Nails contain fibrous proteins called keratin, which is also in skin and hair. It makes your nails strong. If your nails are weak, peeling, ridged, or flaking, it can be due to either external trauma or an underlying internal health condition.

The color, shape, and texture of your nails acts like a window into your body. Your fingers could be signaling that something needs your care and attention. Check to see which problems could be an answer to healthier, better-looking nails.

8. Exposure to Chemicals

Manicures And Gel Nails

Chemical exposure can be involved when you get your nails done at a salon. Manicures with gels or acrylics can look beautiful, but polish and other cosmetics involved in nail decorating are absorbed into your system, like anything you put on your skin.

These products can lead to brittleness and cracking due to too much buffing and scraping of the nails. This, along with using the chemical acetone to remove the gel and acrylics, weakens the nails. Use an acetone-free cleaner to remove polish or gels.

7. Too Wet or Too Dry

Eliminate Odor From Your Hands

If you wash your hands a lot, have a job that always keeps your hands damp, or if you do not use enough moisturizer between washes, your hands may get too dry. “The most common cause of peeling nails is repetitive wetting or drying of hands”, says Blair Murphy-Rose M.D., F.A.A.D., a dermatologist at New York Presbyterian Hospital. Try keeping them drier and/or moisturize whenever possible, depending on the issue.


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