finally found acne treatments that work for me, and it helps prevent picking so much.