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Old 07-22-2011, 08:59 PM
 
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My nails have always peeled, but hair and skin are healthy....what is up with that? I already take a multi-vitamin

They are not just easily snagged, but actually the top layer will peel off. Anyone experiencing this?
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Old 07-23-2011, 07:47 AM
 
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Do you have them in water a lot or latex gloves? That always makes mine peel even though I have no latex allergy.
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Old 07-23-2011, 02:25 PM
 
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Yeah, I've always had this problem. I think, at least for me, it's in part because my nails are flat--if you look at them edge-on they have no curve. One of the traits of "good" strong nails is that they have a pronounced side-to-side curve. I don't know what causes it and don't spend much time worrying about it, I get acrylics so they look good.
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Old 07-23-2011, 05:34 PM
 
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Poor diet. Mine quit peeling in layers once I cut most sugar and when I cut diet sodas they started growing fast and became steel talons.

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Old 07-23-2011, 06:04 PM
 
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My nails have always peeled, but hair and skin are healthy....what is up with that? I already take a multi-vitamin

They are not just easily snagged, but actually the top layer will peel off. Anyone experiencing this?
Mine do that when I don't keep them polished, due the time my hand spend in water and chemicals.

if you don't want to polish your nails, get a good moisturizer and use it often and use a rich cuticle cream every night and morning. Even then, you will have to wait about 6 weeks or so until all the old unmoisturized thinner weaker nail grows out and the new taken care of nail finally hits the top....
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Old 07-25-2011, 08:25 AM
 
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Mine do that when I don't keep them polished, due the time my hand spend in water and chemicals.

if you don't want to polish your nails, get a good moisturizer and use it often and use a rich cuticle cream every night and morning. Even then, you will have to wait about 6 weeks or so until all the old unmoisturized thinner weaker nail grows out and the new taken care of nail finally hits the top....
This, plus start taking biotin -- it's a small fraction of what makes up B vitamins, and water soluble, so your body will get rid of any it can't use on a daily basis. It will take about 5-6 months of daily supplements before you start to see the results (the new growth from the nail bed will take that long to get to a length you can file it).

Also, next time you're getting a general workup at the doc's office, ask for a thyroid screening test. Nail problems can be an early sign of imbalance (or could just as easily signify nothing).
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Old 07-25-2011, 08:29 AM
 
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Yeah, I've always had this problem. I think, at least for me, it's in part because my nails are flat--if you look at them edge-on they have no curve. One of the traits of "good" strong nails is that they have a pronounced side-to-side curve. I don't know what causes it and don't spend much time worrying about it, I get acrylics so they look good.
Home Remedies for Nail Problems | Grandma's Home Remedies

You should! Nails can be clues to nutritional or health issues. That link has a lot of info. But for that curve: ( I had a flat nail issue thats fixed through food and cosmetic care)

"Flat nails – caused by anemia, thyroid disease, or deficiency in vitamin B12"

I think it was low b vitamins/anemia for me.
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Old 07-26-2011, 01:25 PM
 
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Rub olive oil into them every evening before going to bed. This should help if the peeling isn't being caused by a health issue.
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Old 07-26-2011, 01:28 PM
 
Location: Orlando, Florida
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Mine were doing that and the beauty editor of the newspaper where I work said to use a better nail polish remover. I did and the peeling stopped. Something about cheap mix of acetone that weakens enamel.
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