Toenail fungus is an unsightly and often chronic condition that can last for years, so many people try to mask the yellow color and crumbling edges of fungal nails with toenail polish as they wait for the nail to clear. Unfortunately, using regular, commercial nail polish can be one reason why your toenail fungus infection isn’t clearing up.
Tanglewood Foot Specialists explains that chemicals in nail polish like toluene and formaldehyde “weakens the toenails and makes them more susceptible to developing a fungus infection.” Furthermore, The Mayo Clinic advises toenail fungus patients to “Give up nail polish and artificial nails” because “this can trap unwanted moisture and worsen the infection.” Instead, experts recommend using one of the natural antifungal toe nail polish brands instead.
Dr.’s Remedy Enriched Nail Polish
A few reviewers on Amazon say their podiatrists recommended this brand of enriched nail polish for their fungal nails. They say it “goes on smooth,” and looks good with a single coat. It’s made without harsh chemicals — instead making use of natural healing ingredients like Vitamin C, Vitamin E, garlic bulb extract, tea tree oil, and wheat proteins. Critics say it is a bit expensive, and the colors are not exactly true to picture. Some reviewers say it peels or chips easily while others claim the polish lasts for several weeks without needing to reapply.
Clearstat Antimicrobial Nail Polish
Clearstat Polish contains natural antifungal, antimicrobial ingredients like phenol, oil of oregano and camphor. The manufacturer says it is “chip-resistant” and “long-lasting.” The brush applicator enables easy application and is designed to reduce the risk of infection transmission from nail to nail. While it’s not intended to treat fungal nails, it does promise to “restore and maintain a healthy appearance” to the nails. Unfortunately, we could not find any real reviews of the product to say if it’s any good.
DaniPro Antifungal Nail Polish
DaniPro is a “chip-resistant polish” designed by a podiatrist and a surgeon. It lacks harmful chemicals and contains Undecylenic Acid, which is often used to kill fungus. They have been the target of an investigation by the National Advertising Division (NAD), which found that several advertising claims made by the manufacturers were unfounded. They had to stop telling people their product could “attack” or “prevent” nail fungus. Reviewers claim that the product helped them wear open-toe shoes while waiting for their fungus to heal. They also say they like that it lacks harmful chemicals. Critics say the polish doesn’t cover well enough unless it is layered up with several other products.
Prevent Recurrence Of Fungal Nails With SteriShoe UV Shoe Sanitizer
As you can see, no nail polish solution is perfect. You can’t expect a miracle, but you can do your best to minimize the look of your yellowed nails if you don’t mind paying $20 a bottle. Getting rid of nail fungus is a long slog that involves taking many smart steps. We think there is some merit in using tea tree oil directly on the fungus nail and letting the nails air out to heal faster. To prevent recurrence of toenail fungus, you will need to treat your footwear. Ultraviolet light from our SteriShoe UV shoe sanitizer is a natural method of killing up to 99.9% of the harmful microbes in your shoes within just 45 minutes. Try one here!