Is this fungus? How did this happen to my toenail? Can it be treated? Is it permanent? Can it be prevented?
The answers to these questions and more coming up!
Greetings all, welcome back!
So if you are one of many nail gals who loves to get their toenails done relatively often but, in addition leave your polish on your toenails for more than 3 weeks because, hello polish on toenails lasts like 5 times longer… then you may very well be familiar with this unsightly striation on the toenails.
So is it fungus?
Let me put your mind at ease. If all you see is this on your toenails, as unsightly as this is. It is not fungus.
The striation on the nails are basically flaking of the nail layers.
How did this happen?
This type of damage to the nail is very common. Yet the damage to the nail is actually very superficial and nothing to be to be worried about.
This superficial damage to the toenail is usually the result of excessively buffing the nail and applying a very acidic product to it, this is my toenail, and I buffed it and used a cheap polygel product on it to test, and this happened. Ugh.
But most often then not, having dealt with many a set of feet in the salon, it is due to clients leaving the same nail polish on the toenails for well over 3 weeks. For me, it was especially noticeable on those clients that kept their polish on for longer than 5 weeks.
That’s right. If the nailpolish is not refreshed (as in removed and reapplied) every 3 weeks, there is a good possibility of this happening on your toenails. My clients were clearly able to see and test this theory, and because we know, and I especially couldn’t expect my clients to come in every 3 weeks for a pedi, I simply asked them to remove their nail polish at home after 3 weeks to avoid discoloration and this flaking.
This can also happen on your fingernails but it is a little less commonly caused by polish and more than likely caused by pulling off products from the nails, like gels and acrylics.
So can this be treated, and how soon can the nail recover?
Actually the best way to get rid of this is to use a ceramic bit in a vertical direction, begin removing it with very minimal pressure. You can scrape it off but sealing the nail with a ceramic bit, guaranteed no re-emerging of the flaking in my client’s next visit. If you just buff of with a square buffer or sponge buffer you will be etching the nail and it will return. Now if you want to just DIY repair at home then you will have to seal the nail with a 2-way shining buffer. You may find either Walgreens or CVS to have a multi-way buffer ready to go.
You can also avoid this from happening by using gel color on the toenails. Leaving gel color on the toenails past 3 weeks did not cause that striation damage on my clients, especially when the gel color was removed with an efile.
Is this damage permanent?
No, the damage you removed should not return in any significant manner if you sealed the nail with either a ceramic bit or 2 way shining buffer.
How to prevent this damage from recurring?
Continue to be gentle to your toenails by not buffing or allowing your tech to buff your nails with gritty buffers or sanding bands. Remove or refresh the nail polish every 3 weeks.
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