Should I Remove My Cuticles?

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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.

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  1. Nope! I don’t remove them and I even used to think it was kind of gross and painful before I knew what it really was.
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    • Janessa, that’s good that you don’t remove them. :)

      That’s great news. Mmm, I’m not sure. I wouldn’t wanna change it too much as I like simple layout, but I want to jazz it up a bit with some nice graphics and color. I like the idea of sidebar buttons too. :)

  2. I don’t know if I experienced paronychia or something else, but yes.
    I bit my cuticle while riding the bus and the next day… oh dear. Yup, antibiotics and minor surgery, but surgery nevertheless.
    Yup, months.

    Way to cure me from biting my cuticles :| – I haven’t bitten them since.

    • Ana, I’m sorry you had to go through that, how awful! I’m glad you don’t bite your cuticles anymore. It can seem harmless but it really isn’t. :(

    • Harshleen, that’s great that you don’t. It really isn’t worth the risk. And thanks for sharing my post, I appreciate it.

    • Swati, I agree. It’s best to leave them alone than making them bleed and possibly get an infection too.

  3. I have always pushed them back and removed the ones that looked ugly/too long (the more you cut, the faster those bastards grow), but a month ago one of my fingers got infected (!!!), really bad, I can’t even tell you how much it hurt. So I decided not to cut them any more. So you’ve got a point here.
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    • Laura, I’m sorry you had to learn it the hard away, it’s really awful! Removing cuticles can seem such a harmless thing to do that will make your fingers look prettier, but it’s actually dangerous.

    • Xin, I’m glad you agree. I don’t go for mani/pedi either, but if I did, I’d ask them not to remove my cuticles. It’s just too risky.

  4. I usually just slab on some cuticle oil and massage it in, I did push them in a little but it doesn’t make any difference? but luckily for me, my cuticles aren’t in bad shape, so everything’s okay!
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    • Plue, massaging them with some oil is ok, cuticle need some moisturizer too. But I’d avoid pushing them back, it’s too risky!

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