Is the skin around your nails peeling? Nobody likes the peeling skin around their nails and it is most painful while you are eating with hands. Nobody likes the peeling skin rather you are in a business meeting or on a date. The flaky skin around the nails can be unpleasant to look at. Most of the time it happens to take place around fingers and toenails, sometimes on lips too. There could be different reasons behind peeling off the dead skin. some of which are mentioned below. Our skin is exposed to a number of external elements such as dust, climatic conditions and sudden rise and fall in temperature. Harsh weather conditions such as extreme summers and dry winters can damage exposed parts of your hands and feet. Dermatologists suggest that washing your hands with soap can also result in peeling off your skin. Most of the soaps have soda content which dries up the necessary moisture from your skin. Apart from removing skin around the nails, nail biting is one more reason which may result in injury close to the fingertips and your nails. Exposure to chemical contents such as harsh soap or detergent which are commonly used for dishwashing and laundry can also lead to injuries on sensitive parts of your hands. Allergies to different cosmetics such as nail paints especially acetone-based nail paints can also result in skin damage around nails. What can you do: Prevention is always better than cure, we all are used to hear this thing from our childhood but do we really follow this? If it's just a dry skin problem then you can go with moisturizing lotion which will help in keeping your skin hydrated, you can also go with petroleum jelly or almond oils. During manicure, we should never allow the beautician to remove the nail fold. If you want the nails to look clean, you can gently push the cuticles back with an orange stick, a thin wooden stick used for nail care. You should never try to use metal instruments on the nail fold or cuticle.