Gavin’s got a new and concerning problem but I’m not sure how bad it actually is yet

I was sitting on the couch and walked over and started talking to me. This by itself is nothing new but what I noticed about him was. While he was talking to me, I took note of something wrong with his facial hair.

Since puberty, Gavin has always grown a perfect goatee. It’s actually been something that many people have complimented him on.
Tonight though, I saw that something was different.

There was a portion of his goatee that was missing on the tip of his chin. I asked him if he’d shaved and forgotten to shave the rest, to which he insisted he hadn’t.

Gavin has a tell when he’s skirting the truth. He sorta sways side to side, while bending his fingers backwards.

I pressed him a little but and he finally opened up and told me what’s going on. I was not expecting to hear this and I’m honestly a bit freaked out about this.

It turns out that he’s been pulling out his facial hair, one hair at a time but doesn’t know why he does it. He says that he only pulls his hair out when he feels like it.

I don’t think this is anything like trichotillomania. I mean, by definition it is but this is the first time I’ve ever known him to did this.

I don’t know what to do with this or how concerned I should be.



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  • That is something I do to my facial, eyebrow, and also leg hair. Generally it’s an thing for me but also just sort of a mindless habbit. I have bald spots from it, but I’ve never had issues beyond that.

    • Thank you for sharing. I feel a little better about this.. I’m concerned and will bring it up to his doctor but I’m not freaking out as much.

      I really appreciate it… ☺

  • Thank you for sharing. I feel a little better about this.. I’m concerned and will bring it up to his doctor but I’m not freaking out as much.

    I really appreciate it… ☺

  • I do it too. Never the hair on my head. Plus I use one of body hair removers that pulls it out by the root. They only question you need to ask is if he eats it! Then you have a concern. If he’s just pulling facial hair, I don’t see the harm, if he moves to his head though, you’ll have to stop that quickly or rectify it by shaving him down to 1/8 of an inch. I WISH Logan would pull the long chin facial hair he seems to grow in 2 seconds! I try to go at him with the hair puller as much as I can or tweezers so it comes in lighter in thickness and color. I still do not know how a blonde boy has black hair all over his body!

    • Oh man… I didn’t even think to ask him if he’s eating it… He has a long history of pica…

  • I pull out my eyebrows..just as they are growing out, when I’m stressed. But also sometimes for the fun of it. It’s bizarrely satisfying, I don’t know why…it just makes for slightly patchy eyebrows.

  • I pull out my eyebrows..just as they are growing out, when I’m stressed. But also sometimes for the fun of it. It’s bizarrely satisfying, I don’t know why…it just makes for slightly patchy eyebrows.

  • Like other’s have said it could be a nervous or anxious thing. A lot of people have a tendency to pull on their eyelashes or twist their hair around their finger without even noticing it when they’re uncomfortable. This would obviously lead to it falling out. Or, maybe it itches and hes messing with it not realizing. Hopefully it doesn’t get worse!

  • Like other’s have said it could be a nervous or anxious thing. A lot of people have a tendency to pull on their eyelashes or twist their hair around their finger without even noticing it when they’re uncomfortable. This would obviously lead to it falling out. Or, maybe it itches and hes messing with it not realizing. Hopefully it doesn’t get worse!

  • Oh man… I didn’t even think to ask him if he’s eating it… He has a long history of pica…

  • Oh man… I didn’t even think to ask him if he’s eating it… He has a long history of pica…

  • Thank you all for sharing such personal experience. I truly appreciate it.. ☺

  • Thank you all for sharing such personal experience. I truly appreciate it.. ☺