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Sat Feb 25, 2012 11:04 am      Reply with quote
Wow, I just happened upon this forum and what a great place this is!!! Such knowlegeable people...I know I'm never going to stop learning from you all! My question to you all concerns nail ridges. I developed terrible nail ridges about 8 months ago after having beautiful natural nails for 10 years or so. So I cut them all off on Thanksgiving and am trying to heal them. I have a really healthy diet, with lots of fruit and veges and meat (for iron). I take flaxseed oil, 5000 mcg of Biotin daily along with other vitamins. I tried T.I.P.S. for 3 months with not much success. Any words of wisdom would be awesome! blessings to all
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Sat Feb 25, 2012 4:42 pm      Reply with quote
I use Skin Biology's Tin Peptide Nail Renewal cream for my nails and it helps to make them healthier, shinier and less brittle (though they do get more brittle in the winter either way).

You should also try adding MSM supplements (2-4gr) into your diet for the nails. The Biotin is good as is the flaxseed oil (you should take about 4gr daily of that).

Oh - and welcome to the forum!

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Sat Feb 25, 2012 4:47 pm      Reply with quote
thanks for the welcome and reply, Foxe. What does taking MSM do for the nails. I've been reading through the forum all afternoon and learning! Blessings
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Sat Feb 25, 2012 11:34 pm      Reply with quote
Can I suggest you have your iron levels checked by your doctor. I had beautiful nails until I hit a bad patch at 47 and my monthly cycles went haywire. Turned out I was severely anaemic and the ridges on my nails were horrendous. I was put on a good iron supplement and within a few weeks I could see the difference in my nails.
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Sun Feb 26, 2012 11:50 am      Reply with quote
Good idea HippoMe. I had it checked last May and I'll wait until this May for my checkup. if it is low, I'll opt for the iron shots as the iron pills upset my system. But, I did start on vitamin pills that have 18mg of iron so hopefully that will carry me until May.
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Sun Feb 26, 2012 8:31 pm      Reply with quote
shamus wrote:
thanks for the welcome and reply, Foxe. What does taking MSM do for the nails. I've been reading through the forum all afternoon and learning! Blessings


MSM is one of those supplements that is good for hair and nails.

MSM - Methylsulfonylmethane
A natural form of organic sulfonyl sulfur compound found in all living organisms. MSM is the third largest ingredient found in the human body. Sulfur is provided by MSM and is essential for the production of keratin and collagen (which are required for healthy hair and nails). It also has proven antioxidant benefits.

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Thu Mar 01, 2012 12:43 am      Reply with quote
I know this won't heal it, which is most important, but when I get ridges I use a buffer to sand them down I like the foam blocks from the beauty stores that have different grits from rough to so smooth it buffs your nails to a bright shine.
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Thu Mar 01, 2012 12:45 am      Reply with quote
Also, in both Ayurvedic medicine and Traditional Chinese Medicine (acupuncture), they look at the nails to assess where there is trouble in the body. For example, if ridges are worse on a certain finger, it could mean you are having issues with a certain organ....
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Thu Mar 01, 2012 8:34 am      Reply with quote
My nails were "squareing" off at the bed, which indicated hormonal changes. I also had some ridges. I told my OB/GYN that on my visit, who had not heard that before. She looked it up and that was an indicator. So I had my blood work done and I was in menopause with a slight iron deficiency.
I do think they are a very good indicator or early detection of problems.

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Thu Mar 01, 2012 8:38 am      Reply with quote
Wow, you ladies have such good information. In the last 2 weeks, I've started a new nail product by Isomers and just the other day, I noticed that the nail ridges have significantly decreased. I'll keep using it but the first thing on my list when I see the doctor will be my blood test! Blessings
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Thu Mar 01, 2012 10:00 am      Reply with quote
Are the ridges horizontal or vertical? depending it can be a concern for health issues or nothing to worry about.

Vertical nail ridges are fairly common and nothing to worry about.

Vertical nail ridges extend from the cuticle to the tip of the nail. Vertical nail ridges often become more numerous or prominent with age, possibly due to variations in cell turnover within the nail.

If your fingernails change color or you develop horizontal nail ridges, consult your doctor. These changes could indicate an underlying health condition.

http://www.mayoclinic.com/health/nails/AN00591

Welcome and hope it is not anything serious.

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Hey DarkMoon. The ridges are vertical and since I'm 58, I'm guessing it's age related. it's just, this time last year, I had long beautiful nails with no ridges. So, I'm thinking it could be iron related. I've been taking a 50+ vitamin with 18 mg of iron for about a week now so we'll see if that makes any difference. I also have hypothyroidism which is well controlled by meds so when I go back for my annual checkup in May, she'll check for iron. Blessings to you all for your awesome input. That's why I'm so glad I found this forum! Awesome people!
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Thu Mar 01, 2012 11:09 am      Reply with quote
shamus wrote:
Hey DarkMoon. The ridges are vertical and since I'm 58, I'm guessing it's age related. it's just, this time last year, I had long beautiful nails with no ridges. So, I'm thinking it could be iron related. I've been taking a 50+ vitamin with 18 mg of iron for about a week now so we'll see if that makes any difference. I also have hypothyroidism which is well controlled by meds so when I go back for my annual checkup in May, she'll check for iron. Blessings to you all for your awesome input. That's why I'm so glad I found this forum! Awesome people!


Hi shamus,

It may be related to your thyroid, my mom had issues with hers and had vertical ridges on hers? I would just ask your doc and see what she/he thinks. It could well be an iron deficiency as others have pointed out....keep us posted. Smile

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Thu Mar 01, 2012 3:32 pm      Reply with quote
Do you have any idea what the lack of moon on nails mean? That just disappeared a couple of years ago Sad
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Sat Mar 03, 2012 8:10 am      Reply with quote
I have vertical ridges (as does my mother), which have gotten much worse with age. I'm 54 and hypothyroid, controlled with medication. Each of my ring fingernails developed a groove that was so deep, they started splitting down to the quick as soon as the nail grew past the tip of my finger. Doctors are not very interested in "non-medically significant vertical grooves," so it took me a long time to find a solution, but I did: DermaNail by Summers Laboratories. Applied twice a day, morning and evening, it penetrates into the germinal matrix that forms new nail and reinforces the newly growing nail so that it doesn't split.

DermaNail did not take away the grooves and ridges on my other nails. I buff these a bit and use a ridge filler polish base. I only use the DermaNail on my ring fingernails to fix the splitting problem.

Hope this helps somebody - it sure made my nails look better, as I no longer have to clip them to the quick.

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Sat Mar 03, 2012 3:51 pm      Reply with quote
tessera - thank you for the info on DermaNail. I suffer from splits in my nails and that might be worth adding to the Tin Peptides Nail Cream.

I also found this website with a lot of info on nails and how their condition can help to diagnose various diseases.

http://www.aafp.org/afp/2004/0315/p1417.html

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