How Long Can I Wear My Acrylic Nail Tips?

by Christine Marar ; Updated September 28, 2017

Acrylic nails should not be worn for longer than three months.

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Strength and Durability

Acrylic nails are the most durable and long-lasting kind of artificial nail. They hold polish longer than natural nails and can add significant length. Despite these advantages, acrylic nails are not meant to last forever. They can be filled every two to three weeks for up to three months. Complications can result if artificial nails are left in place for too long.

Health Precautions

The Mayo Clinic claims that wearing artificial nails for a long period of time can cause serious infection. This can occur from lifting, where a fungus forms inside a gap between the real and artificial nail. Infections can also result from the use of unsanitary tools.

Bottom Line

Removing artificial nails after three months is the safest bet. However, the most important factor in the process is to choose a clean, reputable and licensed salon.

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About the Author

Christine Marar began writing professionally in early 2010. In her career as a freelance writer, her work has been featured with The Celebrity Cafe and eHow. She has enjoyed covering a diverse selection of topics from viral marketing to the latest celebrity weddings. She holds a Bachelor of Arts in communication from Purdue University.