Splitting and peeling fingernails is a common problem that has many solutions. One of the primary causes of split or peeling nails is climate. During the winter months, it’s important to keep your hands protected with warm gloves to limit exposure to harsh winds and cold. Keeping your hands and nails moisturized through a daily regimen is also a solution that presents good results in most sufferers of split and peeling nails. Protecting the nails from environmental factors whenever possible is essential to obtaining healthy fingernails.
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Examine your fingernails for symptoms of a potential medical condition. Nails that are thickened, discolored, ridged or pitted can be signs of a fungal infection or psoriasis. See a dermatologist if these symptoms are present.
Cut your fingernails so that the tops of the nails are level with the tips of your fingers. Long nails can strike against objects, making the splitting and peeling problem worse. File the tops of the fingernails to remove rough edges.
Apply vitamin E and jojoba oil to the surface of the nail twice a day. Both substances can be found in lotion, cream or extract form. Vitamin E and jojoba oil rehydrate the fingernails and will stop the nails from splitting and peeling.
Take a multi-vitamin each day to restore the fingernails back to their original health. Choose a multi-vitamin that contains B-complex vitamins, biotin or vitamin B-7. No more than 2.5mg should be taken in a 24-hour period.
Avoid solvents and chemicals that could result in further splitting or peeling of the fingernails. Water and cleaning products are the primary culprit of dry and damaged nails. Always wear rubber gloves when washing dishes or cleaning.
Moisturize the fingernails with lactic acids or alpha-hydroxy acids once a day. Apply the moisturizer to the surface of the nails to activate rehydration properties. Wear a pair of cotton gloves for 20 minutes to keep the moisture on the nails.
Eat a balanced diet with extra sources of protein and omega-3 oils. Nutrient-rich foods will help strengthen the fingernails and eliminate splitting and peeling. A good source of omega-3 oils can be found in fatty fish.
Relieve stress through relaxation and regular exercise. Splitting and peeling nails is a major sign of stress. Exercise helps to relieve built-up tension in the body and releases endorphins and toxins through perspiration.
References and ResourcesMayo Clinic: Nails: How to Keep Your Fingernails Healthy and Strong
Hooked on Nails: Nail Diseases & Disorders
Fingernail Problems: Peeling Fingernails
Beauty Tech: Peeling Nails