This Is Why Your Nails Are Peeling
Posted on September 03 2018
As we grow older, our health changes. Naturally, our nails change too. The medical term for peeling nails is called "onychoscizia," where thin layers of the nail separate from the free edge and peel back.
There can be a variety of contributing factors as to why your nails are peeling. Washing your hands excessively rids your nails of the natural oils they need to grow strong and healthy. Using nail polish remover frequently can cause nail dryness. Wearing acrylics and nail polishes for an extended period can also cause damage.
However, if you start to notice any abnormal discoloration of the nails (i.e. yellowing or whitening), this could be a sign of an underlying medical condition and you should get it checked by your physician.
Are manicures helping or hurting your nails?
Over-buffing your nails when they're already weak and brittle can make them more prone to peeling. A buffer should only be used along the edges of the nail and the nail bed. Try to avoid using files with a high grit, as this could cause more damage and potential nail breakage.
1. Let your nails rest between manicures. Instead, load up with nail oil (like CND Solar Oil).
2. Always use a base coat before applying polish. It acts as a layer between your nail and the polish, which will help prevent damage later on. Avoid base coats that contain formaldehyde.
3. Drink lots of water. This is probably the easiest way to keep your nails looking healthy!