Excoriation: Treatment

Treatment for excoriation will most likely include psychotherapy and may include medications. Cognitive behavior therapy (CBT) in particular can help a child become more aware of her skin picking and begin to recognize the emotions and mental states that are likely to trigger it. Over time, with professional help, the habit of skin picking can be reversed. Medication is usually not the first choice in treating excoriation, although antidepressants like SSRI’s may be prescribed while a child participates in cognitive behavior therapy.