(Closed) I really want to stop biting my nails

posted 3 years ago in Wellness
Post # 16
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385 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: June 2017

I was also a nail biter my entire life, up until about two months ago. This might sound terrible but my only motivation was that I knew once I got engaged everyone would ask to see the ring, and I wanted my nails to be pretty lol. I started with glue on nails from the store and then I started to do my own gel nails (but if you’ve chewed off acrylics then that probably won’t help) and now my nails are super long. Still weak from the years of biting, but getting better. If it helps, even though it’s gross, think about the nasty bacteria under your nails that get in your mouth. Good luck bee! 

Post # 17
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492 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: December 2014

I’m not a nail biter, so I can’t really relate, but I wonder what causes you to nibble? Is it stress? Anxiety? Boredom? I would think if you could nail down the root of what drives you to bite, it would help you overcome the habit. 

Post # 18
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Busy bee

I’m a nail biter too. I’ve gotten a lot better than I used to but I still do it absent mindedly when Im doing stuff like driving or reading. Cuticle cream has really helped me, burts bees is great! I pick around me nail beds to the point that they bleed but if they’re not dry there’s no loose skin to pick. Also keeping my nails painted even if they’re really short

Post # 19
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891 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: March 2015

Eek. I bit mine up until about high school, and I was going to suggest nail polish, but I guess that doesn’t work for you. I’d continue to polish/shellac/do acrylics, but remind yourself of the chemicals that you DO NOT want in your mouth. I don’t really know. I guess will power is going to be the biggest thing.

Post # 20
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891 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: March 2015

hmking:  Yes, this! The nasty bacteria that lives under your nails. No matter how well you wash your hands, underneath your nails is a haven for all kinds of nasties. Make yourself think of that.

Post # 21
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: April 2018 - Our Backyard

I was bad and didn’t stop until I was close to 30. At 40, I still bite them occasionally when I’m under a lot of stress. I stopped when I started teaching elementary school-I was grossed out by the dirty kids and didn’t want to put my hands in my mouth 🙂 

Post # 22
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265 posts
Helper bee

I was a hard core nail biter up until I started using nail wraps (specifically Jamberry nail wraps). To me, they’re worth their weight in gold. Acrylics never worked for me because they weakened my nails and made me bite more, but nail wraps don’t harm the nail at all. And no, I’m not a sales rep. Haha.

Good luck! I know how hard it is!

Post # 23
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1149 posts
Bumble bee

I was a nail biter until I was 12 years old. I’m not sure if it’s easier to break the habit when you’re older (more mature?) or when you’re younger (haven’t been on the habit as long), but I don’t feel like nail polish and putting nasty tasting stuff on your nails work.  For me, painting my nails and peeling then biting is just one more thing for me to do and obsess over my bad nail habbits. I can’t really tell you what to do bee, I just stopped. I made a concious effort to stop biting, I mess up a few times but after 2-3 weeks you turn that into something unconcious that you do and don’t bite anymore.  I don’t really know if that even make sense, but I hope it works out for you.

Post # 24
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: October 2013

I was a bad nail biter until I was 26(ish?). I tried everything – I too bit right through acrylics whenever the edges started to raise and bit through nasty polish… I’ve found that I bite my nails whenever they are uneven or the skin around them is rough. I once heard someone refer to nail biters as lazy perfectionists – wanting everything smooth and even but being in a hurry to deal with problems. Teeth are faster than going to find a file. For me what stops it is taking good care of my nails. I soak my fingers then use a cuticle nipper to take off any dead skin, then I use a pumice stone to scrub around the nails and make everything really smooth. After that I moisturize then clean under the nail and file what there is of the edges to be straight and smooth. Then I coat with a darker polish (with light colored polish I can see immediately when my nails get dirty and then I start picking at them). If I keep up with a routine I will have little difficulty not biting them and then they get long and lovely. The minute I slack off and rough spots return it’s all over and I have to start again with short nails…

Post # 25
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Worker bee

I also bite and pick at my nails and the skin around them on my thumbs. I hate it so much. Not sure how to stop it. I think I should probably just try to keep my nails painted at least so I don’t want to ruin them. It does suck when you have this gorgeous ring and ugly nails! Lol. Thanks for all the tips bees.

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