Is Acetone Good For Your Nails?

How to remove nail polishNail polish removers such as those that contain acetone should not just remove nail polishes fast and easy but also be safe for your nails or toenails and the skin around them.

It’s true that when it comes to picking up that perfect color nail polish, you might spend a lot of time but when you need a product to remove it, you may choose one based on its low price.

Still, you should know that removing nail polish with unsuitable products can deteriorate their texture and healthy looks.

Generally talking, nail polish removers contain liquid solvents that dissolve the resins that nail polishes contain and are responsible for the intense glow of these products as well as their ability to stay on the nails and make the nail or toenail bed harder.

Nail polish removers either contain acetone or they are free of acetone. So, let’s see now the pros and cons of using acetone and non-acetone nail polish removers.

Pros and Cons of Acetone and Non-Acetone Nail Polish Removers

Acetone is a very strong liquid solvent that removes nail polish fast and easily without leaving behind any traces of color. It is also an effective nail polish remover in the case of dark color nail polishes.

At the same time, it is a quite aggressive surfactant that gets rid of the natural oils of the nails and makes the nails, cuticles and the skin around them dry. That’s why it is better to use acetone as little as you can.

Non-Acetone nail polish removers contain gentle nail polish removing ingredients such as isopropyl alcohol, ethyl acetate or propylene carbonate as well as natural moisturizing components like vitamin E, glycerine, tea tree oil and panthenol that prevent both the nails and the skin from getting dehydrated.

Their disadvantage is that they are not as effective as the acetone ones so you need to repeat the procedure of nail polish removal some times till the nail lacquer is fully removed.

Non-Acetone nail polish removers are mainly recommended for soft color nail polishes and dehydrated nails with vertical ridges while they are not as effective as acetone products in the cases of dark color nail polishes or Shellac nail polishes.

How to Remove your Nail Polish without Damaging your Nails

After we have seen the pros and cons of using acetone and non-acetone nail polish removers, let’s have a look at some tips to remove your nail polish properly and keep your nails and toenails pretty and healthy.

  • Apply some drops of natural oil on the nails and the skin around them massaging them softly. Good hydrating natural oils for nails and toenails are avocado oil, almond oil, vitamin E oil, olive oil and others.
  • Damp a cotton pad with your nail polish remover and put it on the nail. Put some pressure on it for a few seconds and remove the nail polish carefully.
  • One other alternative mainly for semi permanent pedicure or manicure is to put on the nails small pieces of cotton that have been soaked in acetone before. Then, wrap them with aluminium foil and let the acetone work for ten to fifteen minutes. Remove the aluminium foil and by lightly pressuring each nail remove the nail polish.
  • Finish off the procedure by washing your hands with plenty of lukewarm water. Pat them dry softly with a cotton towel and let them dry well if you want to reapply nail polish.
  • Once in a while, apply 1-2 drops of nourishing oil on and around your nails to keep them nourished, moisturized and healthy looking.

To conclude, while acetone nail polish removers are effective at removing your nail polish fast and easy, they are not good when it comes to keeping your nails or toenails and the skin around them moisturized and healthy looking.

For more beauty tips, you can read our post on how to keep your toenails healthy and pretty looking.

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