How to Heal Your BFRB: 4 Steps to Stop Compulsive Skin Picking, Hair Pulling, and More (aka the BFRB Guide)

· Bloise Books
3 reviews

About this ebook

Maybe you’ve encountered tips on how to stop in the past. While they probably helped, they never took you all the way. How to Heal Your BFRB teaches you why you weren't healing before and, more important, how to start healing now.

Almost no time will be spent on what a body-focused repetitive behavior is, or who tends to have one. You know what a BFRB is, you have one or a few, and you just want to stop.

While you may even have come to believe healing isn’t possible, it’s absolutely possible for you to overcome your BFRB.

For seventeen years, author Lauren I. Ruiz Bloise compulsively skin-picked before developing these four steps, which she later learned correlate with proven body-focused repetitive behavior (BFRB) treatments.

That said, this guide is simple, not medical or academic. 

Despite the complicated names for these disorders (excoriation, dermatillomania, trichotillomania, onychophagy, dermatophagia), How to Heal Your BFRB is a reader-friendly guide that walks you through concrete steps so you can feel in control rather than desperate, confident rather than ashamed—so your hair, skin, or nails can be nicer, clearer, and fuller.

Join others who are already healing.

Take the chance.

After all, How to Heal Your BFRB is more affordable than (or about as affordable as) one high-quality skin or hair care product, only it’s much more beneficial than even the best beauty product you can buy.


This Ebook Is for You If…

• You have dermatillomania (skin picking), trichotillomania (hair pulling), onychophagia (nail biting or chewing), dermatophagia (skin biting or chewing), or any other disorder in the long list of compulsive BFRBs.

• You target blemishes (zits, pimples, blackheads, whiteheads, milia), ingrowns, and the like.

Or you target hairs (on head, lashes, brows, beard); nails, fingers, cheeks, feet, scalp, nose, eyes; or something else.

• You’ve tried over and over to stop, to no avail.

• You’ve covered mirrors, used gloves, downloaded apps, or marked a calendar, among many other things.

• You’re unsure why you do it.

Or you have an idea why you pick, pull, or chew, but you still haven't been able to heal to a meaningful extent.

While How to Heal Your BFRB is intended to be followed by teens and adults who have a BFRB, if your family member (child, partner, parent) or friend has a BFRB, you are welcome to download and read it. The more you know about how people are overcoming these behaviors, the more you can help and support them.

Even if you have made progress on your own, or encountered treatments for how to stop picking or pulling already, let How to Heal Your BFRB give you new insights and further healing, as well as encouragement.

How to Heal Your BFRB is not about anxiety, depression, obsessive compulsive disorder (OCD), attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD), body dysmorphic disorder (BDD), addiction to substances or alcohol, or any of the other mental health conditions related to body-focused repetitive behaviors, but it’s understood that you may have one or more of these disorders too. To make recovery easier, you're highly encouraged to address any of these alongside reading the book, and thereafter.

That said, all are welcome!


“Wow, I know a book can only do so much, but yours exceeded my expectations. A lot! I came away with:

·        Confidence that I can be in control of my BFRB health (and other areas of my health) 

·        More acceptance of myself 

·        Tools and guidance to help me take better care of myself 

·        The desire and motivation to experience the 3 items above 

"It was about more than healing a BFRB. There were several points where I was moved by the caring messages you conveyed. You were talking to and caring about ME.”—Teresa G., Vermont

Ratings and reviews

3 reviews
Lizzie LaTour
August 6, 2023
I love the way this is written. it's like I'm talking to a friend who truly wants to help me get better ❤️
Did you find this helpful?
Va Ro
May 9, 2021
Fantastic book with a holistic and logical approach to help control and overcome body focused repetitive behaviours. For me, dermatillomania has hindered my full potential and for the longest time I tried to face it with just sheer willpower alone, not really knowing where to start apart from thinking 'Just don't pick!'. It's the same as telling a smoker to stop smoking! This book will help you to curb your urges and triggers and feel more in control, as long as you follow all the advice and trust yourself and the process. I'm looking forward to healthier skin and a happier me.
1 person found this review helpful
Did you find this helpful?
Megan Milan
May 21, 2021
When I first started reading this book I thought to myself that no way a book could solve my picking problem. I was wrong! This book is very well written. It helps you deal with, cope, and mitigate picking. The author also identifies with the issues at hand, which I really liked. This book was my end of road, I have no other ideas/options to stop my picking. I still have urges but they are far less then before. If you have been dealing with picking and think that nothing can help you I would definitely try this book out! You will not regret it.
1 person found this review helpful
Did you find this helpful?

About the author

Originally from the tropical island of Dominican Republic, Lauren Inés Ruiz Bloise is a writer, a freelance editor of over 10 years, a Spanish-English medical interpreter of over five years, and not least, a recovered skin picker, currently living in tree-filled New Hampshire in the USA.

Rate this ebook

Tell us what you think.

Reading information

Smartphones and tablets
Install the Google Play Books app for Android and iPad/iPhone. It syncs automatically with your account and allows you to read online or offline wherever you are.
Laptops and computers
You can listen to audiobooks purchased on Google Play using your computer's web browser.
eReaders and other devices
To read on e-ink devices like Kobo eReaders, you'll need to download a file and transfer it to your device. Follow the detailed Help Center instructions to transfer the files to supported eReaders.