Dry, cracked, or bleeding cuticles can be painful and embarrassing. The most common causes of cuticle problems are not moisturizing enough, washing your hands too often, cold weather, nail polish remover, and nail-biting or cuticle-biting. The best way to treat dry, cracked, or peeling cuticles is through prevention. Find alternatives to harsh hand sanitizers or products and moisturize your hands and cuticles often. See a dermatologist or beauty expert immediately if your cuticles are bleeding, swelling, or in pain.