N-acetylcysteine Shows Promise for Skin-Picking Disorder
The Carlat Psychiatry Report, Volume 14, Number 7&8, July 2016
Bret A. Moore, PsyD, ABPP
Board-Certified Clinical Psychologist, San Antonio, TX
Dr. Moore has disclosed that he has no relevant financial or other interests in any commercial companies pertaining to this educational activity.
Skin picking disorder is a compulsive behavior affecting 5% of people. N-acetylcysteine is an antioxidant that increases glutamate, and studies have shown that it is effective for excoriation’s sister disorder, trichotillomania (hair pulling). These data prompted investigators to try N-acetylcysteine in the treatment of SPD.