Smoking has always been known to cause numerous negative health effects. However, aside from these effects from within, smoking is also found to cause some rather obvious physical effects including ugly nicotine stains that can gather on your finger and nails. This is why it is important to know how to remove nicotine stains from fingers that were brought about by your smoking habit.
Here are a few tips for removing nicotine stains from your fingers.
Use a bleach solution
One way to free your fingers from yellow stains from nicotine is by using a dilute solution of water and bleach. Mix 4 parts water with 1 part bleach for this solution in a glass container. Dip a nail brush to the solution then apply this to the yellowed parts of your fingers. Allow the solution to stay on your fingers for several minutes before rinsing it off.
If this is not enough for removing the stains, you can also try soaking your fingers in the bleach solution for an interval of 5 minutes 5 times a day.
Once you have finished rinsing your hands, don’t forget to apply some moisturizer or hand cream to counter the bleach’s drying effects. Make sure you also wear a mask if you want to try this method. You should never use this method right after you used another stain removal method or if you have an existing open wound.
Stay away from this method if you have sensitivity to bleach. If your skin is irritated after using this method, rinse off the bleach from your skin immediately.
Turn to lemon juice
Another effective natural bleaching agent you can use to remove nicotine stains from fingers is lemon juice. Cut a fresh lemon in half. Take one half then hold this against the yellow spot on your fingers. Use this lemon half for rubbing the stained spots until everything is coated and soaked in lemon juice.
Let the lemon coating stay on your fingers for 5 to 10 minutes before rinsing it off with warm water. This process can be repeated up to 5 times daily. Remember that this method is going to sting a bit if your fingers have small cuts.
Dissolve aspirin in water
Grab one aspirin tablet then dissolve this in the standard 8 oz. cup of hot water. Dip and soak your stained fingers in the solution once it has slightly cooled down for a few minutes. Once you are done soaking your fingers, use water and soap to wash your hands.
You might also want to add several drops of water to one aspirin tablet and form a paste. You can use this paste for scrubbing your stained nails. Get a nail brush then apply the paste to all yellow parts of your skin and allow it to stay there for 15 minutes. Rinse the paste away and thoroughly wash your hands afterwards.
Start with skin exfoliation
Soak your fingers in water for several minutes to dampen your skin but without taking too long to the point that your skin will start to prune. Sand away some of the stains from nicotine on your fingers using a pumice stone, nail file, sugar scrub, salt scrub, or body brush. Apply gentle pressure for rubbing the grit on the yellowed part of your fingers until the stains start to fade away.
Make sure you avoid rubbing your fingers for over several seconds because it can lead to irritation. A matchbox’s sandpaper can also be used. Stop rubbing the spot once you notice that it has become irritated or has turned red.
Rub it with potato
This next method is much gentle compared to other methods, which makes it a great choice if your skin is sensitive. Peel a potato then use it for rubbing the stained parts of your fingers for several minutes. Wait for a few minutes before rinsing away the potato juice. This process can be repeated for up to 10 times a day.
Turn to toothpaste
Another product you can use for removing nicotine stains from your fingers is toothpaste. Get any standard toothpaste brand then squeeze a dab of this to the yellow part of your fingers. Use a toothbrush for scrubbing the toothpaste on the yellow skin for several minutes then use warm water to rinse the area once you are finished. You can use whitening toothpaste if you are dealing with extra tough stains caused by nicotine.
Other ways to remove nicotine stains from your fingernails
Apply some apple cider vinegar
This type of vinegar contains malic and acetic acids that can reduce nail discolorations. Pour one half cup of lukewarm water to a dish with one half cup of apple cider vinegar. Dip and soak your stained fingernails in the solution for 20 minutes. Rinse off your fingernails then dry them off with a towel.
Take advantage of hydrogen peroxide
The whitening properties of hydrogen peroxide can help you get rid of those unsightly nicotine stains stuck on your fingernails. You can pour 3 to 4 tablespoons of 3% hydrogen peroxide to one half cup of water then stir well. Dip your fingernails to the solution then soak them for around 15 minutes. Scrub any leftover stains with a toothbrush and rinse them off with water.
Use some orange peels
The high content of vitamin C found in orange peels is found to help in getting rid of yellow nicotine stains from your fingernails. Get an orange and peel it off. Rub the peels’ inner portion along the yellow nails for about 5 to 10 minutes every session.
Mouthwash can help
Finally, an alcohol-based mouthwash will also be able to help in removing stains from your fingernails that were brought about by nicotine. Get a clean plastic cup and pour some mouthwash into it. Make sure that you pour an enough amount of mouthwash for dipping your fingers into. Soak your fingernails in the solution for about half an hour.
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