(Closed) Nail polish remover damaged my skin

posted 3 years ago in Beauty
Post # 2
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: City, State

Is it your skin or your nails? Nail polish remover only hurts my fingers when my nails are damaged (hit against something, didn’t take gel off properly, etc)

Post # 4
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: May 2017

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lilredcat :  I just buy the regular acetone stuff from the dollarstore, definitely don’t want to get it in a cut or hang nail OW but beyond that never had an issue with it besides the stink

Post # 5
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: October 2020

I just buy regular acetone- whaever is cheapest I find that all remover is equally drying/ damaging and irritates my skin. Acetone works the fastest though.

I find the best way to stop my fingertips from drying out and becoming sore it to use a hand moisturiser before and after using the nail polish remover.

Post # 6
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: August 2018

I don’t regularly paint my nails, but when I do need to remove nail polish, I use the acetone based stuff, or straight up acetone in a pinch (I keep acetone around for stripping labels off jars that I want to reuse).  You can use a small q-tip instead of a cotton ball to make it easier to keep it off your skin.  Also using moisturizer before and after is a great idea (I will start doing that).

Post # 7
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Helper bee

This might sound silly but I used to wear latex gloves when using nail polish remover. Especially worked well when I needed to redo my toes and didn’t want to mess up my fingernails! But it does also protect your fingertips when doing the opposite hand.

Post # 8
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: City, State

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lilredcat :  after using nail polish remover I always give my nails and surrounding skin a good brush with soap and water and a nail brush. Then if I’m not reapplying polish right away, I apply a cuticle oil followed by a moisturizer all over my hands and feet. 

Post # 9
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Honey Beekeeper
  • Wedding: June 2011

I’ve never had an issue with any nail polish remover, but I love the Zoya remover.  It smells better than other ones imo and it works so well.  Not sure if it has acetone.

Post # 11
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Sugar bee

Try using CND Solar Oil on your cuticles and skin around your nails.  My nail tech swaps my cuticles/skin with a bit before soaking off my shellacs and then also applies some after removing the old shellac.  It really helps!

Other brands have similar products but this is the only one I’m personally familiar with.

Post # 12
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: City, State

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lilredcat :  gotcha. I just use the Strengthening one from the drugstore (generic, purple bottle) and I’ve never had any issues! I do my own nails once every two weeks or so

Post # 13
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: May 2017

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lilredcat :  Chances are, you have an allergy/sensitivity to something in the remover. I have the same issue, regardless of what type of remover I use. I never had this issue until a couple of years ago, even when I used to get my nails done regularly. Now I use latex gloves when removing color from my toenails, and if I’m removing it from my fingernails, I try to use as little as possible, wear a latex glove on the hand Im not removing from, and wash my hands immediately after, sometimes even during. It’s a pain in the ass, but it beats my fingers getting dry and cracked. 

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