Re: Skin above Nails
This part of the skin is the epony****m (the spelling may not come through correctly). This portion of skin contains a nerve and blood supply. The part that curls under where it touches the nail plate is called the proximal nail fold. There is a very thin, translucent portion of skin that grows forward with the nail plate from the proximal nail fold and is firmly attached to the plate. This translucent skin is caled the TRUE CUTICLE. When this skin becomes dry, it will peel away from the nail plate (which may be dry itself) and stick up in the air and wave at you.
Some persons seem to 'grow' more of this skin than others and it will appear thick and will actually seem to pull the epony****m forward with it. when this happens, the skin can become traumatized, split and peel away from the nail plate. Since it has pulled live tissues forward with it, the skin may break and bleed.
Soak your hands in 1 pint of water mixed with a teaspoon of Pure Virgin Olive Oil. Soak for about 3 minutes, lightly dry the hands, leaving them damp, then add a drop of the olive oil to each cuticle and massage into the skin. Use a wooden orangewood stick to lightly and gently push the skin back away from the nail plate, but do not be agressive. It will take several (or more) teatments to completely push the skin back to where it should be. Whatever portions are sticking up and waving at you can be gently clipped away using a pair of cuticlle nippers, but be sure not to cut into the live tissues.
After you have successfully pushed the skin back to a normal state, contiue to apply a good quality nail and skin oil to the cuticles at least twice daily and massage into the skin and nails. I recommend Solar Oil or Botanical oil - Solar oil is availavle in fine nail salons or in Ulta outlets nationwide. Botanical oil is in the nail department of Sally Beauty supply.