Student Invents Trichotillomania Cure

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Student Invents Trichotillomania Cure

Engineer, 27, who pulled her hair for TWO DECADES finally has thick locks after creating the world’s first lotion to cure the disorder that left her bald and feeling like a ‘freak’

  • Emily Kight was told as a child blowing eyelashes makes dreams come true
  • She had trichotillomania, which left her with bald patches and no eyebrows
  • Ms Kight hid beneath hats and wigs as classmates called her a ‘freak’ and ‘bald’
  • The condition worsened when her parents divorced as she used it to help cope 
  • In a class project, Ms Kight created a hot-and-cold lotion to ease pulling urges

 

An engineering student has created a cure for the hair-pulling compulsion that left her bald, feeling like a ‘freak’ and hiding her head for two decades.

Emily Kight, 27, from Philadelphia, became addicted to hair pulling after being told at seven years old her wishes would come true if she plucked out her eyelashes and blew them.

Over time Ms Kight developed a condition known as trichotillomania, which caused her to pluck out all her eyebrows and remove patches of hair on her head as a coping mechanism.

Called a ‘freak’ and ‘bald’ by her classmates, Ms Kight hid beneath wigs and hats, as well as penciling in her eyebrows in an effort to blend in.

Yet, last year, the biomedical engineer researcher started work on the world’s first lotion-based remedy for her disorder, which has given her a full head of hair for the first time in 20 years.

An engineering student has created a cure for the hair-pulling compulsion that left her bald

An engineering student has created a cure for the hair-pulling compulsion that left her bald

Emily Kight was told as a child her wishes would come true if she blew her eyelashes

Emily Kight was told as a child her wishes would come true if she blew her eyelashes

After creating a leave-in conditioner, Ms Kight is cured of the condition after 20 years

After creating a leave-in conditioner, Ms Kight is cured of the condition after 20 years

‘I struggled for 20 years with this thing I couldn’t stop’ 

Ms Kight’s class were set a project to create a solution to a medical problem. She decided to work on the world’s first lotion for trichotillomania.

According to Ms Kight, the leave-in conditioner creates a relaxing, hot and cold sensation that eases pulling urges, meaning she now has a full head of hair, eyebrows and eyelashes for the first time in 20 years.

She said: ‘I went to therapists growing-up but they were expensive and no medication worked, so when I got older I wanted to start work on a product myself.

‘I made a leave-in conditioner that when put in creates a sensation to replace hair pulling and use it to create awareness of when a person is doing it so they don’t get a bald patch.

‘When you get stung by a bee or have itchy skin from a bug bite there is a cream, so I thought why not work on a remedy to address this urge.

‘It makes your skin feel hot and cold and more relaxed, like a hot ice-cube on your head, I found it doesn’t make me want to pull.’

She said: ‘For me now, the impulse is no longer engraved in my brain, I’m able to say “no” and choose not to pull instead of instinctively doing it without realizing.

‘I have a full head of hair, eyebrows and eyelashes now, I still keep the cream with me in case the impulse comes back so I don’t pull and use that instead.

‘It’s a big relief, I can walk around without a hat and feel like I have overcome the urge now, I struggled for 20 years with this thing I couldn’t stop and now I finally made myself a cure.’

 

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Read more: http://www.dailymail.co.uk/health/article-4774332/Engineer-creates-cure-hair-pulling-disorder.html#ixzz4pNSvlAp2
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