How short should I trim my nails?



Asked by: Kristin Libbett

There really is an optimal length to cut your fingernails. “You do want a nail to extend past your finger pad,” says dermatologist and author Dr. Rajani Katta. “You need that protection.

How short should nails be clipped?





You should leave at least a sliver of “white” at the top of your nails—that space where the nail starts to separate from the skin it protects. (One or two millimeters, in our book.)

How much should you trim your nails?

Most people’s toenails grow about 2 millimeters (0.08 inches) a month, so it’s appropriate to cut them every six to eight weeks. That being said, if you are a very active person or an athlete — especially a runner — you will probably be more comfortable if you trim them more often.

How long should my fingernails be?

A man’s nails should be no longer than the width of a dime. This should be achieved with the help of a nail clipper. The small one is fine. (The big one is for toes.)

Is it bad to cut your nails short?

A dermatologist yesterday advised people to avoid clipping their nails too short after the practice caused a fifth-grade elementary student to suffer from a painful condition called paronychia, an infection of the soft tissue surrounding the nail.

Should you let your nails breathe?





While your friends might casually mention the importance of making sure your nails get air, you can argue that no, your nails don’t actually need to breathe. “They derive oxygen and nutrients from the blood supply and not the air,” says New York City based-dermatologist and nail expert Dana Stern.

What nail length do guys like?

Nails grown barely past your fingertips are the ideal length, says Fisher. They look feminine but won’t stop you from, say, unzipping him or sexting. See what else guys really notice about your looks.

Is it better to cut or file your nails?

A file is the only thing you should use to shape your nails. If you cut them you run the risk of trimming off too much length and leaving little room for fine-tuning the shape. Always file your nails in one direction starting at the outer and working your way around.

How often should you cut nails?

How often should you clip your fingernails? According to the Canadian Dermatology Association, fingernails grow about 2.5 millimeters each month. If you injure your fingernail and it falls off, it takes about 6 months to grow back. If you want to keep your nails a certain length, trim them once every week or two.

How your nails should look?

Healthy fingernails are smooth, without pits or grooves. They’re uniform in color and consistency and free of spots or discoloration. Sometimes fingernails develop harmless vertical ridges that run from the cuticle to the tip of the nail. Vertical ridges tend to become more prominent with age.



Will nail grow back if cut too short?

When people cut their nails too short, the skin on the sides can cover the corners of the nail. This causes the nail to grow back into the skin.

What is the white part under your fingernail?

The half-moon shape at the base of your fingernail is known as a lunula. Lunulae cover the bottom of your nail, just above your cuticle. Lunulae are part of your nail matrix. The matrix refers to the tissue just beneath your nail.

How quickly do nails grow?

Your fingernails grow slowly — in fact, they grow about one tenth of an inch (2.5 millimeters) each month. At that rate it can take about 3 to 6 months to completely replace a nail. Where your nail meets your skin is your cuticle. Cuticles help to protect the new nail as it grows out from the nail root.



Which finger has the fastest growing nail?

The middle finger grows faster than the rest, growing much faster, whereas the thumb grows slower on the other side. Many researchers have also found that the reason for this is that the growth of a person’s nails depends on the bones in the fingertips.

Is Vaseline good for nail growth?

Factors such as stress have been known to adversely affect nail growth and may even temporarily stop them from growing altogether, per Healthline. The use of Vaseline for nail growth is actually unfounded, and even for those who struggle to grow their nails, using Vaseline is not a solution.

Why do toenails grow thick?

Thick toenails come from a buildup of the cells that make up your toenails. Three possible causes are increased age, nail fungus, and nail psoriasis (an autoimmune disease).

What is the white hard stuff under my toenails?

In medical terms this is called onychomycosis or tinea unguium,” says Batra. The fungal infection breaks down the keratin in the nail to form a white or yellow chalky substance under the nail plate. “As keratin debris spreads under the nail, the nail plate typically becomes lifted up off of the nail bed.



What is the white stuff under my toenails that smells?

Foul-smelling debris also may accumulate under the nail. As the infection continues, the nail may crumble gradually and fall off. Or, it may become so thick that the affected toe feels uncomfortable or painful inside shoes. A less common variety of toenail fungus is called white superficial onychomycosis.