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How Does Cuticle Remover Work? The Mystery Revealed!

Cuticle biting may be one of your bad beauty habits, and I have to admit I have a sick fascination with cuticle remover. After running out of my supply recently, I tried using a body oil to push away my overgrown cuticles, but it just wasn't cutting it. I needed the good stuff. This got me to thinking about how my "fix" works.

Sodium hydroxide or potassium hydroxide are two common ingredients contained in many cuticle removers. With a pH of over 12, these substances work to soften and break down dead skin around the nail bed. Since these exfoliating ingredients are so aggressive, it's essential to wash thoroughly after use. If you're looking for a less harsh approach, try Cuccio Natural Apple Cuticle Remover, ($8) which uses fruit alpha hydroxy acids to gently break down skin around the nails. Happy nipping.

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Talldiva45 Talldiva45 8 years
Same here c4rolin3 - I have tried the removers and push back but they look weird so I end up trimming inevitably. Does anyone have any suggestions for this issue?
c4rolin3 c4rolin3 8 years
my cuticles are huge! i hate them.... even when i push them back they seem to look 'baggy' on my nail. (sorry for the terminology it sounds disgusting!) i'll definitely look into some kind of remover. thanks v much bella!
PinkTink707 PinkTink707 8 years
thanks Bella!! I will go and look for one this weekend!
terryt18 terryt18 8 years
OMG! Those Seacret folks drive me crazy! The last time one came after me I loudly said, "Leave me alone!" and all but ran away.
tatsauce tatsauce 8 years
I just ran out last night! I had to substitute with some cuticle oil from Seacret (that brand with the pushy salespeople at the mall kiosks).
Beauty Beauty 8 years
I like cuticle removers from Aveda, Sally Hansen, and Butter London, PinkTink707. Oil and remover are different, although some removers have an oily texture. Confused? It should be pretty clear on the packaging if it's a remover, and the product will work to break down dead skin. If not, it's probably just a cuticle moisturizer, which is great for softening the rough skin around your nails.
PinkTink707 PinkTink707 8 years
can anyone suggest some more brands that are good please?? I try using cuticle oil to push back mine, but I think I end up doing more harm and nip good cuticle with the bad...or is oil and remover kind of the same thing??
Beauty Beauty 8 years
You are lucky, Aimeeb. Mine are not so agreeable!!
aimeeb aimeeb 8 years
I just push mine back and trim them. Pretty easy...
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