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Torn and dry cuticles can be painful

  1. Torn cuticles don't make your hands and nails look any prettier, but apart from that, a torn cuticle is always difficult and often painful. Some cuticles tear up to bleeding. Most people suffer from it, especially in winter, but there are also plenty of people who regularly have a torn cuticle in the summer. The underlying problem is often that the cuticles are too dry. They are then no longer flexible enough and can easily tear with certain movements. Lubricating well with a good, greasy cream is an option, but for some people even that doesn't help. However, there are more ways to do something about that problem. For example, one is smearing with Calendula ointment, but there is more.

The cuticle protects the transition from nail to skin

  1. Cuticles are not superfluous and have an important function. It protects the transition from nails to skin against the penetration of bacteria, fungi and dirt. Dry and torn cuticles are therefore a danger. Inflammations are not inconceivable and they can be more dangerous than you think. Once inflammation has started under the cuticle, it is sometimes difficult to remove. Often the doctor has to be involved. However, prevention is better than cure.

The cause of torn cuticles

  1. Torn cuticles occur when the cuticles are too dry and stick to the nail. This immediately explains why the problem usually occurs in the winter months. In winter, the skin is usually drier due to the cold wind, the dry freezing air and any dry indoor air due to the burning heating.

Not every skin is sensitive to it

  1. Not everyone suffers from dry skin and that simply means that the nature of the skin and especially the cuticle is a factor. With drier skin on the hands you often have more problems with dry cuticles.

Torn cuticles can often be painful

  1. A torn cuticle is not as harmless as it often seems. Especially if a skin is pulled and a small wound occurs, bacteria and fungi can penetrate. The nail bed can become infected and that can be quite painful.

Treat immediately

  1. It is therefore very sensible to treat such an inflammation immediately by, for example, holding the finger daily for 15 minutes in a mug of water in which soda has been dissolved, so that the inflammation site is disinfected. If it doesn't go away after a few days, see your doctor to prevent worse.

Effect on the nail

  1. The nail itself can also be affected by stuck, dry cuticles. After all, all nails grow and a nail will want to move forward, while the dry, stuck cuticle stops it. The cuticle will tear, but if it doesn't, the nail will suffer and may even slightly deform as it cannot continue to grow the way it wants.

Never pull a skin

  1. If there is a loose skin on a torn cuticle, do not pull it, but at most cut it off carefully. Don't toddle on it either. Especially if the spot stings now and then, your attention is often drawn to it and the tendency to touch it is often great. However, pulling and picking always cause greater damage and are not the solution to the problem. You may only be more affected by the damaged area.

Avoid dry, cracked cuticles

  1. Use a good cream to rub the hands, and especially the cuticles, before going to sleep. There is also special anti-inflammatory cuticle cream and special oil for cuticles, but they are quite expensive. Regular petroleum jelly, hand cream, or almond oil will usually do just as well. Even sunflower oil can help and is inexpensive to use.

Use gloves when working wet or dirty

  1. Those with very dry cuticles should wear household gloves when working dirty and wet. Then lubricate the hands and especially the cuticles with oil or greasy cream beforehand. By the way, wearing gloves when working wet can also prevent chapping at the tips of the fingers.

Use udder cream

  1. Some udder cream can help if you rub your hands and especially the cuticles with it before going to sleep. Udder cream has been on the market for a long time and is known for its good properties. Anyone who has tried everything before can get good results.

To push back the cuticle or not?

  1. In addition, only if necessary, push back the cuticles with a soft cuticle pusher, but only immediately after the bath or shower, because then the dry cuticles will be soaked and soft. You cannot damage them so quickly when pushing back. However, never attack the dry cuticles with a hard metal cuticle pusher or other hard object, as this will usually damage a dry cuticle immediately and you will have a new problem.

Never trim dry cuticles

  1. Cutting cuticles is not very good. Some nail salons do it, but it is not provided in the training of hair stylists because of the important protective function they have for the nails. It is better to treat them so that the problem disappears.

Contact with water and soil

  1. Especially people who often sit with their hands in the water or come into contact with soil every day because of their work, should clean their hands more often and take care of them with cream or oil. This is of course not always possible during work, but it is possible before and after and especially more often during the weekend and during days off and holidays.

Soil dries out the skin

  1. It may sound strange, but soil also dries out the cuticles and causes cuticle tears more often. Those who suffer from it a lot, but want to work in the garden, should wear a pair of gardening gloves, so that contact with the earth is minimal.

Take good care of

  1. Torn nails can be a very difficult problem, but with good care you can do something about it. Incidentally, good and varied nutrition also helps to keep the cuticles as healthy as possible. In combination with the above mentioned extra care, the problem can be kept under control.

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