Artificial nails can wreak havoc on your natural fingernails. They can trap dirt, moisture, and bacteria into the nail area that can turn into an infection. Also, some nail professionals use harsh chemicals and techniques (such as “roughing the nail”) that can damage your nails and the surrounding skin. People have reported that after they get artificial nails removed, their natural nails feel paper thin, sensitive, and painful. If you’ve decided to get your artificial nails removed, the steps below may help.

Eat the Right Foods

A healthy diet can help strengthen nails. There are many resources available, including your doctor, to help you determine whether you are eating as well as you should.

Protect Your Nails

Nuvail™ (poly-ureaurethane, 16%), indicated for managing signs and symptoms of nail dystrophy (i.e. nail splitting and nail fragility), coats and adheres to the nail surface, preventing abrasion and friction on the nail surface while also providing protection against the effects of moisture. Nuvail is available by prescription only. Ask your doctor if Nuvail is right for you.

Be Patient

Nail recovery takes time. On average, your nails grow at a rate of 1 to 3 millimeters a month (about 1.4 inches a year). There’s no way to make them grow faster, but by taking these steps to strengthen them, you should see improvement as they grow.


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