Nicotine, in its natural form, is an oily liquid that easily mixes with the moisture of your skin, absorbing deep into it's many layers. Some products that promise removal are harsh chemical soaps that dry out your skin, cause your cuticles to crack and still leave a trace of brown. These inexpensive, simple and natural methods can ensure that you never have those ugly nicotine stains on your fingers again.
Rub the nicotine stains on your fingers vigorously with half a lemon, allowing the juice to soak in for at least 10 minutes. Lemon is a natural astringent and absorbs deeply into the skin, cleansing without overdrying.
Use potatoes for nicotine stain removal. The simple act of peeling a dozen potatoes will quickly remove stains; however you can cut a potato in half and rub it into your skin, as you would with a lemon. Allow the juice to set for 10 to 15 minutes before rinsing.
Dissolve an aspirin tablet in 1 cup of hot water and soak your fingers to remove those pesky stains from your skin. This aspirin and water method also works for removing nicotine stains from clothing and walls.
Remove difficult stains by rubbing the skin with a pumice stone after applying any of the above remedies. Pumice should only be used for the initial stain removal, as excessive use will cause damage to your skin and can build calluses. Once the major spots are gone, you can use the above methods for routine nicotine stain removal.
Keep your skin moisturized to create a barrier, preventing the nicotine from soaking deep into the layers of the skin. Applying Vitamin E oil to your hands daily will not only help your skin to remain healthy and beautiful, it will make it more difficult for nicotine to stain your fingers.