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Recovering From Peeling Fingernails

I do my own nail care, preferring that to going to a salon for nail care. During the spring and summer months, I noticed that one by one, my fingernails were beginning to peel. In addition to not being attractive-looking, I realized the health of my nails was also a concern.

Research on the Internet revealed various and sundry remedies for peeling nails, so it was difficult at first to determine which route to take. I was inspired by this video on YouTube , but created my own method using some of the main ideas there.

My Routine for Restoring Peeling Fingernails

  • Cut peeling nails back, removing most/all of the peeling portion of the nail
  • Use Opi Nail Envy for peeling nails, a formaldehyde-free product. Use as directed by the manufacturer.
  • Twice daily rub virgin coconut oil into cuticles and skin around nails, massaging gently to stimulate blood flow. You'll be amazed at how thirsty your skin is -- it will soak in the coconut oil in no time.
  • Use an acetone-free polish remover when removing the Nail Envy each week.

It takes several weeks for healthier nails to begin to replace the peeling portions, as fingernails grow at a rate of 1/4 inch per week. You will need patience to wait and see the effects. I'm pleased to report that my nails are now healthier and free of peeling after having kept up this routine for going on three months.

In addition, I have been taking a Biotin supplement daily, as recommended by my health care practitioner for improved health of nails and skin.

Having peeling nails been a problem for you in the past? What method(s) have you used that you found to be successful?

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markgraham wrote on October 28, 2015, 11:04 AM

Glad you found something that works for you.

Feisty56 wrote on October 28, 2015, 11:46 AM

Hey, whatever works, right? I would think the chlorine might be drying to the nails, but if it doesn't bother yours, that's a good thing.

Lillybell wrote on October 28, 2015, 2:26 PM

I gave up on trying to do my own nails. I don't know what the problem is. I never did have strong or pretty nails. I did have a nail technician say I have very dry cuticles, but I don't know how much of an issue that is.

Feisty56 wrote on October 28, 2015, 3:45 PM

I'm not an expert or a technician, but dry cuticles are more apt to crack open or become split than hydrated cuticles -- and that leaves small openings for germs to invade. You might consider increasing your use of hand lotion or the application of a cuticle oil, even olive, jojoba or coconut oil to help remedy the issue.

Last Edited: October 29, 2015, 10:35 AM

Paulie wrote on October 29, 2015, 12:00 AM

I have never had a problem with peeling nails, however, last year while with my sister in the barn, I feel on my hand and really bruised up two of my fingernails. It took about two or three months for them to recover.

CalmGemini wrote on October 29, 2015, 3:31 AM

It is nice that you found out your own remedy and was persistent in using it.Many stop using it halfway.

Feisty56 wrote on October 29, 2015, 11:33 AM

It is amazing how long it can take for nails to recover once they've been injured. Depending on the severity of the injury, sometimes the nails don't recover fully.

Feisty56 wrote on October 29, 2015, 11:36 AM

It's not always easy to be patient, but I realized it would take a while to learn if my efforts were successful. I also realized that consistency along the way would be necessary. And now I realize that I must continue what I've been doing for the most part or I'll again have problems with peeling nails.

WordChazer wrote on October 30, 2015, 5:16 PM

My ex-boss back in the day swore by hoof oil as she kept a horse and noticed that her nails were amazingly strong and long in no time. She gave me some eventually and I can now agree that hoof oil is quite the thing. Hopefully my current colleague, Rox's mum, will be as generous with her stash of hoof oil in due course as my nails are really weak and brittle again at the moment. Yes, it does smell a bit but it does the job on strengthening and repairing nails, just like you say the Nail Envy does.

crowntower wrote on November 1, 2015, 3:53 AM

Woah! does it hurts? I have a classmate back in third grade, one of her finger got its nailed peeled. the whole old nail was on it while under it a new nail was growing. can you imagine that... She said it hurts but she can tolerate it. gladly she is a left handed and the peeling nails was on the right finger.

Feisty56 wrote on November 1, 2015, 3:13 PM

Now that's interesting to know. I would imagine anyone could purchase hoof oil through a veterinary supply. I'll have to keep this in the back of my mind, just in case.

Feisty56 wrote on November 1, 2015, 3:17 PM

No, thankfully the peeling has been limited to the upper layers only, so it weaken the nail in general and the nail won't hold polish, but thankfully it's nothing like what your friend endured.

VinceSummers wrote on November 16, 2015, 11:42 AM

My nails have a natural point of splitting right in the middle. So after biting my nails (yes, I am guilty of biting them), I have to file the tops to keep them from splitting. As to nail health, nails are not alive, and hence can't be truly healthy. But I know where you're coming from. I also remind people a healthy skin's a bit weird, as well, as the epidermis is dead tissue. The dermis is alive, however. Which is more than can be said for the hair and nails.