I develop tiny hard growths next to my nails. These things hurt. You can cut them with a nail clipper, but it works so much better with this handy tool. Just make sure you cut against the growth and it is easy to remove them. If you cut in the wrong direction you can sometimes cut into the skin next to your nail, which hurts. Put it close to your skin and move the sharp end away from you, cutting the cuticle perfectly.