Q&A

What could be the cause of chronic nail breakage?

Q.

I have natural nails that grow to a nice length then suddenly break off. My nails are not thin and they do not peel or fray. Every now and then I will get nail tips pout on for about two months, then take them off. My nails tend to become weak right after having the tips removed, but they usually return to their healthy state after a month. I’ve had the tips off for three months now and my nails are growing nicely, but they constantly break. What could be causing this?

 

A.

Nails that constantly break are usually a result of moisture loss in the nail plate or dehydration, which makes nails more susceptible to breakage. The best way to treat this condition is to soak the nails in warm water for 15 minutes at bedtime and then apply a good moisturizer on the nails, especially around the cuticle area because it’s near the nail growth center. Having tips put on is perfectly OK.

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