People wonder if they’re supposed to push back the skin of their cuticles. Not only are you not supposed to push it back, but you should never push it back because that’s a great way to cause an infection. Your cuticle is that tiny but very important thin strip of dead skin that connects the skin of the end of your finger to your nail and most people think it’s just a piece of dead skin, they don’t realize how important it is, so they try to remove it, by cutting it, by pushing it, sometimes even by biting it because they think that without their cuticles their fingers will look better, but what they don’t know is how important that cuticle is in sealing skin to the nail from where the nail grows out so no germs can get into the space as the nail grows out because if germs get in there you get an infection and the germs that most commonly do that are bacteria and yeast, the same yeast that causes women’s vaginal infections. And if you get a yeast infection of the skin, which we call a paronychia, it’s tender, it becomes red and swollen and it takes months to go away, although it will go away with treatment. So remember, your cuticle is your friends, treat it well, don’t push them away and by the way, if you did push back your cuticle, don’t worry, it will grow back again.