Factors Affecting Nail Growth : There are so many reasons otherwise known as factors which may alter the normal growth rate of ones nails.
This factors can arise as a result of carelessness, it could be internal or external, It could even be both.
Whichever way they may be, one thing is certain, which is, they are capable of hindering or favours the growth of nails.
In this article, we shall look critically into how nails grow, what we can do to improve nail growth, factors that effects nail growth and the best way to deal with them.
But before we do so, it’s imperative to know the back-ends on which nail growth is hung.
It’s been said a thousand times on this blog that what you eat to a large extent is the bedrock to a healthy nail growth.
How true is this statement? Keep reading.
Often times, the food we hate to eat or fail to incorporate into our diet might just be what we need for our nails to grow out well. (Yeah you heard me right)
Food is undoubtedly a requisite to a healthy nail growth and must certainly be consumed for a shiny looking nails.
Besides that, not all food is good for your nails. There are some you should never consume, Never.
For example, food rich in vitamins, minerals and protein does not only keep our body sparkly, they also help to lengthen our nails and keep them in shape.
Here’s a post I wrote few days ago on Best Food For Nail Growth. You really should check it out.
Beside food, there are some other factors that favours nail growth which we are going to look out later in this article.
But before we do that, let’s take a look at how nails grow.
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How Do Nails Grow?
The whole growth process of nails is quite a complex one to understand. Let’s break it a little bit for your understanding.
Usually, nail growth starts and ends with the nail matrix – the portion where new nail cells are formed or produced.
The whole processes starts from the matrix. The matrix or nail root can be found underneath the cuticle.
The cuticle is that tiny fold of skin that helps to protect new nail cells from bacterial or fungal infection.
When these new cells are formed in the matrix, they pushes the old cells out which then hardens alongside with the new cells…
As they hardens, they grows out as nail plate from the cuticle and lay on the nail beds which are richly supplied with blood vessels.
As times goes by and as new cells are produced in the matrix, the plates lengthen out to form the free edge – the free edge is the whitish part just after the nail bed.
How Fast Do Nails Grow?
The rate at which nails grow is dependent on various factors. Ideally, nails grows to an outrageous length of 3.5 mm a month. That of the toe usually takes longer to grow.
Also, other factors like age, health, diet and hormonal changes can also determine the rate at which our nails grow.
Things You Can Do To Improve Nail Growth
If you’re really serious about the health and growth of your nails, then you really should stop putting your nails through stress. Below are just some ways one can improve his or her nail growth.
1. Practice good nail hygiene : The best way to improve ones nail is to adopt the lifestyle of caring for them. Avoid using your nail as tool – That’s not what they are meant for.
2. Avoid tooth and nail game : Try as much as you can to keep your hands far away from the reach of your mouth. Here are ways you can stop nail biting almost instantly.
3. Be nice to your nails : If you really want your nails to grow out well, then you should strive to make them happy always.
One way you can do this is by;
- File them the right way : Nails are to be file in one direction and not the other way round. Also, avoid using substandard nail file as they cause more harm than good.
- Keep them moisturized always : Moisturizing your nails does not only help to keep your nails in good health, it also keeps them from splitting every now and then.
- Use nail polish sparingly : Nail polish are the major causes of brittle nails so try to limit the way you use them.
- Stay clear from Acetone : Nail polish remover is another on the list of things you should try to minimize. If you must use one, then you should go for those with vitamins.
5. Eat plenty of vegetables : Eating lots of leafy vegetables is undoubtedly one of the surest way to improve nail growth.
These veggy – Broccoli, spinach and pumpkin are loaded with all the Vitamins your nails need for them to grow out well.
6. Always wear gloves : If you’re that type that do a lot of house chores, like washing dishes, doing the laundries, then you should consider wearing rubber gloves.
This gloves does not only prevent your nails from harsh chemicals, they also help to limit your hands coming in direct contact with water.
With that being said, lets now look at some of the factors responsible that effects nail growth.
Factors Which Affects Nail Growth
We may not be too quick to notice how our nails are faring not until they start to split, brittle or start looking pale.
When such begins to happen, only then we are faced with reality and start taking necessary measure to combat such.
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Below are a few factors that can hinder or promotes the growth of ones nails.
1. Poor circulation
When there is poor circulation of blood to your nail region, be sure to expect slow nail growth.
During circulation, the blood carries nutrient alongside with oxygen to all part of the body which invariably helps nails grow faster.
2. ill health
ill health is another factor that can hinders or affect nail growth. During illness, the body uses its available nutrient to combat the disease causing organism which then lead to slow growth.
It is no longer news that as one gets older, nail growth slows down a bit. This best explains why children between the age of 10 tend to have rapid nail growth than adults.
4. Poor diet
When your body is lacking some essential vitamins, protein or minerals, this can drastically affect how your nails grow.
5. Hormonal changes
Been pregnant can help increase hormone production in the body. During pregnancy, estrogen and progesterone are produced in the body in large quantity which helps to speed up the rate at which nail grows in pregnant women.
6. Weather condition
During winter, the rate at which nail grows slows down a bit. This is because there is little or no circulation during this period. As one approaches summer, the rate increases due to more intake of water.
When your nails are traumatized, there is bound to be slow nail growth. Trauma can lead to severe injuries to either the nail beds which will invariably effect the growth rate.
Certain chemical like acetone nail polish remover are the leading causes of slow nail growth.
This chemical contains harmful substances capable of hindering the rate at which nails grow and often causes them to become weak.
Taking certain medication can as well effect the rate at which your nail grows. For example taking chemotherapy medication can drastically effect your nail growth.
How Does Medication Affect Nail Growth?
Sudden changes in our nails can be attributed to the kind of medication we take. Usually, side effects of medication may cause your nails to become pale or cause them to lift away from the skin.
As you may have already known, nails can only go from good to worst once they’re not taking good care of.
Taking care of them literally doesn’t take much and won’t cause us anything.
However, other factors such as ill health, hormonal differences, trauma, chemicals, weather conditions and host of other activities can invariably affect how our nails grow.
Despite that, there are still some things we can adopt to improve our nail growth. One amongst them is to keep them moisturized.
Moisturizing your nails helps to increase the rate at which blood flows to the nail matrix. Here’s an article on [How to moisturize nails the right way]
Now that you know the exact factors affecting your nail growth, we urge you to take action and to imbibe the act of keeping your nails moisturized always.