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Old 10-05-2007, 07:06 PM   #1
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Why are my nail tips partly clear?

The tips of my fingernails are about half white half clear Iguess. In other words you can see through that part. What is the cause of this? They may have always been this way but a little more now. Also what causes nails to have a dry appearance after I remove polish? Thanks for any advice you can share.

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Old 10-05-2007, 10:17 PM   #2
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Re: Why are my nail tips partly clear?

The color of the free edge depends on how much of the inner material remains in the naill plate cells as they grow forward on the nail plate. Usually, they are fairly clear just as they extend past the free edge, then turn white because they are no longer being 'bathed' by a constant upward flow of oils and moisture from the nail bed.

The nails will look dry after removing the polish due to the amount of acetone or acetate in the polish remover you use. If you use non-acetone polish remover, it has to remain on the nail plate longer in order to break down and dissolve the polish. The longer it stays on the nail plate, the more oils and moisture it removes from the nail. After you remove the polish, scrub the nails with a soft toothbrush and warm soapy water. This will replenish the moisture lost by using the remover.

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