How to Remove White-Out from Skin


Barbara asked: How do I remove white out from my daughter’s face?

Though white out is not intended for skin, it is basically just a white, oil-based paint. Though it will wear off in a short amount of time, if you want it off right away, there are several ways to remove it. It can be removed with the follow steps.

You Will Need:

  • Baby oil or Olive oil
  • Cotton balls or Soft cloths

Steps to Remove the White Out:

  1. Moisten a cotton ball with one of the oils above.
  2. Gently rub it over the painted area on the skin. Do not rub too much or it will irritate the skin.
  3. If the white out is staying firm, moisten it with the oil and allow it to set for a minute. This will allow time for the oil to penetrate the white out or paint so that it can be more easily removed.
  4. Once clean, wipe the area clean with a soft cloth.
  5. If there is oily residue, it can be washed away, but does not need to be. It is safe to leave the oil on the skin.

Additional Tips and Advice

  • This removal method works for White Out, Liquid Paper, Correction Fluid and paint as well.
  • If no baby oil is available, try a mild dish soap instead. If you see any irritation of the skin, stop and rinse thoroughly.
  • If the individual covered in white out has sensitive skin, avoid using any scented oils or soaps. Olive oil or plain baby oil may be the least reactive, so try those first.


  1. DS says:

    After trying nail polish remover, rubbing alcohol and soap, I got concerned that the stains would never go away. The baby oil worked like magic. Thanks.

  2. Angela says:

    I also tried alcohol and polish remover on my hands after spilling white out, but neither worked. Thanks so much. The baby oil worked like a charm!

  3. Damian says:

    Awesome! I mean, I used soap and water, but it didn’t work. But the baby oil is like a miracle!

  4. Peggy says:

    My daughter told me to check out this website. She works in an office and even she didn’t know to use baby oil, or olive oil to remove white-out. It works like a charm. Thank you ever so much.

  5. Awesome :) says:

    Since today is the fourth of July, I wanted to paint a flag on my face. I used blue and red paint, but i didn’t have white. So I used white out! Tried soap, water, and scraping it off, but it didn’t work! So I looked up this website and used baby oil! It worked instantly! Thanks so much!

  6. Dazzle says:

    I did nail polish remover, soap and water, and even alcohol; they didn’t work. But baby oil! I would never have thought about that. I love it.

  7. Joanne says:

    My daughter got white-out on her face while whiting something out. She highlighted it wrong and got little spots on her face. I used a makeup remover called Cetaphil, and it got some of it off, but baby oil worked like a gem! I am glad I found this website.

  8. Keisha says:

    Thanks! This saved my day!!

  9. Kathy says:

    Tried the olive oil…did not work. Did not have baby oil. WD-40 did the trick!

  10. TT says:

    What do I use if I have neither?

  11. Melanie says:

    Any oil that you have available might work; corn oil, canola oil, camphor oil or even cooking spray. If you don’t have any oil, try simply washing the area with a mild dish soap. You can also try acetone nail polish remover.

  12. JTY says:

    Baby oil worked so well! I tried washing the White-Out brush, but it got all over my fingers instead! I tried using hot water and soap, as well as make up remover! Neither worked, but baby oil did! Thanks!

  13. Clancy says:

    I decided it would be a good idea to paint my entire hand with white out… after about four coats I realized it wasn’t a good idea after all. I tried hot water, soap, even paint remover. I would have never have even considered baby oil! Thanks so much; this was a life saver!

  14. Rihanna says:

    I used it to wipe my nails. Did not do the trick, but worked great on my skin.

  15. Max says:

    This worked perfectly!

  16. Phoebe says:

    The olive oil worked perfectly and no irritation to the skin. Thanks for the advice!

  17. Tee says:

    Thank you and it works.

  18. Charlie says:

    I looked in my cabinet for some oils and I found bath oil? Then, I tried it on, and BOOM!! IT WORKED! TRY IT.

  19. Janet says:

    It worked!!! Thanks a lot.

  20. Alex says:

    To remove White-out from skin, tried nail polish remover, and olive oil, but the magic solution was offered by Grandma. Eucalyptus oil. Now, that was magic, with the bonus that it also cleared my sinuses.

  21. KS says:

    I painted half of my face in White Out and got told to take it of instantly!! I used a cloth and warm water, along with face wipes. Now, I have a big scraped-off skin red patch on my face with light brown dots around it ? Does anyone know what this is? Please help; I’m getting a bit worried about what the light brown dots on my face are? :)

  22. Laura says:

    Thank you so much! Olive oil worked beautifully and now my hands are nice and soft!

  23. Kayla says:

    Olive oil did the trick! So happy this worked; had White Out all over my hands from my White Out pen.

  24. Mackenzie says:

    My four-year-old I was babysitting got Whiteout all over her hands and legs. Thanks for the tip; it worked very well.

  25. Locomota says:

    OMG! Thank the Lord I found this! I put White Out all over my body and my hair. This worked great. I needed to bath in the baby oil. Thank you so much!!

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