Acetone is a chemical solvent used mostly in nail products to dissolve nail polish, gels and glues. It is not a typical ingredient in cosmetic products because of its potential to cause skin irritation, but may be used in small amounts in formulas like makeup removers, creams and lotions, to dissolve or blend other ingredients. In these cases, acetone is carefully formulated to decrease its potential side effects on skin.




Acetone can also be found in small amounts in natural sources like certain trees and plants, but is primarily manufactured.


Acetone is generally tolerated on the skin in small amounts, but prolonged or repeated exposure can lead to irritation and potential skin damage.


Acetone does not have direct skincare benefits. Prolonged application to skin is generally discouraged.


Irritates Skin

Acetone is a strong solvent that can strip skin of its natural oils and lead to dryness and potential irritation. It can disrupt skin's barrier function, which is important for maintaining healthy skin.

Cause Contact Dermatitis

Acetone has the potential to cause contact dermatitis, which is characterized by redness, itching and rash, especially when used undiluted or in high concentrations.