When I get stressed I scratch the skin on my hands. I have scars left from scratching 5 years ago. Why is this and how do I stop?
Scratching of Skin? (photo)
Doctor Answers 1
Scarring on hands from scratching
Thank you for your question and photos.
Looking at your pictures it seems you have frictional excoriations and subsequent scarring.
Most importantly you should break this habitual scratching which obviously became obsessive compulsion -seeing a psychologist should be t be a first step in improving the situation. Applying rich emmolient and wearing gloves can also be helpful.
Cosmetic doctor then can try to improve appearance of existing scars with variety of methods like microneedling, laser, dermabrasion, peels, PRP injections and Retinol application.
Best of luck.
Have a question? Ask a doctor
These answers are for educational purposes and should not be relied upon as a substitute for medical advice you may receive from your physician. If you have a medical emergency, please call 911. These answers do not constitute or initiate a patient/doctor relationship.