Have you ever looked down at your fingernails and wondered what the HELL those little white marks that sometimes appear on them are?
(You may also wonder, ‘Are my nails long enough to be pierced?’, but then again, that could just be me…)
There’s no need to consult Dr Google with those frantic 1am searches that may or may not say “GOOGLE, MY NAILS HAVE WHITE SPOTS AM I DYING?”
Because, we have the answer.
And no - it's not because you're deficient in calcium, which is often offered up as the explanation.
According to The Mirror, for the most part, those pesky white marks are nothing to worry about.
Those marks - scientific name punctate leukonychia - usually appear due so some trauma that has occurred to the nail.
Listen: Should we let our young daughters get manicures?
Like, closing a door on your nails. Or flicking a pen between your fingers. Or simply having a nibble on your nails when your nervous.
It can even happen when you're tapping really impatiently on the desk when your boss just won't stop nagging you about that report.