White Chalky Toenails From Nail Polish

The most common cause for your toenails to turn white and chalky from nail polish is Dehydration.

White chalky toenails from nail polish
White chalky toenails from nail polish







What Causes White Chalky Toe Nails From Nail Polish

Dehydration is the number one cause for white chalky toenails from nail polish. Although wearing nail polish looks good, wearing it for too long can suck out the moisture and dry your nails out causing the white spots. You need to allow your nails time recover. If you you do not wear nail polish very frequently you could simply need to drink more water.

  • Dehydration
    • Wear nail polish less frequently
    • Drink more water


The most obvious symptom would be white and Chalky Toe nails, because this usually happens when the nails becomes dried out. The nail is usually brittle and thin. Other than nails becoming dry and brittle, the symptoms are usually just cosmetic and do not hurt.

  • White and Chalky
  • Brittle


There is not much that can be done once your nails become white and chalky. Once your nails turn white, you must let your nail grow out and trim until the white area is able to be cut off. To prevent the white and chalky nail from happening in the future, you want to wear nail polish occasionally allowing your nails time to recover, along with drinking plenty of water.

  • Hydrate
  • Wear nail polish less frequently
  • Allow nail time to grow out and trim

Other Nail Conditions

If you paint your nails very often with red, yellow or orange colors, it can cause your nails to turn yellow. Although yellowing nails does not look appealing, it is only cosmetic and will pass if you give your nails a break from nail polish. That being said, there are medical conditions that can cause your toe nails to turn yellow.

Conditions can cause yellowing toe nails include:

  • Diabetes
  • Jaundice
  • Psoriasis
  • Thyroid conditions

Contact Your Podiatrist

As always it is very important to contact your podiatrist with any foot or ankle concerns you may have! Your Doctor will help resolve any issues you may have the best and fast way possible!