Are black lines showing through from under your fingernails? Seeing those lines may be quite unsettling and may even cause you to worry about your health. This is because those black lines may be a sign of a serious disease - or they may just be very dirty fingernails.
You may want to get your health checked and see if there are any other underlying symptoms, just in case. But if you are confident that it is just simply the result of poor hygiene, allow me to introduce you to some simple tips on how to get rid of those black lines on your nails.
What Are Those Black Lines On Nails Anyway?
- Before everything else, let’s discover what that gunk under your nail really is, and how it even got there in the first place. You’d be surprised to find out that said grime is actually pretty common and up to a certain degree, it is also very harmless.
- The dirt you see under your nails is what dermatologists call keratin debris. According to professionals, it can also contain skin cells from under the nail bed. With that thought in mind, this could mean that everyone has it, and that there is no need to worry about it.
- But of course, this is not to say that the sight of dirty nails should be acceptable. After all, it is common proper hygiene to keep them clean - especially if you’re always in the kitchen and using your hands to prepare meals.
What Causes The Black Lines To Appear And How To Fix It
Although quite common, the amount of gunk found underneath your nail really depends on every person. Here are some of the factors that may make your nails look dirtier than the person sitting next to you right now:
1. You Have Long Fingernails
Having long fingernails contribute to the collection of dirt underneath your nails. It may sound gross but imagine the amount of goop your long nails can dig into throughout the day. Not to mention the amount of said goop that stays onto your nails if you don’t wash your hands.
Dirt and lint are the most common culprits of dirty fingernails. But of course, depending on your work environment, there could actually be more to it than mere dirt.
2. You Wear Artificial Nails
- In relation to having long fingernails, one other most common causes of dirty fingernails is wearing artificial nails. Whether it’s acrylic or solar nails, wearing artificial nails are high maintenance. It’s not just about keeping nails looking pretty, it’s about keeping them clean too.
- One thing that makes artificial nails worse is the amount of chemicals it already contains. Nail adhesives can attract a lot more dirt than bare nails. This is particularly one of the reasons why nail salons recommend that you book another appointment to maintain those nails.
3. Your Hand Cream Is A Dirt Magnet
If your hand cream or moisturizer is the thick and sticky kind, it is time to trade it off for a lighter solution. Anything sticky is bound to get a lot of stuff stuck onto them, even grime and bacteria. The rule of thumb is to use thicker creams before bedtime to avoid getting hands dirty.
Even though its purpose was to keep hands silky smooth and moisturized, keeping hands and nails clean and healthy should be of utmost priority.
4. You Don’t Wash Your Hands Thoroughly
As you know by now, there are plenty of factors that contribute to dirty fingernails. But perhaps the most obvious and crucial one of them all is the fact that you do not wash your hands thoroughly. Now that’s one person I’m not eager to shake hands with.
Research says that our hands get into contact with germs and bacteria a lot more than other parts of our bodies. It is only obvious that we should keep our hands clean by washing it thoroughly through proper hand washing.
When Should You Worry About Those Black Lines?
How Do You Deal With Dirty Fingernails?
Remember that having clean nails is a common proper hygiene practice. Our hands and nails collect a lot of dirt every single day and to avoid catching onto bacteria, it is best to keep those black (or green) lines at bay with these few simple practices.