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Here remedies that can strengthen your nails and prevent them from breaking.

There is no proven way to speed up nail growth. However, many remedies can strengthen the nails and prevent them from breaking, giving them the best chance of healthy growth and appearance.

1. Preventing and treating dry skin

Moisturizing the hands and nails may help the nails grow faster.Dry skin often means that the nails are also dry. Very dry skin can even crack open and bleed, exposing the nails to fungal and bacterial infections.

When the skin surrounding the nail bed or nail matrix is dry, it could damage the nails as they grow.

To prevent dry skin, moisturize hands and nails during the winter months and apply lotion after washing hands. People who have eczema should choose eczema-friendly creams that are highly moisturizing.

2. Keeping the nails dry

Water can weaken the nails, making them soft and brittle. Always dry the nails thoroughly after swimming or showering.

It is a good idea to wear gloves when washing dishes, clothes, and surfaces. This can help them prevent water or cleaning products from sitting on top of the nails.

3. Filing and grooming the nails

Keeping the nails filed into a slightly rounded or squared shape can prevent them from snagging and breaking.

Good nail grooming may also discourage biting and picking. Snagging, breaking, and biting can all have an impact on nail growth.

4. Avoid harsh polish removers

Avoid using acetone polish remover because it can dry and weaken the nails. Steer clear of nail polishes that require its use.

However, if acetone is the only option, avoid soaking the nails in acetone. Instead, rub them with the polish remover, then thoroughly wash and moisturize the hands.

By: Zawn Villines | December 11, 2019

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