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52 female - My fingernails appear to be healthy and while I don't wear nail polish on a regular basis, I do like to wear it for very special occasions. I would love to wear it more often, but the few times a year that I do, my nail tips begin to peel as soon as I remove the polish which is usually the same day, but has been up to four. The peeling will continue until my nails have grown out again. I have tried numerous brands of polish, base coats and removers from drug store brands to high end ones over the years, but it happens with them all. Any answers, suggestions and or tips on what could be causing this and how I can avoid it while still having nice nails for those special occasions would be greatly appreciated.

Hi and thanks for your question.

How terribly frustrating for you!! Although I do think we can come up with an answer to your issue. Your nails are peeling as they are simply too soft, due to low levels of keratin (what gives nails strength). This could be to a number of issues, although most likely I think it would be additional chemicals added to either the polish or the remover (often formaldehyde has this reaction, to those with a sensitivity).

The simple answer is to build up strength with the application of nail hardeners (such as Herome, if it is available in your country), excellent diet and most importantly, change the brand/s of polish and remover you use. You will often find those with no formaldehyde are advertised as so on the pack or you can speak with staff in some retail stores for their recommendations.

Good luck and I hope this fixes your issue.

Cheers, Caitlin  

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Caitlin Morrison


I can confidently discuss all aspects of nail care, nail disorders, nail diseases, infection control, nail enhancements, nail art, airbrushing, manicuring, pedicuring, product awareness, technical aspects, local licensing policies, local insurance issues and the vast range of polishes now on offer. I can't comment on licensing or insurance issues outside of Australia. As I am not a doctor, I cannot diagnose medical conditions over the internet for you. Please also note, that I am in no way qualified and have any knowledge of the hair industry. In Australia, this is a completely seperate area of expertise :)


I have been playing around with nail enhancements since I was 14, getting them done professionally since I was 18 and I have been a licensed Nail Technician since 2001. Further to this, I have also been a licensed Beauty Therapist since 2011. I have had my own nail salon since 2001 and this has expanded as my skills have to a full beauty salon since 2010.

Australian Society of Dermal Clinicans. The Australian Professional Fingernail Association.

Nail Techincian since 2001. Beauty Therapist since 2011. Currently studying a Bachelor of Health Science majoring in Dermal Therapies - Due to complete this in November 2013.

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