What is the role of hypnosis in the treatment of excoriation (skin-picking) disorder?

Updated: Jul 10, 2018
  • Author: Roxanne Graham, MD; Chief Editor: Dirk M Elston, MD  more...
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In a study by Shenefelt, hypnotic suggestion successfully alleviated the behavioral picking aspect of acne excoriée des jeunes filles in a pregnant woman who had been picking at the acne lesions on her face for 15 years. [25] Acne excoriée is a subset of psychogenic or neurotic excoriation. Conventional topical antibiotic treatment was used to treat the acne. Compared with other treatments for uncomplicated acne excoriée, hypnosis is relatively brief and cost-effective and is nontoxic in pregnancy.


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