How To Remove Acrylic Nails At Home

by - January 24, 2022

Do you need to get your acrylic nails removed but don't have the time or money to go to a salon? Fortunately, they can be removed from the comfort of your own home without breaking the bank. Removing acrylic nails isn't as difficult as you might think. Keep in mind that this process does take time. Set aside an hour of your day for this, as it will require all of your patience. Please do not attempt to remove your acrylic nails by biting or peeling them. This can cause damage to your natural nail plate. Instead, learn how to properly remove artificial nails while causing the least amount of damage to your natural nails.


  • Acetone
  • Cotton Rounds
  • Cuticle Pusher
  • File or Drill
  • Foil
  • Nail Clipper
  • Petroleum Jelly


Use a nail clipper to cut off any excess acrylics, trimming them as near to your natural nails as possible. (The less nail you work with, the less difficult it will be to take off!

With a coarse grit file or a nail drill, carefully file out as much of the acrylic product as possible. The goal is to make the acrylic as thin as possible.

Acetone can be very harsh on your skin. Apply petroleum jelly to the skin around your nail beds to protect it.

There are two approaches to this. One way is to heat the acetone. To do this, simply run the bottle under warm water for a few minutes. (Don't use any other method to heat it as acetone is extremely flammable.) Then, pour the warm acetone into a bowl and soak your nails in it for 20-30 minutes. However, this method is extremely harsh and can cause your skin to dry out.

I personally prefer to soak cotton pads in acetone and apply it to my nails. Then, wrap each nail in foil to keep it in place. 

After 20 minutes, take a look at your nails. If enough of the acrylic has dissolved, use a cuticle pusher to gently push the acrylic off your nails. If the acrylic doesn't come off with ease. Soak your nails for another 5-10 minutes and try again. If needed, buff your nails to remove any remains.

Your nails will most likely feel very dry after this entire process, so rehydrating them is vital. Apply cuticle oil to your cuticles and skin. You can also use a nourishing hand cream to moisturize your hands. If needed, a strengthening top coat on your nails.

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