How to Remove Ballpoint Pen Stains from Skin
This seems like it would be pretty self-explanatory, but what do you do if you used a ballpoint pen to write your to-do list on the back of your hand or if your toddler decided to have a field day with your new one? That’s why it’s kind of important to learn how to remove ballpoint pen stains from skin.
What you will need:
- Soap, body wash, or skin cleanser (whichever you have on hand0
- Nail polish remover
- Cotton balls
- Take the soap and water and wash the affected area thoroughly. This will help to remove some of the ink that is on the top of your skin, and it will make the rest of the process a bit easier. If the ink hasn’t set in too much yet, this may be all that you need to do.
- If there are still traces of the ink (and with ballpoint pens, this is likely), then take the cotton ball and dab it with some nail polish remover. Take the cotton ball and lightly dab the affected area with it. The active ingredients in the nail polish remover will help to get rid of some of the ink that has “set in” to the skin.
- Rinse the area thoroughly with water. Dry the area and wash with soap (or whatever you have on hand) and water again. At this point, the ink should be gone, unless it’s on a rougher or thicker part of the skin (some parts of the hands, feet, etc).
Repeat the process as necessary; it may take another round of the nail polish remover to fully eliminate the ink stains on the skin. Ink stains on the skin are not necessarily harmful, but they can be annoying and/or irritate the skin slightly.