Torn cuticles do not make your hands and nails more beautiful, but apart from that, a torn cuticle is always difficult and often painful. Some cuticles tear to the point of bleeding. Most people suffer from this a lot, especially in the 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 during certain movements. Applying a good, greasy cream is an option, but for some people even that doesn’t help. However, there are more options to do something about that problem. One of these, for example, is rubbing Calendula ointment, but there is more.
The cuticle protects the transition from nail to skin
Cuticles are not superfluous and have an important function. It protects the transition from nails to the skin against the penetration of bacteria, fungi and dirt. Dry and torn cuticles are therefore a danger. Inflammations are not unthinkable and can be more dangerous than you think. An inflammation under the cuticle once started is sometimes difficult to remove. The doctor often has to be involved. However, prevention is better than cure.
The cause of torn cuticles
Torn cuticles occur when the cuticles are too dry and become stuck to the nail. That 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 frost air and possibly too dry air indoors due to the burning heater.
Not every skin is sensitive to it
Not everyone suffers from dry skin and that simply means that the nature of the skin and especially the cuticle also plays a role. With drier skin on your hands you are often more likely to suffer from dry cuticles.
Torn cuticles can often be painful
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 enter through it. The nail bed can become infected and that can be quite painful.
It is therefore very wise to treat such an inflammation immediately by, for example, holding the finger in a mug of water in which soda has been dissolved for fifteen minutes every day, so that the inflammation site is disinfected. If it does not go away after a few days, go to the doctor to prevent worse.
Affects the nail
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 will hold it back. The cuticle tears, but if this does not happen, the nail suffers and can even deform slightly, because it cannot continue to grow as it wants.
Never pull on a skin
If there is a loose skin on a torn cuticle, do not pull on it, but at most cut it off carefully. Don’t mess with it either. Especially if the spot sticks out every now and then, your attention is often drawn to it and the urge 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 experience more problems with the damaged part.
Prevent dry, torn cuticles
Use a good cream to rub your hands, and especially the cuticles, before going to bed. There is also special anti-inflammatory cuticle cream and special oil for cuticles, but they are quite expensive. Regular Vaseline, hand cream or almond oil usually work just as well. Even sunflower oil can help and is inexpensive to use.
Use gloves when working wet or dirty
If you have very dry cuticles, it is best to wear household gloves when doing dirty and wet work. Be sure to lubricate your hands, especially the cuticles, with oil or greasy cream in advance. Wearing gloves when working wetly can also prevent the formation of cracks on the tips of the fingers.
Use udder cream
Some udder cream can help if you apply it to your hands, especially the cuticles, 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 with this.
To push back the cuticle or not?
In addition, only if necessary, push back the cuticles with a soft cuticle pusher, but only do this immediately after the bath or shower, because then the dry cuticles are soaked and soft. You cannot then damage them as quickly when pushing them back. However, never attack the dry cuticles with a hard, metal cuticle pusher or other hard object, because this will usually damage a dry cuticle immediately, leaving you with a new problem.
Never trim dry cuticles
Cuticle trimming is not very good. Some nail studios do it, but it is not provided for in the training of hairstylists, 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
In particular, people who often have their hands in water or come into contact with soil every day due to their work should clean their hands thoroughly more often and care for them with cream or oil. Of course, this is not always possible during work, but it can be done before and after and especially more often during the weekend and during days off and holidays.
Soil dries out the skin
It may sound strange, but soil also dries out the cuticles and causes torn cuticles more often. Anyone who is bothered by it a lot but wants to work in the garden should wear a pair of garden gloves so that contact with the soil is minimal.
Take good care
Torn nails can be a very difficult problem, but with good care you can do something about it. A good and varied diet also helps to keep the cuticles as healthy as possible. In combination with the extra care mentioned above, the problem can be kept under control.