-- Robert Preidt
SATURDAY, April 20 (HealthDay News) -- If you want healthy and
attractive nails, you have to take good care of them.
"Nails need to be moisturized, especially after removing nail polish, so be sure to apply a cream regularly," Dr. Phoebe Rich, a clinical adjunct professor of dermatology at Oregon Health Science University, said in an American Academy of Dermatology news release.
"Always protect your cuticles. Never cut or forcefully push back your cuticles, as doing so could lead to an infection. If you must push them back, only do so gently after a shower or bath," she explained.
If you go to a nail salon, check for cleanliness. Are the
stations clean? Does the nail technician wash her hands between
clients? Are there dirty tools lying around?
Ask how the salon cleans its tools and find out if your nail
technician has the necessary experience and/or license, if
required, she added.
Rich also said there is no proof that immersing nails in gelatin
makes them stronger. She added that polishes that contain
strengthening ingredients increase nail stiffness, which may make
nails break more often.
Artificial nails are fine for people with healthy nails, as long
as they are not worn continuously, Rich said. Do not wear
artificial nails to cover up nail problems, as they may make these
problems worse. Artificial nails are not recommended for people who
have brittle nails or are prone to fungal infections.
The U.S. Food and Drug Administration offers information about
nail care products
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