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Permanent markers contain dyes or pigments to give the ink color and a combination of ingredients to keep the ink from fading. These markers are water resistant and adhere to most surfaces including skin. It is common to accidentally get ink on your skin while using permanent markers. These marks will be difficult to clean off with water and may seem impossible to remove. Fortunately, permanent markers stains will not permanently stain your skin, as they can be removed with rubbing alcohol and other solutions.

Dampen a paper towel with rubbing alcohol. Rub the paper towel back and forth over you skin until the ink is removed.

Inspect your skin for any remaining ink. If the ink could not be removed with the rubbing alcohol, wet your skin with water and then rub gritty hand soap over the ink mark.

Rinse off the soap with water and then dry your skin with a clean towel. If the ink still remains on your skin, dip a cotton ball in milk.

Rub the cotton ball over your skin until the ink is completely removed. Rinse off the milk with water and then dry your skin with a clean towel.


A gritty cleansing cream can be used instead of gritty hand soap.