Monday 31 October 2011

The Curious Case Of Potatoes vs My Nails

I've been having problems with my nails for longer than I can remember and I've always blamed it on being a coeliac and having vitamin and mineral deficiencies, despite the fact that I do the best I can to make sure I'm not deficient.

I think it was at some point earlier this year that I noticed that when I was prepping potatoes, my nail polish would chip and come off. Obviously not great when dealing with food so I started not wearing any if potatoes were on the menu that day. Then I noticed that my nails were getting into a horrible state, lots of layers peeling at the tips. I've been using professional nail treatments for months now and despite a few days of improvement, my nails always end up peeling again.

Last night I figured out what was going on. The days when my nails would improve from the treatments were the days following me prepping potatoes, when I'd had no contact with them. Then after I would prep potatoes later that week, my nails would peel again.

I don't know why it's taken me so long to realise that this is what's been damaging my nails, but it is definitely the potatoes that are causing this to happen. Obviously from now on I'm going to be wearing gloves as even with nail polish on, you can still see up close just how bad my nails look. So it should be sorted from now on.

My question is: Why do potatoes make my nails peel? I assume it has something to do with the fact that you can use a potato as a battery of sorts, so there must be acid involved, but I can't find anything on Google that talks of damaging fingernails.

If anyone has an answer, my inquisitive brain would love to read it.

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