Q. I have a friend who swears by avocado oil for her cuticles. I found some in a French drugstore and like it, but it occurred to me that plain old olive oil would probably offer the same benefits. Am I right?
A. Many readers report that almond oil or olive oil both seem to help dry cuticles and strengthen fingernails. We are sure that avocado oil would work just as well.

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    I have continuing problems with dry, unsightly, unevenly growing cuticles. I’ve tried a variety of lotions and oils for treatment. If I have some type of event to attend and break down and get a manicure (where these unsightly cuticles are at least “trimmed” for that one event), then the skin on my fingers under the cuticles will rip downward on the finger (in a hangnail-type fashion) and bleed. It is very embarrassing and makes me want to hide my fingers! Does anyone have a solution? Thanks!

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