Many people develop habits of picking at their skin when they are tense or stressed. They often check for imperfections and then attack those spots. The damage from picking doesn't help to break the pattern. Family members are often at a loss about what to do, as nagging and yelling doesn't work.
We use behavior therapy strategies to help individuals break their skin-picking problem. They learn to increase awareness of when they are about to pick, engage in behaviors that prevent or interrupt the cycle, and learn other ways to deal with emotional tension. We also address the underlying and associated issues that surround the problem.
Behavioral clinicians can help individuals with these sorts of problems in a way that a family member just is not equipped to do.