Do Acrylic Nails Go Under Your Skin?

People wonder if artificial nails go under their skin since the acrylic substance used in the pedicure and manicure procedure is, of course, acrylic.

In response to this question, we would say yes, in a nutshell. And do not forget to read the remainder of this post to find out why, as well as other intriguing information.

Acrylic nails can go under your skin. 
Acrylic nails can go under your skin.

Why Do Acrylic Nails Go Under Your Skin?

To know the reason causing acrylic nails to go under the skin, we should first figure out some important facts about acrylic nails. 

Acrylic nails are those that are bonded to the cuticle’s surface. The glue utilized is typically acrylic methacrylate, which may be extremely strong.

The nail is formed when the glue attaches to the cuticle, and the manicurist applies just the proper quantity using a gloved hand.

It implies that acrylics will pass through the pores and into your circulation, which will remain for 5 to 7 days. Even if you have an allergic reaction (which is possible).

What Happens When Acrylic Nails Go Under Your Skin?

Unfortunately, this will result in lifting and overexposure, as well as irritation as you remove the extra product from the skin.

In addition, it should also be emphasized that certain people observe redness after having the artificial nails put on. Redness fades typically within one day and might even remain for up to one week.

Furthermore, it is common to see some chipping or white at the tips of your nails. But do not worry, as it is natural and may no longer be a concern after your nails have recovered.

How To Apply Acrylic Nails For The Best Results?

Applying them properly is the best way to avoid acrylic nails going under the skin. And here are the procedures you should take:

Step 1: Apply the tips

First, you must select suitable size nail tips. In case the tip seems not to fit your nail correctly, you may cut it down to the size. Notably, a little too small is typically more enticing compared to a little too big.

After that, apply a glue dab from side to side on the acrylic tip and place it on the actual nail so that the acrylic tip’s bottom border is halfway down your nail’s surface.

Next, wait five seconds before removing the glue. Do this step on all 10 nails before trimming them to the right length.

Friendly reminders:

  • In case you do not put the nail tip correctly, immerse it in water for several minutes to eliminate it before drying the nail and reapplying your nail tip.
  • Then, apply a little amount of adhesive so that it would not come into direct contact with the skin.

Step 2: Prepare the necessary acrylic materials

In this step, you need to add some powder to a dish as well as liquid acrylic to your acrylic dish. Because acrylic is a strong chemical that creates dangerous fumes, remembers to perform in a well-ventilated area.

Step 3: Half-fill your acrylic brush with acrylic.

Insert the brush into your acrylic dish. Press it down to remove the bubbles.

After that, wipe the dish’s side to get rid of any excess fluid. Knead the acrylic powder with the brush till a small moist ball appears on the end.

It may take some practice to achieve the ideal liquid to powdered acrylic proportion. Some little acrylic mixture balls should be damp but not wet. Instead of dripping off the brush, the acrylic had better stray on it.

If you want to brush off any extra water or wipe your brush between strokes to avoid the acrylic from clinging to it, do not forget to keep paper towels on hand.

Just fill the acrylic brush halfway with acrylic. 
Just fill the acrylic brush halfway with acrylic.

Step 4: Use the acrylic mixture to coat your nails

Start with the “smile line,” the bottom border of the acrylic tip.

After smoothing the acrylic ball over this line, wipe it down to the tip. Then, quickly and smoothly spread it to achieve a smooth transition between the acrylic tip and your genuine nail.

Place the second ball close to, but not too near to, the cuticle. Slide the acrylic nearer to the cuticle without contacting it, and brush it down to create a smooth transition.

Continue with the remaining ten nails.

Some helpful tips:

  • Do not forget to clean the brush using a paper towel between each stroke. Once you get the hang of it, you will not have to do it as frequently, which will keep the acrylic from attaching to the brush.

In case it is still on your brush, you can dip it in the liquid, whereas the acrylic is wet, and brush it off again.

  • Make use of short single strokes to avoid lumps in the acrylic.
  • Also, you will need to file the nails for what looks like an eternity in case you have far too much acrylic on them. Dealing with little beads is not too challenging at first.
  • In case you put the acrylic correctly, the acrylic tip will meet the actual nail with a soft curve instead of a sharp line. You may want to utilize more than one acrylic ball for each nail to accomplish this.
  • Avoid using acrylic on the cuticles. It had better start several millimeters above the cuticle to guarantee that it will stick to the nail instead of the skin.

Step 5: Let the acrylic dry

In fact, it only requires you approximately 10 minutes to allow the acrylic to become harden entirely. Tap your nail’s surface using the acrylic brush’s handle to observe if it really works. 

Then, it is prep for the further stage if it creates a clicking sound.

Applying acrylic nails carefully to avoid letting them go under your skin.
Applying acrylic nails carefully to avoid letting them go under your skin.

If you are a newcomer to acrylic nails, we highly recommend you watch this video:

What Should You Do To Remove An Acrylic Nail That Is Under Your Skin?


Below are what you should prepare to remove the acrylic nails that have gone under your skin:

  • Nail buffer and/ or file
  • Nail clipper
  • Medium or small-sized glass bowl
  • Petroleum jelly
  • Acetone
  • Water and soap or disinfectant
  • Hand moisturizer


Step 1: Take out the acrylic

First and foremost, you need to get rid of the lifted or damaged acrylic nail set as much as possible. This procedure will most likely necessitate the use of a nail file and clipper.

Then, gently clip off your nail and acrylic parts that need to be taken out with the nail clipper. Avoid using a nail clipper as it may cause damage to the actual nail.

In case the acrylic is too thick to cut, you should make use of the nail file. Before you clip the nail, consider filing it down.

If your nail is lifted, you may file around the lifted region to take the acrylic straight off. Besides, do not cut the nail bed because it can result in bleeding.

Step 2: Use acetone

Filing may not be enough to remove the topcoat or paint from painted acrylic nails. Instead, consider using acetone to remove the topcoat. 

Half-fill a medium or small-sized basin with acetone. After that, soak the nail in acetone for a few minutes.

If your skin is sensitive, add a small amount of petroleum jelly to the skin surrounding the nails after using acetone, which may help you avoid inflammation.

However, because acetone is combustible and incredibly strong, make sure you are dealing in a well-ventilated room.

Using acetone is an effective way to remove acrylic nails. 
Using acetone is an effective way to remove acrylic nails.

Step 3: File your nail

The natural nail should be filed down after removing the shattered topcoat and acrylic nail set.

Do not forget to buff out and file your actual nail as much as you can to get a smooth finish to deal with when it comes time to re-apply or repaint the acrylic.

Step 4: Actual nail reshape

After you have finally removed the excess topcoat, and acrylic, as well as painted and polished the nail smooth, you may begin filing and reshaping it.

You may smooth the edges using your nail file, clippers, file, and buffer to achieve the ideal shape.

When filing and buffing, guarantee to work your way from the nail’s base to the tip. Besides, remember to file in only one way to protect your nails.

Step 5: Disinfect

Before reapplying acrylic or repainting, remember to sanitize your nail. You should clean your nails with either water and soap or a professional nail disinfectant.

In addition, soak your bare nails in soapy water for up to ten minutes if you wish to use water and soap. Doing so will clean the nail as well as prevent fungal infections, which is crucial if you have to apply acrylic.

Step 6: Re-application

So now the actual nail has been restored, you may reapply acrylics or paint it. 

You might not desire acrylic nails after securely removing the broken one. Nevertheless, keep in mind that if you have one real nail and nine acrylic ones, it may appear odd until all acrylics are removed.

For this reason, consider repairing it until you are willing to get rid of the acrylics completely if you just have one damaged acrylic nail set.

Step 7: Moisturize

During the above steps, you have placed your nails under great stress by using chemicals to cure your nails, such as acetone, disinfection, and petroleum jelly, which can induce significant skin dryness.

As a result, the last step should be to moisturize using a simple hand moisturizer after you have reapplied acrylic or repainted the nail.

Frequently Asked Questions

1. Are acrylic nails harmless?

Indeed, acrylic nails may be hard on the nails and skin of your hands. 

Also, poor-quality manicures, over-manicuring, and adding polish to already injured nails may cause brittleness and weakening of the nail plate, which is the keratin-rich hard section of the nail.

Furthermore, the removal process may harm the natural state of the nails. However, fortunately, if done properly, it will not cause any long-term damage; that is why it is critical to have them removed by a professional.

2. How to take care of acrylic nails?

Good maintenance of the acrylics will maintain them looking fantastic while protecting you from potential health issues. Not only that, but you also had better take care of your real nails.

Taking care of both nails will also help prevent degeneration, damage, and nail infections. Here are some suggestions on how to care for your acrylic nails.

Treat with care

Regarding acrylics aftercare, you should remember to be gentle with them. Avoid using it as a tool, just like your natural nail, particularly if you have long nails. Besides, avoid using the nails to pry items open or open cans, lift heavy objects, breakthrough tapes, etc.

Additionally, wear gloves when performing jobs that have the ability to hurt your nails. Wearing gloves will prevent your nails from being injured or damaged by certain chemicals.

Keep your nails dry

Another crucial rule to follow while caring for your acrylic nails is keeping them dry.

You should not expose your acrylic nails to water as it may damage them as well as cause nail fungus and lifting. Excessive water exposure might allow the acrylic glue to weaken and come apart. When this occurs, germs may enter, eventually leading to fungal illness.

So, whenever you clean your hands, or it gets wet, ensure to dry them properly.

Maintain the health of the skin around the nails

It is also essential to maintain the skin’s health around the nails. Keeping this part healthy and clean is just as vital as caring for your nails.

You may accomplish this by hydrating your hands on a daily basis. Keep an eye out for signs of redness, dryness, and, most importantly, tearing of the skin around the nails. These symptoms may suggest an infection, so keep an eye out for them.

Maintain proper hygiene

Washing hands using antibacterial soap on a daily basis will lower your chances of getting an illness.

Before going to bed, put an alcohol swab under the nails to guarantee they are perfectly clean and free from bacteria and debris.

Avoid DIY

Do not attempt to fix any accidental chipping or cracking of your acrylic nails. Repairing the broken acrylic by yourself may cause a lot of problems.

Damaged acrylic nails might increase your chance of infection, so see your nail technician right away.

Final Thoughts

Although it may appear strange that acrylic nails can go under your skin, keep in mind that acrylic nails are formed of live, organic elements and actually go deep into the skin.

When you decide whether to get artificial nails, ensure you obtain a nice nail clipper to assist you in cutting your nails.

Unless you are sure how to use the clipper, ask a manicurist for assistance. You will never regret obtaining acrylic nails when you have the correct cut.


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