How To Remove Beard Dye From Skin; A Pro Guide

Appearances matter. If you’re looking to change yours, then dyeing your beard is an amazing way to do that. Rightly so, many men have found themselves convinced after a trial.

However, the issue with beard dye is how it has a tendency to spill over just like hair dye, causing stains.

How To Remove Beard Dye From Skin?

Firstly, a wide variety of commercial options are out there for your use. If DIY is your thing though, then methods abound right here.

From ordinary soap and water to dishwashing liquid and even alcohol, what I plan to do is guide you over;

  • The Removal Agents That You Can Use And Steps To Doing So
  • How To Keep From Beard Dye Stains To Start With
  • FAQs On Beard Dye Removal From Your Skin.

Let’s get started.

Removal Agents

All Removal Agents are not equal.

How To Remove Beard Dye From Skin

While the routine for applying these are pretty much the same, the varied composition of each means that a number of them are safe for use on your face comfortably, while others should be confined to your hands.

Whichever one it is, you’ll likely already have it lying about your house as I help you in selecting the removal agent to use. That’s the magic of it all.

Ready? Here we go:

  • Ordinary Soap And Water

This might seem unbelievable to you but surprisingly, simply washing the area of the dye stain with your ordinary soap and water could just help cleanse that stain.

Of course, this works particularly well for fresh stains and while it likely will not be enough, you could always try.

What next?

  • Using Oils; Olive Oil and Baby Oil

Get this:

Oils of any kind could possibly cleanse your skin of its beard dye stains. But that doesn’t mean you should go dabbing your face in every oil you find.


Try Olive Oil. It’s reputed to be a natural cleanser, in addition to soothing skin that is rather sensitive, that might help with your stains. Of course, anybody can use it, seeing as it’s not in any way exclusive.

Beard Dye Removal From Your Skin

Baby Oil is also a great option that works if you leave it on you for long enough.

And if that isn’t enough:

  • Dishwashing Soap

Dishwashing soap is similar to your regular soap, except it’s stronger. This means it stands a higher chance of helping you remove the stain on your skin.


Remember to moisturize your skin after use though; it can be rather drying.


  • Toothpaste

Toothpaste has a near-miraculous ability to clean seemingly everything; your teeth, right up to your fabric with its color stains.

And now, you can add beard dye removal to that list.

A non-gel toothpaste is optimal for you to use, particularly one with baking soda as part of its composition. This is because baking soda has exfoliating properties.

Most importantly, do not use a scrub to get the dye off your face. It is very harsh and can cause injuries to your facial skin.

You could also check this out:

Rubbing Alcohol refers to a cleaning agent, colorless, of either ethanol or isopropyl. The most commonly available is isopropyl alcohol and it’s a great choice should you decide to apply it to your dye-stained skin area.

I wouldn’t advise you to use it if your skin is a sensitive one though, considering how harsh it can be. You should also be particularly careful to not hurt your skin while using it.

  • Baking Soda Mixture

Remember this:

The mixture of baking soda and dishwashing soap that I recommend here should absolutely not be applied to your face, not if you don’t want whole new skincare issues to deal with.

While it’s too strong for facial skin, you may apply it to your hands.

Moving on:

  • Steps To Take

The first step to take in removing beard dye from your skin is to select the removal agent you wish to use.

I’ve given a list of great recommendations already. Now:

  • Test It Out

Whatever removal agent you choose to use, it is important to first test it out in a small, covered-up area before using it somewhere as visible as your face. Just in case the product just doesn’t agree with you.

This is called patch testing.

Apply a small portion of the removal agent to a patch of skin that can be easily hidden, then wait for a full day to see what happens.

If you observe any form of upset on your skin such as burning or itching, then you probably shouldn’t go through with that particular solution.

Luckily, if one doesn’t work, another will.


There are a variety of ways to apply your removal agent to the stained skin but cotton stands above all due to its not being abrasive.

Washcloths and physical scrubs may just be too abrasive for your sensitive facial skin.

You should prepare multiple swabs of cotton just in case.


  • Use The Product

Once you’ve dipped your swab of cotton into your removal agent, use it to clean out the stain in even motions, before letting the product you have applied remain for a time, breaking down the dye stain.

If you are using either Olive or Baby Oil, then you’d do best to leave it for about eight hours or even overnight while you sleep.

In that case, you should cover the area with bandages to make sure it doesn’t dirty everything around.

For any other product, five to ten minutes is a reasonable length of time for it to remain on your face.


  • Rinse With Water

Water is the safest bet to work out the removal agent and the bleeding dye. Most particularly water that is lukewarm and as such is neither too hot nor too cold to irritate your skin pores.

Dip your cotton swabs in the water and clean out the stained area of your skin with gentle motions.

And if it isn’t good enough the first time:

  • Repeat Again and Again

Rinse and repeat.

Sometimes, what you need is to repeat your use of a particular removal agent that might not have done the job thoroughly. At other times, the next thing to do is to switch to another method.

But if all else fails:

  • Make A Salon Appointment

A pro salon is going to have certain unique products with which they can help you. Book an appointment right away if nothing else works.

Of course, when all is said and done, repeated washing is going to cleanse the skin over a stretch of time, for the most part.


Expert Tips For Prevention

Prevention is better than cure, right?

Well, the same applies here where it is better to stop the dye from getting on your skin to start with.

Your dye stain may have led you to this article, but if you want to make sure you don’t end up with the same issues again:

When you are applying your beard dye, it’s almost impossible to keep it limited to just the beard.

Applying a moisturizing cream or petroleum jelly to a barrier around the beard will help to minimize leakage to your skin.


Wear Your Gloves; Use A Towel

Use a latex glove. Wear a towel around you to cover your neck and back

It’s really that simple.


Be Prepared For Staining

The best thing to do when dyeing your beard is to anticipate being stained.

As such, you should have your swabs prepared and your ordinary soap and water on hand. It shines when used against new stains like this.


  • The Sooner, The Better

You should keep in mind that wiping off the dye stain on your skin is time-critical. Since dyes are intended to penetrate the outer layer of the hair to settle in, they are also capable of passing through the outer layer of your skin to leave you with a residue hue.

Cleaning the dye stain off as it occurs will help to keep it from settling in.

FAQs On Beard Dye Removal From Your Skin

Here are some questions about beard dye removal I’d like to settle in this article.

How Long Does Beard Dye Last On Skin?

Not very long.

Your skin cells shed and regenerate very often, replaced by newer, fresher skin cells that haven’t been pigmented like the current skin.

In about one to two weeks, the skin should restore itself.

Does Vaseline Remove Hair Dye From Skin?


Petroleum jelly (Vaseline) is very effective at absorbing dye and while it is mostly used before the dyeing as a precaution, massaging light amounts of it into your skin will certainly help.

How Do You Remove Hair Dye Stains From Skin?

Hair dye differs from beard dye but not by much. As such: All the methods I have highlighted here also work for removing hair dye stains on you.

In Conclusion

Dyeing a beard is a great fashion choice for men. But the application process is not a smooth one and there are often unwanted side effects.

Luckily for you, if you follow these tips when coloring your beard next time, you should have no problem at all.