Common Nail Issues and How to Fix Them

From brittle and cracked nails to yellowing nails or ridges, we’ve probably all experienced nail issues at one point or another. While we strive to have beautiful, healthy nails, nail issues are common, and if you didn’t already know, beautiful and healthy nails are often considered a reflection of overall well-being. When we encounter various nail issues it’s not only aesthetically displeasing but it can also be a potential indicator of underlying health concerns. Here are some of the most common nail issues, how to fix them, and how to prevent them from starting in the first place.


Brittle Nails

Possibly one of the most frustrating nail issues is brittle nails. Brittle nails are weak and dry and often crack, bend, or peel.

Causes: Lack of moisture, excessive use of harsh nail products, vitamin deficiencies, or underlying health conditions.

The Fix: 

  • Keep nails hydrated and moisturized by regularly applying cuticle oil and hand cream, especially after washing your hands. 
  • Avoid harsh nail products that contain toxic ingredients. SNS nail products are non-toxic and formulated with nutrient-rich ingredients that make your nails stronger and healthier with every application.  
  • Maintain a balanced diet rich in vitamins and minerals, and consider a Biotin supplement or multivitamin if necessary.
  • Follow SNS expert tips for how to fix a broken or chipped nail.


Yellowing or Discoloration

Yellowing or discolored nails can be a frustration nail concern which various things may cause.

Causes: Fungal infections, smoking, use of dark nail polish, not using a base coat, or certain medical conditions.

The Fix:

  • Practice good nail hygiene by getting regular manicures.
  • Wash your hands regularly, making sure to clean under your nails with a nail brush.
  • Avoid smoking which can cause yellowing and discoloration.
  • Always use a base coat, especially when applying dark nail polish.
  • Seek medical advice for persistent discoloration, especially if the nail begins lifting from the nail bed which could be a sign of a fungal infection or psoriasis.



Nail ridges are visible lines or dents in your nails. The ridges can run vertically on the nail or horizontally, across your nail.

Causes: Aging, nutritional deficiencies, trauma to the nail matrix, or underlying health issues. Deep horizontal ridges, called Beau’s Lines, however, are often symptoms of a serious condition and should be checked by a medical professional.

The Fix:

  • Consume a well-balanced diet
  • Protect nails from trauma by wearing proper footwear and being cautious when lifting or maneuvering heavy objects. 
  • Regular manicures can help reduce the appearance of ridges
  • Consult a healthcare professional if ridges persist or who has horizontal ridges in your nails.


Ingrown Nails

Commonly found in toenails, ingrown nails are a common condition in which the corner or side of a nail grows into the skin and can be incredibly painful, however, fixable. 

Causes: Improper nail trimming, tight footwear, or genetic predisposition.

The Fix:

  • Trim toenails straight across, avoiding rounded corners
  • Wear comfortable shoes, well-fitting shoes 
  • Regular pedicures can help prevent ingrown toenails
  • Seek medical attention for severe ingrown nails.

White Spots

Small white spots on nails are another common nail issue that typically isn’t a cause for concern however they can be cosmetically unpleasant.

Causes: Trauma to the nail matrix, fungal infections, or zinc deficiency.

The Fix:

  • Handle nails gently
  • Maintain good hygiene
  • Address nutritional deficiencies and take a vitamin supplement

Nail Pitting

Nail pitting is a nail concern that’s identified by tiny pinpoint indentations on the nail that is usually related to a health condition

Causes: Psoriasis, eczema, or certain autoimmune disorders.

The Fix:

  • Manage underlying health conditions
  • Keep nails well-moisturized
  • Regular manicures can help reduce the appearance of pitting
  • Seek medical advice for proper diagnosis and treatment.

Understanding and addressing common nail issues is crucial for maintaining both the aesthetic appeal of your nails and your overall health. While some problems can be managed with proper care and hygiene, others may require medical attention. If you're unsure about the cause or treatment of a particular nail issue, it's always advisable to consult with a healthcare professional or a dermatologist for advice.