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Philippines’ Presidential election 2016 is over and for sure voters are getting frustrated on how they can remove the indelible ink or the voting ink applied on their nails or skin.

Indelible Ink

Electoral ink, indelible ink, electoral stain, voting ink or phosphoric ink is a semi-permanent ink or dye that is applied to the forefinger (usually) of voters during elections in order to prevent electoral fraud such as double voting. It is an effective method for countries where identification documents for citizens are not always standardised or institutionalised. (Wikipedia)

Indelible ink or voting ink is made up of silver nitrate which reacts with ultraviolet light and stains the skin making it almost impossible or hard to remove. You need ammonia, liquid soap, water and a cloth to remove the silver nitrate stains on your hands. Silver nitrate causes skin irritation if in concentration is over 25% although election ink only contains around 18%. The strength of the stain depends on amount of silver nitrate — the more the silver nitrate, the harder it is to remove the stain.

How to Remove Indelible Ink?

Though there are some methods which can remove the ink using chemical substances, manufacturers claim it may lead to burns on the skin. A few of these methods are:

  1. Use nail polish remover: Nail polish remover contains acetone, rubbing it on the ink may remove the ink.
  2. Use rubbing alcohol : this works pretty much the same way as the nail polish remover.
  3. Using facial cleanser pads: use pads which contain alcohol. Wipe at affected areas. This is better if ink is around face.
  4. Using sugar solution and baby oil might also help.
  5. Dishwashing liquid and sponge

Different ways on how to remove indelible ink on your nails or skin after voting although it will naturally disappear as your skin layer sheds and a new one is formed. On the nails though, it’s kinda permanent until the nail grows and isn’t cut. Just frequently wash your hands and in few days, the ink will disappear. There are some tips or advice available in the internet on how to remove the ink but it could cause adverse reaction especially to hypersensitive skins. If symptoms persists, kindly consult your physician or dermatologist.

Photo Credit: Getty Images, CNN Philippines