How To Remove Fake Blood Stains From Skin

If you have ever worked with fake blood, you know how difficult it can be to remove from any surface it touches, but especially skin.

Not only is fake blood hard to remove, but it also leaves a stain that seems like it can take days to disappear completely, no matter how much you scrub.

Even though it can be a headache to remove fake blood from skin, there are a few different methods you can try the next time you find yourself in a sticky situation.

Keep reading to learn exactly how to remove fake blood stains from skin. 

What You’ll Need

Makeup Removing Pads or Cotton Balls

Small cotton pads or cotton balls will be needed in a few of the steps below, so make sure you have a good amount of them on hand.

I found these on Amazon that works really well on not just fake blood stains but for almost any type of stain absorption. 

Makeup Remover

Liquid makeup remover or makeup removing wipes can both be used initially to get the bulk of the fake blood off of your skin.

If you have a large amount of fake blood to remove, you may go through quite a bit of makeup remover.

I found this makeup remover on Amazon that gets great reviews. 

Olive Oil or Petroleum Jelly 

Any oil-based product can be used to remove the fake blood stain.

It works to break down the particles of the fake blood, making it much easier to remove. 

Clean Cloth 

You will need a handful of clean cloths to help with the fake blood removal.

Make sure they get washed as soon as possible after removing the fake blood.

I’ve found that these microfiber cleaning cloths work best for fake blood stain removal. 

Facial Soap or Bar Soap

The area of your skin that has the fake blood on it will determine what kind of soap you need.

For fake blood on your face, use a gentle facial soap, but for any other part of the body, simple bar soap will work just fine. 

Step by Step Instructions For How To Remove Fake Blood Stains From Skin

#1. Remove The Fake Blood Using Makeup Remover

Start by removing as much of the fake blood from your skin as possible using makeup remover and pads or makeup removing wipes.

There’s no need to scrub your skin at this point.

Doing so will only irritate it and will not do anything to remove the stain.

The makeup remover should be able to remove just about all of the fake blood, leaving you with nice pink or red-stained skin. 

#2. Wash Your Skin 

After the fake blood has been removed and all that remains is the stain, wash your skin where the fake blood was.

If it was on your face, be sure to use a gentle facial soap to avoid irritating your skin.

At this point, you can scrub the skin with a washcloth, but don’t get too aggressive with it.

Just a gentle scrub should do the trick. Rinse off and pat your skin dry. 

#3. Use The Oil or Petroleum Jelly 

If the makeup remover didn’t remove the fake blood stain completely try using olive oil or petroleum jelly.

Put a small amount of olive oil or petroleum jelly on a cotton ball or makeup removing the pad, and cover the stain.

You may have to reapply several times, but you should start to see the stain disappear with more oil or jelly.

Once the stain has been completely covered, you can scrub it with a damp cloth.

Just as above, don’t scrub too hard, as you don’t want to irritate the skin.

Apply more oil and scrub as many times as necessary to remove as much of the stain as possible.

The oils work to break up the fake blood, but it may take a little time. 

#4. Wash And Dry 

After you have used the olive oil or petroleum jelly to remove the stain, you should wash the skin again with gentle soap.

Do not scrub.

Gently work the soap into your skin.

At this point, the stain should be mostly gone.

After you have washed and dried the skin, you can assess the stain to see if any redness remains.

If there is still a dark stain, you can repeat the above steps.

However, if it is just a small stain or mild discoloration, the best remedy is time.

Your body will naturally replace the skin cells that are stained with new ones, and your skin will be looking as good as new within a few days. 

Commonly Asked Questions

Can baby oil be used instead of olive oil?

Yes, baby oil can be used to remove fake blood stains instead of olive oil.

They have many of the same properties, and baby oil is meant to be more gentle on the skin so that it will work just as well. 

Can I remove a stain that has been on my skin for a day or two?

Yes, an older stain can be removed with the above steps, but at this point, it may be healthier for your skin to keep waiting and let your skin go back to normal on its own.

It should only take another day or two for the stain to be completely invisible. 

Should I bleach the stain if it does not get completely removed?

While using bleaching methods on skin is not recommended, it works well if you are in desperate need of hiding the stain.

Do not put bleach on your skin!

Use the juice of a couple of lemons to bleach the stain after you have completed all of the steps above.


Have you enjoyed learning how to remove fake blood stains from skin?

Fake blood can be fun to experiment and play with, and it is a common item for many performers.

While it looks great in use, it can often leave dark stains behind that are quite tricky to remove.

If you need to go from a Halloween party to work the next morning, you need to be able to remove the fake blood as much as possible without seriously irritating your skin.

Luckily, the methods above can leave your skin looking as good as new using items that you probably already have around your house.

You will never have to worry about how to remove fake blood stains from your skin ever again.