White streaks, black dots and furrows? A well-known cosmetologist from New York, Michelle Humphrey, who works for Maybeline, reveals what they are trying to tell us about our nails and how to deal with these conditions.
- Excess skin
Those loosened and dry parts of the skin around the cuticles that you can hardly wait to remove, she says to avoid touching them as much as possible. Their biting or traction can lead to bleeding and potential infection. If you keep your cuticles regularly, this excess skin will not appear.
- White flashes
In most cases, white spots indicate a trauma that has been experienced by your nails, so if you hit your finger, the chances are that they came about as a consequence. But if without a reason they appear, this means that you probably have a zinc deficiency. This problem can be easily resolved by adapting your diet. Make sure you eat more spinach, beans, yogurt, and shells that are rich in this element. Sometimes blemishes can also indicate nail dryness, which can be avoided by using an acetone remover.
- Change the color of the nails
Sometimes nails lose their nature and become yellowish. Most of the time this occurs as a spray of lacquer (which is why always use the base), while sometimes it comes from certain foods or smoking. Be careful when your nails are lifted and changed their color to brownish greenish. Then it may be a fungal or bacterial infection that requires immediate medical treatment.
- Wrinkles and hoarse nails
Vertical furrows are a natural sign of aging, which you can easily remove. But be careful not to be too aggressive, leaving the nail too thin and weak. Horizontal furrows can indicate stress or illness, but they most often appear on the nails of the feet, as they grow much slower than the nails of the hands.
- Black dots or lines under the nails
Dark lines or black spots below the nails that are not bruises from a stroke and do not disappear easily must immediately be shown to your doctor for detailed examination because they may be a sign of malignant melanoma, which is a very serious medical condition.