How to Remove Loose Skin From a Finger

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Learn how to properly remove loose skin from the finger to prevent infection.
Learn how to properly remove loose skin from the finger to prevent infection. (Image: finger image by Stepanov from Fotolia.com)

Dry hands and splits in the skin on the fingers leads to annoying and painful loose skin and hangnails. Loose skin on the fingers can trap dirt and germs, which can cause an infection or ingrown nails. However, the loose skin is nothing more than dead skin that is safe to remove. However, improper removal can lead to deep cuts and infection.

Things You'll Need

  • Cuticle scissors
  • Towel
  • Hand lotion

Soak your finger in water for a couple of minutes before attempting to remove a hangnail or loose skin. Removing loose skin from dry fingers causes skin tears. Soaking your finger softens the skin decreasing the chance of damage during removal.

Clip the loose skin slowly with cuticle scissors as far away from the attached point on your finger as possible to prevent ripping your skin.

Dry your hands with a towel and massage lotion on your hands to soothe the area and prevent additional loose skin.

Tips & Warnings

  • If you feel pain or discoloration appears near loose skin on your finger, consult a doctor to rule out infection before attempting removal.

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