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Kiss your acrylics goodbye: an easy guide to safely removing your faux nails

Say goodbye to acrylics and hello to strong, natural nails with this step-by-step, damage-free removal guide!

Acrylic nails are a popular beauty choice for many who love the look of long, glamorous nails.

However, there comes a time when you want to get them off and give your natural nails a break.

While it can be tempting to rip or bite them off, this can cause serious damage to your natural nails.

Instead, there’s a safer, more effective method to remove them, and that’s what we’re going to discuss today.

This informative guide will walk you through a step-by-step process on how to safely and effectively remove your acrylic nails.

From trimming down your nails to preparing them for the process, applying acetone, soaking, removal, cleaning, rehydration, and giving your nails some rest and recovery time.

Each step is crucial to ensure a damage-free removal and promote the health of your natural nails.

So, if you’re ready to say goodbye to your acrylic nails for a while, let’s dive into the process!

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Remember, patience is key, and the health of your natural nails should always be the priority.

Let’s get started!

Starting the process

When it comes to removing your acrylic nails, the first step is to trim them down as short as possible.

Be sure not to cut your natural nails in the process. You can use a pair of nail clippers for this.

Remember, the shorter the acrylics, the easier they will be to remove.


Next, using a coarse nail file, gently file away the shiny topcoat of your nails.

This step is crucial as it allows the acetone to penetrate and dissolve the acrylic more effectively.

Then, to protect your skin from the harsh effects of acetone, apply petroleum jelly around the skin surrounding your nails.

Applying acetone

For the next step, you will need 100% pure acetone and cotton balls. Soak the cotton balls in the acetone and then place them on each of your nails.

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To keep the cotton balls in place, wrap each finger with a small piece of aluminum foil. This will ensure that the acetone is in direct contact with the acrylic nail.

Soaking time

Let your nails soak in the acetone for about 30–45 minutes.

This time is necessary to allow the acetone to dissolve the acrylic nails. Enjoy a good book or your favorite TV show while you wait!


After soaking, remove the foil and cotton balls from your fingers.

The acrylic nails should come off with it. If any parts of the nails are still attached, you can use a nail buffer to remove the remaining acrylic.

Be gentle to avoid damaging your natural nails.


Once you’ve successfully removed all the acrylic, wash your hands thoroughly with soap and water to get rid of any leftover acetone and acrylic particles.

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Acetone can be quite drying, so it’s essential to restore the hydration to your hands and nails. Moisturize your hands and nails with a good hand cream and cuticle oil.

Rest and recovery

If your natural nails are weak or damaged, give them some time to recover before applying a new set of acrylics. Your nails need some time to breathe and heal.

I hope this guide has been helpful in explaining how to safely and effectively remove your acrylic nails.

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Kimberly Almond
Written by: Kimberly Almond