Soak Off or File Off?

Updated: Mar 15, 2021

I'm not forcing anyone to change the method its completely up to you. I just sharing more info, so you can compare and make your decision by yourself.




There is a lot of controversy and discussion on the topic of what is better and safer for the nail plate, soak gel polish with an acetone-containing liquid or file off with an e-file.


I’ll say right away that I personally file off the gel polish with an e-file.❗(its my way and my decision)


To begin with, today there are high-level brands in which gel polishes do not dissolve in principle. This is not gel, not gel paint, namely gel polish coatings that are not susceptible to acetone.🚩


What is acetone.⚠️

Acetone is a colorless, mobile, volatile liquid with a characteristic pungent odor. It is very irritating to the mucous membranes: prolonged inhalation of large concentrations of vapor leads to inflammation of the mucous membranes, pulmonary edema and toxic pneumonia.(just a medical fact you can check this if you want)⚠️


Acetone is a powerful degreaser, if it gets on the skin it dries it instantly, imagine what happens to the skin and nails when exposed to acetone for 10-15 minutes, this is the average time for dissolving acrylic or gel polish. Even if you don’t feel the smell of acetone in the liquid to dissolve gel polish, this does not mean that it is not there.👩‍🔬 It is everywhere, even in “acetone-free” nail polish remover fluids; nothing else will dissolve either nail polish or gel polish.☝️


What is a nail plate.👩‍🏫

The nail consists of keratin-protein, the protein contains sulfur atoms, and the more they are, the stronger the nails, in addition to sulfur, nails contain chromium, zinc, calcium, phosphorus and selenium.🕵️‍♀️ Between the pressed keratin flakes are layers of fat and water, these layers make the nail shiny and elastic.💅🏿


That is why after removing gel polish by dissolving with liquid, the nails become very dry and brittle, acetone simply degreases, removes almost all moisture from the structure of the nail.💥 The consequences are easy to imagine, the nails begin to exfoliate, crumble and crack, which you agree is not very harmless to the nails.🤯