By North Georgia Dermatology
December 24, 2013
Do you ever get a nasty hangnail? That pesky little piece of skin near your nail probably isn’t what you want to see when you look at your nails. Plus, the hangnail probably hurts, right? Near Braselton, GA, dermatologists at North Georgia Dermatology have some simple tips for treating and making hangnails nonexistent.
Tip #1: Don’t Pick or Bite Your Nails
If you bite or pick at your nails, you have probably dealt with hangnails on more than one occasion. Biting or picking at your nails causes damage to the skin surrounding the nail/the cuticle; thus, hangnails occur and become inflamed when you continue to pick and pull on the attached skin, even risking infection. Nail picking is one habit that is hard to break. If you want to stop hangnails from popping up, it’s time to kick that habit.
Tip #2: Moisturize
Just like you moisturize other areas of your body (legs, face and arms), you need to moisturize your hands regularly during the day, particularly after every water exposure. If you don’t moisturize your hands, you increase the chances of getting dry, cracked skin and hangnails. You want your hands to look and feel soft-that is why moisturizing is so important. Many hand creams are available over the counter, the thicker the better. Once a hangnail is soft enough, use clean cuticle scissors to remove it.
Tip #3: Eat Better to Build Stronger Nails
You know certain foods can make hair shinier and skin clearer. The same thing can be said for your nails. To make nails strong and less prone to producing hangnails, try eating foods that contain Biotin, Vitamin B, calcium and iron. These are generally found in ample amounts in a well-balanced diet.
Foods that are high in Vitamin B and Biotin
- Green, leafy vegetables
- Whole-grain cereals
Foods that contain calcium
- Dairy products
Foods that are high in Iron
- Egg Yolks
Remember to take skin care seriously. It will benefit you down the road. If you have questions regarding other skin issues or treatment, contact our office at (770) 962-5040 to request an appointment. Or you can find an appointment form on our website. Feel free to check it out! Our Buford and Braselton dermatologists wish you a happy and healthy holiday!