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What is the most common nail mistake made by men?

Dr. Mehmet Oz, MD
Cardiology (Cardiovascular Disease)
Both men and women commonly make mistakes when caring for their nails. Cutting nails too short, or rounding them too much rather than cutting them straight across are very common mistakes that can result in painful, ingrown nails. Filing nails back and forth rather than only in one direction can lead to nail splitting and breakage. Picking under the nail, or cutting the cuticle -- the ridge of tissue where the nail meets the skin -- can increase the risk of infection. Not keeping nails clean and using them as tools to open things, remove staples, or for other jobs are also mistakes that can lead to infection or breakage. Men who have to wash their hands very frequently often experience dry, brittle nails and yet many men don't use hand cream.  Applying hand cream to the nails at night can help counteract the drying effects of water and soap. Talk to a dermatologist for more information.

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