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Remedy for Thin, Sore, Red Nails After Removing Acrylic Nails?

My nails are super thin sore and red after removing acrylic nails. The nails are so soft and are continually breaking. They feel like as soft as paper. I'm putting Vicks VapoRub on them; will that help?

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August 6, 20180 found this helpful

Cut your nails short. I would put a moisturizing hand and nail cream on them instead of the VapoRub, which can be drying.

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August 6, 20180 found this helpful

Definitely stop the Vicks. Use plain old kitchen vegetable oil and soak your nails in the morning and evening. You can reuse the oil for several days by keeping it in the fridge.

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If you are medically able to take supplements..NEVER do so without doctor approval as they can affect medication you may take...so if you get the ok, try one with bioten and/or vitamin E to help build nail strength.

If the issue persists for more than a week, talk to the doctor as you could have a fungal infection or other medical issue happening. Those acrylics are brutal.

I would avoid any nail treatment or products for a long time after you are healed to prevent future issues.

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August 7, 20180 found this helpful

Poeple lose sight of the fact that nails are a living breathing part of your body, vulnerable to illness, infection, as well as a marker for general health. So they go and put a bunch of weird stuff on them without taking into account what's happenign underneath. It is very good of you and for you that you took the time to notice that your nails were suffering as this is a reflection of a suffering of your own health.

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Acrylics are incredibly toxic and applying them to your nails puts you at risk of endocrine, kidney, and liver issues. Plus they simply damage the nails which are now in a state of weakness and thus more susceptible to poisons coming from the fake nails. YOur nails are also telling you that the nail beauty regime is affecting your health adversely. The thing to do is to listen to your body on this one and
-halt these nail regimes for a good month. I would just leave them alone but for some reason people can't exist without slathering some colouring or other on their nails, so go with a more healthy, breathable nail polish www.luckyvitamin.com/p-1908742-dr-s-remedy-enriched-nail...
www.ulta.com/breathable-treatment-color
these are all breathable and have oils and minerals in them that help them rebuild.
- also try to go for a soy based acetone free nail polish remover www.amazon.com/.../ref=sr_1_2_sspa?ie=UTF8&qid=1533659783... (Affiliate Link)

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- treat nails with moisturizers like Miracle Cuticle Oil ($20; dermstore.com) and Juara Coconut Illipe Hand & Nail Balm ($20; dermstore.com) or vitamin E (NOT vaporub)
- improve your diet to support nail growth. Add biotin, omega-3 rich food like eggs, fatty fish and sweet potatoes.

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January 20, 20192 found this helpful

Your health recommendations are good, however the persistent myth that nails breathe needs to be addressed. Nails do not breathe, they are made of keratin the same as hair. Also, the likelihood of poisons leaching out of acrylics through the nail plate and into the bloodstream is minuscule to zero. The salon workers are at risk not the customer - especially the less reputable ones that use MMA.

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Weakened nails from acrylics is not a sign that your body is suffering- the acrylics caused the damage. Nails do reflect some health issues and acrylics will cover that, but acrylics do not cause liver issues etc.

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February 5, 20191 found this helpful

Stop talking rubbish nails dont breathe for god sake! Her nails are so painful because the therapist done a bad job at removing them

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March 22, 20191 found this helpful

While I do agree with some of what you said you shouldnt use an acetone free remover, because they are more drying than pure acetone. Acetone removes polish much quicker, because it is only on the nail for s moment is less drying. In my experience acetone free removers never work as well and dry out my nails more.

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What I would suggest to help with the removal process is to put a whole bunch on Jojoba oil around the nail and cuticle before you remove the polish. That will act as a barrier and protect against drying.

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August 9, 20181 found this helpful

Basically, to get your nails strong again you will need to start adding a conditioner to them. You'll also need to cut them short.

Most people have this same issue after removing the nails and have gone to a shop and had gel added to the nails. The gel polish is a great way to protect your nails and allow them to grow out again. This isn't the same as having acrylic nails, but it is a great solution to repair the damage acrylic nails did.

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