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Why Your Nails Turn Yellow After Applying Acrylics

By Oreoritse Tariemi
30 August 2022   |   9:00 am
Acrylic nails add an extra flair to your look, adding some length, colour and style to your total look.  However, these acrylics tend to turn your nails yellow.  What are acrylics?  Acrylics are created by mixing liquid monomer and a powder polymer to form a moldable paste which is used to shape the nails.  Acrylic…

Acrylic nails add an extra flair to your look, adding some length, colour and style to your total look. 

However, these acrylics tend to turn your nails yellow. 

What are acrylics? 

Acrylics are created by mixing liquid monomer and a powder polymer to form a moldable paste which is used to shape the nails. 

Acrylic nails are not only aesthetic but long-lasting. Its popularity is primarily due to its ability to be moulded into any length and form, as well as improving the longevity of your nail set. Compared to gel polishes, acrylic nails do not peel. 

Many acrylic powders contain chemical ethyl methacrylate (EMA), an adhesive that allows the artificial nails to mould and adhere to the natural nail. EMA is found in most acrylic nail products and is safe for use. 

On the other hand, other acrylics contain bonding agent Methyl methacrylate (MMA). Unlike EMA, MMA has been proven to cause irritation and respiratory problems from constant inhalation. It has also been proven to trigger allergic reactions such as contact dermatitis. 

What causes nail discolouration after removing acrylic nails?

Nails can be a measure of general health. Mail discolouration may be a sign of infection or fungus and, in more serious cases, an indication of vitamin or mineral deficiencies, thyroid conditions, psoriasis, or diabetes.” 

Treating this discolouration

While there’s no exact treatment for nail discolouration, as it resolves on its own most times, there are however ways to reduce this yellowing: 

  • Nail soak treatment 

Nail soak treatments reduce this yellowing. It involves soaking your nails in a hydrogen peroxide solution to reduce yellowing. To do this, soak your nails in diluted hydrogen peroxide at the ratio 1:3, including one part peroxide and three parts water.

  • Oral or Topical Anti-Fungal Medication

Consult your dermatologist to address the issue, and if they believe it to be caused by a fungus, they’ll recommend the appropriate treatment for it. 

  • Take a break

Once your nails start to turn yellow, it’s a sign to take a break from wearing acrylics for some time until the issue resolves itself. 

While acrylics are a great way to rock your nails, it’s important to know when to take a break to keep your nails in prime condition always.