FRAGILE AND BRITTLE NAILS?
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