Dermatologist’s Skincare Tips for Hands, Nails, and Cuticles

healthy hand skinDry hand skin, splitting and brittle fingernails, dry cuticles, and hangnails are problems that plague everyone from time to time. In my dermatology practice, I’m often asked for advice to treat and prevent these problems.

I want to share with you 5 popular articles that I’ve written on hand and nail problems.  These posts have my recommendations for really effective hand and nail care essentials. These are simple steps that don’t take extra time in your day.

Just replace your nail skin care and the method you use to dry your hands with this hydrating skin care and – poof, like magic – your hand skin, cuticles, and nails will be hydrated and healthy. 

Implement moisturizing hand and nail care now now – before fall starts – to prevent that inevitable hand chapping. You know it’s true: when the weather changes and cold and flu season starts up (bringing with it the hand sanitizing craze), your hands chap.

Click on the links below to check out the advice I give my dermatology patients for healthy hand skin, fingernails, and cuticles.

Dermatologist’s Tips for Dry, Chapped, Painful Hand Skin

Cracked, Dry, Brittle, and Splitting Fingernails: Dermatologist’s Tips

What Causes Weak, Splitting Fingernails?

Doctor’s Advice for Nail Care: Cuticles, Fingernails, Hangnails, and More

Pandemic of Dry Hands: Hand Sanitizers, the Swine Flu, and Tips to Save Your Dry Hands



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8 Responses to “Dermatologist’s Skincare Tips for Hands, Nails, and Cuticles”

  1. Lisa August 18, 2012 at 10:36 am #

    You must have read my mind today – I need to read the one on the cuticles, thanks for sharing these again for your new blog readers :)

  2. Patricia August 19, 2012 at 8:21 pm #

    I’ve read your tip about only filing-clipping your nails when they are wet and I’m astonished because other people are always saying the opposite to me. It’s really a paradigm shift!
    I’d like to ask you if there is any difference about the kind of file we use: emery boards or crystal nail files. People keep saying that crystal files seal the end of nails, are they right?
    Thanks a lot!

  3. Ivan August 20, 2012 at 1:46 am #

    Hi, I’ve had problems with my nails recently. They have several dents, or pitts. I’ve researched around and people say it’s psoriasis. How do I get rid of these ugly dents?

  4. Cynthia Bailey MD August 20, 2012 at 9:14 am #

    Classic nail pitting has to grow out and off the nail once it has occurred. There are different reasons for nail plate surface irregularities, including pits, and so seeing a dermatologist for an accurate diagnosis would be the first step in addressing them.

  5. Cynthia Bailey MD August 20, 2012 at 9:16 am #

    Hello Patricia,
    I prefer the finer grade filing surfaces like diamond files. My preference is to trim the nail to almost the desired shape and then file to finish and smooth the edge. The sharper the clippers and the finer the file the less nail edge trauma. Good question!
    Cynthia Bailey MD

  6. Devra August 20, 2012 at 2:07 pm #

    I was always curious about all of this hand sanitizing and what to do with some of the chapping- never thought of the palm verses top of your hand makes total sense and great teaching method for kids.Glad you brought these blogs out of the archive for those of us that didn’t get a chance to read before.

  7. Cynthia Bailey MD August 20, 2012 at 2:11 pm #

    Hi Devra,
    Cynthia Bailey MD

  8. Vanessa August 23, 2012 at 10:14 am #

    I’ve actually just started using Bag Balm as of last week and I’m already noticing a difference. So glad you mentioned it because I was starting to get worried about my nails coming into the colder months. :-)