5 Remedies For Nail Biting

Up until about a year and a half ago, I was a true nail biter. When I say a true nail biter, I mean just that. I often went past that with biting my skin down almost to the knuckle.

It was a bad habit I had struggled with for years. My fingers looked bad. Not only did I walk around without any nails, but I also walked around with bloody fingers. Sounds serious uh? Well, it was.

I would often be embarrassed to even show my hands. If I was around people when trying to pick up things, I would be as discrete as possible. I would hardly point to things and tried to use my hands as little as possible.

My parents tried helping me when I was younger. They would but gloves on my hands when I was asleep and even tried putting something bitter on my fingers, so if I ever went to bite my nails, I would taste the bitterness, which was what was supposed to remind me to not bite my nails. Needless to say, it didn’t work. I never knew why I bit my nails. I was hardly nervous about anything so I never understood it.

Nail biting can be a struggle. I was never really teased about it in school, but people did notice. I maybe got a few comments about it and it bothered me, but at the time there was nothing I could really do about it. It was a habit that was hard to kick.

Here’s a pic of what my nails used to look like:

This is what I started out with

I started wearing acrylic nails, hoping that it would help me kick my habit, but I found myself biting those off as well. It was crazy! I was a nail biting machine. My nails would grow underneath and I would either just take them off myself, or bite them off. I managed to wear my real nails for a few days, but after that, they would be history.

When I Finally Kicked the Habit

Just about a year and a half ago I decided to get some acrylic nails for the holidays. Christmas was approaching and I was visiting my parents, so I wanted my hands to look nice. A few weeks after I got back home, I removed the acrylic nails. I looked down at my hands and noticed how beautiful they were. I had gone a good little while without biting my nails and they managed to grow about medium length.

Here’s what my nails looked like while they were growing:

I made a vow to myself right then and there that I wouldn’t bite my nails anymore. I’m proud to say today, that I have stayed true to that vow. My nails have grown so long and they are so healthy that I’m still in shock. I couldn’t believe how long my nails grew or that they could even get that long.

Here is what my nails look like now:

 

How You Can Kick the Habit Too

If you truly want to stop biting your nails, take advice from someone who has been there. Here are a few remedies for nail biting.

1.    Take a good look at your nails and ask yourself why you want to stop biting them. If you can grasp the reason why you bite them, quitting may be a lot easier than you think. Even though I never knew why I would bite my nails, if I had of figured out the source of my problem, I could have quick a lot sooner.

2.    Like I mentioned above, adding a bit of bitterness to your fingers may help you remember not to bite your nails, once you get the taste in your mouth. It’s some real strong stuff that will definitely remind you if you ever forget. I recommend Stop Nail Biting Secrets. I wanted to learn the root of the problem I had and I wanted to make sure that I didn’t back slide, so I invested in Alex’s product and it has helped tremendously.

3.    Walk around with sugarless lollipops. They are a great substitute for nail biting. Anytime you feel the need to gnaw on one of your helpless fingers, just stick a lollipop in your mouth. This way, you have something to keep your mouth busy for a while and you give your nails a bit longer of freedom.

4.    Ask a family member to remind you if they happen to see you chewing your nails. If they see you, they can scold you about biting them and can help with keeping your fingers out of your mouth longer.

5.    Seek a dermatologist if your nail biting is truly out of control like mine was. If all you’re doing is biting off the tips, then you don’t have a medical problem. However, if you’re down to biting around your cuticles and such, then you may want to see someone. The cuticle acts as a barrier to keep bacteria, yeast and other liquids from getting underneath the skin of the finger. Once you remove that barrier, you’re on your way to having permanent deformed nails.

Nail biting can be a struggle, but with a bit of practice and help, biting your nails can be a thing of the past. Hey, it was for me.

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