NAC (N-acetylcysteine) has shown efficacy in clinical trials as a treatment for Skin Picking and Hair Pulling Disorder. NAC is readily available over the counter. While results are very preliminary, case reports have demonstrated mostly positive results and a lack of significant side effects.
Braun TL, Patel V, DeBord LC, Rosen T. A review of N-acetylcysteine in the treatment of grooming disorders. Int J Dermatol. 2019;58(4):502-510. doi:10.1111/ijd.14371
Maryann Ryan,NPP is a psychiatric nurse practitioner working in her private practice in Warwick NY. Knowledge is Power and we look to provide information that is accurate and timely for those with mental health issues and their families.