Want a tattoo without the commitment, and thinking of giving yourself a sharpie tattoo? We’ve all had the idea, but is it actually a good one?
Sharpies are actually bad for your skin. According to the makers of Sharpie, although the markers are safe for use even by children, they do not recommend using on your skin.
There have even been rumors that the use of sharpies on skin is linked to cancer. Today we’re going to explore what makes Sharpie bad for your skin.
What Is Sharpie?
Sharpie is a brand that manufactures writing instruments, most commonly known for their markers. Sharpie makes a variety of markers, including temporary and permanent ones. Since they are all made using different formulas, some are safe for skin while others are not. For instance, Sharpie Fine Point markers are the least toxic.
However, since the brand itself recommends not using Sharpie markers on your skin, it is best to opt for markers that are made for use on human skin. Even Fine Point Markers should not be used around your eyes or lips.
Why Is Sharpie Bad For Skin?
Coming into contact with a sharpie is seemingly okay for your skin. They don’t cause allergic reactions or rashes. However the chemicals present in markers can absorb into your bloodstream through your skin and that is why sharpies should not be used on skin. Some of the chemicals contained in Sharpies can be harmful if absorbed into your blood. Sharpie markers contain n-butanol, diacetone alcohol, and cresol which are harmful for human health.
Not all sharpies are made using the same ingredients. The King and Magnum Sharpie actually contain xylene, which can affect the nervous system and cause dizziness, headaches, nausea and vomiting. Imagine you had an itchy bug bite that you were scratching, causing a tear on your skin. Using a marker that contains xylene on broken skin means possibly allowing the harmful substance to enter your bloodstream.
Removing Sharpie From Your Skin
If you do get Sharpie ink on your skin, try to remove the ink using a sea salt scrub, olive oil or coconut oil. Even without these remedies, Sharpie ink fades from your skin after a while. Permanent Sharpie ink may take a couple days to fade.
Next time you’re tempted to scribble on your body, steer clear of Sharpie markers. They’re great for doodling on paper and even your walls, but your skin, not so much. Sharpies are meant to create art but definitely not body art And if your kids are playing with Sharpies on their skin, it’s time to hand them a paper or board to draw on instead.