A hangnail is simply dead skin that has pulled away from the fingernail area. If you’ve never experienced these annoying yet painful skin irritations, you are one in a million. I am sure you have found that if you pull the dead skin off, it leaves a little tear in the skin, and these tiny little pieces of skin really can hurt when they are tearing off from the finger. So—don’t pull the skin off—but do cut it with nail clippers, and get as close to the surface as possible without cutting your finger. And if it still hurts, and to ensure infection doesn’t set in, put a tiny drop of an essential oil (preferably lavender, which is very soothing) on the area then put a Band-Aid® on it until it heals.
How can I best take care of the skin around my fingernails? I get lots of hangnails, and they hurt! Please tell me what I can do (or not do) to stop them from happening.
Putting a healing oil on your cuticles can help to keep hangnails away. Because hangnails are dead skin gone bad, keeping that skin soft and flexible will help to keep those painful tears from happening. After bathing or taking a shower is a good time to push the skin of the cuticle back, which helps to keep that tissue from tearing. Nighttime is the best time for this application. The oil will stay put longer, and that’s when everything regenerates anyway!
For more information, see:
- Lavender: A Medicine Cabinet Must!—updated
- Dry Hands? A simple solution for happy, hydrated hands
- Yonka’s CREME MAINS: Repairing Hand Cream for an amazing moisturizer. It’s super yummy!