What Are Those Ugly Lines On My Fingernails?

As I’ve gotten older, those vertical ridges on my nails seem to be
getting more and more prominent. I really noticed those ugly lines
recently in the pictures on my pumpkin cheesecake dip recipe where my
thumb is on full display holding a Nilla wafer. That’s when I decided to
do some research to see if those ridges meant anything about my health,
and if there was anything I could do to get rid of them.

What They Mean About Your Health

After a lot of research, I did find that there is a small, rare
possibility that those ridges can mean an underlying medical condition
or possibly even nail trauma, but for most of us, it’s completely normal
as we age to see them getting more noticeable, especially if you have
dry skin or skin conditions such as eczema.

I’m 36, and they’ve only recently started bothering me, but I’m
relieved to find that they are most likely harmless. I’m just getting
old. : )


But Why Are They There?

They’re basically like wrinkles of the nails! As we age, the nail
matrix gradually starts to lose it’s effectiveness in some areas,
causing your nails to grow out uneven, resulting in what we see as lines
or ridges that run from the cuticle all the way up to the tip of the

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.

Painting your nails will obviously help disguise your ridges as well,
especially if you use a ridge filling base coat. It also helps create a
bond with your nail polish so that it lasts a little longer.

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