The Difference Between Non-Acetone, Acetone, and Pure Acetone

Have you ever went into a beauty supply store looking for finger nail polish remover and found bottles labeled with acetone, none-acetone, and pure acetone? If you have, you know it can be a little frustrating. Here, you will learn what the different labels mean and what each is used for.


This is a finger nail polish remover with the no amount of acetone and is blue in color. It is mainly used for taking polish off acrylic or gels nails. It's strong enough to take off the polish, but not strong enough to start lifting your artificial nails.

Non-acetone can be used to take off finger nail polish from natural nails too. It's the healthiest for you nails because it has no acetone. The acetone can dry your nails out so if your nails are already weak, it only does more damage.


This is what you need if you just want to take polish off your natural nails. This would be considered the "regular" form of finger nail polish remover. It's pink and is the medium in strength between non-acetone and pure acetone. It's quicker to take off the polish from your natural nails with this, but a little less healthy for your nails than non-acetone. If your nails are in good shape, this shouldn't be an issue.

Pure Acetone

This has the highest level of acetone in it. This is typically used for taking off acrylic or natural nails. The nails are soaked in this mixture and it actually dissolves the artificial nails. It takes at least thirty minutes to an hour to soak off the entire nails, but this product is strong enough to do it. If you ever need to do this, make sure you don't try putting it a plastic bowl because it will dissolve it as well.

This type of acetone can be used to take off polish from you natural nails as well, but the strength is not needed. It works for polish that is very difficult to take off, but because acetone dries your nails out, it's not good for nails.

Now You Know!

See, it's really not that bad. It can be frustrating to walk into a store looking for a simple thing, only to face all these foreign labels. Since you've learned about what each of these is used for, you can decide which is right for your nails and which kinds you would like to avoid.

Published by Jessica Ballard

As a devoted mother and student, Jessica finds herself spending every free second she has writing about what she loves and what she knows best. Jessica graduated with a degree in psychology in May 2010. J...  View profile