Acetone, the miracle nail polish remover…Or is it?

9 Dec

nails_manicure_acetone_nail_polish_removerAcetone is probably one of my most used nail products. Pure acetone can get unwanted nail polish off your fingers in one sweep. That’s why I love it. It’s fast, easy and pretty cheap. What you might not know however, is that acetone can really damage your nails and fingers. According to self.com, it can strip your nails of its nutrients and cause it to break easily and become weak. It can also dry your fingertips and cause crackly skin around your nail beds.

Using acetone is more ideal if you want to get any dark nail polish off your nails. Another alternative to acetone is non-acetone nail polish. This option is great if you use nail polish remover all the time. It’s more gentle and doesn’t dry out your nails as much. The only downside is that it’s more difficult to get nail polish off when using it. Overall, I would recommend acetone if you’re using dark nail polish, glitter pigmented polishes, and other polishes that are difficult to remove. Acetone is also great if you want to remove acrylic nails. If you use nail polish remover as an everyday thing, or you have sensitive skin, I highly recommend non-acetone nail polish remover.

Here are a few tips from http://www.msdsonline.com:

  • When using acetone, make sure you’re in a well-ventilated area. Long-term exposure can result in some serious health problems.
  • Make sure your work area is covered well to prevent any damages to the work surface.
  • Stay away from areas with candles or high temperatures. Acetone is extremely flammable
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