Jun 22, 2010

A Naked Nail... And A Dry Finger!

Hey Ladies!

I just realized how the title of the post can be slightly... disturbing! But that is exactly what you are going to get: A naked nail and a dry finger! Quick! Cover your eyes!!!

Again, I am reaching out to all the knowledgeable ladies out there in hopes of solving another nail problem...

The skin around the nail of my ring finger started to get insanely dry over a month ago. The skin is constantly peeling and very sensitive. (Totally random: I got a paper cut over that spot last week and thought I was going to die. It was the most painful thing EVER!) It has also spread to the cuticle! See how the cuticle isn't even attached (kind of) on the right side.


Can you see what I'm talking about in the pictures? I tried my best to capture it.

Yes, I use 100% acetone when I remove my polish. However, this has happened to me twice before I got into nail polish and before I used acetone as often as I do now. And it's always been the same finger. But don't ask me what I did back then to make this go away because I have no idea. LOL! Over the past month I've made a conscious effort to get my finger back to normal. I have applied extra Lush Lemony Flutter on that area every night when I use it on my cuticles. I have been using SkinMD's lotion all throughout the day and apply extra lotion on that spot. I wash my hands IMMEDIATELY after using acetone on that finger.

I have seen no improvements. I don't know what to do anymore. Any suggestions? Ideas? Tips? Or feel free to just comment and tell me how ugly my naked nail is and that it shouldn't work at a nail strip-club...

10 comments:

bird of a feather said...

I unfortunately can't help you on your question but I have to comment on your naked nail.
You have to give away the name of your base polish because your naked nail ISN'T stained. Mine are orangey when naked and it's UGLY. Even though I ALWAYS use a base coat.

Deez Nailz ~ where the CANADIAN Bloggers at ? said...

apply lotion or a barrier cream to the area around your nails and let it sink in before using any type of remover.....

remember you are using a mild acid to dissolve a semi solid substance ( polish)!


I would go back to using real polish remover, and only use the acetone for stubborn glitter or other difficult polish.

Your hands and nails are beautiful - be nice to them and only use acetone when necessary♥♥♥

Colette said...

If it's only one finger, I almost wonder if it's a medical problem? Like eczema or something ... if nothing else works, I almost hate to say it but you may want to go to your doctor or at least bring it up at your next regular appointment.

I've had extreme dryness before - my skin was actually peeling underneath the free edge of my nails, painful & gross - but it was on all my fingers pretty equally & went away quickly with religious application of cuticle oil all around & under my nails daily.

Jen said...

Is there any sign of pus? If so, it could be this: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Paronychia

renata.cereda said...

I do not think this is paronychia, a more serious problem. I see no signs of severe acute or chronic inflammation of your cuticle, but the dryness and peeling of the finger skin is very evident in the photo. See a dermatologist to investigate whether it would not constitute a contact dermatitis. Maybe you're developing some kind of allergy to any base coat, nail polish, remover or some household chemicals.

Even if you have not had allergy to acetone or other chemical substance in the past does not mean you're free to have it at any time. Take good care of your health to keep nails always perfect!

Scandalous said...

I get weird dry skin right at the free edge, and I use a special file to buff it off. As for the sensitivity, I'm not sure about that. Mine doesn't get sensitive. And the cuticle issues, the ONLY thing that works for my cuticles is Lemony FLutter. I know its pricey but it lasts forever. Honestly though, you may want to see a doctor, with the sensitivity. He would probably know best if its an allergy or something...and could get you a nice prescription to clear it right up ;)

astraea1976 said...

If you can find an aloe vera plant or 100% pure fresh aloe gel (not the stuff with additives like alcohol) you might try putting that on. We latinos use it all the time on burns and other skin problems. It has always worked for me.

Jackie S. said...

Wow! If its one finger it may be a rash or skin reaction!

Desolation said...

Hmm maybe avoid putting nail polish on that finger for a couple of months and see how that goes. It's pretty unhealthy to paint your nails too often. Especially using acetone to remove the nail polish, it dries out the nails, toxic to your eyes, nerves and lungs. It's actually not recommended to use nail polish remover more than twice a month.

So yeah good luck, with that finger, hopefully you find something that helps you out. (:

paintedbluestars said...

i have a finger on each hand that does that...where the cuticle gets really dry and it like cracks and makes a mess of everything. It usually happens when I change soaps( my skin is super soap sensitive) so I have been using the sally hansen vitamin e oil AND burts bees lemon butter cuticle oil. That seems to be helping.