You may be wondering if nail polish remover is safe to use during pregnancy. The strong smell of conventional nail polish remover alerts you that it is probably dangerous. Luckily, there are some brands that offer pregnancy safe nail polish remover.
Conventional Nail Polish Remover
Acetone based nail polish remover is often used to remove solvent-based nail polish and acrylic nails. Shellac polish (a hybrid of gel and traditional nail polish) is removed using pure acetone. Acetone is given a score of 4, moderate hazard, in the Skin Deep Cosmetics Database. [10. Acetone, Skin Deep, http://www.ewg.org/skindeep/ingredient/700081/ACETONE/] The potential health effects of pure acetone include eye irritation, drying of the skin due to repeat or prolonged exposure, and inhalation of high concentrations may cause nausea, headache, dizziness, unconsciousness, and respiratory tract irritation. [11. Acetone Material Safety Data Sheet, http://fscimage.fishersci.com/msds/00140.htm] Acetone is one of the many harmful chemicals present in cigarette smoke.
If you are using a solvent-based nail polish while pregnant, at least choose an acetone-free nail polish remover. Non-acetone nail polish removers tend to use ethyl acetate as a substitute. Ethyl acetate is given a score of 4 in the Skin Deep Cosmetics Database, indicating moderate hazard. [12. Ethyl Acetate, Skin Deep, http://www.ewg.org/skindeep/ingredient/702293/ETHYL_ACETATE/] Ethyl acetate can still dry out your hands and nails, but is not as badly as acetone. [13. Ten Things Your Did or Didn't Know About Acetone, http://icanhasscience.com/fun-stuff/top-10-things-you-did-or-didn%E2%80%99t-know-about-acetone/]
Pregnancy Safe Nail Polish Remover
Scotch Naturals Soy Based Nail Polish Remover
Scotch Naturals offers a soy based nail polish remover that can be used on either water-based nail polish or traditional solvent-based nail polish. The ingredients in Scotch Naturals soy remover are: methyl soyate (score of 0 in Skin Deep database, data is limited), dimethyl adipate (score of 0 in Skin Deep database, data is limited), and dimethyl glutarate (score of 1 in Skin Deep database, data is limited). Overall, the soy based remover is a low health concern.
Acquarella Water Based Nail Polish Remover
Acquarella offers a water-based nail polish remover that only works on water-based nail polish. The ingredients in Acquarella remover are: water, tall oil fatty acids & alcohols (plant based), nonionic surfactant, organic buffer. Acquarella remover has a score of 0 in the Skin Deep Cosmetics Database, indicating low health concern.
Keeki Pure & Simple Nail Polish Remover
Keeki Pure & Simple offers an alcohol-based nail polish remover that works with water-based nail polish. The ingredients in Keeki Pure & Simple nail polish remover are: corn alcohol, butyl diglycol, Aloe Vera extract, Vitamin E, embittering agent. Keeki Pure & Simple nail polish remover has a score of 1 in the Skin Deep Cosmetics Database, indicating low health concern.
If you are looking for a safer type of nail polish remover to use while expecting, try one of these three brands and pair it with a water based nail polish.