WHAT THOSE UGLY LINES ON YOUR NAILS MEAN ABOUT YOUR HEALTH<br>(and how to get rid of them)

WHAT THOSE UGLY LINES ON YOUR NAILS MEAN ABOUT YOUR HEALTH
(and how to get rid of them)

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As I get older, the vertical ridges on my nails seem to become more prominent. I recently really noticed that ugly line in the pictures of the Pumpkin Cheesecake Dip recipe where my thumb is holding a Nilla Wafer. That’s when I decided to look into whether these ridges meant anything to my health and if there was anything I could do to get rid of them.

What they mean about your health
After doing a lot of research, I found that these ridges are a small and rare occurrence that could mean an underlying medical condition or even nail damage, but it’s normal for most of us to see them become more noticeable as we age. Especially if you have dry skin or a skin condition like eczema.

I’m 36 and they just started bothering me, but I’m relieved to find out they’re harmless. I’m just getting old. 🙂

But why are they there?
They are basically like fingernail wrinkles! As we age, the nail matrix begins to lose its effectiveness in some areas, causing your nails to grow unevenly, resulting in lines or ridges that run from the cuticle to the tip of the nail as we see it.

However, there are some deficiencies that can also cause these ridges or make them worse.

If your body is low in protein, zinc, calcium or vitamin A, a deficiency can sometimes be revealed by those annoying vertical ridges in your nails. If you have deep ridges or any other health issues, it wouldn’t hurt to get a blood test to check for possible deficiencies.

How To Lessen The Appearance Of Vertical Ridges On Your Nails

The best way to help lessen the appearance of those lines in the first place is to make sure you are moisturizing your hands and fingers throughout the day with a thick cream, oil or petroleum jelly, paying special attention to your cuticles. Basically, treat your nails like you would your wrinkles!

Also, I may sound like I’ve been living under a rock or something, but I didn’t realize you could buff and polish them with a simple $8 tool that makes them smooth and shiny, almost as if you’re wearing clear nail polish. I found this shape and shine tool on Amazon, and now I feel like I have a brand new set of hands! This seems to be the quickest solution, just be sure not to get carried away with all that buffing and sanding, especially if you have thin nails.