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How long can you leave toenail polish on?

Started 1339252841.81 in Beauty Banter | Last reply 1339297242.94 by baby burns

Mine rarely chips and I just touch it up so I can have the same polish on for a couple of months - is there anything wrong with this?

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Irshgrl312­011339253145.95314425 PostsRegistered 3/14/2006

I don't think so. My feet don't need a pedi very often. I take care of them in between so I could go months too if I had to because my toe polish stays on forever.

katkitty1339253206.9974729 PostsRegistered 12/12/2007

I've left the same polish on my toes for a month! I once used an OPI Black polish (can't remember the name) and it wore like iron. I finally had to take it off with remover because it looked like it would stay around for another month!

I do a pedicure every week or 2 and even thru that it stuck like glue. Even thru soaking!!!!

I've never had problems of any kind wearing polish that long.

luvmypupz1339253255.944991 PostsRegistered 8/30/2010By the Sea Shore

Leave it on as long as it looks alright. I would make sure to have a good base coat under it because you don't want it discoloring your nails, especially with darker colors.

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wilma1339253794.13313142 PostsRegistered 7/10/2007

Leaving it on too long may cause nail fungus. If the color is a dark color leaving it on too long can discolor your nails. Personally, I remove mine every 2 - 3 weeks, and let my toes breathe for a few days before starting over. I also leave my toenails bare in the colder months for the same reasons.

dc20041339254887.22791 PostsRegistered 10/28/2004

I do my fingernails every week, but toenails every 2-3 weeks. The polish still looks fresh but I like to push my cuticles down and trim my nails, etc.

katkitty1339255201.3974729 PostsRegistered 12/12/2007
On 6/9/2012 wilma said:

Leaving it on too long may cause nail fungus. If the color is a dark color leaving it on too long can discolor your nails. Personally, I remove mine every 2 - 3 weeks, and let my toes breathe for a few days before starting over. I also leave my toenails bare in the colder months for the same reasons.

What causes a mold or fungus is the same thing that causes a fungus when wearing acrylic nails and artificial nails. It's if they are not entirely (by polish or acrylic) sealed tightly to the nailbed properly and not totally adhered to the nail bed. Then moisture and water gets underneath the gap and causes mold & fungus to get a hold and grow unchecked under the acrylic or polish because of little exposure to air.

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Abby Grace1339262374.0271223 PostsRegistered 6/12/2011

I usually go 2 weeks before I start to notice chips, but have gone as long as 3 weeks. I like to remove the polish & give the nails a few days to "breathe" before reapplying polish. That is after a good soak, nail trimming, and some cuticle & callus care.

Sunshine K­ate1339262913.0412233 PostsRegistered 11/13/2006The Beautiful Mountains & Western Sky
On 6/9/2012 wilma said:

Leaving it on too long may cause nail fungus. If the color is a dark color leaving it on too long can discolor your nails. Personally, I remove mine every 2 - 3 weeks, and let my toes breathe for a few days before starting over. I also leave my toenails bare in the colder months for the same reasons.


This is what I do to keep my nails healthy.

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momcat1339265232.346376 PostsRegistered 9/12/2010

I guess my nails must grow too fast, because I don't like the way my toenails look after a couple of weeks. I have to change it out because I put two coats plus a top coat. I don't want to paint over a top coat. I change my fingernail polish out every week.

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brewhaha1339265646.9444811 PostsRegistered 1/14/2007Sitting in front of my computer

As long as you don't get toe-jam.

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Shelbelle1339266894.8634713 PostsRegistered 10/6/2004

I get a pedi once in 8 weeks, but by then I really need one.

Quinny1339270275.752454 PostsRegistered 1/21/2009

I leave mine on for 6 weeks if I'm able to touch up very small chips with no problem. I give t another top coat every now and then to make it all shiny, but I have no problems leaving it on that long.

depglass1339270791.88324083 PostsRegistered 11/14/2006

Leaving it on too long won't cause nail fungus unless conditions to cause it were there from the start of the pedicure.

rina331339281352.6174906 PostsRegistered 6/17/2008

I can go for about a month .. with touch-ups here and there.

missyw11339281710.76732391 PostsRegistered 3/4/2007

I leave it on all the time, and just retouch it up.

flippflopp1339282225.15524 PostsRegistered 6/25/2011

About every 2-3 weeks I give myself a pedicure.

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Lyn081339289657.1972216 PostsRegistered 7/30/2008

I need to get pedicures at a salon (unfortunately, I can't do it myself). Because it is a bit costly, I once waited quite a long time once between appointments. I developed a nail fungus in a couple nails. Now I get a pedicure about once a month, and everything has been fine.

lizzief1339292280.3372618 PostsRegistered 9/27/2011
You must have very slow growing toenails! You can touch up the polish, sure, but there comes an obvious time for me when I need to get a pedicure to get the nails cut! Unfortunately for me, that was today and I had a stomach flu and couldn't go. So I guess this week I'll be in that curled up position we are all familiar - you know the unnatural position with your toes up to your face so you can see what you're doing! - with trying to cut, file and paint my toes myself!

Qvie Victo­riah1339292528.661028 PostsRegistered 1/9/2008St. Louis, Missouri
On 6/9/2012 lizzief said: You must have very slow growing toenails! You can touch up the polish, sure, but there comes an obvious time for me when I need to get a pedicure to get the nails cut! Unfortunately for me, that was today and I had a stomach flu and couldn't go. So I guess this week I'll be in that curled up position we are all familiar - you know the unnatural position with your toes up to your face so you can see what you're doing! - with trying to cut, file and paint my toes myself!

LOL

4 weeks, then I have to do it over no matter what.

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baginista1339292549.747642 PostsRegistered 3/8/2009

til it chips. Is this a trick question?

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baby burns1339297242.948793 PostsRegistered 12/9/2007

you all should not leave it on longer then a week, maybe two weeks. you sure can get a fungus, from keeping polish on that long, they cannot breathe and get dirt under then, that you cannot see, you get them wet in the shower, boom, you get a fungus. please no more then thwo. i took mine off a couple weeks ago, now i will do them soon. i like to give them alot of time to breathe!

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