Fake tattoos will wear off by themselves in a few days. If you need to speed up the process, brown sugar is a natural source of an alpha hydroxy acid called glycolic acid that naturally exfoliates the top layer of the dermis, or skin. Together with the salicylic acid of grapes, lactic acid/retinol of yogurt, and acid-neutralizing properties of baking soda, brown sugar will gently remove a temporary tattoo. If you have an ink-and-needle tattoo, consult a doctor about removal.

Things You'll Need

Skin Prep

Mash the unripened grapes in a small bowl with a fork or wooden spoon.

Mix 2 tsp. of brown sugar with the grapes until the mixture is smooth and glistening.

Clean the skin around the tattoo with mild soap and warm water. Dry the area thoroughly.

Add another 2 tsp. of brown sugar to the mixture but do not blend it thoroughly. The granular sugar will act as a rough physical exfoliating agent.

Use your hand or a rubber spatula to apply the exfoliating mixture to your dry skin. Rub in small circles for about one minute.

Rinse the tattooed area with soap and water, and pat it dry. Your tattoo may already be gone. If not, wait one hour before trying the alternative method.

Finish Tattoo Removal

Mix the baking soda and yogurt into a paste in a small bowl.

Apply the mixture to the fake tattoo with either your hand or a rubber spatula. Rub in small circles for about 30 seconds or until the tattoo is gone.

Rinse your skin with mild soap and water. Pat the area dry and apply dermatologist recommended lotion.


  • Applying the sugary grape mixture when your skin is still warm will increase its exfoliating capacity. The warm water will open your pores.