Use non-acetone polish remover, which is gentler on your skin.

How to Get Nail Polish off Your Body

by Mimi Bullock

One false move with a nail polish brush and your skin is wearing that perky color instead of your nails. Random polish spots on the sides of your nails or on your skin look messy. Remove those errant spots easily with nail polish remover. Non-acetone nail polish remover is gentler on the skin than acetone based products; however, you may have to work a little harder swiping off the color.

Dab a cotton ball or the corner of a clean cloth with non-acetone, nail polish remover. The cotton ball should be damp but not soaking wet.

Examine the skin. If you have open cuts or wounds, allow the polish to come off naturally. Applying nail polish remover to a cut will create a painful burning sensation.

Rub the cotton ball or cloth over the painted area. Press down and gently rub the polish away.

Wash the skin with soap and water immediately after using the nail polish remover. Apply a moisturizer to soothe the skin and prevent dryness.

Items you will need

  • Cotton ball
  • Cloth
  • Non-acetone nail polish remover
  • Soap
  • Water


  • If you get nail polish in your hair, use a conditioner to rub out the dried polish.

About the Author

Mimi Bullock's writing reflects her love of traveling the back roads of small towns and sampling the local cuisine. As a regular feature writer for "Southern Hospitality Traveler" and journalist for "Beachin' Magazine," she gets to experience the rich heritage of the southern culture. She is also a licensed cosmetologist who has her own skin care line.

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