How to Get Rid of Ridges in Nails

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If you would love to have flawless nails, but instead have fingernails or toenails with ridges in them, there are things you can do to alleviate these unsightly wrinkles. Read the helpful ideas below to learn what you need to do to get rid of ridges in your nails.

Skill level:
Moderately Easy


  1. 1

    Eat a balanced diet that includes plenty of protein and lots of fresh fruits and vegetables.

  2. 2

    Drink at least 8 glasses of water a day.

  3. 3

    Take a comprehensive nutritional supplement, if you feel you are not taking in enough of the recommended essential vitamins and minerals.

  4. 4

    Purchase a buffer kit. Buff the surface of your nails, making them smooth with a healthy appearance. Polish your nails as usual for a finished look.

  5. 5

    Schedule a professional manicure and pedicure and talk with the manicurist about options for getting rid of the ridges in your nails.

Tips and warnings

  • If you've heard that soaking your nails in gelatin will remove wrinkles, think again. Unfortunately this doesn't help at all.
  • In some cases, nail ridges may be a sign of lichen planus, a fairly common skin disorder characterized by reddish bumps on the skin. If you have nail ridges and reddish bumps or patches on your skin, consult your physician.

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