Nail-biting can be a tough habit to break. Like cracking your joints or picking your scabs, it can feel satisfying in the moment but harmful in the long run. From bacteria buildup and worn-down teeth to painful infections and fungal growth, we can all agree it’s not the best mind-numbing activity.
In addition to harming your health and teeth, constant nail-biting can also lead to serious damage to your nails. Whether you do it out of anger, anxiety, or boredom, we’re serving as your daily reminder to finally break this dirty habit.
Continue reading to learn more about the damage nail-biting does to your natural nails and how to nurse them back to health.
Nail Biting Causes Painful Hangnails
Hangnails are never a pleasant experience, but hangnails caused by chewing are a whole different level of pain. That’s because you’re not just biting the nail; you’re also gnawing on the skin around it, resulting in torn skin at the root of your nails. To make matters worse, these open wounds can easily become infected.
If you’re a chronic nail-biter, it may be tempting to rip the hangnails right off - doing so will likely exacerbate the infection and lead to even more pain. So, to treat hangnails the right way, try soaking them in warm, soapy water for at least fifteen minutes to soften them. Then, take a pair of cuticle scissors to gently snip it off. Also, be sure to moisturize frequently to avoid dry skin.
Nail Biting Causes Ingrown Nails
While ingrown nails are commonly associated with toenails, it’s still entirely possible for them to occur on your fingernails. Frequent nail biting can cause your nails to grow under your skin, creating a very painful ingrown situation that leads to pain, swelling, and even surgery if the area becomes infected.
To treat ingrown fingernails, soak them in warm water or apply a cold compress. Then, apply antibiotic ointment, and keep the area dry for the rest of the day.
Try Liquid Builder Gel
However, if you’re serious about kicking your nail-biting habit for good and find your natural nails are in desperate need of some TLC, a liquid builder gel can help. This miracle worker adds length and volume while building strength. It features a powerful formula that encourages faster, healthier nail growth - perfect for those who’ve long suffered the consequences of nail chewing.
To apply liquid builder gel, follow these steps:
- Prepare the nail by cleaning, filing, and buffing it
- Apply a primer or base coat to dehydrate the surface
- Apply a thin layer of the liquid builder gel
- Cure with LED lamp for 1 minute
- Apply a second coat if necessary
- Remove tackiness using lint-free wipes and isopropyl alcohol
- Shape the nails with a nail file
- Apply colored nail polish or top coat
Properly treating your nails doesn’t have to be a nail-biting experience. Next time you go to chew your nails, remember your goal of maintaining a set of long, strong nails that look and feel unbelievably healthy.