The cuticle is the layer of skin that sits right at the base of the nail. If you like to do manicure and pedicure treatments, don’t cut your nail cuticles. You might get an infection.
This part of the nail, which is often called the nail bed,
As a result of damaging the cuticles
The cuticle is the part of the skin that blocks harmful bacteria from entering the nail matrix (the area that holds the nail root). Therefore, it is advisable not to cut, cut, break, tear, scrape, or remove cuticles, while doing manicure and pedicure.
Dermatologists advise not to cut cuticles either during nail care at the salon or at home. The reason is, when the cuticles are cut, the bacteria will more easily enter and cause the nails to become infected. Despite this appeal, some beauty nail salons still cut cuticles. The reason is, cutting the cuticles can make the nails look more beautiful and make the nail polish stick longer on the nails.
All you need to know is that bacterial infection of the nails can cause stunted nail growth. One of the infections caused by the cuticles being removed or pushed during a manicure is paronychia. Nail infections are often caused by bacteria, but paronychia that persists for a long time can be caused by a fungal infection.
Inflammation of the nails due to infection or paronychia appears and develops along the surface of the nail. If left untreated, paronychia can get worse. The main symptom of paronychia is that the area around the nail becomes painful, reddish, and swollen. In fact, pus-filled blisters or nails can change shape and color.
In addition, cutting the cuticles can cause irritation and various nail problems, such as a bumpy surface of the nail and the appearance of spots or white streaks. Of course, this makes nails unsightly. And people who experience it will feel uncomfortable.
Caring for Cuticles
To prevent nail abnormalities due to infection or inflammation, it is important to maintain health and care for the cuticles, given their role as the defensive wall of the nails. How:
- Keep your hands, nails, and cuticles away from soaps that can dry out your skin and from nail polish removers that contain acetone. Use nail polish remover that doesn’t contain acetone and wear gloves when washing clothes or dishes.
- Keep cuticles moist by applying a moisturizer in the form of ointment, cream, or petroleum jelly. Whatever product you choose, be sure to moisturize your hands and cuticles regularly.
- Wear gloves when washing clothes and furniture, this is to protect the cuticles from irritating chemicals that can damage the nails.
- Don’t like biting your nails. Apart from the fact that the mouth is a dirty area, saliva can make the skin become damaged.
- Before getting a manicure or pedicure, ask that you don’t cut your cuticles, or let them know if you want them to be pushed gently and gently.
- If your cuticles are cracked or peeling, use oil or a moisturizer to moisturize the cuticles. Apply cuticle moisturizer around the nails and nail cuticles overnight.
- If you have mild paronychia, treat it with home care, which is soaking the infected nail in warm water several times a day and drying it well. If it doesn’t get better, use antibiotics or antifungal drugs as prescribed by your doctor.
Keeping cuticles healthy is just as important as any other part of the body. If your cuticles are sore, painful, swollen, or pus, it is advisable to see a doctor immediately so that treatment can be given.
lies in the path of nail growth and serves to protect a healthy cuticle, which is one of the conditions for a beautiful nail shape.