Sharpies are great to have around for many reasons but it can be easy to get on yourself. Whether it was from a broken pen or a child got a hold of your Sharpie, it can tough to get Sharpie ink off of skin. This is a guide about removing Sharpie from skin.
How can I remove permanent black ink from my finger pad?
By Gail from Houston, TX
Use Clearasil Stayclear Oil-Free Daily Face Wash. My daughter and her friend used this after they painted their face with Mr. Sketch. We used soap, water, rubbing alcohol. Nothing worked but Clearsil worked.
An answer to the question advised using Mr. Clean Eraser. THIS IS VERY DANGEROUS as the warning on the box specifically states. I used it (without checking the warning on the box) and my 5 year has a very bad abrasion as a result.
Editor's Note: As with any advice you find on the internet, please use caution with any substance that is not intended to be used on skin. Always read and follow the manufacturer's guidelines.
Gently rub coconut oil on skin with cloth and Sharpie comes off instantly!
My 3 yr old cousin used a purple Magic Marker as lip stick. How can I get it off?
I was sitting on the sofa and I was decorating my note book. I took the marker apart and started to squeeze it. A lot of stuff came out; so my question is, how do you get Sharpie off your hands?
By Rhyan R. from New Orleans, LA
When my friend was all marked up for radiation treatments, she told me that baby oil would remove the permanent marker. Hope this helps.
I just read through all these painstaking suggestions, some of which seem pretty abrasive to your skin! Luckily before I tried any of these solutions, I used my skincare/face wipes. Lo and behold, sharpie marker GONE!
No more than £1 for 2 packets in ASDA and most supermarkets sell them. Baby wipes will probably work too! Hopefully this saves you all some time and stinky hands from alcohol and such. :)
I have used various brands of hand/body lotion. Rubbing alcohol works as well. If you have hand sanitizer it works too, but takes longer.
By TeeeeeeeeeeJ from Canada
I have a toddler and preschooler who always seem to find their ways into things they shouldn't. After experimenting with everything I could think of to get permanent Sharpie (of all things) off of their skin (even faces), I came up with this:
Let them soak in a warm bath for about 10 minutes and get a regular wash cloth and some Dawn or a generic equivalent (if you're cheap like me). Just make sure it's the regular 2x concentrated formula. Wash the areas with it once or twice.
You don't even need to use a whole lot of the soap or that much pressure. The whole process, depending on the damage, takes about 15 minutes from start to finish. It works on walls too and doesn't take the paint off like some heavy duty products might.
Use a cotton ball and nail polish remover, works every time!
How can we remove Sharpie marker from my 3 year old granddaughter's legs? She has covered her thighs completely. Help.
By MaryC from Smith Mountain Lake, VA
Scroll down to the ThriftyFun archives below on this page and you will find oodles and oodles of suggestions. :-)
How do you remove permanent marker off of a 3 year old's skin?
By Rachel from Victoria, TX
Well what people do at work is use makeup remover or toothpaste. It works really well. (11/24/2010)
Rubbing alcohol will often take most of it off. Do not use anywhere near the eyes, nose, or mouth; and you might want to test on the inside of his/her arm, as sometimes it stings. I have never tried the toothpaste, but it sounds like the safest bet. Be aware that every parent will look at your child and chuckle to themselves, because we have all been there, done that! It says nothing about your parenting, except that you are raising a child with a good imagination and maybe a little artistic flair! (11/24/2010)
Take a picture to save for them when they grow up and their child does the same thing! It will wear off and won't hurt your child's skin as much as trying to remove it will. Live with it, most kids do this! (11/29/2010)
This reminds me of the time my then 4 year old son donned his turtleneck, jeans, vest and cowboy hat, his Mickey Mouse sheriff badge and drew a 5 o'clock shadow on himself and declared he was the Lego Sheriff! Nice long soaks in the tubby helped, but I didn't scrub it off. It was off in a few days. Cherish those moments! They grow up so fast! (11/29/2010)
The oils, shaving cream, and the rest all work. I have also used "Goo Gone" or "Dissolvit", on kids, carpets, upholstery, and you name it. Then I follow with the soap of my choice, though Dawn and Windex always work! Darn kids. Lipstick on a cream rug, always bad, but after the above treatment, not a trace. Good luck. (11/29/2010)
Toothpaste takes out sharpie ink off skin. The gel won't work. It has to be the paste type. Coat the area and allow it to sit a minute, then wipe off.
By duckie-do from Cortez, CO
Baby oil will remove permanent markers from skin; this tip comes from my "sis" Miss Mae. (10/17/2010)
Does anyone know how to get black marker pen off skin? My 3 year old decided she would use it as make up. It's on her cheeks, eyelids, and lips. Please help!
Oodles of ideas in the ThriftyFun Archives below the comments here. ;-) (08/30/2010)
My son did this earlier this year. I found that Dawn dish soap worked wonders and not too much discomfort in getting it off of him as well. (08/30/2010)
Try Hand Sanitizer. (08/31/2010)
I decided to put Vaseline on her face before she went to bed, she had a long soak in the bath the next morning, thankfully, it all came off easily. Thanks for the ideas. :-) (08/31/2010)
How do you remove permanent marker from a child's skin?
By Michelle from Washington, PA
Make up remover and a cotton ball. (03/30/2010)
I use baby wipes on my kids when they decide to color on themselves instead of on the paper. It might not take it all off, but it does do a good job getting most of it off. (04/02/2010)
I would like to know how to remove permanent marker from my daughter's skin?
How can you possibly get permanent marker off of a child who has gotten hold of a marker and drawn on herself from head to toe?
How do I remove sharpie from my skin?
How do you remove permanent marker from skin? My 5 year old is not satisfied with the myriad of markers he owns, so he went into my kitchen and stole a Sharpie marker and colored all over himself.
I have a two year old little boy that decided to express his artistic abilities with a blue Sharpie Marker. I have read the suggestions for walls and furniture, but have not seen any for getting it off of your kids.
Hot bath, scrub hard. Repeat, repeat, repeat. If you use salt to exfoliate, it'll come off faster.