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Brittle nails aren’t just annoying or unsightly. They can end up being very painful. Breaking part way down the nail leads to them pulling away from the skin, causing bleeding and sometimes infection.

The best thing you can do is protect your nails and help them to grow stronger. The good news is that you can do this with some simple changes. You can also use over the counter treatments to help with the strengthening process, whether they’re brittle from poor diet or have become damaged after removing acrylic nails.

Here’s your step by step guide to get rid of brittle nails.

Find Out Why Your Nails Are Brittle

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Before you start curing brittle nails, you need to know what the problem is. For some, it’s just diet. Without enough calcium, your bones, teeth and nails can all start to weaken and snap. Brittle nails can also be a symptom of vitamin D deficiency because the body can’t absorb enough calcium without the vitamin D.

Once you start treating the problems, you will find that the symptoms will clear up. The great news is that many of the natural treatments will all help to add more calcium into your diet or help to get other necessary vitamins that will protect your nails.

However, there are times that brittle nails are a symptom of a more serious condition. For example, it could be the early signs of fungal nail infections. No matter how many treatments you use on the nails, the brittleness won’t go away without treatment for the infection.

Psoriasis and eczema can spread into the nails, along with many other skin conditions. It’s worth finding out if this has happened with your nails. There are other more serious conditions that involve brittle nails as a symptom. The only way to completely clear up the condition is to treat the main problem.

Another reason for brittle nails is the way they are used throughout the day. A common misconception is that the nails are tools. People will use them to open cans or to scratch into the material. While treatments will strengthen the nails, the consistent use will continue to weaken them. It’s a constant cycle until the habits are stopped.

The nails aren’t designed to pull at materials or to be drummed on tables. This weakens the whole nail bed, and can lead to the nails later growing at poor rates. You will also find that the nails snap, and they can break at odd angles, causing pain and bleeding.

Overuse of nail polish or the use of acrylic nails is also problems when it comes to brittle nails. The treatments get into the nails and can lead to them softening. This is especially a problem with acrylic nails since the nails are filed and protective layers are removed for the acrylics to sit properly.

To help protect the nails, limiting the use of nail polish and acrylic enhancements would be the best, but we don’t always want to do that do we? So, instead, we want to focus on tips to help strengthen the nails while using the enhancements. The important thing is just ruling out any other reason for your brittle nails first.

Once you know the reason, you can start improving the look of your nails effectively. You can prevent the underlying reasons to strengthen your nails.

Meanwhile, here are some tips to help strengthen your brittle nails to protect them.

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