The structure of human nails is similar to skin and hair in that they are composed of a brick and mortar arrangement of keratin protein filled dead cells imbedded in a lipid rich mortar. What is unique about nails is the thickness of this structure and that it is capable of absorbing much more water than skin or hair.
Why does it take so long to heal damaged nails?
When nails are damaged or deformed, it takes a lot of time for the body to repair the nail. That’s because nails grow from under your cuticles and any nail plate damage has to grow out. Most nails grow about 1mm per month so you can see that replacing damaged nails is an exercise in patience. Nails grow faster when you are young and growth slows with age.
What causes nail splitting and chipping and how do you fix it?
Many nail problems, such as splitting and chipping, are due to the nail plate drying out. Keeping nails pliable will go a long way to healing nails. Over my 30+ years practicing dermatology I’ve found Bag Balm to be the best remedy for splitting nails.
Because splitting nails are often accompanied by finger tip fissures and hand chapping, I have kits to heal all of these problems. Cover your hands and nails with cotton gloves for a deeply hydrating nail treatment at night. Apply Bag Balm after washing your hands during the day to help even more.
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