Damaged Cuticle Quiz

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4 Min Quiz

What's the purpose of having cuticles?

Cuticles provide protection, a barrier, against bacteria and fungus from invading your nail and surrounding area.

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Which of the following is not a common cause of cuticle damage?

Biting your nails, washing dishes and cleaning with harsh chemicals, as well as dry skin can all cause damage to your hands and cuticles -- and so can having a manicure if you let the manicurist clip your cuticles.

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What substance are fingernails made out of?

Nails are made of keratin, the same protein that hair is made out of.

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True or false: Fingernails grow slower when the temperatures are colder.

True. Fingernails grow about 0.12 inches (3 mm) each month, but their rate of growth slows down during cold weather.

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What is the most common infection associated with damaged cuticles?

Paronychia is the most common infection to occur in damaged cuticles.

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True or false: Paronychia is a skin infection caused by bacteria.

Paronychia is known to be caused by bacteria, but it can also be caused by fungus (such as a yeast infection).

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What is not a common cause of dry skin?

Using hydrocortisone creams will not cause dry skin and may help relieve the dry skin itch.

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What active ingredients will you find in the most beneficial cuticle creams?

Fats and waxes such as petroleum and beeswax are used in thick, hydrating cuticle creams.

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Keratin, the substance your nails are made out of, is found in all of the following except:

Teeth are not made out of keratin.

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Why is our skin drier in the winter months?

Skin becomes drier in the winter months because of low humidity. Dry air hastens dry skin.

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Cuticle care is essential to having nice nails. Learn how to remedy damaged cuticles with our quiz.

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