Peeling fingernails

| August 19, 2016 | 4 Comments

Peeling fingernails are almost always accompanied by brittle fingernails.  The peeling fingernails are nails that appear layered and peel away in layers.  Nails that chip or break easily are defined as brittle. 

The leading cause of peeling nails are an inadequate diet, lack of vitamin A, poor digestion and constipation.  They can also be caused by stress.   It can also be caused if you have recently taken off any type of nail enhancement, as the nail will be damaged until it grows completely out and a new healthy nail takes it place.

Peeling fingernails are relatively easy to treat, since the most common cause is lack of nutrients in ones diet.  If you eat more protein and calcium, undernourished nails and nail beds will strengthen and become healthier.  Adding a multi-vitamin to your diet is also an excellent treatment, be sure to consult your doctor first.  With the proper diet and vitamins you will see stronger, healthier nails in a few months.

If you have trouble with your digestion that can also be a cause of unhealthy nails.  Irritable bowel syndrome, heartburn & constipation can all cause peeling brittle nails.  Again, consulting your doctor and adding more vitamins and nutrients to your diet should show significant improvement in your nail health.

If your diet is fine and you are still having trouble, try a nail program to rebuild stronger, healthier nails.  I have used Nailtiques for many years and have had good results.  I also use some of the many other similar programs that are less expensive, yet work just as well.  These theraputic systems are a very effective way to restore healthier nails.

Don’t forget it is always very important that your nails retain moisture.  Just like your skin, nails need to be moisturized.  I like applying cuticle oil to help replenish and maintain the levels of moisture and oil in your nail bed.  You don’t need to use an expensive nail oil to achieve great results.  I’ll get into the products I use and recommend in later posts, but my favorite cuticle oil is a no name brand almond oil that smells and works fantastic.  The best part is it costs a fraction of what some of the other oils costs!

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4 Responses to “Peeling fingernails”

  1. Sherry
    March 6th, 2009 @ 1:52 am

    My nails are very brittle, soft and peal down to the quick. I take a multi vitamin daily, exercise and drink alot of water, what else can I do. I try to put clear polish on them every other day also. Any suggestions are appreciated.


    Sherry Jarrard

  2. Joanne
    March 7th, 2009 @ 10:56 pm

    My nails are just like yours so I know how frustrating it is. Especially since you are doing so much to try to make them better already.
    I would suggest that you make sure you are getting enough calcium. Multi-vitamins are great, I take them too. Sometimes extra calcium, Vitamin D, iron and or B12 helps, just make sure you check with your doctor about taking any vitamins.

    What kind of polish are you using? I would suggest trying Nailtiques or NailTek or a program like that. If you don’t like those, make sure the polish you are using is a hardener, they are usually a better polish. If you can apply it every other day that’s great, just be sure to take it off and start again before the polish starts to peel. If the polish peels it will weaken your nails and all your hard work will be for nothing.

    I hope this helps, good luck!

  3. Brandi
    March 21st, 2009 @ 5:55 pm

    I have peeling fingernails: nails that appear layered and peel away in layers. My mother has the same problem so it’s heriditary. I do not put any cosmetics on my nails…No nail enhancements, or nail polish….no nail cosmetics. My nails are healthy other than they peel in layers starting from the end of the fingernail. They dont peel all the way down just a few cm. They have peeled all my life. my nail beds are healthy. I am not gonna use cosmetics so their is no use suggesting them. But I would like to know which mineral, vitamin,or amino acid deficents cause nails to react this way. I take 100% tablet of Calcium, Vitamin A, B-6, C, D-3,Thiamine, Riboflavin, Niacin, Folic Acid, and B-12 daily. Vitamin E 50% tablet daily.

  4. Joanne
    March 24th, 2009 @ 10:23 pm

    I applaud your persistence at getting your nails to grow naturally! You are taking some great vitamins already. Before you add anything else be sure to check with your doctor. I am in no way a professional doctor and do not want you to take anything suggested here or in my posts without making sure they won’t harm you.
    That said, the only other vitamin/supplements I know of that you might want to try are garlic and/or iron. Unfortunately you are already taking a lot of the vitamins that usually help problem nails. Sometimes there is just nothing natural that will help. If you do try something that works, be sure to let me know.
    Good Luck!

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