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Thread: splitting fingernails and cuticles

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    Senior Member Cheshirecatquilter's Avatar
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    It seems counterintuitive, but we really need to scrub our skin and nails vigorously every day to get rid of the dead cell layers that prevent creams and moisturizers from penetrating to where they are needed. It's important to keep the cuticle area unbroken as that's where the growing nails arise -- no clipping and no picking -- so you don't let in bacteria that can damage the cells the nails grow from. If you push back the cuticles with the towel every time you wash your hands they will soon be smooth and tight against the nails, and it only takes 5-10 seconds.

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    I agree, vit for hair, skin, and nails has helped me.
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    I am retired from being a hairstylist and nail tech. I have heard it all, believe me. One thing is certain: with today’s lack of nutrients in the soil many of us do not get adequate vitamins and minerals. Also as we age our digestive systems do not process the foods that we eat to properly supply what our skin and nails need like it does when we were younger. Thyroid and many other disorders can affect our skin and nails but it also creates many other problems in our bodies too. A naturopathic physician is more likely to find what is missing than a regular doctor. You may need digestive enzymes and help getting the supplements he prescribes absorbed into your body. There are many good things listed here on the forum and any one of them can be helpful. Finding what works best for each one of you is a journey unique to your specific needs and the answers will be different for each one according to your unique design. May you all find exactly what you need. And we are all blessed to have this forum to share our ideas about so many things. It is wonderful to learn from each other isn't it?

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    I have had the same problem for many years until I discovered that a proper balanced diet made mine much better. It is still working today. Good Luck on your quest.
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    Have you tried Utter Cream at night?
    Biotin (over counter vitamin) for nails, hair and skin

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    OPI has a great nail strenghtener. I have a lot of allergies. I find if I use cleaning products without gloves my nails within a couple of days will start to split.
    I have rubber glovess all over the house.

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    Quote Originally Posted by CircleSquare
    You also probably need to drink more water. . . 6-8 glasses per day. Dehydration can cause damage to nails, hair, and our entire body.
    The way to remember to drink water is every time you go pee, drink a glad of water to replace what you just got rid of. My hubbies 100 year old grandma told me this. But back to the split nails, I started taking vitamins for 50+ and Vitamin C and D, and my nails are back to being healthy again and I am feeling better. Mine were thin and splitting in layers also. Jan

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    I have the same problem with my nails for the last few years. Have several health issues. Will try some of the ideas I'm reading here. Thanks ladies.

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    I too have this problem. Will try some of the remedies mentioned here and hope they help. Thanks. I also spend the winters in Fl. and am in the salt water pool every day for 1 hour. By the time I go home in May, my nails are beautiful and last til about Oct., before they start to peel again. So maybe something to the salt.

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    I have the same problem, and I absolutely love this product. I carry it in my purse, and it doesn't leak. I've had the same tube for about two years. When I'm riding along in the car with my husband driving, I use it then. I rub it into my cuticles and my nails, and it helps. If you use it regularly, I'm betting you'll notice a difference.

    http://www.sephora.com/browse/produc...categoryId=B70

    Another less convenient, but cheaper, product that I keep at home is this:

    http://www.amazon.com/Creative-Nail-.../dp/B0002QB1SC

    I keep bottles of this at home because I'm afraid they'll leak in my purse. They're great too.

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    Quote Originally Posted by redpurselady
    Have you ever considered taking fish oil as a supplement? Helps with my nails and dry eye. It's also good for the heart (omega 3).
    I take fish oil too. I don't know if it helps or not, but my nails and cuticles still split. It might help, but it's not the total solution.

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    First off ladies, never clip your nails always use a nail fils and file in one direction, not back and forth. Drink lots of water and if your cuticles are dry put lots of hand cream on them, slip them into a plasic bag and whap your hands in a towel. The warmth will soften them up. If you have someone to help you put a towl in the microwave to warm it up then wrap them up. Why do I know this, it is because I am a nail tech and hair dresser. OraLee

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    Mix a package of Knox Gellitin in your orange juice daily and you see how well it helps your nails


    Quote Originally Posted by oatw13
    If your nails are splitting in layers, it sounds more like they aren't healthy to start with. Talk with your doctor. Maybe you aren't getting enough calcium? Please don't start taking calcium without talking to a doctor because most people need less as they age. You could be deficient in other nutrients, as well.

    They sell nail strengtheners that you apply like a clear nail polish that help. They are found at most drugstores with the nail polish.

    In the meantime, slather them with lotion every time you walk by a bottle. It can't hurt.

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    my dermatologist says lotions won't help but anything with CREAM in it is what I need. Since I'm a quilter and school librarian..dust dust dust...

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    I had the same problem and found that I was low on calcium.
    I started taking Citracal +D, Maximum 2 times a day. After several months I had to start cutting them every 10-12 days. Sorry, it won't help the cuticles, still have to use cream for them.

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    My mom had that problem for years - took gelatin etc - nothing seemed to help. She had alzheimers, so she lived with us for 2 yrs before she passed- I amde sure she took a multi vitamin, Vit C & E besides her alzheimer meds - her nails grow beautifully - long and strong - yes did file them one way and she loved when I gave her a manicure

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    Good advice above...also try using gloves to do any dishes by hand. Since I got married last summer I have my hands in dishwater half the time and it shows, stronger nails.

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    Mim, the doctor told me the same thing. Well, insulted I was as I know I am 70 but don't feel it so now, I am so glad to be reading here to see that others have the same problem and there are more solutions to finding out how to deal with this. WalMart here I come looking for information for nails. I use to have beautiful nail when younger but then we also have to realize there are others older than me out there and they have beautiful nails. The Endo doctor told me it is probably from the heart attack and that I am a diabetic and have a goiter in my neck. So, just pick one and I need to find out how to fix this on my own and save a lot of money. Thanks again for this article.

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    A year ago, I began taking Vitamin D3, above and beyond the calcium with D. After a few months I noticed an improvement in the hardness in my nails. Now, I actually have nails that DO NOT split. It took awhile, but worth it. Your doctor will probably tell you to go ahead and try it. God bless, Joan

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    I have arthritis but can't take NAIDs so after searching the web decided to take krill oil to get mega doses of omega 3. I've been taking it for about 2 months now and there has been a little improvement in the painlevel but the bonus has been my skin, hair and nails have become so much improved. In cold weather my lips and fingers usually split, the nail shatter and my hair becomes brittle. Not so this winter - I don't feel the need use body lotions, hand or face cream, though I do for extra protection against the icy winds we're having at the moment. It's been a side effect that has been so welcome that I will carry on with my krill oil and hope that my back,hips and knees will respond soon. Hoping you all have a wonderful, blessed Christmas and best wishes for the new year.

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    I have had best part of a year with split nails due to anaemia. Since taking a course of iron tablets from my doctor the problem has resolved. It's worth checking this out with your GP.

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