Hello! It’s Olivia here, with an article on what writing or drawing on your skin can do to you! So, I feel like everybody has written on their skin before, whether they grabbed a pen to jot down a note or maybe drew a pretty little doodle on their arm in marker. But for some reason, we always get told not to do it. I for one, have never really questioned this command, and ignored it without thought. However, one day I started wondering what happens when you draw on your skin.
After extensive research, I have come to my conclusion. It is pretty much harmless to draw on yourself in pen. But, you should be careful with Sharpie. The actual Sharpie company has said before that the markers are not for drawing on skin because of certain chemicals in the marker that are not good for skin. This does not mean you cannot ever draw on yourself with Sharpie, but you should keep it to a minimum. Pen, however, has different chemicals and will not do much to you. It obviously wouldn't be the greatest thing you could do for your skin, but it will be better than Sharpie would be.
Just to clarify, drawing on yourself CANNOT give you ink poisoning. Well, as long as you're careful where you draw, and have a pretty good amount of common sense. One way to get ink poisoning is by swallowing the ink. Don't ask me why you would do that, and just don't do it. Okay? Okay. You would also have to ingest a very large amount of ink for it to do anything to you, which would probably be, at most, a stomach ache. DO NOT, I repeat, DO NOT draw on an open wound. That can give you a more serious case of ink poisoning, plus it would hurt like crazy.
I hope this article answered some questions of yours, or maybe taught you something new! Plus, now you can tell your parent that it's harmless to draw on yourself!