It's gross and embarrassing but I need to figure out what this is. I've been having this issue for a long time. It started about 6 years ago. I've always been a picker since I was little. I would pick my scabs and it would rescab until it healed. No problem. It may cause scarring but I didn't mind, there was nothing unusual about it. Then about 6 years ago my wounds started becoming open sores. They could start as acne or just a cut or scrap. Usually it starts as acne. I went to a dermatologist.......I was asked if I had someone I could talk to......I was told I was doing this to myself and I need to talk to someone. A doctor who never met me before that day and had no previous contact with me told me that this condition was caused by my picking. Well I was a picker for 25 years why would my wounds start turning into open sores and they never did before. There was a change. Something changed. The doctor made me feel like an idiot and I haven't talked to a doctor about it since. So the problem has remained. I use acne medicine and try to cover them up with band aids ....... NEOSPORIN.
Nothing seems to help really. I eventually heal but it sometimes takes weeks. I really wish that doctor would have taken it more seriously. At least test me for something.
I really let this go for a long time. I thought I just had to deal with it on my own. Then I noticed that my girlfriend started having something very similar going on with her skin. I've been tested for every STD under the sun. I really need to figure this out.