Acrylic nails are very much in fashion these days. However, removing them may be a pain, especially if you do not take proper care of your nails. And if you are one of those people looking for help to find easy ways to remove your acrylic nails using acetone, then yes you’re at the right place!

How to remove acrylic nails

Today we are going to help you remove a acrylic nail in the easiest ways, i.e. using acetone.

Note: If you are not patient enough, then the process may damage your natural nails and your nail bed. Thus take your time and slowly proceed.

Things you would need:

  • Nail cutter/ nail trimmer.
  • Acetone.
  • hot water.
  • cotton.
  • tweezers.
  • lots of patience.

Stepwise Tutorial:

Step 1:

Using a nail trimmer/ nail cutter, trim your acrylic nails to the shortest possible length. This will reduce the removal time.

how to remove acrylic nails with acetone at home

Step 2:

Dip cotton ball in acetone and remove any nail polish/ topcoat/ base coat from your acrylic nails. This step will ensure that your hands do not catch any color from the nail polish once it is removed. If you dip your nails directly into acetone with the nail polish, then your hands may be slightly colored or the nail polish may stick to your hands. This step prevents any mess.

Acrylic Nails With Acetone

Step 3:

Take a bowl filled with acetone and place it in another bowl containing hot water. This is to warm the acetone slightly.

Step 4:

Dip your hands in the acetone solution. Keep your hands in the solution for 20-25 minutes or until the acrylic nails become softer.

how to remove acrylic nails with pure acetone

Step 5:

Take your hand out of the solution and using tweezers; gently peel off the acrylic nails. If you find that they are not getting peeled off, don’t pull. Just dip your hands in acetone for few more minutes.

Step 6:

After all the acrylic nails get peeled off; apply cuticle oil to your nails. This will ensure that your natural nails are not damaged.

acrylic nails removal acetone

Step 7:

This step is optional. If you want, you can apply a moisturizer to your hands as acetone dries out your skin.

This is the most simplest of ways to remove acrylic nails without harming your natural ones. Post removal, make sure you regularly moisturize and hydrate your hands.

[ Read: Pro’s And Con’s For Acrylic nails ]

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  • LJ

    As a cosmetologist, I have to say that the idea of pulling acrylics off with tweezers makes me cringe…it would be much safer to simply push the acrylic off with an orange wood stick (available at any beauty supply store or walmart even) and it will also help to cover the bowl of acetone with a warm wet towel to keep the helpful fumes in.

  • CC

    Clipping off acrylic nails can hurt severely… Not sure if that’s the best way to go about it.

    • Bonny

      Agreed. Better to just file them short and start to soak

  • Trudy

    Do not soak nails in acetone use a cotton ball with acetone on it and wrap each nail in foil takes about 30 min. Do not keep removing to look every time you expose to air acrylic will harden back

  • melanie

    What about gel nails ?

  • Bonny

    I agree. Do NOT pull them off. Your nail underneath will come off with it. Either use the orange stick or just keep wiping with a cotton ball until there is no more acrylic. And in my experience your nail is going to be SUPER sensitive after you do this because they take some of your natural nail off to “roughen” it. But be patient and wait for the nail to grow out. The sensitivity will abate. It is a terrible feeling, and keeps me from EVER getting acrylics applied again.

  • Allison

    I cut my acrylics down, it didn’t hurt at all. Then I put acetone in a bowl and soaked one hand at a time. I put a heating pad underneath the bowl to heat up the acetone. I also covered the bowl with a warm washcloth. Every 10 minutes, I would take my hand out and immediately file directly onto the acrylic. In total it took about 2 hours. Pain free removal!

  • nailpro91

    As a licensed nail tech I’d like to add a few suggestions…first of all, if the acrylic has a gel overlay you must use a file to break that seal. If not, no amount of soaking will get past that. Second, when soaking the acrylic, keep the nails in the acetone and scrape with an orangewood stick or cuticle pusher. When you take the nails out of the acetone it starts to set up and makes the removal harder. Also, scraping is less damaging to the nails than picking off the loss acrylic with nippers. You will also damage/dull your nippers if you use them in this manner.

    • StyleCraze

      Thank you for your useful tip !!

  • Ruby

    does anybody know if this will work if you just got them done? I don’t know why I got thaw, they’re so uncomfortable!!

    • Zaina

      Yes! I got my nails done last monday and then took them off Thursday. I don’t use tweezers to get them off though I use a towel to rub them off once they have been soaking for a little while.

    • Anna

      I did did when I had my on for two three weeks it dies week but it won’t take them off. I cut my off this pass firday. I let them fall off or when I change my nail polish it does come off. Good luck

    • Anna

      It does work but it won’t take it off I had mine on for three or two weeks they came off when I change my nail polish. Just let them fall of by them self

  • Anna

    I just don’t use acryllic nails. I’ve heard that acetone is not the best stuff to use on your nails.