So nail ridges plague a lot of my clients, but rest assured they are not always the end of world. In this blog I’m going to show you a few tips to help with those pesky blighters and how to help get rid of them for good.

nail ridges

First of all it is important to know what type of ridges you have. Our finger nails are a real insight to our health and we really should pay attention to them, particularity sudden changes in colour and texture.

The 3 Very Basic Types of Nail Ridges

The first and the most common are Vertical Ridges. A common reason for this type of ridge is the natural ageing process. As we become older the nail plate can become thinner, they can be prone to flaking, be brittle or begin to split. This can subsequently start to form ridges, these ridges run from the cuticle to the free edge of the nail and although not normally a cause for concern, they can be very unsightly for many people.

Other causes of vertical ridges are

vertical nail ridges

Basically any form of nail ridges that occur, not as a result of ageing, with discolouration and changes in the texture of the nail plate should be checked out by your pharmacy or GP.

Second is Horizontal Ridges, these run from side wall to side wall and are called Beau’s Lines. These are often very deep and multiple lines may appear across the nail. These can be an indication of an acute underlying cause and so would need to be looked at by your GP asap.

Some of the causes are:

  • Acute kidney disease
  • Thyroid disease
  • Diabetes
  • As a result of chemotherapy
horizontal nail ridges

The last major cause of nail ridges is an injury of some sort to the nail plate for example shutting your finger in a car door or dropping a book on your nail. This may lead to a temporary bruise but if it was a more serious injury it may lead to a permanent vertical ridge if the nail plate has been damaged in the area of formation and will continue to grow with the weakness.

nail ridge injury

So what can you do to help those ridges??

If there has been an injury then there is nothing you can really do to help the nail as it grows with the damage from the cuticle edge. Beau’s lines are a symptom of a more serious illness and so would have been checked by your GP. This leave those pesky horizontal ridges that most commonly have been formed through the natural ageing process. So, these are my top tips to help with those types of ridge.

  • Help to hydrate them with a good cuticle oil twice a day and moisturise regularly
  • Gently buff the ridges – although care should be taken to not over buff the nail plate as this will cause it to be thin and brittle
  • don’t over file the free edge – this again can cause the nail to weaken and split or peel where the ridges are
  • Eat a well balanced diet and consider and multi vitamin specifically designed for nail strength

So there you go, the main reasons for those awful little lines and a few tips to help you at home to get rid of them, I would also recommend you get a really good manicure once or twice twice a month by a professional to really help get on top of them for good 🙂

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