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Removing Sharpie from Skin

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 page about removing Sharpie from skin.
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November 16, 2015

Gently rub coconut oil on skin with cloth and Sharpie comes off instantly!


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May 28, 2014

Use a cotton ball and nail polish remover, works every time!

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October 22, 2013

After experimenting with everything I could think of to get permanent Sharpie off of skin, I came up with this.

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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.

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August 13, 2013

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.

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January 21, 2010

How can I remove permanent black ink from my finger pad?

By Gail from Houston, TX

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February 14, 20100 found this helpful
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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.

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December 3, 20110 found this helpful
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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.

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April 17, 2016

My 3 yr old cousin used a purple Magic Marker as lip stick. How can I get it off?


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May 19, 20160 found this helpful
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You could use coconut butter for two reasons. First, it is all natural and second, it will help. Put some warm water on it and do it all over again.

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June 17, 20160 found this helpful
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My 2 year old wrote all over her face with a black sharpie. I used a baby wipe and it came off easily, no problem.

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May 16, 2011

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

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May 17, 20110 found this helpful

I use wet wipes, baby wipes, or alcohol prep pads.
Teresa in Michigan

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May 17, 20110 found this helpful

Alcohol pads will do the trick. You may need to use more than one if there is lot of ink.

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May 17, 20110 found this helpful

When my friend was all marked up for radiation treatments, she told me that baby oil would remove the permanent marker. Hope this helps.

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Anonymous
February 6, 20160 found this helpful

Baby oil or hand sanitizer

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September 9, 20160 found this helpful

Yep I just used baby oil and it does work.yahoo

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January 20, 2011

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

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January 21, 20110 found this helpful

Scroll down to the ThriftyFun archives below on this page and you will find oodles and oodles of suggestions. :-)

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January 30, 2019

It has been months and there is still a mark from a permanent marker on my skin. I don't know what to do. The line is light and not so visible, but still there. Any suggestions?


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October 31, 2016

What do I do after I take the Sharpie off of my face? Right now it burns a little. I'm not sure what to do, but it's not unbearable.


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November 1, 20160 found this helpful

Hand sanitizer

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November 1, 20160 found this helpful

Hand sanitizer, I worked in kindergarten and got sharpie marks off children's hands and face!

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March 26, 2007

My 2 year old has ink all over her. Her sister left out the black ink gel pen and our dog chewed it up and she attempted to bring it to me and in return got ink all over her.

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January 21, 2010

How do you remove permanent ink on skin?

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April 1, 2009

My 2 year old has ink all over her. Her sister left out the black ink gel pen and our dog chewed it up and she attempted to bring it to me and in return got ink all over her.

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April 24, 2009

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.

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January 20, 2011

How do you remove permanent marker off of a 3 year old's skin?

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