Treating Brittle Nails

Treating Brittle Nails

While brittle nails can happen to anyone, you are more likely to have this condition if you are a female older than sixty.

Brittle nails usually have ridges or lines up and down the nail. They may appear dry and then will likely break easily.

Brittle nails are made worse if your hands are often in water or if they come into contact with chemical agents. If you must have wet hands or hands exposed to chemical agents, protective gloves can help brittle nails from becoming worse. They can also help in the treatment process.

To treat your brittle nails, you need to rehydrate the nails, cuticles, and skin surrounding your nails. Bedtime is a great time to condition your nails with a good moisturizer. It can help to also wear a pair of cotton gloves after you moisturize and keep them on overnight.

If this doesn’t help as much as you would like, you might need nail enamel that will strengthen and nourish brittle nails.

Be careful when you use your hands to protect your hands and nails. Wear gloves when working with cleaners, chemicals, or when gardening. Moisturize throughout the day, but especially at night and right after bathing. Be mindful with nail polish and nail polish removers. When you apply sunscreen with at least a 30 SPF (sun protection factor), make sure to rub it into your nails too.

If you go to a nail salon, let them know that you have brittle nails and ask for products that will nourish your nails and not worsen brittle nails.

Dr. Aboutalebi can help you with treating brittle nails by recommending a good hydrating moisturizer and/or nail enamel. You can also get salon nail care suggestions from him.

Dr. Aboutalebi has been recognized continually as one of Fort Worth’s Top Doctors and has received the Patient’s Choice Award for several years. You can rest assured that your skin is in the right hands. Call today to schedule your skin exam at Northstar Dermatology.

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