Posts Tagged ‘cuticles’

Solutions for Dry, Brittle Nails

Dry, brittle nails are a common problem in women. Sometimes trauma to the nails can lead to dryness, splitting and other nail changes. However, for many women, these nail problems appear spontaneously and there is no obvious cause. If you have dry, brittle nails, there are a few things you can do to help.  Biotin is a vitamin for the hair and nails, and this works well to strengthen the nails. It can take several months to notice a change so it is important to be patient. I usually recommend at least 3000 micrograms daily to get the best results.

The nail matrix is the white area at the bottom of the nail bed next to the cuticle. This is where your nails are made. For this reason, it is important to avoid any trauma to the cuticle, because any trauma in this area can affect the matrix and cause splitting, peeling and other nail changes. Avoid extensive clipping and cutting of the cuticle during manicures, which can cause trauma to the cuticle. Application of Vaseline to the cuticle area daily can hydrate the cuticle and improve overall nail health.  It is important to note that some medical conditions, like psoriasis and eczema, can also cause nail changes. These can be treated with topical steroid creams. It is best to see a dermatologist if you think you may have one of these conditions to get the best results.

What can you do for hang nails?

What you can do for hang nails

Hang nails occur when the cuticle is very dry.  The skin around the cuticle becomes damaged and rough and this leads to hang nails.  Clipping and cutting the cuticle during manicures can predispose you to hang nails.  This practice can also increase your risk of nail infections and should be avoided anyway.  So the first step to avoid hangnails is to stop clipping the cuticles.  Certain nail products such as acrylic glue and even some nail polishes contain ingredients that contribute to irritation of the cuticles and the skin around the nails so it is smart to avoid these.  The best way to treat hangnails is to hydrate the skin around the nails.  You can do this by using a thick ointment like Vaseline on the skin around the nails daily.  This will also help to grow healthy nails, so you can get an extra added benefit.  An easy way to do this is to keep a tube of Vaseline Intensive Care lip balm with you (in your purse or your car).  It is small and convenient and you will remember to apply the ointment no matter where you are.  With regular use of a hydrating ointment, hangnails should resolve within 4-5 weeks.