Why you should use Acetone free Polish Removers

As I’ve mentioned before, I’m not the greatest with nail care, but boy am I learning!

I always assumed nail polish removers were all the same, but it turns out that some are better for your nailsies than others.

Apparently a lot of them contain acetone, which is more of a foe than friend.

What is acetone?

Acetone is a clear, harsh-smelling and highly flammable liquid. It’s a solvent, capable of disintegrating even plastic. This explains why it works so quickly breaking apart and removing your nail polish.

Sounds terrifying. After some more research I found a fantastic article from Self.com that breaks it all down:

Acetone Polish Removers
Acetone is a very powerful solvent and it works the best at removing polish. But it’s also very harsh because it removes a lot of natural oils from your skin. In fact, sometimes your skin will look really white if you’ve used too much acetone on it. That means you’ve dried your skin out.

  • Pros: Most effective way to remove nail polish.
  • Cons: Harsh and very drying to nails, cuticles and skin. Women with nails that are dry or splitting should avoid using.
  • Best For: Infrequent polish removal, women who use really dark polish colors, removing shellac (no-chip) manicures.

Non-Acetone Polish Removers
Non-acetone removers use less aggressive solvents like ethyl acetate, isopropyl alcohol and propylene carbonate. Even polish removers labeled as “natural” or “organic” still use a solvent, they just don’t use acetone. They also add moisturizing agents like glycerin, panthenol and soy to minimize the drying effect. However, these formulations don’t dissolve the polish coating as efficiently so you’ll have to work harder to take off the old polish.

  • Pros: Gentler than acetone, less drying (though these solvents still can be drying, just less so than acetone).
  • Cons: Don’t work as well as acetone, requires more effort to remove (especially dark colors) and won’t work on shellac (no-chip) manicures.
  • Best For: Frequent polish removal, light polish colors and women with dry or more sensitive skin and nails.

So, if you don’t change polish all the time or you don’t require “acetone baths” to remove polish (which you have to use for gel and shellac), the occasional acetone removal session is probably fine (just wash your hands and moisturize immediately after).

But if you’re torturing your nails by using an acetone removal agent regularly OR you’re soaking them for a long period of time you might want to ease up for the sake of your lovely nails!

Need a good acetone-free nail polish remover? Femilady highly recommends butter London’s Powder Room remover.  Lovely, lovely, just like their other nail products.