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Acetone Vs Non-Acetone Nail Polish Removers; Which One To Choose??

Updated on May 18, 2012
What remover should you choose??
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If you're a nail polish freak then you might think that what nail polish remover should you use to remove your nail polish, the acetone one or the non-acetone one. If so, then you're at the right place to check the difference between the acetone and non-acetone nail polish remover. Here's a brief description about acetone and non-acetone nail polish removers.

The difference between the acetone and non-acetone nail polish remover

  1. The major difference between the two remover is, the acetone nail polish remover is nothing but the normal acetone whereas the non-acetone nail polish remover is ethyl acetate.
  2. Acetone is a very strong solvent which can disintegrate plastic very easily and hence it takes a very less effort in removing the nail paints. Ethly acetate too is a solvent but its not as strong as acetone.
  3. Acetone has a very strong smell whereas ethyl acetate has a good scent and therefore it is also used in perfumes.

The similarities between the acetone and non-acetone nail polish removers

  1. Both are flammable.
  2. Both are colourless.
  3. Both are organic solvents.

Drawbacks of acetone nail polish removers

  1. As mentioned above, it's a strong solvent hence it can be more harsh on you nails.
  2. For the same reason that it's a strong solvent, it can't be used on fake nails. It will degrade it (if its made up of plastic) or may separate it from your nail.

Drawbacks of non-acetone nail polish removers

It takes a hard time to remove the nail polish and can't remove the nail polishes which contains small or large glitter particles as the glitter nail polishes contains more strong chemicals as compared to the normal nail polishes.

So, which one should you choose??

The above information makes it easier to select your nail polish remover.

  1. If you don't want to  wait much longer to remove you nail polish then acetone is the option for you
  2. If you can't tolerate strong smells then non-acetone removers is the option.
  3. If you use fake nail as extension then the non-acetone removers is good for you.
  4. If you wear glitter nail polishes then go for acetone removers because non-acetone ones will take ages to remove the glitter particle!
  5. If you've health related issues then I would recommend you to use non-acetone remover as during illness, strong and odd smell can make you feel uncomfortable.


You can use both the nail polish removers. I know every women likes to wear a glitter nail polish and also she cares about her nails, so keep both! Use the non-acetone one for the normal nail paints whereas acetone one for glitter nail polish removers. But if you don't use fake nails and don't have problem with the scent and have strong nails then its better to use the acetone polish remover. You don't have to spend extra money to keep two types of removers if you don't have any serious health issues.

I think now you can choose the remover best suited for you.


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      kjforce 6 years ago from Florida

      Very interesting/informative hub.. anything we apply to our bodies, skin/nails breath, so all are absorbed and over time we have no clue what is chemically happening to cells.So it's ok to use , however, allow yourself to occasionally go nude ( nails I mean)and use natural oils to massage on cuticles.Thanks for the pics

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      formosangirl 6 years ago from Los Angeles

      Great hub! Now I know the difference.

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      Sneha Sunny 6 years ago from India

      Lol.... You too used to watch that drama?? Great. That was a craze here. My mom too used to watch that show.

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      Elena 6 years ago from London, UK

      Thanks. This is useful. I didn't even know there was acetone and non-acetone. Thought it was just one. lol.

      Ps. I like your name. It reminds me of a lovely girl who used to act in a lovely Hindi Drama that I enjoyed, called: Kasauti Zindi gi kay.

      Best Wishes. :)