6 Nail Health Myths You May Have Heard That Just Aren’t True

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  • MYTH: GEL AND ACRYLIC NAIL MANICURES CAUSE NAIL DAMAGE

Whether you do it yourself or go to a salon, keep in mind that each phase of the removal process is crucial: buffing the top layer of lacquer, wrapping each nail in remover until it begins to peel at the sides, and gently pushing the remaining polish off with an orange stick to finish.

  • MYTH: RIDGES ON YOUR NAIL BEDS ARE A SIGN OF HEALTH PROBLEMS

Vertical lines on nails, often known as ridges, are a frequent ageing nail feature. Nails lose their ability to absorb nutrients and keep moisture as they age. This, in combination with differences in cell turnover, results in an uneven look.

  • MYTH: BEFORE A MANICURE, YOU SHOULD ALWAYS SOAK YOUR NAILS

Water dehydrates the nails and causes the nail beds to momentarily enlarge, causing any lacquer you apply to lift and chip more quickly.

  • MYTH: CALCIUM DEFICIENCY CAUSES WHITE SPOTS ON THE NAILS

Leukonychia are white spots on the nails that are frequently misdiagnosed as a calcium shortage. Minor nail trauma, which occurs when the nail plate is injured by everyday bumps and bangs, is the most common cause.

  • MYTH: YELLOW NAILS SHOULD BE WORRIED ABOUT

Wearing a highly pigmented or dark coloured nail lacquer is the most common cause of nail yellowing. Wearing a proper basecoat to prevent lacquer from seeping into the nail plate is one of the best strategies to avoid fading.

If your nails are yellowing despite not wearing polish on a regular basis, or if there are other symptoms such as thickening or cracking, it could be a fungal infection or an underlying problem. A dermatologist can assist you in determining the reason and developing a treatment plan.

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