A few weeks ago Michelle, and I headed into the city to pick up a secondhand Taryn Maplelea doll. We were excited to get her, but when I got her home I discovered she had quite a stain on her forehead.
As I bought this doll from a girl in her late teens and this Taryn is a 2007-7 generation, I assumed this was a fairly old stain. Good luck removing it, right?
So I turned to my friends at The Savage Dolls for help. I tried the baking soda, and a Mr. Clean Magic Eraser they recommended, no luck. So my next step was the acne medication. I headed to Walmart to see what they had. The Savage Dolls recommend acne medication with at least 10% benzoyl peroxide, but all I could find was this:
I spoke to the pharmacist at the counter and asked about higher concentration of benzoyl peroxide. She informed me that in order to purchase a concentration of benzoyl peroxide higher than 5% a prescription was required. I briefly considered taking Taryn to the walk-in clinic and stating our case, however I chose the more sane option of trying the 5% benzoyl peroxide.
So I took the Clean & Clear Persa-Gel 5 home, and applied it quite liberally to the affected area.
I then placed Taryn in my west facing window for about a week. I did check on her forehead from time to time, but I was never really pleased with the result. So I just kept reapplying the acne medication and putting her back in the window. (Can you believe in all that time, none of my neighbours asked what was up with the doll?)
Then after that week was up…
…I got this amazing result! No trace whatsoever of the stain, that had probably been there for years!
Thank you so much Savage Dolls!
UPDATE: Look at what I found on Amazon.ca!
Clean & Clear Persa-Gel 10!!! So you can get 10% benzoyl peroxide acne medication in Canada without a prescription! The price isn’t too bad either. I will be ordering some right away!
Since I wrote this article I have fixed several dolls using both 5% and 10% benzoyl peroxide, and I haven’t seen much difference in the results. I honestly wouldn’t even say that one works faster than the other, due to the higher price of the 10%, not to mention the inconvenience of having to import it to Canada, I am going to stick with the 5%.
I have also come to learn that there is no need to cover the acne cream site with plastic wrap. The acne cream works wet or dry… it’s pretty amazing stuff! Here are couple before, and after photos of the work I have done with 5% benzoyl peroxide:
These are the arms of my Newberry Katie doll, these stains were awful and did take months to fade, but it worked!
This is my American Girl doll Truly Me #40. Her ears were quite stained but I got these great results in 10 days with the 5% benzoyl peroxide.
This will work on any brand of modern vinyl doll, just be careful with your antiques!
Questions? Comment below!