My cuticles peel really bad on all my fingers, it hurts . Little pieces of skin (i think they are called hang nails) not sure...BUT they peel from where my nail ends from my skin. What is that and why does it happen? I know my description wasnt very clear BUT please help if you know what i am talking about.
Tiny pieces of skin that peal right where the nail ends and the cuticle begins, sometimes the peeling bleeds.
Yes, this is called a hang nail...I get them too and the best thing to do is use lotion all the time, ALL the time! Also, you can get cuticle oil at any drug store, but the best is from Sally's, it only costs like $2, and it works really well, not to mention it makes your nails look nice!!
The only advice I have for actually having a hang nail is take a pair of nail clippers and cut off the excess skin as close to your actual finger as possible, and then it should go away as long as you don't play with it...
Also, I find that getting my nails done on a regular basis really prevents hang nails!! I get acrylic done, but you can just get a manicure for pretty cheap, and that will help!
Hope this helps...
Last edited by dragonfly20; 09-28-2004 at 06:01 PM.
Hnagnails are not actually pieces of the nail as the term implies. They are hardened portions of skin that fit tightly against the side of the nail plate. Hangnails do not occur at the base of the nail, nor do they cause the cuticle skin to peel and bleed.
The cuticles will peel, split and bleed when they lack moisture and oil. Having ones hands in water a lot, using household cleaning solutions without wearing gloves, adn working with paper and textiles a lot will wick the natural oils and moisture form the delicate tissues and from the nail plate. Lotions do not contain the needed amounts of essential oils to correct the problem and can only treat the immediate surface skin - the portion you can touch.
Go to Sally Beauty Supply and get a nail and cuticle oil called Botanical Oil. It contains jojoba oil, vitamin E and other essential conditioning and moisturizing oils. Apply several times a day and massage into the skin and nails. You should see an improvement within a few days, and a marked improvement within a couple of weeks.
Also, go to a salon and get a really good professional manicure - it will do wonders for your nails and skin.
Some people just have excess cuticle growth - toes and fingers, and it needs constant attention, moisturizing and removal to keep it from tearing.
Also - see if you're one of those nervous types - like me - who tear at your fingers with your nails and don't realize you're doing it. After 30 years of having bleeding fingers, I got a set of acrylic nails put on, and the problem disappeared OVERNIGHT!
Reason? The acrylic nails are thicker and have rounded edges. It's impossible to pull and tear at the skin. It's a rather expensive solution, but while I could afford it, my hands looked GREAT.
Well, Whatever it is I have it too. BAD. And have had it since I was very young. Also, my best friends nails/cuticules did that too. Hope someone can help!
OIL - OIL - OIL!!
The part of the skin that everyone is referring to is NOT the cuticle, it is the EPONYCHIUM. The cuticle is translucent skin that grows forward on the nail plate from between the eponychium and the nail plate. If the eponychium is peeling, it is because it is dry and needs rehydration. One of the major sources of split, dry, peeling and painful skin in this area is SOLVENTS. This can include water, household cleaning solutions, etc. All of these things wick the natural oils and moisture from the skin. If you work with a lot of paper, it will do the same thing.
Get a good quality skina nd nail oil that contains jojoba and vitamin E - a good one is Botanical OIl from Sally Beauty Supply, or Solar Oil from your local nail salon. Apply at least twice a day and always at ight or after having your hands in water for longer than 3 minutes.
hi.. my name is charlotte. i just thought i'd introduce myself to you fine people. O MY GOSH.. im so glad that i have found people like me.. people with this problem....YOU ARE NOT ALONE!
i find my cuticles peel in the winter, when they begin to feel quite parched (when they lack oil and moisture-thanks for the tip mardi). i hav just suffered from my first cutile peel... i mean my first EPONY******M peel (once again thanks mart- your a real friend) what i find works best is Burt's Bees cuticle cream- it works a treat. it also comes in an assorment of flavours-personally i would go for the lemon flavour as this has the added bonus of making your cutticles smelling all lemony.
Anyhow, over and out. good luck with the cuticles- just remember to keep the lovely and moist.
miss you all xx