How to Trim Cuticles

by Contributor

How to Trim Cuticles. Caring for the hands in an effort to keep them looking professional and well-maintained includes caring for the cuticles. Cuticles are pieces of skin that grow over the edge of the nail as a layer of protection but should be pushed back and trimmed away from the nail. Here are some tips to trim your cuticles.

Items you will need

  • Cuticle remover
  • Orangewood stick
  • Cuticle nipper
Step 1

Apply a cuticle remover to the base of each nail, rubbing it in. Allow the remover to sit on your nail for 1 to 2 minutes. Cuticle removers work by softening the skin, making it more pliable and easy to trim.

Step 2

Leave the remover on for a minute. Use an orangewood stick and in a circular motion, push back all of the skin that meets the nail, even the sides. If any areas are red or sore, skip that area.

Step 3

Be careful only to remove the skin sitting on top of the nail. Going too far and trimming the skin on your finger, will cause pain and possibly infection.

Step 4

Use cuticle nippers to slowly and carefully trim away the cuticles. The nippers can be sharp, so trim small pieces at a time to get a smooth, clean finish.

Step 5

Be careful. Stop if you experience any bleeding while trimming your cuticles.


  • When applying cuticle remover, your skin should never burn. If it does, it may be irritated or dry. If you experience a burning sensation, rinse the cuticle remover immediately and wait to work on your nails when they aren't feeling so sensitive.