Dry, brittle nails are a common problem in women. Sometimes trauma to the nails can lead to dryness, splitting and other nail changes. However, for many women, these nail problems appear spontaneously and there is no obvious cause. If you have dry, brittle nails, there are a few things you can do to help. Biotin is a vitamin for the hair and nails, and this works well to strengthen the nails. It can take several months to notice a change so it is important to be patient. I usually recommend at least 3000 micrograms daily to get the best results.
The nail matrix is the white area at the bottom of the nail bed next to the cuticle. This is where your nails are made. For this reason, it is important to avoid any trauma to the cuticle, because any trauma in this area can affect the matrix and cause splitting, peeling and other nail changes. Avoid extensive clipping and cutting of the cuticle during manicures, which can cause trauma to the cuticle. Application of Vaseline to the cuticle area daily can hydrate the cuticle and improve overall nail health. It is important to note that some medical conditions, like psoriasis and eczema, can also cause nail changes. These can be treated with topical steroid creams. It is best to see a dermatologist if you think you may have one of these conditions to get the best results.