Hangnails are pretty common appearances. Hangnails are triangular shaped bits of skin that tear off. Dry skin and soaking hands in water for long hours can give you hangnails. Besides, biting nails is a common cause of hangnails. At the same time, hangnails may be caused by bad manicures and exposure to harmful chemicals.
Nutritional deficiencies also contribute to hangnails. Although the problem is not paid due attention, it can lead to serious bacterial and fungal infections that may result in excessive swelling, pain and redness. A good number of home remedies help in curing hangnails.
Here is a list of the best home remedies for hangnails and how to use them.
1. Vitamin E Oil
Vitamin E oil is one of the most effective remedies for hangnails as it softens and moistens the nail beds. Plus, vitamin E facilitates healing of the skin tear.
Apply pure vitamin E oil on the problem area and leave it on until it is absorbed completely. Reapply several times a day until you get rid of your hangnails.
Another option is to combine vitamin E oil with another oil like olive oil , castor oil or jojoba oil and apply it daily.
To prevent hangnails, put a drop of vitamin E oil on your nail beds after clipping your nails.
The best way to prevent as well as treat hangnails is to keep your nail beds moisturized so the skin around your nails remains supple. Honey works as a great moisturizing agent. Being a natural humectant, it attracts and retains moisture.
Plus, it has antibacterial and anti-inflammatory properties that fight infection and reduce inflammation. Manuka honey, in particular, has potent antimicrobial properties.
Dab raw or manuka honey on the affected area and leave it on for several hours to soften the cuticles. Do this daily until you get rid of the problem.
You can also apply honey on a regular basis to prevent hangnails.
3. Avocado Oil
Avocado oil is rich in vitamin E, healthy fats and other nutrients that help nourish and heal your skin. It also acts as a humectant for your skin.
To prevent and cure hangnails, put a drop of Avocado oil on your nail beds. Do this daily or three or four times a week on a regular basis.
Along with these remedies, take some preventive measures as well to avoid hangnails. For example, keep your nail beds moisturized, avoid overworking in water (causes dryness), and get regular manicures from a good manicurist.
Also, eat a nutritious diet rich in vitamin B, calcium and iron to encourage nail strength. Hangnails are often caused by weak nail beds. Needless to say, resist the urge to bite off your hangnails or pick at them as it may cause further skin tearing and increase the risk of infection.