Cuticle cutting can be unhealthy

A classmate recently opened a nail salon and day spa in my hometown, Tucson.

Christina, the owner of greentoes, recently posted an article on Facebook she came upon titled To Cut Cuticles or Not?

I regulary get manicures and pedicures.

And I have my cuticles cut. It’s a double-edged sword. I get them cut because they look like crap if I don’t. And they look like crap soon after my mani-pedi because I get them cut.

I have heard that you really shouldn’t have your cuticles cut because they get raggedy. Pushing them back is OK, but you shouldn’t cut them.

What I didn’t realize was that having your cuticles cut can also be a health issue.

From the article: “Trimming the cuticles can break the seal that protects the surrounding skin from infection,” Dr. Eric Schweiger said.

Another doctor, Dr. Michael Gold, quoted in the article said: “the main concern with trimming your cuticles is getting an infection from instruments that are not cleaned and sterilized properly. One needs to understand that cuticles play a very important role in preventing things like bacteria from entering the area at the base of the nail.”

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