Damaged Cuticle Quiz

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About This Quiz

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

What's the purpose of having cuticles?

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

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.

What substance are fingernails made out of?

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

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.

What is the most common infection associated with damaged cuticles?

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

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).

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.

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.

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

Teeth are not made out of keratin.

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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