January 31, 2012

Regarding Old Nails.

A couple of years ago, I mentioned to my dermatologist that my nails had suddenly developed ridges, and showed her the ridges that ran the length of my nails.  She shrugged and said, "That's Old Age".  I replied, "So, I've gotten Old, the last month or two."  She replied, "Yes."

I was less than amused.  I am Old, but I thought there must be a solution to this.  I'm found a solution, but first I'll tell you about another, semi-connected problem.

I was born with baby fine hair, and it never changed.  When I was young my hair was thick, but baby fine.  Look how much hair, both Bob and I had, in the above photo.  We were about 26 and 22.  When I was 25, I had a tumor on my thyroid, it was removed, and it was benign.  But, and this was important to me, my hair started to thin, a lot.  To a woman in her 20's, thinning hair, especially thinning, baby fine, hair isn't a good thing.  I learned to deal with it.  Not only did my hair become thin, it grew very slowly.  I could go 8 to 10 weeks between haircuts.

OK, back to the title of this post.  We were watching the news and in the health segment a dermatologist was talking about nail health.  You can watch the interview here.

The Dr. talked about several things to help your nails, most of them I already did; one thing I wasn't doing was taking 2.5 milligrams of the supplement Biotin daily.  I'm still not taking that much; I'm only taking 300 mcg of Biotin daily.  I thought I'd start small and see what happened.

What a difference.  Not only are my nails super healthy and unridged, my hair is growing faster.  I had to get a haircut last week, only 6 weeks after my last haircut.  My hair may be thicker, but I honestly don't know.  My hair-cutter, Emily, couldn't believe how fast my hair had grown.
Be well and do good,


  1. Biotin, hey? I'll put that on my list. You video won't play for me. :-(

  2. Well all good info to know but do you have any idea what to do with all those 'laugh lines' that I seem to have developed over night. And I AM NOT OLD. I might look like it but on the inside I'm still in my mid twenties. Just with the rest of my body would go along with that. LOL

  3. I'll have to pick some up - my nails just started to ridge, too.


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