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14 Secrets To Strengthen Brittle Nails
No Thumbs-Up For Nail Strengtheners
The corner drugstore is often the first stop for people with brittle nails. They turn to nail strengtheners in the hope of transforming their brittle nails into unbreakable ones. Our experts say that these nail strengtheners aren’t all that they’re cracked up to be. Nail strengtheners purportedly contain an ingredient that binds to damaged nails to make them thicker. But you can’t change the quality of the nail simply by applying something to the surface, says Kechijian. Instead of fixing the problem of brittle nails, he says, they merely camouflage the brittleness.
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Nail Cures From The Kitchen
Rub oil or thick hand cream into your nails while applying your hand moisturizer for better results, says Kunin. You can use expensive store-bought creams or look in your kitchen for vegetable oil or shortening. Glaser recommends this extra-soothing nighttime treatment. Before you go to bed, apply vegetable oil to your hands, then put on vinyl gloves or wrap your hands in plastic wrap to keep the oil off bedspreads and pillowcases. The hand coverings force the oil to penetrate your skin, preventing your hands from getting too dry.
Could A Dermatologist Help With Brittle Nails?
Kechijian suggests seeing a dermatologist if you’ve been applying a moisturizer for 2 weeks and are still experiencing brittle nails, or if your nails hurt or affect the everyday function of your hands.
Panel Of Advisors
C. Ralph Daniel III, MD,is a clinical professor of dermatology at the University of Mississippi Medical Center and a clinical associate professor of dermatology at the University of Alabama at Birmingham.
Boni Elewski, MD,is a professor of dermatology at the University of Alabama at Birmingham.
Dee Anna Glaser, MD,is a professor of dermatology at Saint Louis University School of Medicine in Missouri.
Paul Kechijian, MD,is a former clinical associate professor of dermatology and chief of the nail section at the New York University Medical Center in Great Neck. he's now in private practice in Great Neck.
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