Nicotine stains on fingers are a common issue for smokers, often leading to yellowish or brown discolorations. These stains can be persistent, but there are several effective methods to remove them. Below, we'll guide you through how to remove nicotine stains from fingers, and how you can avoid them altogether. Some of which might surprise you!
What Causes Nicotine Stains on Fingers?
Unsurpisingly, the main cause of nicotine stains on fingers is nicotine. Alongside this, if you are a smoker the tar in cigarettes is also a primary culprit for these stains.
The intensity of the nicotine stains on fingers can vary based on the frequency of smoking and the type of cigarettes used. This also occurs during vaping high nictoine vapes, however less so than smoking cigarettes.
Home Remedies for Removing Nicotine Stains From Fingers
Some less severe nicotine stains on fingers can be cleaned and removed by using simple household ingredients like lemon juice and apple cider vinegar can be used to create effective cleaning solutions.
Apple Cider Vinegar
Apple Cider Vinegar (ACV) is highly regarded as a versatile remedy for a variety of health issues. It is believed to possess anti-inflammatory and antibacterial properties that contribute significantly to skin wellness. Besides its benefits for skin, ACV is also known to support digestive health, regulate blood pressure, and address several other health concerns. For the moment, our focus will be on its effectiveness in dealing with yellow stains on fingers!
Follow these steps:
- Soak Apple Cider Vingar into a cotton ball, kitchen roll or small towel, like a flannel.
- Gently rub the Apple Cider Vingar into the nicotine stains on your fingers and leave for around 10 minutes.
- Rinse your hands and fingers with warm water to remove all the vinegar from your skin. Then dry with a fresh towel.
- You may need to repeat the process a couple of times to fully remove the nicotine stains on your fingers. This may take up to a week, however make sure you give your hands plenty of time before repeating the process.
Lemon Juice is a little bit better at removing nicotine stains from fingers, due to the increase in citric acid, which is a natural bleaching agent that will dissolve any stains. Plus it smells a lot nicer!
However, if you are prone to sensitive skin, this remody may not be the best solution for you.
Follow these Lemon Juice steps:
- Cut a good sized lemon in half, and squeeze the juice into a bowl. Shop bought lemon juice will also work, but may not be as effective. Once you have the juice in a bowl, soak a cotton ball or small towel in the juice.
- Gently rub in the juice into the nicotine stains, and continue to rub for around 10 minutes.
- Rinse your hand with warm water, then dry thoroughly with a clean towel.
- Depending on how stained your fingers are, you may have to repeat the process a few times. More severely stained fingers may take a few hours to fully remove the stains. However, make sure you leave plenty of time inbetween cleaning to allow your skin to recover.
For tougher stains, products like whitening toothpaste, nail polish remover, and commercial hand scrubs can be useful.
Most whitening toothpaste contains baking soda, which is another great natural bleaching agent that will dissolve stains.
- Find a whitening toothpaste that contains baking soda, then warm up your hands using warm water to open up your pores.
- Put a little bit of toothpaste on each finger making sure to cover all of the stains.
- Using a soft bristled toothbrush, rub the toothpaste into your fingers in small circles, making sure to get into all of the stained areas on your fingers.
- Do this for around 2-3 minutes, then rinse of using warm water and dry using a clean towel.
- Like with the other methods, you may need to repeat the process a couple of times to get the desired effect.
Professional Nicotine Stain Removal
There are some professional nicotine stain removal options out there, however some can be quite invasive and damaging to your skin. We recommend speaking to your doctor before carrying out any nicotine stain removal options to get the best advice, depening on how severe your nicotine stains are.
The Best Option - Quit Smoking & Cut Down on Nicotine
Smoking is a nasty habit that comes with many terrible side effects, including nicotine stained fingers. That's why we recommend quitting smoking, however, we know that is easier said than done.
That's why we created the Puff Box, our rechargeable disposable vape alongside our revolutionary Zero Max, the nicotine free vape. Combined they make the perfect combination for those trying to quit smoking.
Our new Zero Max formula is changing the way people vape, by giving you that throat hit you know and love without any of the nicotine. Allowing you to trick your brain into thinking it's covering that nicotine craving without providing any.
With Zero Max and the Puff Box, we give you the freedom of choice, not only is there 4 colour devices and 10 incredible flavours to choose from, you can choose nicotine or zero nicotine. You can easily switch between the two with our Twist & Vape refills.
Nicotine Stains FAQs
How To Get Rid of Nicotine Stains on Fingers
There are many home remedies you can use to gently remove nicotine stains from your fingers, making them appear less yellow. There are also some professional methods available however these can be more invasive, especially to sensitive skin.
Do You Get Nicotine Stains from Vaping?
Vaping is a lot different from smoking, as it uses vapour rather than smoke to provide you with the nicotine. This vapour produced by vape juice dissaptes a lot faster and contains a lot less harmful chemicals, meaning that it leaves little to no nicotine stains on your fingers.
Why Does Nicotine Make You Poop?
Have you started to notice that you need to run off to the bathroom after smoking or vaping? It's probably because of the amount of nicotine hitting your digestive system.
Nicotine acts as a natural laxitive, so it speeds up your bowel movements
Read More: Why Does Nicotine Make You Poop?