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Home Remedies for Peeling Fingernails
Jul 17, 2016
Home Remedies for Peeling Fingernails

HomeRemedies for Peeling Fingernails

Splitting and peeling fingernails are a common issue seen in many people and mostly common in women. Some people are born with strong fingernails while others are born with soft, thin, brittle and/or peeling nails.

The most common reason for this issue is Onychoschizia which weakens the nails which in turn result into peeling nails. Research suggests that genetics determines the condition of someone’s nails. The best way to stop fingernails from peeling is to protect and strengthen them.

Keeping your fingers looking their best doesn’t take a lot of time, but it does require some regular care. We can check the symptoms, causes and treatments associated with nails peeling.

Symptoms of Peeling Nails:-

Nails that are yellow, opaque or white, indented and/or pitted, thin, weak, soft, curled, detached, blue, clubbed, ridged, streaked and/or distorted may require immediate treatment from a medical professional.

It is best to contact a physician if there is a significant change in the appearance of the nails.

Causes of Peeling Nails:-

The main cause of peeling nails depends on environmental factors or by genetics. This condition majorly observed in women. It typically arises due to water saturation followed by dryness.

Frequently wet and dry nails with the exposure to harsh dishwashing detergents and cleaning agents can lead to soft, brittle, thin and peeling nails. Nail Polish removers were also the reason for peeling of nails. Nail polish which contains acetone can weaken nails and cause them to split and / or peel.

Due to some nutritional deficiencies like low levels of iron, vitamin C, B vitamins, etc. can cause peeling fingernails. Some women may face the problem of peeling fingernails as a result of the hormonal disorder.

As the body ages, oil and moisture levels in the body reduces leading to brittle nails.

Treatment for Peeling Nails:-

1. Avoid Harsh Chemicals

Contact with harsh chemicals can cause dry, brittle nails. Try to wear rubber gloves when using detergents and avoid nail polish removers that contain acetone or formaldehyde. Frequent manicures can be damaging your nails as nail polish and other nail products contain chemicals that can make your nails dry.

2. Olive Oil

Olive oil is a great way to cure peeling nails. Soak your nails in a bowl containing virgin olive oil. For a week or so, continue to do it every day for about a period of 15 to 20 minutes. After a week, you can soak your nails twice in a week. Continue with this treatment for a while and you will enjoy healthy and pretty nails. This treatment would definitely cure your problem of peeling nails.

3. Add Moisturizer

Using a hand and nail cream that contains lanolin, vitamin E or alpha hydroxyl acids for several times daily is a simple remedy for splitting and peeling fingernails.

4. Stay Hydrated

Due to change in seasons nails get brutal. Drink more water which makes you stay hydrated in and out all the time.

5. Eat Right Food

We can apply break to splitting and peeling nails by increasing your intake of certain vitamins and minerals. Often, the first symptoms of poor nutrition are dull, brittle nails, vitamins, minerals and nutrients are distributed by the body in a systematic manner with vital organs and processes taking priority.

Therefore, if these nutrients are short in supply, nails will become brittle and dry. The essential nutrients for healthy hair and nails are biotin, vitamin A, B-complex vitamins, vitamin C, Copper, Zinc, Iron, Protein, and Omega – 3 fatty acids. These nutrients are best absorbed by the body when consumed in natural food sources.  Supplements can be used as the next best option.

6. Massaging Nails

Massaging is the best way to induce blood circulation and make your nails stronger and healthier. You can apply a moisturizing lotion to massage your hands and the cuticles. In fact, after you have washed your hands, make sure you apply a moisturizing lotion too.

7. Use Nails Properly

Many of you probably use nails to open tins, cans, dial numbers, etc. You are actually making your nails brittle by doing this. Instead, you could use some other tool like a pen to perform those tasks.              

Nails are the prettiest ports in the hands.  Maintaining them healthy not only helps you stay healthy but also increases the beauty of your hands.  So, make certain to use the remedies we have provided and make your nails look more pretty from earlier.


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