Why Do My Nails Hurt After Applying Dip Powder?

Why do my nails hurt after applying dip powder?

Gel and acrylic nails don't wreck your nails, poorly trained nail technicians do.

Dipping powder nails are becoming famous as a replacement for these artificial nail enhancements, and it’s been said to be a very secure product used for nails. However, there have been some people who may experience pain on their nails after a dip powder application. So how can this happen?

Dipping powders can cause pain around the nails if the nail resins are applied carelessly over cuticles that have been pushed or overly damaged. Exposed skin can cause the dipping powder liquids to penetrate the visible soft tissues below the cuticles and irritate them.

If you do not overcut your cuticle or avoid touching your cuticle area, your nails shouldn't hurt after applying dipping powder. Although cuticles can be seen as thick, ugly pieces of skin around your nails, they actually protect and prevent any chemicals from going into the soft tissues of your fingers.

Cuticles around the nails are there for one reason: to protect the seal between the nail surface and the skin above it.

Some people that do dipping powder manicures may want to have their cuticles all cleaned up and smooth. But beware, an excessive amount of anything is often where things start to go very wrong.

When cuticles are cut too far and pushed back too deep, the seal between the nail surface and the cuticle above is broken. This exposes the live soft, thin skin tissues that are not a match for any sort of harsh chemicals like dip powder liquids.

These chemicals can burn these new skin tissues, skin tissues that go deeper into the skin containing nerve-endings which is what your cuticles protect.

This could be why your dip powder manicure hurts around your nails.

On top of that, if you are not thoroughly washing and brushing your hands after your nail set to remove any remaining chemicals, applying cuticle oil to your nails can cause even further irritation.

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But my nails still hurt. What causes dip powder to damage the nails?

If your nails are in pain after applying your dip powder application, this could be caused by heavy-handed filing or a sensitive reaction to a product that was used. Filing your natural nail bed too thin would be a reason as to why you feel pain even after doing your nails. With any nail enhancement, a thin nail bed will make them feel more sensitive and can be more prone to damage the longer you do your nails. If you see that they are thin, be extra careful not to file your nail surface. Take vitamins or use a nail strengthener.  There are also alternative solutions you can apply to help protect your nail before doing your dip application and you can avoid this problem.

Similar to other artificial nail enhancements, some liquid dip powder solutions like base coat, activator, and topcoat contain chemicals that can cause irritation to those who are allergic. The extent or severity depends on each person and it is always best to do your research to see what would work best for you. There are always alternatives and so if dip liquids don’t work, you can use gel polish as well.


How to prevent dip nails from hurting or causing damage?

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You can probably make a guess by now at what could be the cause of your pain.

Do not over-cut your cuticles and push them back too far. Cuticles are a crucial part of your natural nails, providing them shelter from any germs or harmful bacteria especially for those who have very sensitive nail skin or allergies. It provides a seal between the upper skin and the nail below, so do not over clip your cuticles!

And if you did, be sure to refrain from applying cuticle oil right away after applying your nail set. Regardless of how tempting it is, we advise that you ought to wait 24 hours before using any nail dip liquid or cuticle oil. But if you feel  your fingers look very dry or chalky, you can apply some lotion on your hand or fingers, but avoid your cuticles until they have properly healed.

If your nails hurt every time you get them done, you may want to find another technician or salon to do the work for you. Or you can take matters to your own hands and use a new set of high-quality yet budget-friendly dipping powder nail kits that suit your needs and are really easy to apply!

We have an article about these best long-lasting at-home dip powder nail kit; so check out more from us and let articles like these help you experience that hassle-free, dipping journey!

Before we end this article, we want to share some Home Remedies To Repair Damaged Nails After Gel And Acrylics


DIY Nail Soaks: Lemon and Olive Oil Nail Soak

prevent dip nails from hurting or causing damage

Olive oil is a well-known natural home remedy which is a very effective moisturizer for nails, skin, and hair. It is a complementary ingredient in retaining keratin and also high in Vitamin E which is very important for maintaining those strong, healthy nails.

Lemon juice, which each and every household has this holy grail, contains antioxidants in the form of Vitamin C that improves the nail barrier. It is also rich in citric acid which contributes to much stronger and whiter nails.


Materials used:

3 tablespoons of natural olive oil

Juice of one whole lemon

And a Soaking bowl



1. Heat the oil and lemon juice mixture until warm.

2. Detach from heat and pour into a soaking bowl.

3. Dip your fingertips into the solution for about 5-10 minutes.

4. Make it an everyday habit in between gel and acrylic nail application.

    Always remember your nails should not hurt the day after you have them done and life is too short to have boring, naked nails! We hope this article was helpful to you. Please don’t forget to follow us in any of our social media accounts for more helpful DIY acrylic nail art dipping powder tutorials, nail care hacks, surprising giveaways, and many more!

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