September 07, 2013

Nail staining/yellowing - why, how to prevent it, how to treat it?/ Ingalbenirea/patarea unghiilor - de ce, cum sa o previi, cum sa o tratezi?

Yellow nails - we all had our share. In this post I will tell you all about what's causing them, how to prevent them and how to treat them. Yellow nails can be a pain in the ass if you're a french manicure lover like me. If you're always wearing opaque polishes, you probably don't care if your nails are yellow but still, it could be helpful to know what's causing them.

Unghii galbene - toate am avut parte de ele. In aceasta postare o sa-ti spun totul despre ce le cauzeaza, cum sa le previi si cum sa le tratezi. Unghiile galbene pot fi deranjante daca adori manichiura french ca mine. Daca porti tot timpul oje opace, probabil nu-ti pasa daca ai unghiile galbene dar si asa, poate te va ajuta sa stii ce le cauzeaza.

First of all, there are two kinds of staining:
In primul rand, exista doua feluri de patari:

1. a) The "acute" staining
    b) Patarea "acuta"

Shamely I have to admit, this is my nail. As you can see, the "acute" phase appears in the shape of stains. These can be located anywhere on the nail and they will grow out. The acute staining is caused by:

- not wearing basecoat underneath your nail polish (I skipped basecoat because I was only going to wear the colour for one day and this is what I got)

- wearing certain colours for extended periods of time

Cu rusine trebuie sa recunosc, aceasta este unghia mea. Dupa cum vezi, faza "acuta" apare sub forma petelor. Acestea pot aparea oriunde pe unghie si vor disparea o data cu cresterea ei. Patarea acuta este cauzata de:

- nepurtarea unei baze pe sub oja (am sarit peste baza pentru ca aveam de gand sa port culoarea doar o zi si uite ce am obtinut)

- purtarea anumitor culori pentru perioade lungi

How to prevent it:

- always, always use basecoat

- certain colours (yellow, green, red, black, blue or other very saturated colours) stain more than others; when wearing them, better apply two basecoat layers and don't keep them on for more than four-five days (maximum)

- even with two basecoat layers, keep in mind there are some polishes which will surely stain your nails, no matter what you do; check out the awful staining Manicure Addict got:

Cum sa o previi:

- intotdeauna, fara exceptie foloseste baza

- unele culori (galben, verde, rosu, negru, albastru sau alte culori foarte saturate) vor pata mai mult ca altele; cand le porti, mai bine aplica doua straturi de baza si nu le tine pentru mai mult de patru-cinci zile (maxim)

- chiar si cu doua straturi de baza, retine ca sunt unele oje care iti vor pata sigur unghiile, indiferent ce faci; vezi cat de ingrozitor i s-au patat lui Manicure Addict:

How to treat it:

Because this kind of staining occurs in the first few layers of keratin cells, all you have to do is to remove those layers. This can be done in two ways:

a) chemically - using a "gentle" acid like lemon juice which will corrode the surface of your nails thus removing those stained top layers

b) mechanically - buffing them lightly until all the stains have gone

Cum sa o tratezi:

Din cauza ca acest tip de patare apare in primele straturi de celule de cheratina, tot ce trebuie sa faci este sa indepartezi acele straturi. Acest lucru poate fi facut in doua moduri:

a) chimic - folosind un acid "delicat" cum este sucul de lamaie care va coroda suprafata unghiilor tale in acest fel indepartand acele straturi patate

b) mecanic - slefuindu-le usor pana cand toate petele dispar

2. a) The "chronic" staining
    b) Patarea "cronica"

This is common on nail-art bloggers' swatch hand. The chronic staining doesn't look like a stain, but more like a general yellowing located on the bottom part of the nail bed. I have never had this type of staining but thanks to Georgia (from Gia Makeup Blog) I can show you a photo of how this looks:

Aceasta este comuna pe mana de swatch a blogger-itelor care scriu despre unghii. Patarea cronica nu arata ca o pata, ci mai mult ca o galbejeala generala localizata pe partea de jos a patului unghiei. Eu nu am avut niciodata acest tip de patare dar multumita Georgiei (de la Gia Makeup Blog) iti pot arata o poza ca sa-ti faci o idee de cum arata:

Another example, much more accentuated, is Lucy from Lucy's Stash. Here's a video in which you can clearly see the difference between the nails on her swatch hand and the ones on her other hand:

Alt exemplu, mult mai accentuat, este Lucy de la Lucy's Stash. Aici este un video in care se vede clar diferenta dintre unghiile de la mana ei de swatch si cele de la mana cealalta:

This kind of staining is caused by applying polish and removing it very often! As I never had it, I'm not sure if it goes away using the same methods described for the acute staining because it seems to be located deeper than the first layers of cells. The best way to make sure you never get it or it goes away is to polish your nails once or maximum twice a week. If you're concerned that your nail polish doesn't last that long, check out this post I wrote on this matter Make your nail polish last as long as you want!.
Acest tip de patare este cauzat de aplicarea ojei si stergerea ei foarte des! Pentru ca eu nu am avut niciodata, nu stiu sigur daca se duce cu aceleasi metode descrise pentru patarea acuta pentru ca pare a fi localizata mai adanc de primele straturi de celule. Cea mai buna cale de a te asigura ca nu va aparea niciodata sau va disparea este sa-ti faci unghiile o data pe saptamana sau de doua ori maxim. Daca iti faci griji ca oja nu iti rezista atat de mult, vezi aceasta postare pe care am scris-o in legatura cu acest lucru Fa-ti oja sa reziste cat vrei tu!.

Nail staining/yellowing can also be caused by a fungus or bacterial infection. If you notice anything peculiar about one of your nails, go see a doctor fast, before the infection spreads to all of your nails.

Patarea/ingalbenirea unghiilor poate fi cauzata si de o infectie cu o bacterie sau ciuperca. Daca observi ceva ciudat la o unghie, mergi la medic rapid, inainte ca infectia sa se propage la toate unghiile.

And  now, I'd like to apologise for the lack of posting this week. My nails are now long and I filed them in an oval shape and they look gorgeous and I also didn't have any design in mind so I kept them simple, with basecoat on. When you don't feel like painting them or you want to flaunt them, I recommend applying two layers of basecoat and two layers of normal topcoat or only two layers of gel polish topcoat in order to make sure they will not break (especially if they are soft and thin and they always bend). Here's how they look:

Si acum, as vrea sa ma scuz pentru lipsa postarilor saptamana aceasta. Unghiile mele sunt acum lungi si le-am pilit oval si arata superb si nici n-am avut niciun design in minte asa ca le-am tinut simple, cu baza. Cand nu ai chef sa ti le pictezi sau vrei sa te mandresti cu ele, recomand sa aplici doua straturi de baza si doua straturi de topcoat normal sau doar doua straturi de topcoat semipermanent ca sa fii sigura ca sa nu se vor rupe (mai ales daca sunt moi si subtiri si se indoaie la orice miscare). Asa arata:

Hope this post was useful! See you soon!

Sper ca aceasta postare a fost utila! Pe curand!


  1. Da stiu si eu am doi...daca ne placa sa ne schimbam asa des manichiura ce sa ii facem...Oricum bravo tie ca faci doar o data pe saptamana si bravo pentru aspectul lor :*

    1. Acum mi-am dat seama la te referai cand ai zis ca ai doi :)) Ce sa va fac.... mie mi-e si lene sa ma fac mai des :)) Multumesc mult :*

  2. Foarte folositor si explicit articolul!:D Si unghiile ti-au crescut enorrrm:X , arata super!

    1. Multumesc! Abia astept sa postez modelul pe care il port saptamana asta, o sa va dea pe spate!! :D


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