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How to Remove Acrylic Nails without Acetone

How to Remove Acrylic Nails without Acetone
The most popular method for removing acrylic nails is soaking them in acetone. However, acetone can cause skin irritation and drying. This article will guide you with stepwise instructions on removing acrylic nails without using acetone.
Pragya T
Last Updated: May 17, 2018
Beautician Varnishing Nails at Beauty Salon, Europe
The best solution for removing acrylic nails is to go to a salon, and seek the help of a professional. A manicurist is a trained and experienced beauty technician, who will remove the acrylic nails in a safe and painless way. Nail bed is the living part of the nail, and if you try removing the acrylic nails yourself, you might end up damaging the nail bed. So, it is advisable for you to seek help from a manicurist. However, if you wish to remove acrylic nails yourself, there are many acetone-free nail polish removers which you can use.
Removing Acrylic Nails Without Acetone
Cosmetics and accessories for manicure or pedicure
If you want to know how to take off acrylic nails yourself without acetone, then the things required for nail removal are:
  • Newspaper
  • Hand towels
  • Nail polish remover ('acetone-free')
  • Big bowl
  • Petroleum jelly
  • Orange sticks
  • Nail filer and buffer
  • Moisturizer
All right, now that you have gathered all the things you need, let's get started.
Step #1
manicure set
Spread newspaper sheets on the surface of the place where you will be working on your nails. Fill the bowl with nail polish remover. The amount should be enough to soak your fingertips. Coat the fingertips and cuticle of the nails with petroleum jelly, and soak your fingertips in the bowl.
Step #2
dip nails
Soak only your fingertips and not the entire hand. Keep the nails dipped in the solution for about 20 minutes. The acrylic gel will start softening and dissolving.
Step #3
With the orange sticks, scrape off the acrylic gel and wipe with a towel. If the gel doesn't comes off easily, then soak your nails in the remover again for a couple of more minutes, and scrape off the acrylic gel with the orange sticks. However, be very careful that you do not scrape off the nail surface under the acrylic nail coat.
Step #4
wash hands
After the entire acrylic coat is scraped off the nails, wash your hands with warm water and dry them with a towel. Get rid of any small bits of acrylic left on your nails by using a nail buffer.
Step #5
The whole process of removing acrylic nails tends to dry the skin, as you will be dipping your fingers in nail polish remover. Also, scraping nails and washing hands removes moisture. Hence, apply a good moisturizer to soothe your skin.
Other Methods for Acrylic Nail Removal
Above was the method that you can use to take off acrylic nails at home without acetone. Here are some more alternative methods for acrylic nail removal without using acetone.
Acetone-Free Lacquer Removers
Take care of the hands
Instead of soaking your nails in acetone, you could opt for commercially available products most of which are acetone-free lacquer removers. It helps to break down the glue that sticks the acrylic nails to your natural nails. Soaking your nails in this solution will help in easy removal of acrylic nails.
Rubbing Alcohol
Nail polish remover
You can dip your fingertips in rubbing alcohol, instead of acetone to remove the acrylic nails. The whole process of removing acrylic nails will take around half an hour.
Dental Floss with Nail Polish
Beautician Filing The Nails Of Woman
Many people use dental floss combined with nail polish remover, to scrape off acrylic nails. However, this method is not advisable as it can be painful and damage the surface of the natural nails.
Hot Water
Hand Spa Manicure concept
People try soaking acrylic nails in hot water, rather than using nail polish remover. But this method is not effective and does not help in easy removal of acrylic nail paint coat.
Some Advice
Spa salon. Manicure
Even though, there are many ways to take off acrylic nails without acetone, these methods are not that effective. Also, these method take time and you need to rub your nails harder to remove the acrylic nails. Acetone is safe-enough if you use it properly.
French Manicure
Also, using acetone to remove the nails leaves a greasy residue on the nails, so make sure you wash your hands well after using acetone. Acetone dries your skin, but if you apply a good amount of moisturizer after using acetone, your skin should remain fine. If you have dry or brittle nails then avoid applying acrylic nails, as it can further damage the nails.
Now, you know the different methods to remove acrylic nails. But, do remember to scrape off acrylic nails slowly and with patience, as it is important that you do not harm your natural nail surface, while taking off false nails.
Spa hand
Hand in bath on green towel top view
Spa decorated manicure set
Preparing hands for manicure
Finger nails care
Beautician Polishing The Nails
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Women performing manicure on female hands