Ways to deal with Cuticle Problems

Apart from an occasional pedicure or manicure, you may not consider your nails or cuticles much. Although, they may seem like they do not have any functionality, but you will be surprised. Without your cuticles you will constantly be at risk of infections around the fingernails. Therefore, it is so important to keep them from damaging!

1. Do not cut your cuticles

Dermatologists suggest there is no reason to cut cuticles. Cutting cuticles can open the door to irritation or infection. By cutting your cuticle, you open up that space, and anything can grow in it.

2. Moisturize

Cuticles tend to get dry. They peel, crack, and flake, like the rest of the skin does. A good moisturizer is important, to keep the dry skin hydrated. Make sure you rub a moisturizer into the cuticles every day. Most experts suggest using thick moisturizers, such as creams or ointments, before going to bed at night. Lotions can be applied throughout the day.

Some salons also offer hot wax treatment, which is another great way of keeping the cuticles moisturized. A special oily wax is heated and people dip their toes or fingers into the wax, then they put on plastic gloves or mitts to seal in the heat leaving it on for 10 to 15 minutes.

3. Avoid rough manicures or pedicures

A lot of people have to see doctors when they develop a sore or red spots around their cuticles or nails caused by an infection known as paronychia. This normally happens when people get rough manicures or pedicures with over-vigorous manipulation leading to redness and soreness. Antibiotics become necessary.

When going in for a pedicure or manicure make sure you tell the expert that you only want the cuticles pushed back gently, nothing else.

4. Avoid using drying agents
The nails, hands, and cuticles may dry out from dish washing, or by using nail polish removers. Therefore, experts suggest wearing gloves when washing utensils. They also recommend using a nail polish remover which is acetone-free.

Whether you wash clothes or dishes, it is important that you moisturize your hands and wear vinyl gloves before starting the chore. Having gloves helps in keeping the nail plate and cuticles moisturized.

How you should be treating your cuticles depends on the kind of repair they actually need -- and that normally depends on how the problem started in the first place. In case you've been biting your nails or have peeled off a hang nail, handling the issue may only involve pouring some hydrogen peroxide on the affected area, cleaning it thoroughly and then putting on a bandage. However, if you’ve developed an infection, treating the problem may not be as simple and may require expert help.


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