Invisible Illness
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Flawless: The Story of Dermatillomania

When Self-Grooming Gets Out of Control

A close-up of a woman’s blue eye and imperfect skin.
Photo by Dhyamis Kleber from Pexels

Deborah Huffing, 66, from Dripping Springs, Texas, kept a secret well into adulthood. She constantly picked at her skin, peppering her back with scars and legions, and she managed to hide it from everyone, even her husband of 21 years, who she slept with in the dark to hide the damage she’d done to herself. She never realized other…




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