3 Easy Ways to Remove Nail Glue from Your Skin

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If you’re a press-on aficionado, you may occasionally deal with nail glue on your skin. Fortunately, nail glue is completely safe, so you’re not causing any damage to your skin. However, it can be a little annoying to remove if you use the wrong technique. In this blog, we’ll help you get things right from the get-go. Keep reading for three easy ways to remove press-on nail glue from your skin like a seasoned pro.

 

1. Let Warm Water and a Gentle Hand Wash Do the Trick

Immerse your skin in warm water to loosen the nail glue. You can add a toxin-free, gentle, and hypoallergenic hand wash to the water. However, avoid using chemical-laden soap; it’ll do more harm than good.

As you let your hands soak in the sudsy water, the glue will rise from the skin. This will take roughly 10–25 minutes. Keep an eye on the glue. Once it starts dissolving, gently peel it off. Follow this up with a hand cream to add moisture back to your skin.

 

2. Turn to Your Trusty Bottle of Petroleum Jelly

a bottle of petroleum jelly

Petroleum jelly is a godsend! This versatile little bottle will go a long way in making your press-on experience much smoother.

Start by applying a generous coating of petroleum jelly to areas of the skin that have glue attached to them. Rub the jelly in circular motions and gently massage it into the skin directly onto the dried nail glue.

The glue will loosen as you do this for a few minutes. The jelly will break up the nail glue. Continue massaging your skin until the entirety of the glue comes off.

 

3. Use Hand Lotion

Who knew hand lotion would come to the rescue? Lotion and petroleum jelly work very similarly. Apply some lotion onto the affected areas and gently massage it. The glue will start flaking away.

Compared to petroleum jelly, hand lotion takes slightly longer to break up nail glue. However, it’s still just as effective. Keep massaging your skin in circular motions until you think all the glue has come off. All done? Enjoy!

 

How Can I Prevent Nail Glue From Getting on My Skin?

While removing nail glue from the skin isn’t all that difficult, try to prevent this from happening altogether. Apply a thin layer of glue to your nails, especially toward the edges. When you press the nail down, the glue will spread itself. If you go overboard, the glue will end up on your skin. Follow the instructions to a tee, and you’ll end up with a perfect set of press-on nails.

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