FRAGILE AND BRITTLE NAILS?

Nails

Nail disorders

Recommendations

Nails bear a strong similarity with the hair: both are connected to the skin, perform  protective functions and are keratinised (that is, composed of a protein called keratin).

Nail disorders can be located in the nail body, matrix, base (or nail bed) and lateral folds. These disorders can affect the growth, thickness, attachment and appearance of the nails.

In most cases, the main consequences are aesthetic. They can, however, produce functional complaints or even pain, influencing quality of life.

Nails can become fragile and brittle or easily exfoliated due to a range of situations: contact with harsh agents (water, detergents, chemical products, etc.), fungal infections (mycoses), deficiencies (caused by weight-loss diets, bad habits, etc.), tics and manias, diseases (psoriasis, alopecias, iron-deficiency anaemia, hyperthyroidism, etc.), certain medications, ageing, pregnancy and so on.

It is important to visit your dermatologist if the nails change colour or shape, and if the skin gets inflamed, the area around the nail is painful or visible black or white lines appear.

 

RECOMMENDATIONS FOR FRAGILE AND BRITTLE NAILS

  1. Keep your nails clean and dry to prevent microorganism infections under the nail.
  2. Take Vitacrecil Complex Forte, a combination of factors that play a role in nutrition and proper nail growth, to improve their appearance, thickness, resistance and flexibility.
  3. Moisturise your nails frequently with creams designed specifically to do so (Emolienta Uñas).
  4. Apply a nail hardener, avoiding products that contain toluene, sulphonamide or formaldehyde.
  5. Protect your hands with rubber gloves when you work with or come into contact with water, detergents or harsh chemical agents for lengthy periods.
  6. Keep your nails short and slightly rounded to prevent any cracks or nail loss.
  7. Keep a fine emery board on hand to prevent future damage and reduce breakage.
  8. Cut your nails after bathing, because breaking them is more possible if they are dry.
  9. Use polish remover less often, because it makes the nails excessively dry and makes nail loss easier.
  10. Don’t remove cuticles when manicuring your nails, because the cuticles protect them from possible infections.
  11. Don’t misuse your nails as if they were tools (prying, scraping, picking, etc.).
  12. Avoid chewing your nails.