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You’ve decided to apply fake nails at home—only to end up with nail glue on your skin. If you’ve found yourself in a situation that has you rushing to research how to get nail glue off skin, you’ve come to the right place. For the same reason removing acrylic nails can be quite the struggle once you’ve glued them down, getting nail glue off your skin can be a challenge. After all, you are trying to unstick a substance whose singular job is to stick to something. Thankfully, you can remove nail glue; it’s all about finding the right techniques that don’t involve irritating your skin. Ready to learn a few such removal methods? Below, we’re sharing three easy ways to get nail glue off skin using things you already have at home.
Ready for the removal process? Here are four options if you’re wondering how to get nail glue off your skin.
The first thing that likely comes to mind when attempting to remove glue from your skin is to use nail polish remover—and rightly so. Here’s how.
What you’ll need:
Nail polish remover
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Follow the steps below:
Step 1: Grab your nail polish remover. To remove nail glue from your skin, you’ll want to use an acetone-based nail polish remover. This will be most efficient in dissolving the glue.
Step #2: Dip and press. Dip a cotton swab into your acetone remover, then press the swab onto the affected area. Allow it to soak in the acetone, applying more as needed. Do this until the glue begins to dissolve.
Step #3: Brush away. When the glue starts to dissolve, use a clean toothbrush to gently rub away the glue residue.
Step #4: Moisturize. Acetone can be very drying to your skin. While using a cotton swab will help you pinpoint exactly where you apply acetone, chances are you’ll still be getting some nail polish remover on areas of skin that don’t have nail glue on them. To make up for this, replenish moisture with a hydrating hand lotion.
Alternatively, petroleum jelly may be able to remove glue from your skin.
Follow the steps below:
Step #1: Apply petroleum jelly. Apply a generous amount of petroleum jelly to the affected area of skin.
Step #2: Massage. Rub the petroleum jelly in circular motions, massaging it onto the dried nail glue. Continue to do this for a few minutes until you notice the nail glue begin to loosen.
Step #3: Wash your hands. After the petroleum jelly has flaked away the nail glue, wash your hands thoroughly with soap and water to get rid of any residue.
Step #4: Moisturize. Hydrate your hands post-nail glue removal with a moisturizing hand cream.
If you act fast, soap and water can be used as a nail glue removal method.
Step #1: Create your mixture. Fill a bowl with lukewarm water and soap. This will be your nail glue removal mixture.
Step #2: Soak your skin. Dip the affected area into the mixture and allow it to soak for several minutes. Depending on how quickly you noticed and reacted to the nail glue on your skin, this can take anywhere from 10 to 40 minutes. Simply keep an eye on the glue until you notice it dissolving.
Step #3: Remove the glue. When you notice the glue start to dissolve, gently peel the glue away from your skin. As always, follow up with a hand cream.
Last but not least, hand lotion itself can be used to remove nail glue from skin.
What you’ll need: Hand lotion
Step #1: Massage the glue. Apply hand lotion to the affected area and massage it onto the glue in circular motions. Continue to do so until the glue begins to flake away.
Step #2: Wash your hands. Once the glue has flaked away, wash your hands with soap and water to get rid of any remaining glue.
Step #3: Moisturize. When all the glue is gone, apply more hand cream to lock in moisture and restore your skin.
Next up: Now that your hands are nail glue-free, you’re fine to start planning your next manicure. Maybe next time you’ll skip the acrylics and opt for short nails? For a little inspiration, click through to our article on 5 Ways to Rock Short Neon Nails.
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