Just removed your polish and noticed weird colors on your nails? Don’t panic! Read on to find out the lowdown on the causes of nail discoloration and what you can do to treat the problem stat!
Step 1: The Diagnosis
The first step to determining the best solution for discoloration is to figure out the cause. Does your nail have a sheer yellow or white cast to it rather than splotchy patches of color? Chances are, you left your polish on a little too long or you forgot to apply a base coat.On the other hand, if the color on your nail is opaque or green in any way, you may have a nail fungus or symptoms of another health condition.
Step 2: The Treatment
If the problem is indeed polish staining, then you’re in luck--removal is relatively easy. Begin by buffing the nail, then rub a lemon slice or a cotton ball soaked with lemon juice on the nail plate. Allow the nail to sit for about 15-30 minutes before washing your hands to let the lemon’s acidity do its job. Another option? Use whitening toothpaste and a toothbrush to scrub the stain off the nail. If all else fails, opt for a sheer nude polish (with a base coat) for a couple of weeks while you wait for your nail to grow out. Make sure to avoid dark lacquers for as long as possible!
For all other types of nail discoloration, it’s best to get it checked out by the pros. If your tech or doctor says it’s a type of nail fungus, then make sure to apply an antifungal treatment daily. Looking for a more natural alternative? Tea tree oil has antifungal properties that can be effective when applied regularly. Keep an eye on your nails for a couple of weeks, and if the discoloration doesn’t fade or gets worse, see your doctor ASAP as it may be an indicator of another health problem.