A Brief Look at Common Nail Problems
Certain nail problems are so common that most people will
experience them at some point or another. Despite how common
the problems are, however, people don't always know the reason
for such problems or what, if anything, should be done to fix their
latest nail crisis. Here is a brief look at three common nail
problems, plus some advice regarding their possible solutions.
1. Your nails have white marks.
It's very common for white marks to appear on nails. Though minor
trauma is the most common cause of white marks, such marks can
also be caused by excess calcium consumption. Whenever white
marks appear on your nails, the best thing to do is wait for the
marks to naturally grow out. Trying to buff off or file such marks
from the surface of your nails will do nothing to solve the issue
and may lead to affected nails becoming more brittle.
2. Your nails crack while being filed.
Filing in a back and forth "sawing" motion is the most common
culprit for nails cracking while being filed. To help minimize the
problem, always file your nails in a smooth motion from the same
direction. A common strategy that can prevent cracked nails is
filing each nail starting from its outer edge then moving inward
toward the middle section of the nail. Repeat this action from
both sides of each nail until your nails have been filed into your
3. Your nails have vertical ridges.
While certain nutrient deficiencies can cause vertical ridges to
appear on your nails, the most common cause of vertical ridges is
aging. Thankfully, in most cases, such ridges are harmless and
require no action. If you feel compelled to get rid of the vertical
ridges on your nails, don't risk weakening your nails by trying to
file off the ridges. Instead, smooth out the surface of your nails
with a ridge filler, then apply a regular colored polish or a clear
top coat if desired.