Trimming Your Cuticles: How Bad Is It Really?

Updated 09/23/16
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We’ve all been warned about the dangers of cutting our cuticles more times than we can count. But have you ever gotten one of those gnarly infections associated with cuticle trimming? That’s what we thought. As cuticle-snipping obsessives (lowers head in shame), we pressed three professional manicurists—Carla KayTracey Sutter, and Mar y Soul—on all things cuticle care. Spoiler alert: None of them gave us a free pass to trim away, but they did offer up some smart solutions we hadn’t considered. 

Scroll through to find out what the pros had to say!

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But This Is Okay…

The pros all agree that pushing back your cuticles is just fine. “When you get out of the shower, use your own fingernail to push back cuticles on the opposite hand,” Kay says. “Then, use a warm washcloth to wipe off any excess skin down towards the knuckle.” Sutter suggests doing this with a soapy washcloth while you’re in the shower—she assured us some skin will come off with very little effort.

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