A hangnail is dry excess skin around the cuticle. It is not really a nail so the term is misleading. It seems to just have come from nowhere but it cannot be ignored because it can be painful. It is unsightly and can cause discomfort. The best way to prevent a hangnail is to take care of your hands. Use lotions and creams specific for hand and nail care. A hangnail is dry skin so moisturize! Another major cause of hangnails is because people bite their nails. This weakens your nails and cuticles, and causes hangnails.
If you get a hangnail, there’s a proper way to remove it. Here’s how to nip hangnails during a manicure.
- Sanitize your tools first. Make sure that you disinfect the manicure tools before using them. If you are having the manicure done in a salon, the nail technician should clean the tools with alcohol in your presence. Getting a manicure is an easy way to get an infection from someone else. Even if you are using your own clippers and nail scissors or are doing the manicure yourself you must still disinfect before starting. Pour a little alcohol on your clippers and wipe down with a clean cloth or tissue paper.
- Soak your nails. Get a small basin and fill with warm water. Place your hands in the warm water to soften the cuticle. You never want to take out a dry hangnail because it can get painful. Dry skin will also be tough to nip. Leave your hands soaking for a few minutes to prepare your nails for the manicure.
- Apply cuticle remover. Start with one hand first. Let the cuticle remover solution penetrate the skin. Massage the cuticle remover on your nails and cuticles. Pay extra attention to dry parts. Proper preparation of your nails will make it easier to trim and clean.
- Nip the hangnail close to the skin. Use your sharp clean clipper and start nipping the hangnail. Don’t try to pull too hard. It may cause your skin to bleed. Don’t use regular craft scissors to trim a hangnail. These will be too big and may cause you further injury.
- After nipping your hangnail and cleaning your cuticles, use a good moisturizing lotion. This will prevent further hangnail. There are many brands in the market today that are formulated specifically for hand and nail care. These will usually have vitamin e to strengthen the nail. You may also try a good anti bacterial lotion after removing a hangnail to prevent any infection.
- If you notice the area where your hangnail was removed to be inflamed, bleeding or has a bad smell, it may be infected. If this is the case, consult with your doctor. Serious infections have come from smaller wounds on the body.
Treat yourself with TLC and you’ll have soft, beautiful hands and your hangnails will be a thing of the past!