How to Stop Your Nails Going Yellow

There are a lot of people out there who do not feel confident with their nails without nail polish. They notice a small amount of yellowing, and they won’t head out the door until they have applied an ample amount of nail polish. So, how do you get rid of yellowing nails? Well, that is what we are going to take a little look at on this page.

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Firstly, prevention of yellow nails is always going to be far superior to finding a cure for them. So, follow these quick tips:

  • Always use a clear base coat on your nail before you apply nail polish. The vast majority of people out there have yellow nails due to staining from the nail polish that they use. Using a clear base coat will stop this nail polish from touching the nail, and, hopefully, stop a great deal of staining.
  • Do not use an acetone nail polish remover, ever. It will not actually give your nails a yellow tint. It will, however, make them slightly more yellow once the yellowing has begun. Use a non-acetone nail polish remover. Apart from the addition of acetone, there is absolutely no difference between the two in terms of effectiveness.
  • If you are a smoker and find your nails going yellow fairly often, it is likely that smoking is the culprit. So, give up smoking. It is impacting your health in a whole host of other ways too. You will, most likely, find that the yellowing starts to disappear after you have given up smoking too!
  • There are some nails which have been impacted by a fungal infection. You will know that this is the case if it is ‘serious’ yellowing, not a mild tint. You should head to the doctor if you are suffering from a fungal nail infection. They will teach you how to clean it up.


So, how can you whiten your nails? Well, they are enamel, so, you will be pleased to know that you can use many of the solutions that you would use on your teeth on your nails. For example, you can check out whitening toothpaste. You may even wish to use the tablets which are used to whiten dentures (do make sure that you follow the instructions well!). If your nails are ever so slightly yellow, then a good amount of lemon juice is ideal. Make sure it is real lemon juice. You will want to soak your nails in it for about 10 minutes. It works well if after this, you use a moisturizer on the nail bed. If none of these solutions work, then head to your local pharmacy to pick up some hydrogen peroxide or something similar (baking soda is also good). Most people find that hydrogen peroxide is all that is needed to completely clear up yellowing nails.

Honestly, if you take care of your nails, it is unlikely you will ever need to look at ways in which to ‘whiten’ them. But, it is always useful to have a few tricks up your sleeve.

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