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Healthy Nails Are Well-Shaped Nails

Do you know the best way to shape your nails when manicuring to help protect them?  Rounded or oval-shaped nails are more prone to ingrown nails and chipping.  Instead, nails should be trimmed straight across with minimal curve at the edges (arc).

Quick Tips:

  • File nails in one direction to reduce shear forces, rather than using clippers or scissors.
  • Soak nails in water prior to trimming to soften them and help minimize cracking during trimming.
  • Using blades with blunt ends minimizes trauma to surrounding tissue.
  • Avoid using orange sticks to clean under the nails, as over time this can lift nails off the nail bed, which can become permanent.
  • Avoid aggressively cutting or pushing on the cuticles, which can lead to infection.
Rehana Ahmed, MD, PhD

Rehana Ahmed, MD, PhD

Dr. Rehana Ahmed’s clinical expertise includes pediatric, general, surgical and cosmetic dermatology with special interests in skin cancer surgery/Mohs micrographic surgery, laser treatments and cosmetic procedures, including BOTOX®, Radiesse, Sculptra, Juvederm, Voluma, and CoolGlide laser hair removal.  Dr. Ahmed is available for appointments in our Minnetonka and Burnsville locations.

Dr. Ahmed attended the Johns Hopkins University and graduated Phi Beta Kappa with a BA in Behavioral Biology. She graduated from the University of Minnesota School of Medicine, Alpha Omega Alpha. She completed her internship in Internal Medicine and her residency in Dermatology at the University of Minnesota. Dr. Ahmed is certified by the American Board of Dermatology and is an Assistant Professor of Dermatology at the University of Minnesota, where she is active in research. Dr. Ahmed was born and raised in Minneapolis. She enjoys traveling, cooking and spending time with family and friends. She is married and is the proud mother of a sweet baby boy.