Do nails need to breathe?

Do nails need to breathe?

Sorry, but my answer is always a straight up no, they don’t and there is no evidence to support this notion.

Here’s why: the nail plate isn’t alive and doesn’t have any lungs nor do they have any ability to absorb air into the nail plate. Nails do not require an external air supply and do not breathe nor do they exhale. Also, 100% of the oxygen needed by the nail matrix comes from the blood stream and 0% comes from the outside world. Everything the nail plate needs to properly grow and function is delivered and removed by the blood.

When the nail plate is coated with any nail coating, including nail polish, moisture and natural nail oils will pass through the nail plate at slower than normal rates, but they aren’t “trapped”. The nail plate’s moisture content is increased by 10-15% and the natural oil content increases only slightly, e.g. 1-2%. Both oil and water in the nail plate serves to increase the flexibility of the natural nail plate. Waste products are removed from the matrix and other tissues by the blood and are not released into the nail plate.

Did you know? Nail plates can grow and thrive in a completely air-free environment. All they need is a healthy flow of blood to the nail matrix, bed and surrounding tissue. Clearly, nails don’t need to breathe for any reason.  


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