Can I Get Rid of Ridges In My Fingernails?

Fingernail ridges occur mostly because of age. Though you can’t get rid of nail ridges, you can reduce their appearance by using moisturizer, taking biotin, and limiting use of nail polish remover.

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Ridge walking is exciting. Ridges in your nails are not.

Vertical ridges in your fingernails generally are not a health concern, but they can be unsightly. And many patients ask me, ” Can I get rid of ridges in my fingernails?” The truth is, once you have fingernail ridges, you’ll likely always have them.

Fingernail ridges are caused primarily by aging, something you can’t stop. But you can reduce the appearance of fingernail ridges by following these three steps:

1. Moisturize your nails. Use restorative moisturizing hand creams daily, and gently rub the cream into your nails and nail beds.

2. Consider taking 1500 mcg of Biotin once a day, which is widely available at drug stores.

3. Reduce your use of nail polish remover, which dries out nails and can contribute to the development of nail ridges. Look for non-acetone nail polish removers, and use no more than once a week.

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