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How do you get Sharpie marker off of skin?

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Many common household products can remove Sharpie marker from the skin. Try nail polish remover or rubbing alcohol. For sensitive skin, try hand lotion, petroleum jelly or cooking oil. More abrasive remedies include sugar, salt and exfoliating soap.

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  1. Gather nail polish remover or rubbing alcohol and cotton swabs or cotton balls

    Dip a cotton swab or cotton ball in nail polish remover or rubbing alcohol. Blot the ink stains until they're soaked, then wipe with a clean swab, cotton ball or paper towel. The ink stain should lighten even if it doesn't wipe completely off. You may have to repeat several times. When you’re done, be sure to wash your hands.

  2. Use an emollient to remove permanent marker from sensitive skin

    To remove permanent marker from sensitive skin, use an emollient such as hand lotion, petroleum jelly or cooking oil. Put a generous amount of the emollient on the inked-stained skin, and rub it in well. The ink should smear and start to lift. Wipe off with a clean paper towel, then wash skin with soap and water. Repeat until the ink stain is gone.

  3. Try mild abrasives for faster cleaning

    Using a mild abrasive such as exfoliating soap, sugar or salt can remove ink stains faster, but it also can be harder on the skin. Exfoliating soaps may be the best compromise. Lather the soap, rub in onto the ink-stained skin and rinse. Repeat as necessary. If using sugar or salt, rub onto the ink stain and rinse. The ink should begin to lift with the first application. Because sugar crystals are very sharp, be careful scrubbing, especially on the face.

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