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How often should you replace acrylic nails?
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Susan Evans, MD posted:
Many individuals wear artificial acrylic nails, but have you ever wondered how long you should keep them before you should get a new set? Most people with acrylic nails visit the salon about every two weeks for a fill-in, where your nail technician will apply acrylic to the new growth on the nail bed. But how often in between regular maintenance should artificial nails be replaced? You should wait no longer than six to eight weeks to have your artificial nails replaced. To remove your artificial nails you can soak them off at home before your appointment at the nail salon. To soak your nails off, use nail polish remover that contains acetone. If you have sensitive skin you can try a test spot to see how your skin reacts to the acetone polish remover. Soak for ten minutes at a time. The acrylic will begin to turn into a gel. Remove as much as you can with a nail file. Repeat this process until all the acrylic has been removed. You can also opt for the salon to remove your nails. Most salons use cuticle trimmers to remove the artificial nail; because the acrylic is torn off the nail bed, layers of your natural nail may be removed. So it is best to soak the acrylic off your nails. Remember to always visit a professionally licensed salon that follows the proper sanitary guidelines. Best,
Susan Evans, MD
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