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10 Nail Biting Products That Help Beat My Addictive Habit

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At my third birthday party, I don't remember the cake or decorations or any noteworthy presents that I received that day. I do, however, recall being the center of attention — and I remember the way I fidgeted, putting my fingers in my mouth and biting my nails until it was time to blow the candles out. Since then, I've been a chronic nail biter and my search for nail biting products to help beat my addiction is ongoing.

Throughout the years, my mom would always tell me that my fingers were going to fall off and become infected if I kept on biting, and I never believed her — until one fateful day when my finger hurt so bad that I had to go to the hospital for an antibiotic. Believe me: I've tried to stop, but there's always an occasion that calls for a good gnawing session — whether I'm nervous about a big meeting or stressed out about a project. The real trigger is when I have a hangnail or damaged cuticle. And I can't help but pick old nail polish off, especially if a manicure appointment isn't too far in the future.

Fast forward to adulthood and I'm way more conscious about germs and all sorts of bacteria that can enter your body from your nails. I try not to bite my nails outside of my home and never do it unless I've washed my hands.

I really wanted to kick this habit for good, which is why I've tried everything from polishes, garlic, vinegar, hot sauce, and even cleaning supplies on my nails to prevent myself from biting them. Most products and treatments work to an extent, but I try to find ones that help me keep my nails and cuticles in tiptop shape.

If you and I share the same struggle, keep reading to see the picks that help me beat my habit every day.

Nail Biting Products

Nail Bite Deterrent No Bite

$8.99

ORLY

I recommend this to most of my friends that are struggling with nail biting. It's uncomplicated (just paint it on) and you tend to forget that it's on your nails — well, until you go to bite and the bitter flavor takes over.

Stop Nail Biting Polish

$14.95

Mavala Switzerland

This was one of the first systems that I used to break my habit. With over 6,000 reviews on Amazon, it's a miracle worker. The solution goes onto the nails, and if you go to bite, you'll get a bitter taste that isn't harmless in case of accidental ingestion.

Strong Will Anti-Nail Biting Click Pen

$14.95

Nail Quail

If you're on the go, this portable pen contains an extremely bitter formula that discourages chomping.

B-Tidy Nail Biting Hand Sanitizer

$12

Monarch Herbs

Fighting germs is a concern when you're a nail biter. This sanitizing spray naturally kills bacteria and offers a combination of unpleasant-tasting bitter herbs that help you fight your urges.

Creams

Hand & Nail Therapy

$22

TULA

A while ago, I noticed that when I have a good lotion on my hands, I don't have the urge to bite my nails. It's also helpful because your cuticles will stay healthy — and who'd want to damage their healthy cuticles?

Crème Abricot Nail Cream

$28

Dior

Another quality product that smells way too good to eat. (Because you're definitely not supposed to, either).

The Cure - Nail Cuticle Repair Cream Treatment

$24

Deborah Lippmann

If you're anything like me and struggle with your cuticles, give this repair cream a try. It's non-greasy, and if your cuticles are opened and damaged, it soothes them and helps to heal the soreness.

Oils

Purifying Tea Tree Nail Saver

$9

$7.14

Jason

I gave this tea tree oil a try when my habit reappeared earlier this month. It hydrated my damaged nail beds... and once they bounced back, I didn't want to ruin them again.

Neem Hand Oil

$10

Sundari

I use this oil daily. It heals your hands and nails from roughness and broken skin. The oil absorbs into your hands pretty quickly, and if you do go to bite, it won't taste very good — be prepared!

Tea Tree Oil

$10

The Body Shop

While I was in high school, this was my go-to for keeping my nails out of my mouth during school. It also helped with my blemishes, too.