I know it's not good to do but I usually trim my cuticles a little bit when I do manicures at home or just weekly maintenance to my nails. I love this product and how easy it was to use. Now I just put this on my nails (and toenails), wait a few seconds, and using a tool, I push my cuticles back. The bottle lasts a long time as well. I bought it last year June and almost a year later, I'm only halfway through the bottle...and that's with using it once weekly or every two weeks.