Join Date: Jan 2006
Location: specific northwest
I also pull at my facial hair, specifically my beard and mustache. I do it when I'm feeling especially anxious, just start pulling out one hair after another. Once I get started, it's really hard to stop and the hairs seem to pull out easier and easier. It's somewhat painful and embarrassing. After an especially bad bout, I find it hard to make eye contact (even with people I know) because it looks so bad and I feel ashamed.
I've had to shave for several months (even though I hate shaving) while waiting for the hair follicles to re-grow. Recently, I relapsed and pulled a bunch of hair out on one side of my mustache. It looks a little weird right now. But I'm still not going to shave, in the hopes that it fills back in soon. It also serves as a constant reminder to myself. If I keep pulling, I'll be forced to shave all over again. And I don't want that. For now, instead of pulling at the hair, I rub it with my finger.
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