Peeling Fingernails

My fingernails are peeling. The top layer is coming off. Does anyone know how to handle this problem? They are thin and break very easily, but now they are also peeling. Help.

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By Cheryl from Raleigh, NC

November 9, 20090 found this helpful

If you polish your nails, stop! Mine were peeling terribly when I was using colored polish. I switched to clear polish. They still peeled, but it wasn't as noticeable. Then I stopped using polish altogether. They haven't peeled since.

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November 9, 20090 found this helpful

Maybe you should see your doctor, are you sure this isn't nail fungus? I'd also recommend you to eat a vitamin b supplement regulary. I started taking extra b-vitamins and my nails are growing like crazy!

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November 10, 20090 found this helpful

There is a product called T.I.P.S. and it's sold on QVC. You can go to QVC.com and type the above into their search bar. There are plenty of people who have had great results with it. It's a brush on treatment you do twice a day. It works to help grow healthier nails, not just cover up a problem.

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November 10, 20090 found this helpful

Have your doctor check your thyroid levels, both T3 and T4. I had the same problem, and my dermatologist told me it was either dryness or low thyroid. It turned out to be low thyroid.

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November 11, 20090 found this helpful

I've written about this before. Check my old posts. It's from not enough stomach acid. It takes a lot of it to completely dissolve minerals, to get them into solution. Without enough, the minerals just go through. I have experienced this myself. Don't have that problem anymore. There is also a thing about the body, when you have too much minerals, then the body dumps all the minerals, trying to get rid of the excess. But for the most part, it's usually not enough stomach acid (hydrochloric acid).

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November 11, 20090 found this helpful

I had the same problem years ago. It was caused by my thyroid. Get it checked! I did not have enough calcium and now have osteoporosis. I let the problem go to long.

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November 11, 20090 found this helpful

I had the same problem, searched the net and found a doctor who recommended taking, don't laugh because it helped, children's Flintstones vitamins. two or three a day and 600mg calcium with vitamin D one per day. My granddaughter laughed at me taking the Flintstones, but hey if it works and it did for me. It took a couple of months or so to see the difference as the doctor said it would. Good luck.

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November 11, 20090 found this helpful

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November 11, 20090 found this helpful

It could be something simple as taking Gelatin tablets that you can get at wal marts for less than $4. It is a form of collagen meant for hair, nails, and skin.

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November 11, 20090 found this helpful

I have tried everything possible and have the same problem. I just have given up and learned to live with it. I just have to tell myself I have other good features LOL. I think it is genetic in my case. My sister nor my mother had good nails.

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November 12, 20090 found this helpful

Buy Sally's Clear Hard As Nails and use it every week. My nails were soft and they are now nice and hard.

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November 14, 20090 found this helpful

Use gloves when cleaning. I use to have very brittel nails until I started using gloves for washing dishes, washing the car, bathing my dog or anything else where you use soap when cleaning. I also have a nail hardener called Nail Magic. It's a little expensive but it's worth it. I bit my nails for 18 years and then stopped and made these changes and my nails are nice and long now. I get compliments on them all the time.

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November 15, 20090 found this helpful

I discovered my problem had been poor nutrition. My late mother always had beautiful, healthy nails... but when I was struggling to support four kids and a deadbeat "husband" (he was legally, but treated me more like a slave than life partner,) my nails became brittle and thin. They peeled and were generally awful.

I've done some form of typing-related work my entire working life, so having to keep my nails short wasn't a big deal. Their thinness did distress me, though. Long story short, when I married my current hubby and began eating better and taking a daily multivitamin, my nails slowly improved. I don't think my nails will ever rival my late mother's, but they're healthy at last!

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November 15, 20090 found this helpful

I have always had strong hard nails, well lately they are just snapping and peeling and breaking off in chunks or layers. I have been dx with osteoporosis and several other arthitis issues. The specialist told me about a product called appearex for nails (has biotin) she told me to take 2x the dosage as my hair is also thining and falling out. In the meantime she has requested from my primary for my thyroid to be checked. He doesn't want to do it as my thryoid screen comes back in acceptable levels. I argued, that my mother and 4 sisters all have thryroid issues. that this should be reason enough. He finally agreed, I pick up the script tomorrow for the testing. But, I digress . . :)

In the meantime I am taking a product called 'Mega Vitamins for Hair" by Puritans Pride. It is too soon to notice as it is only been about 2.5 weeks.

I would see my doctor about it and see if it is a vitamin defciency.

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November 16, 20090 found this helpful

Biotin. You can buy this on it's own at pretty much any store but I take it as a multi-vitamin in something called Hair, Skin & Nails. It's found by the pre natel vitamins and has just about everything including all the B's a woman needs! My nails would break and peel now I have to cut them back every week!

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November 21, 20090 found this helpful

Soak your fingernails in warm olive oil for about 30 daily until you start to see results and then massage olive oil into your nails daily. Check out beautiful-healthy-fingernails.com for more info on how to have beautiful fingernails.

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May 23, 20150 found this helpful

Hair skin and nails vitamins ruined my nails. Broken,peeling and a painful mess. I will check thyroid.

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