How to Remove Acrylic Nails

Removing acrylic nails can be done at home with some patience and care. Here’s a step-by-step guide on how to safely remove acrylic nails:

Materials Needed:

  1. Acetone (nail polish remover)
  2. Cotton balls or pads
  3. Aluminum foil
  4. Nail file
  5. Nail clippers
  6. Cuticle oil or petroleum jelly
  7. Moisturizer


  1. Gather Your Supplies:
    • Make sure you have all the necessary materials within reach.
  2. Trim the Nails:
    • Use nail clippers to trim the acrylic nails down as much as possible. This will make the removal process easier.
  3. File the Surface:
    • Gently file the top layer of the acrylic nails to remove the shiny surface. Be careful not to file too aggressively, as you don’t want to damage your natural nails.
  4. Prepare the Acetone:
    • Pour enough acetone into a bowl to soak your nails.
  5. Apply Cuticle Oil or Petroleum Jelly:
    • Apply a thin layer of cuticle oil or petroleum jelly around the skin surrounding your nails. This will help protect your skin from the drying effects of acetone.
  6. Soak Your Nails:
    • Dip a cotton ball or pad into the acetone and place it on top of your nail. Wrap each nail with a small piece of aluminum foil to hold the cotton ball in place. Repeat this process for all of your nails.
  7. Wait and Soak:
    • Allow your nails to soak in the acetone for about 30-45 minutes. This will soften the acrylic.
  8. Check the Progress:
    • After soaking, carefully remove the foil and cotton ball from one nail. Gently try to lift the softened acrylic with an orange stick or cuticle pusher. If it’s not coming off easily, re-wrap the nail and wait a bit longer.
  9. Gently Remove Acrylic:
    • Using the orange stick or cuticle pusher, gently push the softened acrylic off your natural nail. Be careful not to force it, as this can damage your nails.
  10. File and Buff:
    • Use a nail file to gently shape and smooth your natural nails. Avoid filing too aggressively.
  11. Moisturize:
    • Wash your hands thoroughly and apply a moisturizer to nourish your nails and skin.
  12. Repeat if Necessary:
    • If there is still acrylic residue, you may need to repeat the soaking process.


  • If you find it difficult to remove the acrylic nails at home, or if you experience pain or discomfort, consider seeking professional help from a nail technician or salon.
  • Be patient and take your time during the removal process to avoid damaging your natural nails.

Following these steps will help you safely and effectively remove acrylic nails at home. Remember to take care of your nails afterward with proper moisturizing and maintenance.

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