Myth: It Is Risky to Inhale Too Much Acetone

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It is risky to breathe too much of anything except air. But nail technicians
use relatively small amounts of acetone. It would be uncomfortable to
stay in a room that had an unsafe amount of acetone in the air. The eyes
would burn, and it would become difficult to breathe easily. At these high
concentrations, acetone has excellent warning properties. In other words,
you will know that you need better ventilation long before there’s too
much acetone in the air. It is practically impossible to breathe too much
acetone in the salon.

Nonsense! This is an utterly foolish myth. Acetone is considered to be an
extremely safe and useful solvent. The FDA has never even considered
banning this important chemical. This is a common myth about many
chemicals in the nail industry. These rumors are almost always spread by
uninformed individuals or someone who wants to create irrational fear
and panic. It’s common to hear that a certain chemical “causes cancer” or
“is toxic” or “is going to be banned by the FDA.” Be wary of such claims!
They are usually designed to scare you, not inform you. Unscrupulous,
greedy marketers will often use these types of claims to frighten you into
using their products. Avoid buying anything from people who try to scare
you into using their products. These are fear-based marketers and they
rarely have your best interest in mind.
 Acetone Will Dry Out and Damage the Natural Nail
Acetone can absorb some water from the natural nail plate, but so will the
non-acetone solvents commonly used in salons. Even so, this is not an
important issue. Normal moisture levels are restored quickly. This
temporary change in the surface of the natural nail does not cause
damage. In fact, pure acetone is often used to clean the nail plate and
improve product adhesion.

Non-Acetone Polish Removers Are Safer
False! Sadly, many nail technicians choose non-acetone polish and
product removers because they believe they are safer. Although
non-acetone substitutes can also be used safely, none is safer than
acetone. Non-acetone removers usually use either ethyl acetate or methyl
ethyl ketone as the solvent.

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