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Reason For Skin Growth Under Nails

Why the Skin Under Your Fingernails Is Longer Than Your Nails

Reason For Skin Growth Under Nails
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To soften the thickened skin, try using a cuticle remover like the Sally Hansen Nail Treatment 45129 Instant Cuticle Remover ($6) or a cuticle oil like the Orly Argan Cuticle Oil Drops ($15).

"Put [the oil] on the hyponychium and gently push it back after you shower," says Boyce. By doing this, it may be possible to reduce the growth. (When doing this step, be sure to use a cuticle pusher versus cutting the skin — more on that below.)

What You Should Avoid When Treating the Hyponychium

There are a few things she definitely recommends avoiding if you're having issues with your hyponychium.

"Don't cut the skin in this area. That can make it more sensitive and can also be painful. If the skin isn't discolored, painful, bleeding, or smelly, you can soften it at home. But if it doesn't look right, don't disregard it — see a dermatologist."

If you're going to a salon, Boyce suggests letting your nail tech know ahead of time. "This way they can be careful when working around that area. Some clients prefer cutting their own nails first so they can avoid having a nail technician cut it. That's completely fine."

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