Let’s Set the Record Straight on Nail Care

Is it possible to keep your nails strong and healthy? The answer is absolutely yes!

A set of healthy, well-kept nails can help you in both the social world, and the business world. But because of old wives’ tales that have been going around for quite a long time about nail care, many of us fail to care for our nails properly. But it’s not just old wives’ tales to blame for unkempt and unhealthy set of nails. A number of us follow the nail care guide of salons and unfortunately some salons do not provide the best advice and even treatments.

So let’s straighten out the facts. Here are helpful nail care tips from top dermatologists!

Nail Care Tips from Top Dermatologists

  • Let your cuticles be. If you have been cutting or manipulating your cuticles, you better stop now. Leave your cuticles alone. This is the advice from Dana Stern, MD, a dermatologist as Mount Sinai Medical Center in New York City. Wondering why you should leave your cuticles alone? Your cuticles serve as a natural barrier against fungi and bacteria and any breach on that barrier leaves you prone to infection which can cause harm to your nail bed and it may just get permanently damaged. Cutting your cuticles may pose the most danger for breach but pushing them back can also lead to problems. So whether you do your own mani and pedi or get them from a nail salon, make sure that your cuticles are left alone.
  • Avoid using nail hardener. Nail hardeners can bring you more harm than good. There has not been much clinical study done on this type of nail product so whatever claims you may read on the labels of these products, you should remember that they are not backed up by science. If you must use a nail hardener because your nails are exceptionally fragile, use sparingly.
  • Keep your nails and cuticles moisturized. This is according to Margaret Ravits, MD, a dermatologist at Hackensack University Medical Center in New Jersey. A nail moisturizer like Argan oil is essential in nail care. Keeping your nails moisturized helps prevent nails from breaking. A lack in moisture can make your nails prone to breakage. So apply a drop of Argan oil or any nail moisturizer, around the cuticle (this will also moisturize the nail) to avoid dealing with chipping, cracking or splitting nails.
  • Take biotin supplements. Taking biotin supplements can help make the nails thicker and therefore prevent nail splitting and nail breakage. A German study made an evaluation of 45 people suffering from severe nail problems. In the study, biotin supplements were given to the test subjects for several months. 91% of the 45 people cited significant improvement on their nails. Sumayah Jamal, MD, a dermatologist at NYU advised that to get such an effect, one should take the prescription strength, therapeutic level which is 2.5 mg daily.

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