Tips for Chipped & Peeling Fingernails

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Tips for Chipped & Peeling Fingernails
Dealing with your chipped or peeled fingernails. (Painting Fingernails image by Amanda White from

Fingernails are formed from durable keratin protein in the body's effort to protect the tip of the finger from injuries, while enhancing the delicate movements of the digits. Fingernails can receive a lot of wear and tear from weather, activity with your hands and day-to-day life. There are several ways that you can strengthen your nails and improve their condition after chipping or peeling.

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Fingernails can become brittle and chipped if the body is not receiving certain proper nutrients. Biotin is a vitamin that helps the body process fatty acids and proteins. Take a biotin supplement of 2.5 milligrams per day to strengthen your nails. Another important vitamin for fingernails is the B vitamin folate and it can be supplemented in a daily B vitamin complex. Make sure you are getting adequate protein in your diet, with at least several servings of meat, dairy or nuts per day.


Chipped and peeling fingernails can occur if your fingernails are not receiving enough moisture. You can moisturise your nails just like you would your skin by rubbing moisturising lotion into them. This is especially important after you remove nail polish and after the nails have been in water. Applying nail polish to your nails actually keeps in moisture, which is why it can be effective in preserving damaged nails.


If you know that you will be working with chemicals near your hands, make sure to wear protective gloves. If you are working in a dry environment, keep your hands extra moisturised and covered when possible. Taking certain prescription medications can dry out your skin and nails. Moisturise frequently and whenever possible seek an alternative prescription without the same side effects.

Fix the Problem

If your nails have already chipped, their appearance can be mended. Rub the chipped area with a cloth to make it flat and smooth. Dip a cotton stick in some nail polish remover and dab it gently on the chipped area. Use a quality top coat to coat your entire nail. Using a product with quartz may help to make your nail layers bond together quickly.

Clean, Buffed and Polished

Before applying nail polish, make sure that all previous polish has been removed and that your nails are completely clean. File and buff your nails in one direction and remove all ridges that could break off to cause chipping. When polishing only use two coats and apply a clear top coat at the end to seal the nail. Make sure to leave at least 10 minutes for your nails to dry before doing any activity with your hands.

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