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What should I tell my clients who want to let their cuticles grow up over their nails?

Q.

I always stress to my clients the importance of keeping their cuticles healthy by pushing them back and moisturizing. Most of them agree and comply, but some want more information. I have had several ask me why they should keep their cuticles pushed back. They want to know why it’s such a bad thing to allow the cuticle to grow up with their nail. I really don’t have a good answer. What should I tell them?

A.

As a medical professional the concern we may have with working on the cuticle is the cuticle is very close to the root (matrix) of the nail. Being too aggressive with working on the cuticle especially toward the proximal aspect (back part) could possibly cause permanent damage to the nail. If you’re going to remove the cuticle you should do so gently and non-traumatically. Pushing the cuticle back and moisturizing may be more for beautification than for a medical or safety reason.
— Dr. Dennis Arnold is head of the International Pedicure Association.

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