How To Remove Acrylic Nails

Last updated Dec 28, 2017 | Beauty Tips | 15 comments

How to Remove Acrylic Nails

Acrylic nails seem to be the craze these days, but removing them may be a bit challenging especially if you haven’t taken proper care of them. The good news, however, is that you’ve arrived at the right page if you’re wondering how to remove acrylic nails because we’re going to show you not one but two ways to get the job done.

How to Remove Acrylic Nails:

Method 1 – Things you will need

  • Nail clipper
  • Nail polish remover
  • Glass bowl
  • Olive oil
  • Moisturizing lotion
  • Petroleum jelly
  • Clean towel
  • Orange-wood stick
  • Nail file
  • Nail buffer


  • For the first step, you’ll want to start with trimming your nails down as short as possible and carefully so that you don’t hurt yourself. This will make the process easier and quicker as there will be less acrylic nails to clean up.
  • The second step is simply getting a glass bowl and filling it partly with acetone nail polish remover, and setting it aside before getting any substances or lotions on your hands.
  • The third step is using the nail file to buffer your nails to remove the gloss. Make sure you move around the nail often and uniformly, and not focus on a single spot. Clean off the dust once you’ve completed this step.
  • The fourth step of removing acrylic nails with method 1 is applying a thin layer of petroleum jelly around the skin that is in contact with the nail bed. This will make sure your skin is protected from the acetone nail polish remover. It is best to use more petroleum jelly than to skimp out on it.
  • In step 5, you want to dip your nails into the bowl of acetone nail polish remover for about 15-20 minutes or until the glue that binds the acrylic nail to your natural nail bed starts to come off.
  • When the glue comes off after dipping your nails in acetone nail polish remover, you will notice that your nails have gotten mushy. So gently try to remove the acrylic nail, and if you feel some sort of resistance, repeat step 5. Whatever you do, never attempt to force or pry your acrylic nails off because it can cause some serious damage to your nail and lead to infection.
  • In step 6, remove your acrylic nails and wash your hands thoroughly with water to get rid of the petroleum jelly and the acetone nail polish remover from your hands.
  • If there’s any leftover glue, simply use a buffer to remove it.
  • Step 10 is the last step and involves applying cuticle oil or olive oil to moisturize your nails after being dried out by the entire nail removal process.

Another Method of Removing Acrylic Nails

Things you will need:

  • 12 inches of floss
  • Metal file


This method of removing acrylic nails is fairly simple, but you will need two people to do it. It is faster, but not recommended for those who suffer from peeling or brittle nails.

  • In the first step, take the metal nail file and use it at the tip of the nail to lift it just enough to slip the dental floss underneath it.
  • Wrap about 12 inches of dental floss around the index finger of each hand of the second person.
  • Now slip the floss under the edge you created in step 1.
  • Get the second person to gently pull towards the end of the nail bed in a sawing motion.
  • The acrylic nail should pop right off.

The second method is obviously much quicker but may cause far more injury than the first method. But these are the best answers to how to remove acrylic nails at home, without visiting a nail salon.

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