Removing Nail Polish from Acrylic Nails

I used non-acetone nail polish remover to soak my fingers to remove polish and burnt my finger tips. I was removing a basecoat, plus 2 coats of polish and a top coat what did I do wrong? For 3 days my tips felt numb. I thought I had problems.


I have acrylic nails for the first time, but like to change my polish about every 3-4 days. I did what the nail tech said and got non-acetone polish remover. It's only been two weeks, but I am not going to apply nail polish till I figure out what the heck happened. If you have an answer please share. I hope everyone has a great holiday.

By Sharon

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October 15, 20110 found this helpful

I have never soaked my nails to remove the same number of coats of polish that you stated. All I have ever done is put the polish remover on a cotton ball and use that to remove the polish. I use a seperate cotton ball for each nail. I had acrylic nails several years ago and was never told to soak them. I also used non-acetone polish remover.


I was told to soak them when I wanted to remove the nails. I can't remember if I was told to use the non-acetone or regular polish remover, for this process, but what it amounts to is I have never had the problem you mentioned. After having the professionally applied nails, I would sometimes buy a kit with the nails and glue in it and apply acrylic nails myself.

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October 18, 20110 found this helpful

It sounds to me like you may have an allergy to the remover. I'd check with your doctor before doing it again. Also before going back to the salon, because that's what they use too.

But the proper way to remove the polish is not by soaking them but by wetting a cotton ball or pad with the remover and wiping your nails with that.

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October 18, 20110 found this helpful

Redbatterb, to remove the nails themselves, use acetone to soak your nails in. And it takes a while too. I just did mine a few days ago. Had to soak them for about 30 min. Then I let them dry good. Used an emery board to file off as much of anything left as I could. Then soaked some more, about 15 min.


this time. Kept doing that till I had gotten off as much as I could. Now I'm letting them "rest" for a couple of months before I get new nails put on. I do this twice a year.

It's a lot of work and time consuming but it's a lot less painful than getting them removed at the salon, and it's a lot easier on my nails too.

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October 18, 20110 found this helpful

You are not supposed to soak your fingers in it. You just put it on a cotton ball and remove the polish just like you would with any other polish remover.

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June 13, 20180 found this helpful

if you want to remove the nail polish then use a buffer or nail filler to file on top of the nail... if you want to remove the acrylic then place vaseline around your fingers and soak them in acetone... and trim them down soak them again and pick it off....

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