If your cuticles are cracked and painful, use a topical antibacterial ointment. If the skin around your fingernails feels cracked and irritated, you may have a small infection. If this is the case, you will need to clear up the infection before your cuticles can start to heal.
- You can do this by applying a generous layer of topical antibacterial ointment (such as Neosporin) to the cuticles.
- Once you have applied the antibacterial ointment (which is more effective than the cream version), you should wrap a band-aid around each affected nail.
- Leave the band-aid on overnight and in the morning you will find your cuticles looking and feeling a lot better!