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Is It Bad To Draw On Yourself With A Marker Or Pen? 

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At some point and time, almost everyone has reached for a pad of paper to write on. Unfortunately, the pad of paper is not there. 

The next step in the thought process is to write down the reminder or message on your hand. How bad could it be? 

If you only have a pencil nearby, you are out of luck. Pencils barely write on your skin and the message wouldn’t stay for very long. 

What about a pen? That can write on your skin and the message would stay around for a while. 

How about a permanent marker? If it’s the only option nearby, a permanent marker can write on your skin. 

If pens and markers are the only options, is it bad to use them to draw or write a message on yourself? 

Drawing or writing a message on yourself is not bad. The writing may take a bit of scrubbing to come off, but essentially writing or even drawing on yourself is not bad for your health. 

Be careful not to press too hard when writing or drawing on your skin. If the pen or marker pierces the skin, it has the potential to become infected. 

The same is true for an already open sore on your skin. Always avoid writing on any broken skin. 

Most of the time parents tell their kids not to write on themselves because the parents don’t want to have to go through and clean the pen or marker off the child. It really doesn’t have anything to do with safety. 

How Do You Get Sharpie Off Your Skin? 

At some point and time, it will happen. Either you or your child will end up with Sharpie ink on their skin. Maybe you were asleep on the couch and your children thought you made an excellent canvas. 

Perhaps your child thought they would look prettier with a bunch of drawings on themself. However the Sharpie ink was placed on you (or them), how exactly do you get it off your skin? 

Eventually, the oils from your skin will loosen the Sharpie ink. It will typically take about two to three days before the writing will be fully gone. You can also use baby oil, makeup remover, olive oil, or sea salt scrub to remove it faster. 

If you just can’t wait a few days for the ink to disappear, here are a few different methods you can use to remove Sharpie ink from your skin. 

  • Baby Oil: Baby oil works together with the natural oils already on your skin. They attach to each other and remove all ink substances. Apply a small amount of baby oil to the inked area. Once applied, you can wash and rinse the area like normal. If you are prone to breakouts, be careful applying extra oil to your skin. You could end up trading an inked face for a greased face. 
  • Makeup Remover: Apply makeup remover with a cotton ball and massage in a circular motion. Keep massaging until you can see the ink leaving the skin and transfer to the cotton ball. After a few seconds of transferring the ink, wash and rinse the inked area. This process may need to be repeated to fully remove the ink. 
  • Sea Salt Scrub: Mix the sea salt scrub with warm water. Take the paste and massage gently onto your skin. Be sure not to rub the mixture on, the exfoliant could create more damage by tearing your skin. 
  • Olive or Coconut Oil: Much like the baby oil option, coconut and olive oil work together with the oils on your skin. The oil from your epidermis and the olive or coconut oil will attach to the permanent marker stains and help remove them gently from your skin. 

Can You Use Permanent Markers Or Pens For Stick and Poke Tattoos? 

Have you ever thought it would be fun to give yourself a tattoo? Stick and poke tattoos, or hand-poked tattoos, have been around for centuries. 

They don’t require many tools to create and are rising in popularity as the DIY method for at-home tattoos. All you need is a needle and ink to create your new tattoo. 

The reason some may opt for the stick and poke tattoos is that the needle doesn’t penetrate the skin as deeply as tattoos made with an ink gun. You may have needles lying around the house, but what about tattoo ink? 

If you don’t have tattoo ink, would pens or permanent markers be a suitable substitute for your stick and poke tattoo? 

Pen ink should never be an option for skin and poke tattoos. Even though pen ink may be tempting to use since you have pen ink in the house and it is a cheaper option, pen ink should never enter your body. 

While you may be able to write on your body with a pen, the pen ink from the tattoo would be entering your body. Pen ink is very toxic and not sterile. 

This could lead to infection and even end up permanently damaging your skin. 

Sharpies may seem like they are better to use since they are promoted as non-toxic and permanent. However, that is not the case when it comes to creating a stick and poke. 

The non-toxic part of markers simply means that it is safe to use for arts and crafts. Markers should never be used to design permanent body art. 

Once the marker has penetrated the skin the harmful ingredients in markers now have the ability to enter your bloodstream. If you penetrate the skin too deeply, you could end up getting a serious infection and risk damaging your nervous system with permanent marker ink. 

Even if you feel confident in your stick and poke abilities and know that you won’t penetrate your skin too deeply, you still run the risk of smelling marker fumes for too long. Smelling the fumes of permanent markers could impair your ability to create the tattoo without the side effects of dizziness, headaches, or nausea. 

The safest option for creating your stick and poke tattoos is to use actual tattoo ink. Tattoo inks are designed to be safe on and in your skin. Purchasing tattoo ink can also give you multiple color options that are designed not to “fade” once applied to your skin. 

The colors will fade over time, but not on first application. 

Another popular and safe option for stick and poke tattoos is India ink. Typically found in craft stores, India ink is all-natural and non-toxic. India ink is still not recommended as the first choice though. 

Some people may have an allergic reaction which can, in turn, create an infection. 

Final Thoughts 

Pens and markers can be great tools when used properly. You can use pens and markers to write on your skin and maybe even doodle some non-permanent tattoos. 

That’s as far as the ink should go, the surface of your skin. Pen and marker ink should never go deeper than the outer layer of your skin or they could cause infections or other health issues. Dry

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