How to Whiten Nail Beds

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Yellow nail beds are usually the result of staining due to heavily pigmented nail polish colors, such as black or red. Even after you remove the nail polish, it can leave behind slight traces of color that stain your nails a yellow tint. Although the tint will often go away on its own, you can quickly get your nails bright white again. You have to cancel out that heavy pigment by bleaching it away.

Things You'll Need

  • Non-acetone nail polish remover
  • Old washcloth or paper towel
  • One-third cup warm water
  • Medium glass bowl
  • Three tablespoons hydrogen peroxide
  • Old toothbrush
  • Cuticle oil

Moisten an old washcloth or paper towel lightly with non-acetone nail polish remover. Scrub your nails with the washcloth or paper towel gently to remove any lingering nail polish or surface stains.

Fill a medium glass bowl with one-third cup warm water. Pour in three tablespoons hydrogen peroxide, and stir the mixture briskly to thoroughly combine the ingredients.

Dip your nails into the solution for about two to three minutes. Dampen an old toothbrush with the solution, then use it to scrub your nail beds until the yellowing is minimized.

Apply a thin, even layer of cuticle oil directly onto your nail beds and cuticles. Rub the oil gently into your nail beds and cuticles.

Leave the oil on for two to three minutes to help prevent any irritation from the hydrogen peroxide. Moisten the old washcloth with non-acetone nail polish remover again, then use it to wipe away the oil. Dry your hands and nail beds gently with a towel.

Tips & Warnings

  • Protect your nails from future yellowing by painting them with a heavy-duty clear base coat before applying any dark nail colors.
  • Consult your doctor if your nails continue to become yellow or painful because it could be a sign of a more serious health condition.

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