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Marker pens and ball point pens are very popular with children since they can use them to draw temporary tattoos on the skin. Pen ink can take a long time to fade from the skin and can cause skin irritation. Instead of using harsh chemicals to try to remove these ink tattoos, you can use a heavy duty hand cleaner which you can purchase at your local drugstore, home improvement store or large chain health food store.

Clean the skin with regular soap and water to remove any dirt, oils and other small particles.

Rub the hand cleaner soap on the areas of the skin with ink in a circular motion for a few minutes until you see the ink start to fade away.

Wet a wash towel or loofah sponge and scrub the skin gently in a circular motion to remove any ink remnants.

Rinse the skin thoroughly with water, pat dry and apply a small amount of body lotion to help moisturize the skin.

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Frank Dioso is a trained medical technologist working for prominent research institutions such as Quest Diagnostics and California Clinical Trials. He has, for many years, ghostwritten clinical trial reports for confidential pharmaceutical drugs and is currently contributing his clinical laboratory science knowledge to online how-to articles.