#903 Picking scabs

It's so bad it's good

There’s just something so tempting about picking your scabs.

Maybe it’s because they sort of brown, harden, and crisp up, and end up looking like small, bumpy countries on the side of a topographical map. You just can’t help but play God, cracking up the coastline, slowly twisting the island around, or just ripping the whole thing off in one painful shot.

I mean sure, it might sting a bit. But check out that brand new skin underneath. All flaky and pink, ready and waiting for whatever this great big world has to offer. Even if it offers another round of rollerskating without kneepads on a gravel driveway.

Yes, picking scabs is a sweet guilty release — like twisting your tongue into your loose baby teeth, popping big zits in the center of your cheeks, or dropping hot farts underneath the sheets.



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55 thoughts on “#903 Picking scabs

  1. Every time I think of the urge to pick scabs (guilty as hell!), I think of that footage we’ve all seen of monkeys grooming each other and picking bits of dried skin out of each other’s fur.

    I think that’s why we do it.

    And if you’re not meant to pick scabs, then how come they itch? :P

  2. I have tons of scars from picking scabs, but I still do it. It’s worth it! Well mostly. I did rip some stitches out after a surgery and that didn’t turn out pretty at all.

  3. woo! I picked one just now, it’s pink and looks like it’s now about to bleed!! lmao! XD They never leave scars for me.

  4. My scab got caught on my clothes today, so i had to rip it all off. Yep, It did kinda hurt! :]

  5. I always had scabs on my knees and couldn’t resist picking them. And they didn’t leave scars…yay!!

  6. It’s amazing when you pick a scab when it’s ripe. It comes off easy without leaving any pockmarks or red skin.

  7. I love to pick scabs, too! My bf likes to peel my skin when I get a sunburn. He especially likes when he gets it to come off in a big sheet of skin. It feels good, too.

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  8. My name’s Joon and I’m a pickaholic. Then I got fake fingernails. They dont pick worth a damn! Too thick I think. And the peeling sunburn??? HEAVEN!!!!!!

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  10. EWWWWWW! Picking scabs are totally nasty and gross as a kid I would just leave em’ be even if they were irritating because that is just gross.

  11. Picking scabs…ouch. But yes, satisfying. I used to yank out my loose teeth…by myself, while reading in bed. Weird, eh? But I don’t have many scabs anymore…because I’m an awesome ninja. ;)

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  17. Haha yess!! I used to do this all the time but I haven’t gotten one in a while. Peeling anything is awesome isn’t it? Did anyone ever used to put glue on their hands and wait for it to dry then peel it off later? Now that’s awesome!

  18. I do this all the time, lately ive been getting worried they will get infected, im 27 years old, going through a lot of stress, I have 3 kids and tons of anxiety, my gf wont work, wont help around the house , she always seems to be hiding something, today i have been very sad and thinking about suicide. What should I do, I feel like a freak and like I have no one.

  19. I always pick my scabs even if my dad says it makes my legs and arms look ugly. He says I need to look pretty for whoever I date in the future but I don’t give a damn! After all, I got from my mom anyway. :)

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