Every now and then it’s common to experience a split, broken or ripped nail – or even a bruised nail – caused by some sort of trauma. In many cases, though, the damage is minor and will heal on its own1.

However, if nail splitting becomes an ongoing issue for you, you may want to consult with your physician to identify the underlying cause. Common causes of nail splitting include:

  • Frequent exposure to water1
  • Exposure to strong soap1
  • Exposure to chemicals1

Here are a few tips to help you properly maintain your fingernails, reducing the risk of nail splitting:

Keep Your Fingernails Dry2

Drying your hands and fingernails thoroughly after washing your hands can help eliminate excess moisture in and around the nail bed. Additionally, you may want to wear cotton-lined rubber gloves when doing the dishes or tending to household chores that could expose your skin and nails to harsh chemicals.

Practice Good Nail Hygiene2

Trim your nails regularly, shaping the corner of your nails into a smooth, round shape. And when you apply moisturizer to your hands, be sure to gently rub the lotion onto your nails. Finally, avoid biting your nails at all times.

Avoid Harsh Nail Care Products2

Limiting or avoiding the use of lacquer or gel nail polish, as well as harsh nail polish remover, can be beneficial to your overall nail health. And in situations when you have to use nail polish remover, try an acetone-free formula.


  1. Web MD (November 14, 2014). Nail Problems and Injuries. Retrieved June 16, 2016 from http://www.webmd.com/skin-problems-and-treatments/tc/nail-problems-and-injuries-topic-overview
  2. Mayo Clinic (December 18, 2014). Is it possible to prevent split fingernails? Retrieved June 19, 2016 from http://www.mayoclinic.org/healthy-lifestyle/adult-health/expert-answers/split-fingernails/faq-20058182


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