TEXTURE: Beau's Lines If you have linear ridges, known in the medical world as Beau's Lines, your nails are trying to tell you something. You may be vitamin or mineral deficient (lack of zinc can cause the ridges), it could be a bad allergic reaction to a new polish, or something more serious, like diabetes. "Beau's Lines can be associated with anything that stresses the body and requires it to divert resources away from nail growth," says Steele. "This could be anything from a surgery, to severe illness, or a reaction to certain medications." Don't rush to WebMD to diagnose yourself; make an appointment with your doctor to find out of this is a minor reaction or a major health concern.
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