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How to Remove Nicotine Stains From Fingernails

Updated April 17, 2017

Nicotine is a chemical compound found in cigarettes. It is an oily liquid that can combine with water and easily penetrate the skin and nails, leaving them yellow and sallow, according to the National Institute on Drug Abuse. Removing these stains is difficult and can be impossible unless you stop smoking long enough for the discoloured skin to shed and be replaced by new skin.

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  1. If using a lime, squeeze the lime into warm water and mix. If using lime juice, combine it with the water.

  2. Dip nail brush into lime solution.

  3. Sprinkle sugar lightly on top of nail brush.

  4. Scrub nails, using sugar as exfoliant.

  5. Tip

    Buy a filter to put on the end of your cigarettes. This way your skin and nails never come in direct contact with the cigarette and you will have fewer stains on your fingernails.

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Things You'll Need

  • Lime or 1 tbsp lime juice
  • 1 tsp sugar
  • Nail brush
  • 1 cup water

About the Author

Harper Jones has been a freelance writer since 2007. Her work has appeared in "Zink! Fashion Magazine," "emPower Magazine" and the "Washington Post." She has also published several health and fitness e-books and a book of short stories. Jones graduated with a Bachelor of Arts in English and health sciences and currently works as a yoga teacher.

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