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How to Remove Lily Pollen from the Skin

Updated February 21, 2017

Lily pollen contains heavy, fat-soluble yellow or orange pigments -- rather than water-soluble pigments -- that can easily cause stains on clothes, fabrics and possibly your skin. While it's not too difficult to remove pollen from your skin, don't expect it to just wash away with water. If you're allergic to pollen, remove it quickly before it spreads.

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  1. Wet your hands with warm running water if the pollen is on your hands. Then, rub hand or bath soap on both sides of your hands to create a lather. Continue to rub both sides of your hands for at least 20 seconds. Then rinse them with clean, warm running water.

  2. Lather soap on your clean hands and gently wash any pollen off your face. Cup your hands together and fill with water. Splash the water on your face to rinse it clean. Repeat as necessary. Keep your eyes closed during this step so soap and pollen does not get into your eyes. You can also use a soapy, moist and warm washcloth to gently wipe the pollen off your face.

  3. Step into the shower with warm running water to clean pollen off the body. Start cleaning the pollen off your skin at your neck and work your way toward your feet. Create a soapy lather with body soap on a washcloth or loofah and scrub the pollen off of your skin using circular motions. Rinse the soap and pollen away starting at the top of your body.

  4. Repeat washing your skin with an exfoliating soap if regular hand or bar soap did not completely remove the pollen from your skin. Use an exfoliating soap that is labelled as gentle and fine grain (such as one made from fine grain oatmeal), especially if you don't regularly exfoliate your skin. Choose one that contains a moisturiser to help prevent your skin from drying out in the process. To clean your face, only use one that is marked gentle enough for the face. Place a pea size amount on a loofah or exfoliating gloves and gently rub your skin in circle motions starting at the top. Add more soap as necessary and rinse with warm running water.

  5. Tip

    Avoid wiping lily pollen off on your clothes, towel or other fabrics you don't want to stain. Since lily pollen is heavy in pigment and fat-soluble, it is often difficult to remove from fabric. If you do get lily pollen on fabric, shake it out outdoors, remove the rest with sticky tape and launder. Do not rub the pollen into the fabric.


    Don't touch your face if you have pollen on your hands, especially if you suffer from pollen allergies.

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Things You'll Need

  • Body soap
  • Dish detergent
  • Loofah
  • Exfoliating soap

About the Author

Melissa Lewis

Melissa Lewis is a former elementary classroom teacher and media specialist. She has also written for various online publications. Lewis holds a Bachelor of Arts in psychology from the University of Maryland Baltimore County.

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