How to Remove Loose Skin From a Finger

by Bryan Lutz ; Updated July 18, 2017

A person helping to remove a hangnail from a woman's finger.

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Having loose skin on your finger can be a real pain. Hangnails especially can cause discomfort and can become a real distraction. Taking care of your skin is the best way to prevent a hangnail from coming to fruition, but manicures cost money and chances are you won't remember to use hand lotion on your fingers all the time. In that case, you're going to want to remove the dead, loose skin from your finger the right way, thus preventing further discomfort and possible infection.

Soak your finger in a small bowl of warm water for a couple of minutes. This will prevent the skin from tearing.

Cut the loose skin from your fingers with the cuticle scissors. Be sure the scissors are sharp so that your skin doesn't snag.

Apply hand lotion to the area from which you clipped the skin.

Continue to apply lotion to your hands at least twice a day to help prevent loose skin from forming around dry skin areas.


  • Be sure not to pick and nibble at the loose skin on your fingers. Tearing the skin can leave an open wound, which can allow bacteria in and an infection to develop. If you do tear open your skin, be sure to disinfect it using hydrogen peroxide or another disinfectant and cover it with an adhesive bandage.

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About the Author

Bryan Lutz began writing professionally in 2009. He has been published in his collegiate newspaper, "The Signal," as well as various literary magazines. Lutz holds a Bachelor of Arts in English and creative/professional writing from The College of New Jersey.