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Removed Your Toenail Polish and Have White Chalky Patches?

Many of our clients already know what this is but for those that don’t here’s the lowdown!

If after removing your toenail polish, you see these white chalky patches then  in most cases it is a condition called keratin granulation. These occur from constant polish wearing. This is not a fungus but can look much like it and can trigger a fungus so it is important to treat it.

Keratin granulations occur because the polish dries out the surface of the nail. When the nail surface gets this dry it can encourage fungus to take root in the nail plate. Nail fungus can be very challenging to treat so let’s get those nails healthy to avoid that!

Our clients that get keratin granulation know the remedy – keep your polish off and allow the nails to recover. They cannot recover with polish on. Nail strengtheners do not work for this. The nails need to be re-hydrated. This is why we often encourage clients to keep polish off in the winter months.

Here is our easy remedy:

  1. If your nails are not super thin then use CND’s Girlfriend Buffer to very lightly buff away some of the white chalky appearance. Use all sides of the buffer to help seal the nail surface.
  2. Now it is time to deeply hydrate and repair your nail plate. Our rapid remedy is Gehwol's med Nail and Skin Protection Oil. It not only deeply hydrates the nail but it also contains a fungicide. If you have Gehwol’s Med Salve for Cracked Skin or Gehwol Blue Foot Cream at home already then massage in liberally morning and/or night. Your nails should recover quickly. Repeat the Nail and Skin Protection Oil or cream twice daily until fully recovered.
Please note - if you are not sure if your keratin granulation has progressed to a nail fungus then visit a professional. These two conditions can look very similar. With a fungus the nail can also be cracked, thickened, lifting from your nail plate and or flaking.