How to Get Permanent Marker off Skin Without Alcohol?

Today, we will go through the implications and possible health issues an accident like this one can create.

And, after that, we’ll learn the best methods to remove marker stains using regular substances available in every house.

Get Permanent Marker off Skin

Is Marker Ink Harmful to Skin?

While marker ink won’t kill you, ​some unforeseeable consequences could make you regret the moment you decided to use the markers to paint over your skin.

For people with sensitive skins, it can become a problem very quickly, especially if that person has a lot of ink covering a lot of area on their body.

Another issue you might face is during body painting. If you use the markers to cover large areas of your skin, the ink may reduce the passing of oxygen through the pores of your skin. That’s a problem.

If you don’t like wrinkles, then you better keep the ink away from your skin because that’s another issue the markers can produce.

When the ink stinks, covering your hands or body with it will leave you stinking for the rest of the day. It is not necessarily harmful, but it is still unpleasant.

Have you gotten a marker stain recently? Don’t worry. With the following methods, you will be able to get rid of it in a jiffy.

If you are still concern about it then you can make a quick move to our another article. Here we’ve discussed in details that markers are actually safe for the skin or not.

How to Remove Marker Stain from Skin

What if I tell you there are quick methods to remove ink off the skin using regular household items? Yes, that’s right. To find out how to do it, follow the methods below:

Olive Oil or Coconut Oil

Oliv oil or coconut oil to remove marker


Olive or coconut oil is efficient at removing the ink of permanent markers through a simple process.

If you have either one at home, get a small amount, and put it over the stain left by the marker. Then, proceed to rub it gently and rinse afterward.

The way it works is that the olive or coconut oil provide support binding to the skin’s epidermis.

Once you put it over the stain, the oil attaches to the marker, and then you’ll be able to remove it easier.

​These two substances are affordable and available in most households, which is why this solution is both easy and fast.

Baby Oil or Baby Lotion

Baby oil works similarly to the previous solution. This substance attaches the oil excess present on your skin, and it proceeds to remove anything off the body.

If that’s the case, it should work on marker stains as well, correct? It is not a perfect solution, but it works, most of the time. You don’t lose anything from trying it.

What you have to do is apply a little bit of this oil over the stained area, and then continue by washing and rinsing, just as you’d do regularly.

In case you have skin conditions such as acne, you must be careful while trying this, as it could produce an unwanted reaction.

Use Shaving Cream

Shaving cream is yet another typical household item with more than one purpose. In this case, it helps remove marker stains off the skin successfully. To try this solution, follow the next steps.

First, apply a considerable amount of shaving cream directly over the stained skin. Try to add shaving cream accordingly to the area covered by the stain.

Next, you can use a tissue or the fingers available to rub the cream and cover every bit of the stain. Take your time, and then remove it. If the marker remains, repeat the same process.

When the marker stain is off, use warm water to wash and care for the abused skin.

Use White Cream Toothpaste

Toothpaste doesn’t whiten only your teeth, but it also helps to remove stains off of many surfaces. After trying it over a permanent marker on our skin, the result was more than pleasant.

Keep in mind that this process might not work at first, which is why you may have to do it repeatedly throughout the day.

The process is similar to the previous one with the shaving cream. Apply an appropriate amount of toothpaste over the stained skin, and use your fingers to rub it.

Then, remove the toothpaste and check if the stain is off. If it doesn’t work in the first attempt, keep repeating the process as many times as needed.

Spread Butter over the Stain

When the marker doesn’t come off, one possible method to remove it from the skin is by using butter.

Start by taking a small portion of butter, and begin smearing it over the marker stain. Wait for a couple of minutes; two to three minutes should be enough.

Follow up by grabbing a rag and rub the butter onto the marker stain.

Continue rubbing as much as needed until you remove the marker stain. When you finish removing the ink, use a combination of water and soap to clean the skin.

Final ​Thoughts

See? Even though alcohol seems necessary for this kind of stuff, you can still use other methods to remove the marker stains off your skin. I hope you found this article useful!

Loard Eva

Hi there! I’m Eva, artist, designer, photographer and mom of three little gentlemen altogether. When I’m not playing with my kids, you’ll find me researching and writing for ChooseMarker.

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