I, for one, have had my share of trouble with nail polish staining my
nails, turning them yellow and brittle. Later, I learned that formaldehyde
was probably the culprit and to avoid that ingredient when shopping. Even so, my problem occasionally still persisted despite
changing different formaldehyde-free brands until I found how best to fix and
prevent nail stains.
If you also suffer from disgusting nail stains, you could
try soaking your nails in enough lemon juice or hydrogen peroxide to
cover. You could even make a paste with some baking soda and try buffing
the stain. Do this soaking or buffing only for a few minutes because
it is drying and rather brutal to that skin and nails. You must follow up
after rinsing everything away with a heavy duty cream or cuticle oil around the
nails to normalize them after this treatment.
Another thing that helped this problem was giving my
fingernails a rest from polish for at least a month. Once a week I
made it a point to file the stains with a two-sided buffer to gradually repair
the damage and return my nails to a healthier state before attempting new polish again.
So if you go without polish, remember exposing your naked
stained nails to time in the sun can even help bleach them.
You could also try denture cleanser, which I liked even
more with its oxidizing agents to bleach nails. Soaking your nails in
denture cleanser for about three to four minutes really helped lift some tougher
stains for me.
Then again, I found whitening toothpaste onto the nail
beds was amazing for bleaching tough stains as well.
The best piece of advice that I can pass along is always using a
wonderful base coat before the thoughts of any polish. Using one
will probably be the best thing you can do to prevent those stains in the
Unfortunately, I had to discover this the hard way. Hopefully, what I learned will at least help you always maintain beautiful nails!