Nail Biting and Brittle Nail Remedies


These helpful remedies will keep you from biting your nails.

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Take care of your hands and nails. Here are ways to deal with nail-biting habits and what to do when your nails are brittle. 

5 Nail Biting Remedies

Nail-biting often starts in childhood, and can be an extremely hard habit to break. Here are some suggestions on how to quit.

  • It is said that the easiest way to stop biting your nails is to become more relaxed, as nail-biting is often associated with pressure, anxiety, or nervousness. See our remedies for stress and anxiety.
  • A physical reminder is to put sticky tape on each finger. By the time you chew through the tape, you probably will have worked off the impulse to chew your nails.
  • Put bright colored polish on your nails.. If you spend time caring for your nails, you’re less likely to want to bite them off.
  • Most people bite their nails subconsciously. To get yourself to think about what you’re doing, give yourself a small reward for every nail that grows long enough to cut.

6 Tips If Your Nails Are Brittle

  • Don’t wash dishes with your bare hands. Wear dry, cotton-lined rubber gloves, available at most drugstores.
  • Some fingernail polishes contain formaldehyde, which can irritate skin and nails. If you think your polish is causing problems, switch to a polish that doesn’t contain formaldehyde, or avoid polish altogether.
  • Eat Jell-O. Or you can mix your favorite flavor of Jell-O and drink it while it’s still warm, if you don’t feel like waiting to refrigerate it.
  • Drink plenty of water. If you’re dry, your nails will be too.
  • Apply petroleum jelly to your nails at bedtime. Cover them with cotton gloves and your nails will retain more of the moisture.

If you have any more tips, please post what works for you below!

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Nail Biting

I bit my nails for many years. Someone commented on it at work when I was probably 40. I don't know why but I tended to bite when I was driving. Somehow I decided to wear gloves when I was driving and I finally stopped. My nails are beautiful now.

Use coconut oil on

Use coconut oil on as well as petroleum jelly.