Are you someone who feels like your nails are breaking or chipping every day? If yes, you likely suffer from brittle nails. The good news is there are ways to help strengthen brittle nails. Here are our top 10 ways to make your fingernails stronger:
1. Shorter nails are better than longer nails
If you struggle with brittle, weak nails, consider keeping their length shorter to allow them time to build up strength. Shorter nails are also less prone to breaking.
2. Change how you file your nails
How you file your nails after trimming is also essential. Filing your nails in a back-and-forth motion can weaken them. Gently file them in one direction only.
3. Ditch nail polish removers that contain acetone
An acetone-based nail polish remover is harsh on nails. It can cause dryness, peeling, splitting, and white marks. Choose a nail polish remover that states it is acetone-free.
4. Eat foods that promote strong nails
Vitamin deficiencies can lead to brittle nails. Eating a variety of nutrient-dense food is vital to strengthen nails. Protein and calcium promote nail health, as do biotin-rich foods such as veggies, eggs, and nuts.
4. Stay hydrated
Staying hydrated will help your nails retain moisture and remain strong. Without it, nails are more prone to breakage.
6. Take a biotin supplement
Biotin is one of the B vitamins. Biotin can help strengthen hair and nails and also helps the body’s nervous system function properly. Check with your healthcare provider before taking a biotin supplement to ensure that it’s safe for you.
7. Minimize exposure to water
Too much soaking in water can cause your nails to become weak and brittle. Wear gloves when washing dishes, and try to keep your hands out of the water while taking a bath. While it’s impossible to avoid water, be mindful.
8. Avoid using acrylic nails
Frequent acrylic nails can cause your nails to peel, which weakens them. If you must get them, don’t wear them continuously.
9. Add a nail strengthener to your routine
While over-the-counter nail hardeners work short-term, prescription strengtheners are the best choice for long-term use. They contain chemicals that both increase the nail’s strength and trap moisture to prevent future brittleness. Consistent use of nail strengtheners is vital for long-term results.
10. Talk to your doctor
See a board-certified dermatologist if you’ve tried multiple routes and haven’t noticed any change in your nails. They can look at your nails and determine if there is an underlying issue. If need be, they can prescribe a prescription-strength nail treatment that can help to strengthen your nails.
Do you have a skin, hair, or nail concern?
The board-certified dermatologists at Forefront Dermatology are here to answer and address any of your concerns surrounding your skin, hair, and nail health. Find a location nearest you to schedule an appointment.