Remove Nail Glue

Last updated Sep 19, 2021 | Beauty Tips | 0 comments

How to Remove Nail Glue?

Most, if not all women cherish the look of glue-on or acrylic nails, but don’t know how to remove nail glue considering that it can get a bit messy and stick for weeks. The glue normally used to stick fake nails is a robust adhesive but is also an irritant if it gets on your skin. Adding to this, if you don’t know how to remove nail glue properly, you will be left with globs of it, which is simply not appealing to others and inconvenient to you. Good news is however that you can remove nail glue with a few common household items, patience and a bit of elbow grease.

The Best way to Remove Nail Glue

Things you need:

  • Acetone or acrylic remover
  • Nail file
  • Nail cuticle clipper
  • Cotton ball or cotton pad
  • Soaking bowl
  • Fresh lemon juice
  • Water
  • Liquid soap 

Follow these steps to remove nail glue

The first thing you need to do is remove the acrylic nails, and then the glue. Even if you’re just trying to remove the extra glue from your skin, you will still need to perform this step. Fill the bowl of warm water and soak your nails in it for approximately five minutes. If they’re still stubborn, repeat the process for the same amount of time until they easily peel off. For acrylic nails, soak your nails in an acrylic remover solution until the nails soften and then peel them off.

The next step after removing the acrylic nails is to use a nail file to remove nail glue. With regards to a nail file, you can either use a traditional one or an electronic nail file to take off nail glue. Using the nail file, gently file the clumps of nail glue, which should get rid of most of the stubborn nail glue. It is important that you don’t file your nails too thinly when removing nail glue because it will cause them to become brittle and weak.

After you’ve gently scrubbed of the nail glue with a file, the leftover should come off easily with lemon juice and cotton. So get a clean bowl of warm water and add some fresh lemon juice. Dip your fingers into it to soften the nail bed, and peel off any leftover glue with a nail cuticle clipper. Next, soak the cotton pad or cotton balls in the acetone and wrap it around the affected nails, and then gently wipe them off. The acetone will start to lift or remove the glue and make it easier to remove. Take a break if your skin becomes red and feels uncomfortable when it comes in contact with the acetone.

Finally, peel off any pieces of nail glue that are starting to lift, and simultaneously check the glue spots for cracks. Keep in mind that acetone is flammable and hard on your skin so you must wash your hands thoroughly with soap and water after you completely remove nail glue. Although not necessary, it is a good idea to soften your fingertips with some moisturizer to help them rejuvenate from the effects of the nail glue.

Aftercare advise after you remove nail glue

  • Apply cuticle oil once or twice a day to your cuticles and surrounding skin to rejuvenate them and prevent them from becoming brittle
  • Do not bite or pull your nails off as this may cause irreparable damage to the natural nail
  • If you’re going to be cleaning or gardening, make sure you wear gloves as dirt and excessive water can cause your nails to become brittle or stained
  • Use a moisturizer to keep your hands feeling soft and smooth


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