How to Remove Acrylic Nails Safely

When it comes to getting rid of acrylic nails at home, acetone is your best friend. This powerful liquid solvent-based chemical easily dissolves the thick blue acrylic nails and help you safely remove them from your hands. You might be wondering how this powerful compound is safe enough to be used on your nails.

You should keep in mind that acetone has strong solvents that can harm your hands and even your eyes if they are not carefully protected. Before applying acetone, clean your hands thoroughly with warm water. Then, dip a cotton ball into the acetone solution, cover it with a small piece of plastic wrap, and touch the tip of your finger to the top of the nail, being careful to avoid the cuticles. Wait for 15 minutes, then wash your hands thoroughly with warm water and soap.

If your nails have turned yellow or brown, especially after you’ve washed them with water and soap, try using either tea tree oil or orange peels. Both have natural organic ingredients that help prevent the formation of unsightly nail fungal growth on your nails. The amount you need varies by person: a teaspoon of tea tree oil should do the trick for someone with light to medium hair; orange peel a single person. Apply the oil or peel to your nails after removing your make-up or after bathing, before doing your manicure or pedicure.

To remove tough, thick acrylics, soak your nails in acetone for twenty minutes, twice daily. Follow up with a good quality nail file to make the next step easier. After your first soak, let your nails dry. When they are still damp, gently rub your hands together to open up your cuticles. This will loosen any trapped dirt and oil. Your fingers can then be filed with a smooth, flat acrylic nail file and rinsed with warm water.

If, after you’ve cleaned your hands, you find that there is still some oil left over from the cleanser, dip a cotton ball in quick tip rubbing alcohol and wipe away. Once that is done, apply acetone again and rinse. If your nails look yellow or brown, don’t worry: this is normal and will wash out with regular nail polish remover. With regular manicure and pedicure products, the acetone helps keep acrylic growth at bay, though it won’t work on extremely dark or discolored nails.

If you have cuticles that are already very thick, wait thirty to sixty seconds between applications. While waiting, gently press your cuticles with a clean cotton pad. The cotton pad will help spread the cuticle oil around. If you have thin cuticles, use your nail clippers to slowly cut the oil. Be careful not to cut into the nail itself; the oil will get into that area if you cut too much.

After your hands are clean and oil free, gently remove your cuticles using a nail clipper or other narrow object and place them under a bowl of warm water. Peel back the paper on the nail, making sure you don’t miss any spots. Peel away the orange stick or other debris at one time using your pry bar. This may take a few minutes, so be patient. The goal here is to pry loose any extra oil so that your nails grow clean and healthy.

Once you’ve got the cuticles smooth and shiny, apply some petroleum jelly to them. Be sure that the petroleum jelly is only on the cuticles and not on the surrounding skin. Be generous with the petroleum jelly and allow it to soak for at least an hour. You may need to do this several times before the cuticles are completely smooth again.