They are those unsightly critters along your fingers that everyone hates: hangnails. Want to know what causes hangnails? If your constant nail biter, that’s one cause. But the major culprit is (drumroll, please) dry skin! Yep, the lack of moisture on your hands and nail beds causes these little suckers to split and grow and sometimes removing them can be quite painful.
No worries. We got you covered, Liberettes. Here’s how to get rid of those little bad boys and prevent them from coming back!
Getting Rid of Hangnails
- First, soak your hand in warm water or oil for five minutes before removing a hangnail. This softens the hangnail and makes removal less painful.
- You know have two options. Use nail scissors to clip them off or if your skilled and handy with tweezers, use it to pluck it out. Make sure to sterilize your clipping tool with anti-septic or alcohol to avoid infections.
- If you remove your hangnail and it starts to bleed make sure you clean it up with rubbing alcohol (stings!) and putting a band-aid on it.
- If your hangnail is red see a doctor! This means it is pus-filled and infected. Only flesh colored hangnails should be removed at home.
- Avoid nail biting. It’s a nasty habit and so not sexy. Nail biting increases the irritation to your nai lbeds and will only result in more painful hangnails.
- Use a hand cream or body oil on your fingertips. You don’t have to walk around leaving greasy paw prints everywhere, but make sure to keep your skin moisturized. When you put on lotion in the morning, make sure to get every nook and cranny on your body, including your fingernails.
- Get manicures and pedicures regularly. If you can afford it (or know a nail technician for a friend), then consider getting scheduling manicures into your beauty care regimen.