Strengthening Weak and Thin Nails
Fingernails can become weak and thin for a number of reasons that can also make them vulnerable to softening, bending and breakage, and peeling. Healthy nails are smooth, with no discolorations. There are multiple actions that individuals can take for themselves to strengthen their nails.
One of the most common problems associated with weak nails is a lack of B vitamins. A deficit in calcium, iron and fatty acids are close seconds. Rather than taking specific supplements such as iron or calcium, opt for a multivitamin with calcium and B vitamins. No one should ever take an iron supplement unless their doctor recommends it. Eating a healthy diet is the best way to ensure healthy nails.
Weak nails are typically the result of being constantly exposed to moisture or chemicals. Those chemicals can include frequent nail treatments, nail polish remover that contains acetone, detergents, and cleaning chemicals. Give nails a chance to breathe by going without nail color and other treatments.
Taking a multivitamin will help, but don’t expect immediate results. It took a while for nails to deteriorate and it will take time to get them back in shape. Wear gloves when working with cleaning solutions and detergents.
Nails should be kept clean, short and trimmed in a rounded shape. For those that simply have to indulge in a manicure, be sure the technician and the salon are licensed. Don’t have cuticles removed, as it can easily result in an infection.
Use a good moisturizer on hands and nails regularly. The use of cuticle oil will also have a beneficial effect on nails. Keep nails filed and do so gently to prevent edges that can cause snagging and breaking. Use hand sanitizer only when necessary as the formulas contain alcohol that dries out nails and can make them more susceptible to damage.
Eating a healthy diet is a key element in maintaining strong nails. Over-the-counter nail hardeners are available that can help over the short-term, but it’s worth speaking with a dermatologist for a prescription solution that provides a long-term answer if home care doesn’t solve the problem.
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