These are the people featured in Project Dermatillomania: The Stories Behind Our Scars, with their information from the time of the book’s publication.


Andrea Castek
Age 22
Iowa, USA

“I’ve been through so much. I don’t deserve this.”



Laura Barton
Age 22
Ontario, Canada

“Maybe one day I will be able to stop picking, but if I don’t, I don’t have to hate myself.”



DanielleRobertsDanielle Roberts
Age 26
Alberta, Canada

“I have chosen to believe that I don’t suffer from a disorder anymore, I can’t.” 

Katie E. Fulton
Kent, United Kingdom

“Please mind where you’re stepping when you walk over my remains.
I don’t mean to lie here, but it seems hard to breathe.”

Cristina R.
Age 21
New Jersey, USA

“We are still ordinary people trying to live the life we have.”


Natalie Cotts
Age 22

“You pray to God to let you have one day without this.”




Trinity Poole
Age 33

“I pray I can overcome this.”


Marty Davis
Age 38
Arkansas, USA

“This disorder does not define us.”

Age 52
New Mexico, USA

“I need God to help me grab that key. My hands are too busy picking to grab the key.”


Jordan Reedy
Age 20
Texas, USA

“I knew I needed to get a hold of my life and my sanity before this addiction killed me.”


Paul Handley
Age 27
Sheffield, England

“…there is strength in numbers and you start to find out just how strong you can actually be…”