Nail Healing – Part 3: After Biting

At we are not only committed to ensuring you stay on top of the latest nail trends, but also making sure your nails are in tip-top shape! So we are starting a three-part series on how to heal your nails after damage, nail biting and harmful gel/acrylic nail removal. This final instalment focuses on healing your nails after biting them.

Congratulations, you’ve kicked the horrible habit of biting your nails! But what next? Your nails are probably short, weak and sore from months or years of constantly being bitten down past the skin. Speaking from personal experience, the hardest part of healing my nails after fighting off the biting habit was building up their strength. After years of being bitten my nails were very brittle and thin and it took them months to fully recover from this.

When you have been biting your nails for an extended period of time, they are constantly in or near your mouth, meaning the moisture from your mouth is constantly softening and weakening the nail. To encourage the healing process, try using Sally Hansen Triple Strong or OPI Nail Envy for a few weeks, this will form a strong thick layer of clear polish over your nails and give them a chance to grow out weak brittle nails. Both products contain ingredients that penetrate your nails to both strengthen and support them.

Another way of ensuring that your nails heal after biting them is to keep them moisturised by using cuticle oil every morning and night, which will nourish the skin and shorten your recovery time. If your biting has gone so far that you have open wounds in your cuticle, you may need an overnight antibiotic cream, but if it isn’t infected it should heal with a bit of TLC in just a few weeks.

How have you healed your nails after biting them? Are any of you still stuck in the habit? Let us know!



Mette Jorgensen

Our Editor Mette is a fan of a glitter manicure, she can often be found pleading with her manicurist for just one more coat to achieve the ultimate sparkle. She's Australian so forgive her for occasionally writing in British English.

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