Late Elementary/Middle School #2

Tattoo Gone

5th grade

 

 

Introduction and purpose: I started this research because I wanted to know the best way to remove temporary skin tattoos. I have had many of these tattoos stay on too long and knew there had to be a better way to get them off then scrubbing. I plan to look at the most highly recommended ways to remove temporary tattoos. My hypothesis is that a scrub pad with soap and water will work the best.

 

List of Materials:  ColorZone tattoos, FunTastic tattoo tape, stopwatch, water, pencil, notebook, Witch Hazel, Target brand Baby Oil, CareOne Cotton rounds, StudioTools facial buff sponges, 91% Isopropyl alcohol, Comfort Moisturizing nail polish remover (water, acetone, propylene glycol, isopropyl alcohol, glycerin, triclosan, fragrance, yellow #11) and a washcloth.

 

Methods:

  1. Apply the test tattoos to a clean dry area of skin by applying tattoo side down and dabbing and pressing with a clean wet washcloth until the paper backing slides
  2. Apply removal method on a cotton round for 10 seconds as timed by a stopwatch.
  3. easily off. The skin should not have any cuts or bruises.
  4. Wait at least 10 minutes for the tattoo to dry. Use grading scale below to rate how well the removal method worked.

 

1____________2______________3_______________4________________5__

0-20%            21-40%               41-60%                   61%-80%                 81-100%

none to                 large patches                 almost ½                              roughly ¾                          almost to all

small patches        gone                              gone                                       gone                                   gone

removed             

 

5.        Take picture of result and record result according to above scale in lab book.   

 

Results:

Removal method

Trial #1

Tattoo tape

 

Trial #2

Tattoo tape

 

Trial #3

Color

Zone bugs

 

Trial #4

Color

Zone

hearts

Trial #5

Tattoo

Tape

After

24 hrs.

Trial

#6

Color

Zone

Letters

After 60 hrs.

Trial

#7

Tattoo

tape

Trial

#8

Tattoo

tape

Trial

#9

Tattoo

tape

Trial

#10

Tattoo

tape

Trial

#11

color

zone

letters

Trial

#12

color

zone

letters

Water

1

1

1

1

1

1

1

1

1

1

1

1

Baby Oil

1

1

1

1

1

1

2

1

1

2

1

3

Witch Hazel

1

1

1

1

1

1

1

1

1

1

1

1

Nail Polish

Remover

1

1

1

2

1

2

1

1

1

1

1

2

Tape

5

5

5

5

4

4

5

5

5

5

5

5

Soap + H20

Scrub

1

1

1

1

1

1

1

1

1

1

1

1

Alcohol

1

5

5

5

2

5

3

3

4

4

5

5

 

Removal method

Trial #13

Color

Zone

letters

 

Trial #14

Barbie

Color zone letters

 

Trial #15

Baby doll

Color

Zone

letters

 

Water

1

1

5

Baby Oil

1

2

1

Witch Hazel

1

1

5

Nail Polish

Remover

3

4

5

Tape

5

1

5

Soap + H20

Scrub

1

1

3

Alcohol

5

5

5

 

Average for skin trials:

 

method

Scale rating

Water

1

Baby oil

1.3

Witch Hazel

1

Nail Polish

Remover

1.3

Tape

4.8

Soap + H20

Scrub

1

Alcohol

4

 

Comparison of Averages for tattoos by brand:

 

Method

Tattoo Tape

Color Zone

Water

1

1

Baby Oil

1.3

1.3

Witch Hazel

1

1

Nail Polish

Remover

1

1.8

Tape

4.9

4.8

Soap + H20 scrub

1

1

Alcohol

3.1

5

 

 

Results continued:

Tape was the fastest and most through way to remove the temporary tattoos among the methods I tested. Alcohol was the second best way to remove the tattoos. Tied for third place were Nail Polish Remover and Baby Oil. The other methods I tested did not work well.

 

Overall, I think the Color Zone tattoos are easier to remove with a variety of methods than the tattoo tape. Alcohol worked a lot better on the color zone tattoos than the tattoo tape. The Nail Polish remover worked poorly on the Tattoo Tape but worked better on the Color Zone tattoo. The other methods worked similarly between the two brands.

 

Just for fun, I tested getting the ColorZone tattoos off a Barbie doll’s leg and a vinyl baby doll. On the Barbie, the Alcohol worked best followed by the Nail Polish remover. Tape did not work on the Barbie. On the baby doll, Nail Polish remover, Alcohol, Tape, Witch Hazel and Water all worked to completely remove the tattoos. Soap and water scrub was partially effective on the doll but Baby Oil did not work.

 

Conclusions:

 

In the end, for someone wishing to remove a temporary tattoo, I would recommend either tape or alcohol for a few seconds. For a child wanting to remove a tattoo by him/herself I would recommend they use Scotch Tape. It is safer, does not hurt, is not harmful or flammable, it is quick and is something they might have around the house.

 

My hypothesis was incorrect. Scrub pads were not the best way to remove temporary tattoos. Tape is the best method I tested.

 

If I could continue my research, I would like to test more brands of tattoo since there seemed to be a difference in how they responded to the removal methods. I would also like to run more trials. I would like to experiment with combining methods like some of the packages suggested. There are other removal methods I would like to test including cold cream and different oils.

 

Biography:

 

  1. Website http://www.wikihow.com/Remove-Temporary-Tattoos
  2. Website http://www.ehow.com/how_5396_remove-temporary-tattoo.html
  3. Material safety Data sheet on isopropyl alcohol: http://www.cuberlandswan.com/ipa/pdf
  4. Website http://www.ehow.com/how_5395_wear_temporary_tattoo.html
  5. Human Anatomy and Physiology, Solomon and Davis pages 108-117.