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How to Get Nail Glue Off of Your Skin

by
author image Julie Hampton
Julie Hampton has worked as a professional freelance writer since 1999 for various newspapers and websites including "The Florida Sun" and "Pensacola News Journal." She served in the U.S. Army as a combat medic and nurse for over six years and recently worked as the Community Relations Director for a health center. Hampton studied journalism and communications at the University of West Florida.
How to Get Nail Glue Off of Your Skin
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Nail glue used to adhere artificial nails to fingernails is similar to super glue. Occasionally when applying the nails, some of the glue will attach to nearby skin. The glue can be quickly removed from the skin using products found in most homes.

Step 1

How to Get Nail Glue Off of Your Skin
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Buff the area with a nail file to remove the outer layer of glue. Rinse with warm water.

Step 2

How to Get Nail Glue Off of Your Skin
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Soak the area in nail polish remover containing acetone. Soak the skin up to 10 minutes. Rinse the area with warm water and repeat, if necessary.

Step 3

How to Get Nail Glue Off of Your Skin
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Take a break from soaking the skin if it becomes red and feels uncomfortable. Wash with warm, soapy water and re-soak in 30 minutes.

Step 4

How to Get Nail Glue Off of Your Skin
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Massage baby oil or petroleum jelly onto the affected area as an alternative. Rub the product onto the glue and let it sit for 10 minutes. Wash off the product using warm, soapy water.

Step 5

How to Get Nail Glue Off of Your Skin
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File away any glue residue using an emery board. Lightly scour the area to remove all glue.

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