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!