How to remove a temporary tattoo

Up to date in July 2024
How to remove a temporary tattoo
If you've experimented with temporary tattoos, there might come a time when you want to see it go before it naturally fades. Perhaps you have an important meeting or simply fancy a change. Whatever your reason, this guide will provide you with some tips on how to speed up the removal process for temporary tattoos.

Soap and Warm Water

Starting with the basics, you'd be surprised how effective regular soap and warm water can be in lightening your temporary tattoo. This method might require some patience and a bit of elbow grease:

  1. Wet the tattooed area with warm water.
  2. Apply a generous amount of soap.
  3. Using your fingers or a soft washcloth, gently rub the area in a circular motion.
  4. Rinse and repeat a few times if necessary.

Baby oil or olive oil

Oils are great because they can penetrate the top layers of the skin, helping to dissolve the temporary tattoo:

  1. Apply a good amount of baby oil or olive oil to the tattoo.
  2. Let it sit for a minute or two.
  3. Rub off the tattoo gently with a soft cloth. You'll see the design transferring onto the cloth.
  4. Finish by washing the area with warm water and soap to remove any oily residue.

Makeup remover

If you have a bottle of makeup remover around, it can also do the trick:

  1. Dab some makeup remover onto a cotton ball or pad.
  2. Press onto the tattooed area for a few seconds.
  3. Gently rub in circles. The tattoo should start fading.
  4. Like with oil, it's a good idea to cleanse the area afterward to avoid any stickiness.


Exfoliation is the process of gently scrubbing the skin to remove dead skin cells from its surface. It can be an effective method to accelerate the fading or complete removal of a temporary tattoo. Here's a step-by-step guide:

  1. Choose the Right Exfoliator: Begin by selecting a suitable exfoliator. You can either opt for a store-bought exfoliating scrub or make your own using natural ingredients, like a mix of sugar and olive oil or coarse sea salt and honey.

  2. Wet the Tattooed Area: Dampen the skin area with the temporary tattoo using lukewarm water. This will soften the skin, making the exfoliation process more effective.

  3. Apply the Exfoliator: Take a generous amount of the exfoliating scrub on your fingers or a soft cloth. Gently rub the exfoliator over the tattooed area in circular motions. Ensure that you're not pressing too hard to avoid skin irritation. The goal is to gently scrub away the topmost layer of the skin where the temporary tattoo resides.

  4. Rinse Off: After scrubbing for a few minutes, rinse off the exfoliator with lukewarm water. You'll notice the temporary tattoo fading with each exfoliation session.

  5. Moisturize: After exfoliation, your skin might feel a bit dry. It's essential to apply a good moisturizer to rehydrate the skin and restore its natural protective barrier.

  6. Repeat if Necessary: Depending on the depth and quality of the temporary tattoo, you might need to repeat this process over a couple of days to achieve complete removal.

Remember, always be gentle during the exfoliation process to avoid causing any damage or irritation to the skin.

Lemon and Salt Scrub

The natural acidity of lemon combined with the abrasive nature of salt can aid in tattoo removal:

  1. Mix fresh lemon juice with a bit of salt to create a paste.
  2. Apply the mixture to the tattooed area and rub gently.
  3. After a couple of minutes, wash off with warm water.

A few final tips

  • Always moisturize the area after trying any removal method, as some techniques can dry out your skin.
  • If you have sensitive skin, do a patch test before applying any substance over a larger area.
  • Remember, while these methods can speed up the fading process, they might not remove the tattoo entirely in one go. A bit of patience is key.

In the world of temporary tattoos, it's all about expression and the joy of changing up your style. But it's equally important to know how to switch things up when you want. So, whether you're a frequent user of our Jagua products or just trying them out, this guide should help you take control of how long you sport your designs. Happy tattooing, and if needed, happy removing!

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