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How To Get Rid Of White Spots On Nails: Our nails can tell us if we are sick or have an infection, but not all funky looking spots on our nails should cause concern, especially more common issues, like white lines or spots.
These white spots otherwise known as Punctate Leukonychia or milk spots have been wrongfully linked to a vitamin deficiency, but actually, they are typically a result of “nail trauma” from bumping nails against hard surfaces usually without even realising it. Let’s look at how to protect and restore our nails for optimal nail health.
How To Get Rid Of White Spots On Nails
Avoid Banging your Hand into Things
Nail trauma is the most common cause of white spots on nails, so it’s essential to make a conscious effort to be more careful doing everyday activities. Being mindful that the slightest bang of your nail on a hard surface can cause the white spots.
If you play sports or do manual labour protecting your hands maybe a little more challenging to avoid. We suggest wearing padded or protective gloves to ensure your nails take as little direct impact as possible.
2. AVOID Biting your Nails
Aggressively biting and ripping at our nails can cause trauma and damage. Try to avoid this habit and see the difference it makes. One tip to help resist eating them is to wrap scotch tape around them.
3. USE Gloves When Cleaning
When cleaning, our hands and nails are often exposed to different cleaning products that have chemicals which can damage our nails. Wearing gloves while cleaning can protect and prevent your nails from these dangerous toxins that can be too harsh. Also, wearing gloves can provide another layer of protection for preventing against nail trauma.
4. TRY Essential Oils
Many essential oils consist of anti-inflammatory and antibacterial properties. When they are directly applied to nails, these oils can penetrate the deepest part of skin tissue to help promote healing.
Two of the best essentials oils for our nails are tea tree oil and orange oil. Mix these oils with a base oil such as olive or vegetable oil and apply directly to the nails. It is important to note that the tea tree oil should be left on no longer than 20 minutes and orange oil for a max of 45 minutes. Remember to wash hands carefully when finished.
5. TRY Coconut Oil
Like essential oils, coconut oil consists of anti-inflammatory and antifungal properties which promote healing. These properties are essential to treating injuries, which is most likely where the white spots derived from (i.e. nail trauma). To get the most efficient results, apply a couple of drops of coconut oil and rub into nails. Leave it on overnight and repeat daily.
6. Moisturise your Nails
When your hands and nails are dry, they are more susceptible to cracking and damage. Consistently applying hand lotion or oil that consists of vitamin E will ensure your nails are moisturised and can help them stay healthy over time and be less prone to white spots caused by nail trauma.
7. Let Nails Grow Out
The most natural and least amount of work required to get rid of white spots on your nails is to let them grow out. This approach requires patience but can speed up by taking certain supplements that contain the vitamin biotin, which helps your nails and hair grow faster.
The Take-Home On How To Get Rid Of White Spots On Nails
Being proactive and protecting your nails against nail trauma is the first step to getting rid of white spots, then if they still occur, try essential oils, coconut oil and moisturisers to get rid of them. As stress is a common culprit to many of the body and mind’s ailments, reduce stressing in general and caring for your body by using natural products will aid in its healing and recovering.
This is a guest post from one of our esteemed reader, Erica Long. Erika Long loves corgis, curry and comedy. Always searching for the next great snuggle, flavour or laugh, she inspires people to live their best life now. When not writing, Erika can be found at her local brewery dominating Harry Potter trivia night.