5 Common Nail Problems And How To Fix Them

by Gio

We all want beautiful, polished, healthy nails but bad habits, the weather and harsh nail products can cause havoc on them, leaving them brittle, dry and sometimes, even yellow! Ugly looking nails make us feel very self-conscious especially since we can’t hide them. After all, we can’t wear gloves all the time, can we? By taking proper care of our nails we can prevent the damage, but if it has already been done, you need to fix it. Here are 5 common nail problems and their solutions:

1. Yellow nails

Red and dark nail polishes can leave behind an unattractive yellow stain on nails. Applying one or two generous coats of base coat before the nail polish will usually prevent it. Smoking is another main cause of yellow nails and in this case, you should just stop. In any case, whatever the cause, if your nails are already yellow, you can get rid of the stain by applying some lemon juice on your nails. In alternative, you can soak them for a couple of minutes in 3% hydrogen peroxide (you can buy it at the drugstore). If these fixes don’t work, then the yellow stain is likely a symptom of a more serious medical condition and you should see a doctor.

2. Peeling nails

There are several things that can cause nails to peel. Washing hands a lot, using harsh ingredients on them and living in a dry climate, can cause nails to become dry and brittle. To prevent this from happening, often apply a moisturizing lotion on your hands and wear gloves when you are doing the dishes. Keeping nails short usually helps too. If the damage has already been done, gently buff the part where the nail is peeling.

3. Nails that split easily

This problem can be caused by nail biting, bad manicures or artificial nails. The best thing to do is to stop those habits immediately and your nails should go back to its normal, healthy state. However, sometimes, that just doesn’t happen and if after a year you don’t see an improvement, then the nail plate is permanently damage and unfortunately there’s nothing you can do about it. Keeping nails short, using a moisturizer and minimizing the use of products containing harsh ingredients will maintain them in good condition and prevent the problem.

4. Ridges

If the base of your nails gets continually damaged, your nails won’t grow properly. The main causes of this are frequent manicures, artificial nails and pushing cuticles back too far. Again, the best option is to keep nails in good condition by moisturizing them and keeping them short. In addition, don’t over-cut your cuticles. A gentle buffing action can also help but don’t do it too often or you may make matters worse. Sometimes, though, ridges are genetic and just the way your nails grow.

5. Dry cuticles

If the weather, harsh products or neglecting to take proper care of your hands, have left your cuticles dry, there’s only one thing to do: apply a rich, emollient moisturizer on them. Using a hand cream regularly will keep them always moisturized and prevent this annoying problem.

Do you know any fixes for any other common nail problems? Share them in the comments!

Source: The Style PA

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electronicfly July 8, 2011 - 1:15 pm

Peeling nails can also be a sign of a vitamin A or Iron deficit. I had peeling toe nails for some time, even when I’m living in a humid climate and the harshest stuff that touch my feet would be soap. I did a Google search, found that deficit explanation, changed my diet and poof! no more peeling nails now 😀

beautifulwithbrains July 8, 2011 - 8:11 pm

Electronicfly, thank you for your comment and sharing your experience. A bad diet and Vitamins deficit can be the cause of peeling nails and also bad skin and hair. It really is important to eat healthily to be beautiful both inside and out. 🙂

vonnie July 9, 2011 - 2:18 pm

good post! my nails were splitting and peeling something awful…been using nail teks and moisturizing lots, seems to be helping

beautifulwithbrains July 9, 2011 - 4:06 pm

Vonnie, I’m glad your nails are getting better. Keeping them moisturized really helps maintain them in good condition. 🙂

Makeup Morsels July 9, 2011 - 6:17 pm

Nice post 🙂 Back when my nails kept breaking, I thought it was because they had gotten too weak at first, so I kept trying to build them up with nail treatment. Of course, the problem was that they were actually getting too dry, so once I realized that, I started using a moisturizing nail treatment, and it made a huge difference.

beautifulwithbrains July 9, 2011 - 6:55 pm

Makeup Morsels, it can be tricky to know what the cause of the problem is but I’m glad you figured it out in the end. A good moisturizing treatment always helps. 🙂

Roxann July 11, 2011 - 1:22 pm

I have had a struggle with my nails, weak and peeling, turns out my iron levels are to blame. After taking a daily supplement of COD liver oil (Yuck!) my nails have improved and my hair as well 🙂

beautifulwithbrains July 11, 2011 - 4:15 pm

Roxann, I’m glad you managed to solve the problem, even though you had to take COD liver oil (eww) to do it. Any vitamin/nutrient deficit is bad for can cause problems for hair, skin and nails too so it’s important to eat healthily. 🙂


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