You’ve dropped by because you want to know how to remove a temporary tattoo. You’ll find the answers below.
The solution depends on the type of tattoo.
First, let’s talk about temporary tattoos that you can print at home. These are easy to remove.
- How to remove printable temporary tattoos
- How to remove temporary tattoo stickers
- How to remove ink from body markers, surgical markers, or tattoo stencils
- How to remove permanent marker tattoos
- How to remove semi-permanent tattoo ink or henna tattoos
- How to hide a tattoo
How to remove printable temporary tattoos
They may wash off with soap and water, or you can wipe them with rubbing alcohol. In some cases, you may need to scrub with baby oil, then wash or follow up with alcohol. Olive or coconut oil will also remove temporary tattoos.
Always start with the least aggressive way of cleaning the skin. There’s no point in removing the tattoo by giving yourself a rash with harsh chemicals.
How to remove temporary tattoo stickers
Second, there are premade temporary tattoo stickers that you can purchase online or in novelty stores. Sometimes, they come in kids’ sticker books or with trading cards. These are also straightforward to remove. Follow the same steps above for removing temporary tattoos at home.
Also, it can be as easy as grabbing a makeup remover wipe like the ones below.
Neutrogena Makeup Remover Cleansing Face Wipes
Although they aren’t marketed as temporary tattoo remover wipes, Neutrogena’s towelettes dissolve the ink just like they do waterproof makeup.
What’s nice is that they are much gentler to the skin than rubbing alcohol, and never greasy like oil.
A single wipe can clean a large area, like a sleeve tattoo. Plus, the wipes are mild enough to use on the face and around the eyes.
Goo Gone Bandage Adhesive Remover For Skin
There’s more than one type of Goo Gone. This one is specifically made to be used on the body.
The directions even mention using it to erase temporary tattoos.
But it’s also handy for that sticky residue left behind by Band-Aids, sports tape, and even gum in the hair.
The instructions say to saturate the area with the liquid, then wipe the residue. Afterward, wash with soap and water.
How to remove ink from body markers, surgical markers, or tattoo stencils
Third, suppose you’ve used body markers, permanent markers, or tattoo stencil pens to draw a temporary tattoo on the skin. In that case, it may take a little more effort to remove.
Surgical markers and tattoo stencil ink are made to resist wiping with alcohol and lubricants. That makes them tough to erase.
Generally, it will wear off by itself in a day or two. If you’re in a hurry, try a product like Goo Gone. It might work faster.
Otherwise, repeatedly treat the skin with alcohol and oil. Let the rubbing alcohol sit for a minute, wipe it off, then massage coconut or baby oil into the spot. Repeat the steps until the skin is clear.
How to remove permanent marker tattoos
The ink from permanent markers is surprisingly not so permanent on the skin. It usually washes off with a little scrubbing, soap, and water.
Alcohol will also remove most of it, but oil will do a better job without drying out the skin.
How to remove semi-permanent tattoo ink or henna tattoos
By semi-permanent tattoo ink, we mean henna or jagua. Once they set in the skin, they can remain for two or three weeks.
Happily, you can treat semi-permanent ink like hair dye. Color remover wipes like the ones below can remove fresh jaguar or henna.
Colortrak Hair Color Remover Wipes
This dispenser holds a hundred towelettes for wiping up drips and spills of hair dye. Each wipe is saturated with a liquid that dissolves the stain rapidly.
Because they’re so good at eliminating dye, these wipes are handy for removing jaguar and henna tattoos.
They have a fresh fragrance and are gentle to the skin. Still, it doesn’t hurt to rinse off once they’ve done their job.
If you don’t have hair dye remover at home, you can still remove a henna tattoo. Try using whitening toothpaste (1).
Spread the toothpaste and let it dry on the skin. This will take ten minutes or longer. You can tell it’s dry when it begins cracking. Then, scrub with a washcloth and warm water.
By now, the ink should have faded somewhat. Massage oil into the area and let it sit for a few minutes. You can add salt or sugar to the oil for extra exfoliation – just don’t rub your skin raw.
Henna sinks deep into the skin, which means you’ll probably have to repeat the treatment.
If all this scrubbing and wiping is getting you down, you have another option.
How to hide a tattoo
Regardless of whether it’s a permanent or temporary tattoo, you can hide it with tattoo cover-up. Even regular full-coverage makeup and concealer can do the job.
One of the best foundations for tattoo cover up is described below. It’s simple to apply as it comes in a stick. You don’t need to be a makeup artist to make it work.
Dermablend Quick-Fix Body Makeup Stick
You can use this foundation for a lot more than hiding tattoos. It camouflages scars, acne, varicose veins, dark circles, and bruises.
What’s more, it comes in a variety of shades for different skin tones. It’s designed for sensitive skin, too.
If you set it with powder, it lasts up to sixteen hours. It resists sweat, rain, high humidity, and it won’t rub off on clothes.
But what if you don’t have time to put on makeup or scrub off a temporary tattoo? Then we suggest slapping on a bandage, a sports wrap, a long sleeve shirt, or similar.
Or you could make a joke out of it by covering it with a temporary tattoo sleeve.
Fake Tattoo Arm Sleeves
These lightweight sleeves are made of stretchy nylon and spandex. Rolling them onto your arm is a little bit like putting on pantyhose. You can wash them and wear them again. Just be careful not to snag them on a nail.
They are printed with graphics that resemble sleeve tattoos in a variety of patterns. Some have crosses and skulls, others are tribal tats.
We hope it wasn’t too hard to get rid of the temporary tattoo. Maybe the next one will work out better.
In the meantime, check back again soon to get answers to your questions about tattooing and piercing.
1. https://www.wikihow.com/Remove-Henna updated October 8, 2020, accessed January 22, 2021