Do you remove your cuticles?
I don’t. I know a lot of women either cut them or push them back because they think that’ll make their hands and nails look better, but it’s not really a good idea. Removing that dead piece of skin can seem harmless, but it can actually cause an infection.
You see, there’s a good reason why we have cuticles. Their main purpose is to connect the skin of our fingers to our nails, thus creating a seal that prevents water and germs to get inside our bodies. When you remove this seal, either by cutting, biting or pushing it back, you’re creating an entrance for germs and bacteria. Once inside, they could cause an infection, called paronychia. Your fingers will become red and swollen and, even with proper treatment (usually antibiotics but surgical drainage may be necessary too), it will take months to go away.
Think about that next time you’re tempted to remove your cuticles. Even if you think your fingers will look better, it’s just not worth the risk.