If your nails are chipping, peeling or cracking, you may be tempted to just throw away your acrylic fingernail polish and go for a fake fingernail.
Gel nails are very attractive, but they’re also a lot harder to keep clean and healthy than acrylics.
Plus, the results that you get from adding some fake fingernails to yours, don’t always last.
Here’s how you can thin your gel nail polish with acetone
What you need to do is to soak the gel nail polish in acetone for at least two hours prior to using it.
Acetone has a couple of advantages over other cleaning agents.
Firstly, it’s an extremely fast drying agent.
When applying it to the nails, you’ll quickly notice the thinning begins to take effect.
Acetone is a degreasing agent
The second advantage of acetone is it’s an excellent degreasing agent, meaning that if you buff your nails right after you’ve applied the gel nail polish, you will see the thinning process through to the nail’s surface!
You can start to see the effects of the thinning within minutes if you buff your nails right after they’ve been treated with the gel nail polish.
Acetone helps lift off the dead skin cells and dirt from the nailbed.
That allows the nail polish to adhere much more tightly to the nail.
After soaking your nails for at least two hours with the acetone, clean them thoroughly before using them again.
If you buff your nails right after the gel has been applied, the nail polish won’t have a chance to work properly.
What’s the best way to remove nail polish when you can’t remove it with acetone?
In reality, you really don’t have a choice because the nail polish remover isn’t designed to be removed by any means other than a medical grade drug.
Your main concern is how much thinner you’re going to need to be with the remover.
You also want to be sure you have enough of a reach so that if you’re applying the thin gel nail lacquer to your finger, you don’t accidentally get some into your eyes.
If you’ve got particularly long fingernails, you may find that buffing the nail between thinner layers of the gel nail lacquer is the most effective.
Be sure to buff the nail in upward strokes, not just in diagonal strokes, to make sure the acetone gets all the way down into the nail bed.
Always remember to wear rubber gloves
It’s also important to remember to wear rubber gloves prior to beginning and while you are applying the acetone gel nail lacquer.
Even if you feel it’s okay to wear gloves, your fingers can still become contaminated with the acetone.
Another question you might have is how much thinner does it take to thin the gel nail polish remover.
This is a subjective question based on each person’s skin and nail type.
You can buy commercially available nail polish removers with acetone that are formulated specifically for the thinner end of the spectrum.
You just need to be careful about how much you actually use, because it can be dangerous to use too much.
Consider using acetone gel nail lacquer
If you are a good fit for the acetone gel nail lacquer, then it can definitely be an effective method of removing nail polish for some people.
Just be sure to wear protective gloves when doing this or you could get seriously sick from the fumes.
You may be able to successfully remove your nail polish with acetone if you try several methods.
In fact, this will probably be the easiest thing you ever did to your nails!
If you don’t get any results, though, you may want to consult a doctor.
If you decide to use gel nail polish remover, be sure to follow all safety instructions carefully.
What happens if you put acetone on gel nails?
You may not know that one of the primary ingredients of this popular acrylic product is acetone.
That’s why it is also commonly used in cleaning products like nail polish remover and breath mints.
What happens when you use acetone to clean your fingernails?
First, your fingernails will become cracked and chipped.
It is recommended that you do not use acetone for this purpose as it could damage your nails further.
Should you apply acetone directly on your nails?
The biggest problem is when you apply acetone directly on the skin of your fingernails.
It is only a matter of seconds before your fingernails turn a nasty shade of yellow and look unpleasant to the touch.
But did you know that acetone has also been found in nail clippers and other medical equipment?
Medical grade acetone has been used in treating various skin conditions, including dermatitis, psoriasis, eczema, and even herpes outbreaks!
What is acetone used for?
Acetone has also been used in treating nail fungus, which can cause unsightly nail discoloration and infection.
While these results were impressive enough, studies showed that the skin irritation caused by acetone application is significantly more painful than the skin irritation caused by the actual fungus, thus it was eventually phased out.
What happens if you put acetone on your fingernails to remove a stubborn nail stain?
To remove nail stains from gel applications (which often include nail polish), you can use an acetone nail lacquer to quickly darken and remove the discoloration.
After you have applied the lacquer, gently scrape the nail with a pumice stone until the liquid is removed.
You can repeat this process until the stain is gone.
Another way to remove a dark nail polish or spot is to apply a gel fingernail lacquer
As with the nail lacquer described above, you can scrape the dark spot with a pumice stone until the liquid is removed.
Again, applying the lacquer over your skin will darken the nail but it is best not to expose yourself to acetone because of the skin sensitivity that can occur.
For best results, wait at least 4 hours before taking off your nails or showering.
Your nails will be shinier and your skin will be smooth and healthy-looking after the treatment.
Finally, what should you do if you want to make your nails stronger?
There are a variety of ways to strengthen the tips of your nails, but one way that many people choose is to purchase a nail lacquer.
Using a nail lacquer will coat your nails with a protective lacquer that protects them from breakage, chipping, and breaking.
You can purchase a nail lacquer that has a sunscreen in it for extra protection.
However, be sure to keep the sunscreen away from the lacquer as it may fade or discolor it.
Acetone is most commonly found in nail polishes, nail enamel, and various other products that deal with the polishing and strengthening of nails.
In short, applying an acetone-based product to your nails can have a lot of benefits.
If you’re wondering what happens if you put acetone on gel nails, be sure to talk to your dentist or nail technician first.