The condition of a person’s fingernails can provide valuable information about her health and lifestyle habits. Peeling fingernails are a concern for many people. In most cases, peeling fingernails are a result of increase of moisture or lack of moisture. Generally, peeling fingernails can be treated by wearing gloves and applying moisturizing creams. However, it is important to find the root of the problem in order to seek the proper treatment.


Similar to its effects on exposed skin, cold, dry air also dehydrates nails, which causes the layers of the nails to separate and peel.

Vitamin Deficiencies

The lack of biotin, sulfur, calcium, C-complex vitamins and B-vitamins can result in peeling nails but can easily be resolved by taking supplements and increasing daily fruit and vegetable intake.

Harsh Chemicals

Nails are generally durable, however, consistent exposure to harsh chemicals found in housecleaning products, acrylic nails and polish removers can weaken the nails.

Skin Conditions

Skin conditions such as psoriasis and yeast infections can often include symptoms such as peeling nails.

Increase in Moisture

Overexposure to water and never letting the nails dry properly can lead to splitting and peeling.


Natural oils and moisture in the body, including the nails, decrease as a result of aging.