While some men find that a touch of gray at the temples gives them a distinguished look, many try to avoid this sign of aging every bit as hard as women. Others simply choose to color their hair to change their appearance. This may also apply to the beard. In any case, there are times when the coloring agent gets on the skin and creates a stain. So, how to remove hair dye from face skin?
Obviously, prevention is the best way. However, for those asking the question, it must be too late for that. Fortunately, there is hope in the form of several different options.
Most salons offer products for sale that are designed specifically for the purpose of getting dyes off the skin. After all, accidents happen and this is not the first time someone has encountered this problem. However, these products are not inexpensive and some may prefer to attempt other alternatives:
1. Wet Cigarette Ashes
One simple home remedy that has been recommended by hair care professionals for over thirty years is to wet cigarette ashes and rub them on the affected area. The ashes form a mild abrasive that gently removes the outer layer of dead skin cells, taking the offending color with them.
Another option is to use toothpaste. The principle is the same as above. The toothpaste contains gentle abrasives that cleanse the skin and remove outer cells without irritating the tissue beneath.
3. Lemon-based Dish Soap with Baking Soda
A few people have had success mixing a lemon-based dish soap with baking soda then rubbing this on the skin in the form of a paste. Truthfully, the remedy probably works with any sort of dish soap as the lemon juice’s acid and the baking soda’s alkalinity partially cancel each other out. However, the mixture remains alkaline because more baking soda is used.
Others have had similar success with vinegar, which is acidic. Based on this, it would appear that both types of solution will work as long as one does not choose an acid or a base so strong that it damages the skin. This rules out most household cleaners because they are too harsh and could cause real problems on the sensitive skin of the face.
5. Nail Polish Remover
As a last resort, nail polish remover has been mentioned as a possible option. However, this should be avoided if possible. The acetone will cause excessive drying. It is also highly volatile and can be inhaled easily. This could damage the sinus passages. In addition, acetone has been added to a list of chemicals known to cause cancer. Its use should be kept to a bare minimum.
Answering the question of how to remove hair dye from face skin is not simple. There are several remedies that have been tried, with varying degrees of success, through the years. Most make use of common household substances such as soap and water, baking soda, vinegar, etc. If all else fails, one can see a hair care professional who has the training and materials on hand to take care of the problem.