In my research I have been looking into John Kender’s idea that people with trichotillomania have a natural biochemistry irreversibly inclined towards certain allergic reactions. They are allergic to a normal yeast (Malassezia) that is found in the skin and gut of virtually everyone, but they react to it with itching and irritation and a need to remove the allergen. I have posted an insightful article below.
with special thanks to Jeannette Johnson for her kind advice and attention.
Hair roots contain sebum. Sebum contains fatty acids and tryglycerides, and plays a role in some crucial body functions, such as hydration, inflammation, antioxidants, antimicrobial lipids, and pheromones. Sebum levels increase during puberty and excessive levels of sebum are often associated with skin problems, making it relevant to skin picking and hair pulling.
Why is this so relevant? You probably know that the body’s energy levels revolve around…
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